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Civil Society Statement of Support for IANA Transition

It is the view of the undersigned civil society organizations that the IANA transition will confirm the legitimacy of multistakeholder approaches to Internet policy and governance, will result in a stronger and more empowered community within ICANN and ensure that the Internet community ­and not ICANN or one government­ is responsible and accountable for the stability, security and resiliency of the Internet going forward. Blocking or delaying the transition would strengthen the hand of those who do not believe in or support an open Internet and would encourage further government intervention and control.

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Statement for Senate Hearing on IANA Transition

CDT’s Chris Calabrese submitted a statement to the Senate Commerce Committee for the hearing examining the IANA transition to the global multistakeholder community. He affirmed CDT’s committment to ensuring that the transition fully reflects the intent of the multistakeholder community’s transition and accountability proposals.

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CDT Statement at WSIS Forum 2016

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2016 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. CDT’s Matthew Shears gave remarks at the High Level Policy Session on the Enabling Environment.

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Matthew Shears’ Testimony before House Committee on IANA Transition, March 2016

Last Thursday in Marrakech the Internet community forwarded the IANA transition plan to NTIA. It did so following the global Internet community’s approval of a set of recommendations designed to ensure the enhanced accountability of ICANN post-transition. This package, the IANA transition plan and the recommendations for enhancing ICANN’s accountability post transition, is, quite simply, a remarkable achievement by the multistakeholder community.

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CDT IGF Stocking Taking Comments and Recommendations

CDT’s submission on the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, and recommendations for this year’s IGF expected to be held in Mexico in October or November. IGF Joao Pessoa stood out for a number of reasons – there remain, however, a number of logistical and organizational improvements that need to be made.

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Zero Rating: A Framework for Assessing Benefits and Harms

Discussions around zero rating settle into three basic positions on whether and under what circumstances network operators should be permitted to exempt certain Internet traffic from otherwise-applicable usage-based pricing. This paper proposes a framework for advancing the discussion of this middle ground. It approaches zero rating in a manner similar to other key questions in implementing and applying net neutrality laws and regulations, such as network management, usage-based pricing, or specialized services that rely on the same infrastructure as the “public” Internet while serving a separate function.

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The Winding Road of the WSIS+10 Review Continues

CDT joined a number of civil society organizations from around the globe at the recent inter-sessional meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in Geneva. At the meeting, we commended the CSTD report, “Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society.“…

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