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July 25, 2014
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.”
July 22, 2014
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.
July 21, 2014
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.
July 15, 2014
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
July 7, 2014
CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to mark up its long-awaited cybersecurity bill.
July 3, 2014
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?
June 19, 2014
Could authoritarian governments gain power over the Web if the U.S. steps out of its role in the Internet domain name system?
June 11, 2014
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.
June 10, 2014
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.
June 4, 2014
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, says the recent EU court decision involving Google and the “right to be forgotten” is one that’s “absurd.”
Speaking at a Brooking Institution event, Shapiro said the decision was an “extraordinary affront” on the First Amendment and on history. Erasing the “mechanisms for the transmission of facts” does not “erase the facts themselves,” he said.