Internet Freedom Begins at Home

In the wake of the government ordered shutdown of Internet access in Egypt recently, Washington policymakers are debating various scenarios involving “regulation of the Internet.” The consensus seems to be that government should not be able to act as a gatekeeper or shut off Internet access. In the U.S., dominant private companies also have the ability and…

Expansion of CALEA Concerns CCIA

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is sending to all Members of Congress a joint letter expressing concern about the impact of renewed efforts to expand the government’s power to wiretap and electronically spy on citizens. The open letter to members of Congress and the Administration is jointly signed by the American Library Association, the…

Internet Freedom and Jackson-Vanik

One of the most prominent trade issues in 2012 centers on Congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia.  While extending PNTR to Russia would provide some economic benefits to both countries following Russia’s WTO entry, we believe that there is another aspect to this issue to be considered: that of Internet Freedom.…

"Internet Kill Switch" Bill Conflicts With Broader US Internet Agenda

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) says she plans to re-introduce legislation that would grant the President broad authority over swaths of Internet infrastructure to confront a “cyber emergency.” The re-emergence of this legislation, coinciding with the five-day Internet blackout across Egypt, has come under criticism this week. Egypt’s Internet shutdown has raised concerns about that happening…