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What Does “Governance” Mean? What are “Critical Internet Resources”?

CDT Comments for the Second Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil It is the purpose of this paper to describe “governance” and “critical Internet resources” in the context of a vision of the Internet as a medium uniquely suited to foster economic growth, human development, and democratization.  Secondly, while we argue for a broad definition of CIR, we…

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CDT Comments to NTIA regarding The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System: Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement

CDT strongly supports the goal of a fully independent ICANN, and we applaud the steps ICANN has taken to become more transparent, but it is premature to end the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) at this time. The JPA serves as a valuable check on ICANN and an important guarantor that ICANN…

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CDT Comments in the Matter of Broadband Industry Practices

CDT strongly believes that the Internet’s extraordinary success in facilitating independent innovation and speech is directly linked to the fact that any Internet user can provide content and services to any other willing Internet user, without getting permission from any “gatekeeper.”  Actions by broadband providers to degrade certain Internet traffic – the central subject of the petitions on which…

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CDT Comments in the Matter of A National Broadband Plan for our Future

A national broadband plan should affirm and endorse the characteristics and policy choices that have been crucial to the Internet’s success.  Unlike other media platforms, the Internet gives users broad control over what they will see and hear.  It can accommodate an essentially unlimited number of speakers.  Its open technical standards enable widespread and unsupervised innovation.  It is interoperable…

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Independence and Accountability: The Future of ICANN

Comments of the Center for Democracy & Technology submitted to The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, in response to the Notice of Inquiry regarding Assessment of the Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System. CDT strongly supports the goal of a fully independent and accountable ICANN. Many others…

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CDT Reply Comments in the Matter of A National Broadband Plan for our Future

These reply comments will first emphasize the importance of having the broadband plan expressly affirm key elements of the Internet’s successful legal and policy framework, as discussed in CDT’s comments.  Several key elements of that framework – strong First Amendment protection, avoidance of technology mandates, and liability protection for Internet intermediaries – received little attention in the initial comment…

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Principles for Network Management, Limited Role For FCC

For several years now, the issue of Internet neutrality has been the subject of prominent and strident debate in telecom and Internet policy circles. In general terms, the issue concerns whether operators of broadband networks should be free to favor some traffic over others, or instead should be required to handle traffic in an essentially neutral manner. Since late…

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