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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 70

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
At the Turkish government’s request, Twitter and Google complied with blocking URLs relating to an Istanbul prosecutor being killed, including tweets and YouTube videos;
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johannes Casper, ordered Google to “comply with German data protection law and give users more control over their data”;
A new report analyzes a new tool of attack termed “China’s great cannon” that is “separate from, but co-located with, the Great Firewall of China” and involves weaponizing users to enforce censorship

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Julia Lane: Measuring the Results of Public Investment in R&D Using Big Data

The GovLab recently hosted an Ideas Lunch featuring Julia Lane, an Institute Fellow and Senior Managing Economist at the American Institutes for Research.  Lane spoke with us about the importance of measuring the results of public investment in research and development, and the many possibilities afforded by leveraging big data in this arena.  The GovLab […]

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 68

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The annual RightsCon conference was held on March 24th-25th in Manila in the Philippines, and brought together people from over 50 countries who were “committed to extending the digital rights of users around the world, and fighting for the open internet”;
The Indian Supreme Court struck down a law that criminalized several forms of online expression in a “defining moment for freedom of expression for the country.”

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The GovLab Index: Prizes and Challenges

Please find below the latest installment in the GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index: Prizes and Challenges” highlights recent findings about two key techniques in shifting innovation from institutions to the general public: Prize-Induced Contests – using monetary rewards to incentivize individuals and other entities to develop solutions to public problems; […]

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 64

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: On Thursday, the FCC voted to regulate the Internet as a public utility under Title II. The decision follows a yearlong debate and public comment period about the best rules to ensure an Open Internet;
Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, called for a unified European data-protection law to counter the practice of major US Internet companies using legal loopholes to gather and sell personal data.
; the Senate held a hearing on the IANA transition called “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance”; several tech companies have also added their support to the IANA transition.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 63

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society have released a new paper, Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations from a Series of National Case Studies, that examines online intermediary liability through the use of case studies covering issues and frameworks in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam;
Lenovo has come under fire for shipping Windows computers preloaded with hidden adware dubbed Superfish, which exposed Lenovo users to man-in-the-middle attacks;
AT&T has rolled out high speed fiber-to-home Internet service in Kansas City for $70 a month; however, customers will have to pay an additional $29 per month to opt out of AT&T using their data for advertising. The articles AT&T charges $29 for privacy. Time for others to do the same and Don’t let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee” provide two viewpoints on this controversial move by AT&T.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 62

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: ICANN’s 52nd Public Meeting took place this week in Singapore; you can read more details on the sessions and archival recordings here; Several companies including Symantec, Intel Security and Fortinet as well as Sony and Microsoft’s video game divisions have agreed to share customer data with the US Government for purposes of national security; A recent report on Internet freedom in Russia found that “the number of cases where citizens’ Internet freedom was limited in the country increased 1.5-fold in 2014.” Russia’s lower house of Parliament has also proposed further restrictions; according to Russian MP Leonid Levin,“access to anonymization and circumvention tools such as TOR, VPNs and even web proxies, needs to be restricted.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 61

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: In preparation for ICANN 52 which will be held in Singapore from February 08-12, information has been released on the agenda and sessions, including the schedule for the Global Domains Division (GDD) Sessions, also see notes from the pre-ICANN 52 Policy Update Webinar; Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, put forth his stance on net neutrality, proposing that the FCC ““use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 60

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: On Tuesday, the US Federal Communications Commission made a significant revision to its definition of broadband, changing the standard to downloads of 25 megabits a second and uploads of 3 megabits a second from earlier speeds of 4 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads; Civil society organizations from around the world launched the Internet Social Forum (ISF), a group with a mission to create a “participatory bottom-up space for all those who believe that the global Internet must evolve in the public interest.” The group began as a response to the World Economic Forum’s Net Mundial Initiative;
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to make a decision on net neutrality in the near future, and in The One Loophole to Rule Them All, Marvin Ammori warns that telecommunications companies will lobby to put a loophole in the FCC’s rule. Also, in Before Net Neutrality: The Surprising 1940s Battle for Radio Freedom, Annenberg Professor Victor Pickard opines that “how this debate plays out may determine whether we follow the path of broadcasting or begin to create a media system worthy of its democratic promise.”

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