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October 21, 2014

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September 25, 2014

Data Localization Requriements Pose Security Issues, Google’s Salgado Says

Google has been a critic of data localization and at a panel discussion Thursday, the company’s director of information security and law enforcement laid out more details of the negatives he sees in such proposals by foreign countries. Among them: inefficiencies, cost and security issues.

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September 22, 2014

Q&A: ICANN’s Christopher Mondini, Part 2

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Christopher Mondini is vice president for business engagement for North America and global business at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Translation: he does outreach and communications with ICANN stakeholders and encourages their participation in ICANN.  Technocrat talked with Mondini, who walked through some of what ICANN does, from a 30,000 foot level.

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September 10, 2014

Report Suggests Framework for Avoiding Cross-Border Internet Policy Conflicts

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.

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July 25, 2014

Vint Cerf Says NTIA Domain Name Plan Would Help Keep Internet Free

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.”

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July 22, 2014

Internet Domain Name System: An Update on NTIA, ICANN Plan

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.

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

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.

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July 15, 2014

DOJ/FTC Cybersecurity Antitrust Comments Good, Not Good Enough, Report Says

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

Cybersecurity Bill in Senate Committee, Quietly, on Tuesday

CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to mark up its long-awaited cybersecurity bill.

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July 3, 2014

What Do the Experts Fear About the Future of the Internet?

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?

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June 19, 2014

NTIA’s Plan to Step Back From Domain Name System Draws Legislative Fire

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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?

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