Level 3: On the Level?

Without knowing all of the commercial details, it’s hard to know what to make of Level 3’s recent claim that Comcast is threatening the openness of the Internet by requiring Level 3 to pay Comcast a fee to deliver Level 3 traffic to Comcast subscribers. But as the companies have traded arguments in both directions (see Comcast’s…

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At Last, FCC Poised to Act on Neutrality

Just 14 days into 2010, CDT and numerous other parties filed extensive comments on the FCC's proposal to adopt rules to preserve the Internet's open nature.  Since then, multiple further comment rounds have resulted in many thousands of pages of additional filings from parties on all sides of the issue. Now, as the year winds down, the agency…

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Ask CDT: Answers on First Amendment Rights Online

Last week, CDT General Counsel and First Amendment expert John Morris took readers' questions for Ask CDT: First Amendment Rights Online. See readers' questions and John's answers below. Question: Free speech online is a compromise, isn't it? I believe CDT was even a party to this compromise. I'm talking about COPPA. COPPA restricts the free speech rights…

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CDT files Copyright Comments with Commerce Department Task Force

Last week, CDT filed comments with the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, in response to its notice of inquiry on Copyright, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy. The task force is conducting a review of the relationship between copyright protection and enforcement and online services to inform Administration policy. Our comments strike familiar…

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Senate Committee Approves COICA

As expected, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA).  On the plus side, the approved version deletes the provision creating a Department of Justice “blacklist” and adds some useful language to clarify that the bill is not intended to affect secondary liability jurisprudence.  But on the minus side, there was…

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At Chinese Universities There’s a Fee for ‘Free’

Google’s recent whitepaper on censorship as a trade barrier has brought renewed attention to the global economic impact of policies that curtail the free flow of information, especially those policies that have emanated from the Chinese government. But reports that describe China’s censorship regime have failed to mention an important – and often…

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COICA Questions Mount as Markup Nears

Late in September, we expressed serious concerns over the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act. The bill would allow the Department of Justice to obtain blocking orders from courts that would interfere with the domain name system in ways that could undermine free expression and cybersecurity. We have continued to voice those concerns to Senate…

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The FBI and Service Provider Wiretapping, or What’s In Your Wallet?

The FBI’s apparent desire to require all communications service providers to design a means for law enforcement to access encrypted communications in plain text could have negative effects on personal privacy and industry innovation. Computer scientists, however, concentrate on a different concern: the danger that such design mandates could harm cybersecurity.  In an ironic twist,…

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Ask CDT: First Amendment Rights Online

Read answers to readers' questions on First Amendment Rights Online. In the United States, courts have extended the highest level of First Amendment protection to the the Internet. But what specifically does the First Amendment allow you to say, do, and write online? From November 15-21, CDT…

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