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Congressional Letter to FCC Chairman Demanding Net Neutrality

Congressional Representatives Raúl Grijalva and Keith Ellison sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler, before a May 15, 2014 FCC meeting to propose new Internet speed and pricing policies. The cosigners of the letter support preservation of Net Neutrality and equal access to the Internet, to prevent companies from paying higher fees to Internet service providers and in turn having their online content favored.

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NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement

Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and /1Net organized NETmundial: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, which was attended by ministerial representatives of Argentina, Brazil, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey and United States of America, members of the European Commission, and members of the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Held April 23-24, 2014, the conference focused on creating principles of Internet governance to extend ICANN's work.

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World Summit on the Information Society Statements

UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 in December 2001 endorsed the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which encourages global discussions on how to benefit from the digital revolution while addressing the digital divide. The International Telecommunication Union hosted two phases in Geneva from December 10 to 12, 2003, and in Tunis from November 16 to 18, 2005. From February 25 to 27, 2013, WSIS participants met in Paris to evaluate progress and goals.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Ethical Principles Guiding Information and Communication Technology Research (Menlo Report)

Published in December 2011 and amended in August 2012, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a framework for ethical guidelines for computer and information security research. The framework was informed by the three principles of the 1979 Belmont Report for ethical research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice. The Menlo Report adds the principle Respect for Law and Public Interest.

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U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Kornbluh's Remarks on Foreign Policy for the Internet, January 2012

U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh spoke at the Brookings Institute on January 11, 2012. In her speech titled, "Principles of Internet Governance: An Agenda for Economic Growth and Innovation," she discussed the OECD's high-level meetings in June 2011 and the resulting principles countries can adopt to protect the flow of information and uphold policy concerns on the Internet.

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OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Internet Economy

OECD hosted a meeting June 17-18, 2008, in Seoul to discuss "social, economic, and technological trends shaping the development of the Internet Economy" and reach consensus on principles that should guide internet policy making. A second meeting June 28-29, 2011, in Paris, continued these discussions about creating an open internet while "generating innovation and growth."

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Framework for Global Electronic Commerce

The Clinton administration released the Framework for Global Electronic Commerce on July 1, 1997. The framework describes how to "accelerate the growth of global commerce across the Internet" and the role of the U.S. government and guidelines for international negotiations. The framework privatized the domain name system (DNS), which is governed by the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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Cybersecurity Policy

How can the United States protect cyberspace "control system of our country," without restricting the open "flow of information on the Internet"? What should countries consider when developing international cybersecurity standards and protocol? What should their citizens know to protect their information and their rights? Cybersecurity Policy Research Links provide news, background information, legislation, analysis, and international efforts to protect government and the public's information.

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Task Force Report No. 70

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

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.

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