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Government missed major threat to Internet independence

The U.S. government did not conduct a sufficient analysis of the consequences of giving up control of the corporation responsible for assigning web addresses, increasing the risk that foreign governments will eventually gain control of the Internet, according to documents obtained by the group Americans for Limited Government. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration currently has authority over the Internet’s domain name system through a contract with a private, international organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The contract is set to expire on September 30.…

Where do Trump and Clinton stand on keeping the internet open?

When the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality rules last year, many people saw it as a done deal. Supporters cheered the decision as a victory for the free and open internet, where the deep pockets of big companies couldn’t buy faster web speeds over struggling startups. Since then, the issue has largely faded from the spotlight and has rarely come up on the presidential campaign trail. But internet policy experts say the FCC decision was far from the end of the story – and with just over 10…

Private industry concerned over 2015 cyber security act

Large scale data breaches—such as the Office of Personnel Management data hack in 2014 that exposed the sensitive personal information of over 22.1 million Americans—have demonstrated an increasing need for advances in cybersecurity. The adoption of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 has pushed private sector businesses to follow guidelines for improved cybersecurity while participating in information sharing with government agencies. Earlier this month, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies held a hearing to examine the perspectives of stakeholders in both private industry and government on…

China moves closer to adopting controversial cyber security law

China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship. China enforces widespread controls over the internet that it has sought to codify in law, and Chinese laws often go through multiple readings and drafts before they are adopted. The draft, presented before the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, requires network operators to comply with social morals and accept the supervision of the government and public,…

Senate Republicans rally behind expanding FBI’s online surveillance powers post-Orlando

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers will vote this week on an amendment that would expand the FBI’s ability to conduct online surveillance and allow the bureau to compel internet companies for their customers’ browsing history and other records without a warrant. Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Monday the proposal would strengthen the ability for authorities to “connect the dots so we are better able to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States,” evoking specifically the mass shooting in Orlando this month that left 49 people dead and 53 injured. The…

Proposals to curb online speech viewed as threat to open internet

At least a dozen countries are considering or have enacted laws restricting online speech, a trend that is alarming policymakers and others who see the internet as a valuable medium for debate and expression. Such curbs are called out as a threat to the open internet in a report on internet governance set to be released today at an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The report, reviewed by Reuters, warns of dangers for the global internet, including intrusive surveillance, rising cybercrime and fragmentation as governments exert control…

Ted Cruz proposes bill to keep U.S. from giving up internet governance

Internet legislation proposed Wednesday in the Senate would prohibit the U.S. government from relinquishing its role with respect to overseeing the web’s domain name system, or DNS, unless explicitly authorized by Congress. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a division of the Commerce Department, currently oversees control of the DNS, a virtual phonebook of sorts that allows internet users to easily browse the web by allocating domain names to websites the world over. The NITA has long been expected to give up its oversight role to a global multi-stakeholder community, however,…

The best and worst Internet experience in the world

On a recent night out in Beijing, a friend in her late 20s sent me a message on WeChat to ask which new restaurant I’d like to try: Thai or Italian? Then she sent me a location “pin” on the popular Chinese social-messaging app to help me navigate to the chosen address. After dinner, we took selfies while clinking cocktail glasses, and she enhanced our pixels using MeituPic, a popular photo retouching app, to virtually brighten our lipstick and smooth any dark circles under our eyes before posting the photos…