Panelists Concerned NSA News Will Buoy Efforts To Control Internet

Yesterday, the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation put on an event: Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of Surveillance. The event featured a round table with Rebecca Mackinnon, an NAF senior research fellow, Cynthia Wong, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, andCarolina Rossini, the Latin American Resource Center Director at NAF. Frank La Rue, the Special Rapporteur…

CCIA Warns Congress About Internet Governance Bill

CCIA wrote to members of Congress today as they prepare to mark up a new Internet Freedom bill. In the letter to leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, CCIA warned that legislation, designed to reinforce U.S. support for a global open Internet free of international regulation, is not only…

WCIT [UN] Vote Threatens Internet

Last night at 1:30am in the morning the fears of many citizens, businesses, NGOs and public agencies were realized as the chairman of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) called for an unexpected vote to have a UN agency, where only governments have a real voice, take on a more active role in governing…

Senate Approves Russia Trade Measure With Internet Censorship Provisions

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes Senate passage today of legislation extending permanent normal trade relations to the Russian Federation by a vote of 92-4.  The bill combines the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, addressing the issues of human rights violations and corruption in Russia, with legislation removing application of the Jackson-Vanik…

Congress Approves Russia Trade Measure With Internet Censorship Provisions

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes House passage today of legislation extending permanent normal trade relations to the Russian Federation by a vote of 365-43.  In addition to removing application of the Jackson-Vanik amendment to Russia, the bill combines the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act addressing the issues of human rights violations…