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Scott Malcomson | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Scott Malcomson

Americans don't want to accept that 21st-century technological life has to come at the price of total vulnerability to surveillance, nor do they want American technology companies to maintain open global networks at the price of their own personal security. Recent calls for blocking terrorists from posting on social media -- from Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Google's Eric Schmidt -- reflect a growing American conviction that the state's responsibility to protect its citizens should extend to restrictions on cyber speech.

Rough Consensus & Ambigious Compromise in Global Digital Politics

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

The UN's ten-year review of World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) concluded successfully with the adoption of the WSIS+10 Resolution on 16 Decemb...

Security Is Cyber, Development Is Digital

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 10.14.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

E-, virtual, online, and net are gradually disappearing: This is the conclusion reached by the prefix monitoring of ongoing UN-based negotiations on global digital policy (negotiations on the 10-year review of WSIS, the World Summit on the Information Society).

A Critical Moment for the Future of the Internet

Techonomy | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Techonomy

The Internet, the greatest invention of our generation -- several generations in fact -- is in many ways a reflection of the American Dream. It's vast and open, unlimited in its potential reach.

Cyberpolitics in 3 triangles: How to avoid a digital Bermuda Triangle

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Most data is stored by states and businesses. The question of data tracking and reporting by states and business is a current focus of digital policy discussions.

Connecting the Dots in Digital Politics

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 05.02.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

In the coming months, we can expect more curves, as we watch the lines connecting problems and solutions for net neutrality.

The New Social Contract for The Internet

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 02.04.2015 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

It is time for our Internet masters, most of them in the U.S., to acknowledge that a state is not just a counter-terrorism agency or a counter-regulating body. Each state must stand for social peace, public health, education, welfare, protection and prosperity for its citizens and neighbors.

Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action

Anne Stockwell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anne Stockwell

Within the next two weeks, the governing body of the Internet will rule on who gets to operate the new domain .GAY. I'm concerned that this decision is about to go badly for LGBT people.

Obama Heroically Wages Internet War, But Misses World Wide Web Target

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Obama's speech focused on a free and open Internet within our borders that doesn't speed up or slow down content delivery. What's interesting about Monday's statement is for all its good, it turns the discussion away from a global perspective to a domestic one.

If ICANN Doesn't Keep Registrars Honest, Who Will?

John Horton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
John Horton

Last week, The Wall Street Journal detailed the challenges that drug safety authorities like the FDA face when tackling the illegal and unsafe distrib...

America's Internet Giveaway: Dumbest Idea in the World ... Ever?

Bill_Robinson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Who in the world could possibly think this was a good idea? "Let's give away oversight and regulatory authority over the Internet to other countries," they must have shrieked with élan.

For More Internet, and More Democracy, Forget NetMundial and ICANN

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

As the Netmundial conference on the future of Internet governance starts, rather than asking "What can we expect from it?", we might ask instead whether this future might be more promisingly reformed by political, technical and architectural innovations than by a preach to a so-called multistakeholder choir convened in Sao Paulo.

No, Russia Isn't About To Take Over Your Internet: Protecting Internet Freedom From Both Simplistic Defenders, Internet Restricting Countries

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Let there be no mistake: the future and openness of the Internet is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, recent headlines could easily lead someon...

It's Not the End of the Internet as We Know It -- Five Myths About the Recent U.S. Internet Announcement

Fadi Chehadé | Posted 06.02.2014 | Technology
Fadi Chehadé

As the Internet expands, we must ensure that it continues to be a platform for choice and competition, drives innovation and infuses development across the globe.

Yes, ICANN

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

What we must have is a clear, enforceable, protected solution whereby ICANN does not fall under the influence of the colors of any country's flag or political leader.

A New U.S. Global Policy in Communications

John M. Eger | Posted 05.15.2014 | Technology
John M. Eger

We have finally recognized that the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)--a U.S. based corporation with unlimited power to...

U.S. Government Letting Go Of Key Internet Oversight Role

Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The U.S. government announced Friday that it is relinquishing its hold on a key Internet oversight role. The Wall Street Journal reported that the...

US Senator Isn't A Fan Of '.Sucks' Web Address Plans

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

A high-ranking US senator urged Internet regulators Wednesday to pull the plug on a proposed online neighborhood for website addresses ending in ".suc...

The Asymmetrics, the WEF, ICANN, Brazil, and the 'Little Red Book' of Multistakeholderism

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

There is a lot of evidence to support the idea that Brazil has recently changed its request for a major change in Internet power structure and governance. One of them is the upcoming Brazilian Internet conference, now organized in association with ICANN.

Sacrificing the ICANN Will Not Be Enough for the US to Restore Its Internet Ethics

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

Giving away the ICANN might please a few; the Swiss, the Brazilians, and the usual faithful digital US allies such as the Swedish and British, but what's about the Germans, the French and other Europeans, not to mention the Africans and Asians. As the single market for Telecom in Europe is at stake these days, the Europeans might have a serious talk.

Ron Paul Turns on Grassroots Supports Sites With Help of UN Organization

Andrew Ian Dodge | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Andrew Ian Dodge

There will no doubt be people who take great pleasure from the latest fracas between Ron Paul and his grassroots activists. It just goes to show when money is involved out goes the concept of "liberty" and "grassroots" activism.

Tech Companies Discuss Governments' Push to Control Internet

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.13.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While the Internet has faced various threats in its young life, countries that appreciate the economic and societal benefits are waking up to the very real threat of international governmental control.

Web Address Plan Provokes Rare Threat From U.S.

Reuters | Posted 05.23.2012 | Technology

* US government gives ICANN only temporary contract extension * Conflict of interest concerns around new domain programme ...

UN's ITU Could Become Next Internet Freedom Threat

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.09.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Some of the lessons learned from the dangers of legislation like SOPA should be the need for forbearance and a well-researched, multi-stakeholder derived policy to avoid unintended consequences.

Janean Chun

It's The End Of The World (Wide Web) As We Know It

HuffingtonPost.com | Janean Chun | Posted 01.11.2012 | Small Business

It could be the end of the World Wide Web as we know it: After rolling out just 22 top-level domains in the past 10 years, Internet Corporation for As...