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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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Response and Recommendations For the Digital Security Commission Act of 2016

CDT has reviewed and prepared recommendations for the Digital Security Commission Act of 2016 (S. 2604/H.R. 4651), sponsored by Senator Mark Warner and Representative Michael McCaul. The Act would establish in the legislative branch the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges, which would be made up of experts from national security and law enforcement, the technology sector, and the cryptography and privacy and civil liberties communities. Although CDT agrees with the general notion that bringing diverse stakeholders to the table is an important and effective means of solving a problem, CDT cannot support this bill.

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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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Letter to House of Representatives leadership opposing H.R. 2666

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi –– The undersigned organizations strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 2666, the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.” A broad coalition wrote to you this week detailing the many ways this legislation would undermine the public interest and the Open Internet; we are particularly concerned about the bill’s impact on consumer privacy.

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A Big-Apple Judge Sides with Apple: A Breakdown of Magistrate Judge Orenstein’s Opinion

The end of the Apple/FBI case in California is a win for cybersecurity and privacy – but a temporary one. It’s only a matter of time before another judge considers whether or not the All Writs Act can be used to force Apple or another company to weaken the security of its devices in aid of ongoing investigations. In fact, less than a month ago, a New York magistrate judge faced a similar legal question involving an iPhone from a drug trafficking case; his answer was an emphatic “no.” This is CDT’s in-depth breakdown of the opinion, which the government appealed to the District Court.

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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 Files Brief in Support of Apple

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has filed an amicus brief in support of Apple in its challenge to the FBI order to unlock the cell phone of an attacker in the San Bernardino shootings. CDT’s brief addresses the inappropriate application of the All Writs Act in an attempt by the government to compel Apple to create a new, less secure operating system for the phone. CDT has long opposed government-mandated backdoors in technology, and believes that strong encryption strengthens the security of our nation.

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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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