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It is a fundamental underpinning of multistakeholderism that all parties are equal. Thus, government interests should not be elevated above individual or commercial interests when those interests are deemed legitimate after appropriate review and process.

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CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we explore how different approaches to patents in the US and Europe lead to very different policy outcomes. We also talk about why media development professionals need to start engaging in internet governance.

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In the run up to the long anticipated IANA transition on September 30, “internet give-away” rhetoric is obscuring the reality that stopping or delaying the IANA transition will undermine the interests of businesses, human rights organizations, the technical community, and the United States Government. Paradoxically, those who believe that there will be an “internet give-away” fail to realize that what they fear – empowered authoritarian regimes, imperiled free expression, and the eventual take-over of the internet by other governments or the UN – is most likely to occur by preventing the transition from happening.

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IANA Transition Proposal Meets NTIA Criteria Necessary to Advance

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A number of concerns continue to be raised in the media, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere about the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition to the multistakeholder community. CDT offered our thoughts on these unfounded concerns in a statement we submitted for the record of the Senate Commerce Committee hearing today and we debunk a number of these concerns in this post.

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