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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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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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Beyond NETmundial

Beyond NETmundial: The Roadmap for Institutional Improvements to the Global Internet Governance Ecosystem  was launched on Monday, September 3, at IGF Istanbul.  The book, published by the Internet Policy Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania, looks at a broad set of Internet governance-related institutional issues following the NETmundial meeting

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The ITU’s WCIT Negotiation: Internet Governance, or Just Governing the Internet?

A number of legislators, regulators, and civil society groups, including CDT, have raised concerns about the WCIT’s potential to stray into areas of Internet policy. Others have dismissed these concerns as “rumors”, echoing the ITU Secretary General’s assurances that there are no references to “Internet governance” in the preparation documents for the WCIT. So is the WCIT about Internet governance? It depends on what you mean by the phrase.

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