How can conflicts between countries on Internet policy – like free speech, intellectual property and privacy – be avoided or resolved? In a report released Tuesday, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation lays out a framework for countries to approach Internet policy that works like this: if the policy’s impact would be purely domestic, countries should be free to pursue the policies they want. But if it would have an impact beyond its borders, that’s where international agreements and informal consensus come in.
A video from Vint Cerf, Google’s chief Internet evangelist, seems to be defending the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s proposal to step back from its role in certain functions of the Internet domain name system. The video has been making the rounds on tech blogs.
“There’s been some confusion about the United States’ role in creating ICANN,” Cerf says in the animated (literally) video, where he gives an brief history of governance over Internet protocol addresses and domain names. In addition to working at Google, Cerf is widely regarded as “father of the Internet.”
Back in March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it would ask the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to get stakeholders together to come up with a plan for the federal agency to step back from its role in certain functions of the Internet domain name system.
In case you haven’t been watching ICANN’s every movement since then, here’s an update via NTIA’s Lawrence E. Strickling, from his remarks at an American Enterprise Institute Internet governance event on Tuesday.
The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.
In April, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission teamed up to release a statement to businesses who might be worried about sharing cybersecurity information with competitors: The agencies wrote that they “do not believe that antitrust is – or should be – a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing.”
A new report released today on the security of the electricity grid concludes that the statement was a good start to tackling one of the biggest impediments of business-to-business cyber threat info sharing. It just isn’t good enough. Full story
Will the way people access and share content on the Internet be significantly worse in 2025 compared to now? And what are the “most serious threats to the most effective accessing and sharing” of content online?
Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois is one of the Republicans trying to block NTIA from getting out of the business of administering some functions of the Internet domain name system. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Could authoritarian governments gain power over the Web if the U.S. steps out of its role in the Internet domain name system?
Rice at a White House briefing in March. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
National security adviser Susan E. Rice gave a speech today about the Obama administration’s efforts to use coalitions and collective action to solve international problems, and she extended that framework to the Internet itself. But she was careful to acknowledge that online, everything is a work in progress.
Shirts for sale at the Bitcoin Center NYC in February during a class on the basics of the digital currency. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
The rise of digital currency (i.e. Bitcoin) points toward a future in which similar uses of “cryptographic proof” could drive huge changes in society and government, writes Matthew Sparkes in a long, detailed argument for the Telegraph. At stake are control and sustainability of the Internet, as well as the viability of laws, banks and other institutions, he says.