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With this issue, the start of the ninth volume of the State of the Internet Report, we are introducing several changes, with several more planned to follow in subsequent issues.

The first notable change is within the regional breakout sections of the report. For the last several years, the report has included a "Geography: Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)" section, surveying a selected set of countries within those regions. Starting this quarter, we've broken that section apart, and the report will now include a "Geography: Europe" section, which includes all 28 member countries of the European Union plus three more non-members that have long been included within the EMEA section. The report will also now include a "Geography: Middle East and Africa (MEA)" section that surveys 13 countries from across that extended region. Given the increasing role the Internet is playing across multiple facets of life in this developing region and the ongoing improvements to both domestic and international Internet connectivity within these countries, we felt it was time to break out connection speeds and broadband adoption rates for Middle East and Africa countries into a distinct section, where surveyed countries can be compared with their local peers.

Green is the Warmest Color

Recently, Akamai announced the company's plans to expand its sustainability initiatives through an innovative renewable energy procurement strategy. Unlike many of its peers in the tech industry, Akamai does not operate its own data centers. That means, for example, we don't have roofs on which to install solar panels, which is one key way of generating your own renewable power.

HTTP/2 Performance Monitoring

This blog post is part of an ongoing series where we discuss a wide range of topics related to HTTP/2 (h2). In today's post, I explore why TTFB (Time to First Byte) may not be the best measure of h2 performance. I also address questions regarding why TTFB may be higher for h2, and why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

In his latest white paper, "Innovation in Communication Services: Breaking with the Past without Waiting for the Future," Patrick Donegan of Heavy Reading discusses a key aspect of digital transformation: the ability to offer innovative services that enhance the subscriber experience. More specifically, he discusses the need for personalized services--as well as why DNS technology is an ideal way to achieve personalization in new service offerings.

How real can fiction become?

It is interesting to see how fiction can affect our judgement or, at least, our opinions. Below, what you have is an excerpt (the first chapter) of a draft of a novel that I have come across and made me think a lot. Bear with me: read this entire article and then come back to this post. If nothing else, you may enjoy 4 minutes of literature.

Locky is Back

When we published our recent Locky blog post, we didn't expect it to have such a quick effect: a day after the post went online, this notorious ransomware went offline. We immediately figured it out - a blog post can change the world.

Images...They're Kind of a Big Deal

They may not have many leather bound books or smell of rich mahogany, but images are...kind of a big deal. In fact, it would be fair to say that content owners and consumers have gone a bit "image crazy" in the past few years.

Predicting Dynamic Malware Threats

We just released a new whitepaper outlining the upcoming types of cyberthreats and malicious activity affecting digital consumers, and how organizations and operators can address them. Below is an excerpt.

By Will Law and Shawn Michels

Apple's June 15th announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference that it will add fragmented MP4 (fMP4) support to HLS marks a significant step in simplifying online video streaming. fMP4 is the parent of the emerging Common Media Application Format (CMAF), and Apple's plan to support fMP4 brings the industry closer to the single format for OTT distributors and playback support on all consumer electronics devices. The ultimate goal is to reduce the complexity when delivering video online. 

Where is my HTTP/2 Performance?

This blog post is part of an ongoing series where we will discuss a wide range of H2-related topics. In today's post, we talk about some of the misconceptions regarding HTTP/2 being a silver bullet for improved website performance.