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    No to a United Nations for the Internet

    Here are three rules to live by for the Internet: Keep it regulation-free; Keep it tax-free; and Keep it censorship-free. All of these sensible guidelines could be jeopardized by a new Obama Administration proposal to hand over some control of Internet usage, as well as the assignation of domain names, … More

    Giving the Internet Over to the U.N. -- or Worse

    How has the Internet worked so well—and stayed as free as it is—for so long? One big reason is U.S. oversight, and the Obama administration has now said it’s giving that up. Absent oversight of the Department of Commerce, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will likely … More

    Comcast/Time-Warner: Storm Forecasts Just Hot Air

    While much of official Washington was kept from the office on Thursday by a snowstorm, a storm of a different kind was developing in the television world. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable TV company, reached a deal to buy Time-Warner Cable. The instant analysis of the deal was as breathless … More

    Light Returns to the FCC: Net Neutrality Rules Overturned by Court

    Robert McDowell, then a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), famously called it “the darkest day of the year,” referring to the FCC’s December 2010 adoption of “net neutrality” rules. Today, things are looking brighter: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has unceremoniously tossed out the … More

    Brazil’s Internet: A Showdown of Ends and Means

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff wants to free Brazil’s Internet access from U.S. domination. Rousseff and the Brazilian government seek to accomplish this “cyber sovereignty” by strong-arming U.S. companies into establishing local data centers, laying a new fiber-optic link from Brazil through South Africa to Asia, and partnering with Russia on … More

    Internet Freedom in Decline

    The recently published Freedom on the Net 2013 report by Freedom House shows a negative movement worldwide, even in the countries listed as “free.” This has been a persistent trend for the three years Freedom House has conducted the survey. The tug of war between governments and Internet users continues, … More

    “Voluntary” Cybersecurity Standards: The Threat of Regulation Looms

    Recently, Federal News Radio reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is nearing completion of the nation’s first ever cybersecurity framework. Despite initial cooperation, the threat of mandatory regulations as a result of this framework is a sword hanging over the private sector. The NIST framework is … More

    Goodlatte: 7 Things to Consider Before Taxing Internet Shopping

    Efforts in Congress to give state tax collectors power to tax out-of-state (mostly Internet) sales hit a roadblock Wednesday, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) released seven principles to guide the debate. These principles reflect the major concerns with such an expansion of taxing power, rightfully setting a … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting Finally Accessible for Americans

    This month, Americans finally got the opportunity to watch and listen to news programming that the U.S. government has been broadcasting to the rest of the world for decades. This is a good thing. Americans should benefit from and be informed about the news that their tax dollars pay for … More

    U.S. Engages Cuba, Cuba Engages in Arms Trafficking

    The interception of a North Korean ship believed to be carrying missiles, jets, and other weapons from Cuba through the Panama Canal should be a wakeup call for the Obama Administration as it resumes migration talks with Cuban officials for the first time since 2011. The incident illustrates the wrongheadedness … More