Internet Policy


Efficient Governance in a Turbulent World

Please join Prime Minister Rõivas as he discusses ways Northern European countries are implementing information communication technology solutions that are changing citizen interaction with their respective governments, and how Estonia has established and successfully implemented the first e-government and the digital signature. The Prime Minister will also introduce qualities of e-governance and provide perspective on how to sustain economic growth and strengthen democracy as an innovative European country within an unpredictable security environment.

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Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet: Report of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, finds that as more people and services become interconnected and dependent on the Internet, societies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. To support security, innovation, growth, and the free flow of information, the Task Force recommends that the United States and its partners work to build a cyber alliance, make the free flow of information a part of all future trade agreements, and articulate an inclusive and robust vision of Internet governance.

Independent Task Force reports are consensus documents that offer analysis and policy prescriptions for major U.S. foreign policy issues facing the United States, developed through private and nonpartisan deliberations among a group of high-level experts.

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The Future of Internet Governance

Last June's CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. digital policy found that the U.S. could "no longer rely on its role as the progenitor of the Internet to claim the mantle of leadership." Instead it needed to "exert a positive influence on cyberspace by working to convince the next wave of users that an open and global Internet is in all of our interests." With the conclusion of a global multistakeholder meeting in Brazil, recent weeks have witnessed a flurry of activity on these issues. Please join Lynn St. Amour, Adam Segal, and Daniel Sepulveda as they assess the outcomes of NETmundial in Brazil and discuss the future of Internet governance.

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Atlantic Monthly: The Connection Has Been Reset

Author: James Fallows

As the countdown to the Beijing Olympics nears four months, James Fallows explains the intricacies of China's internet censorship tools and how the Chinese government will allow foreign visitors access an unfettered web. Chinese citizens are often blocked from information, such as reports on crack downs in Tibet, that the government prefers to cover up. This article reveals the government’s motives behind the censorship and how the “Great Firewall of China” works.

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HRW: Race to the Bottom: Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

China’s system of Internet censorship and surveillance, popularly known as the “Great Firewall,” is the most advanced in the world. In this report, Human Rights Watch documents how extensive corporate and private sector cooperation – including by some of the world’s major Internet companies – enables this system of censorship. Research was performed through interviews and extensive testing of search engines inChina, and includes 18 screen shots to illustrate examples of censorship. The report vividly illustrates how various companies, including Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, and Skype block terms they believe the Chinese government will want them to censor.

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Open Net Initiative: Internet Filtering in Yemen in 2004-2005 (PDF)

This report argues that while the Republic of Yemen substantially filters material on topics related to sex, sexuality and gambling, the state does not try to control broadly what its citizens see on the Internet. For instance, unlike certain other states that filter Internet content, Yemen does not block political content and its blocking of religious content is limited, focusing only on a small number of anti-Islam sites.

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