Digital Infrastructure

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Memorandum of Understanding Between with U.S. Department of Commerce and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

U.S. Department of Commerce transferred governance of domain name system (DNS) to the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This memorandum, released on November 25, 1998, began a process of confirming that the private sector had adequate resources to manage the DNS. On March 14, 2014, the U.S. government announced additional transitions of domain name functions to ICANN. On April 24, 2014, the NETmundial conference discussed Internet governance projects like ICANN.

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Cybersecurity: A Critical Infrastructure Challenge and the Need for Global Cooperation

The global threat of cyber-attacks on internet infrastructure has been amplified in recent years, with breaches affecting major financial institutions, the U.S. Department of Defense, and even entire countries. In the U.S., President Obama has declared cybersecurity to be a national priority, stressing the importance of public-private collaboration. Despite this newfound policy attention to the issue of cybersecurity, broad-scale cooperation, both between national entities, and between the public and private sectors has not caught up to the global scale of cyber-attacks. Join Massimo Sarmi and Stephen Flynn, in discussing Poste Italiane's new initiative for global cooperation in ensuring cybersecurity.

About Poste Italiane's cybersecurity initiative:
Poste Italiane intends to create an International Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security, based in Rome, with a strong collaboration with the Ministry of Interiors, National Police and qualified partners coming from public institutions, private bodies, research institutions and international bodies. The objective of the Centre will be to act as a facilitator and collector of knowledge and culture in matters pertaining to Cyber Security, to support Italian and international organizations in acquiring knowledge and experience, to contribute towards the development of technical and regulatory standards for better protection of citizens, the government and private organizations.

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Voices of the Next Generation with Kalev Leetaru on Big Data

Big data is generally thought of as analysis of the massive volume of data available through information technology. Please join Kalev Leetaru to discuss how big data is reshaping the conduct of diplomacy, risks to national security, and business operations in the 21st century.

This meeting is part of the Council on Foreign Relations' Voices of the Next Generation series, which seeks to bring CFR members together with fresh, young voices in the nation's foreign policy discourse.

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