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Commerce Dept Approves ICANN Transition

Commerce Dept Approves ICANN Transition Ted Cruz Leads Congressional Opposition In March 2014, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its plan to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.  NTIA said the transition proposal must have broad community backing and: Support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model; Maintain…

Commerce Dept Releases Digital Valedictory

DOC Releases Digital Valedictory The Department of Commerce has released a report “Enabling Growth and Innovation in the Digital Economy,” which it describes as a chronicle of the Commerce Department’s efforts in support of the digital economy over the course of the Obama Administration in areas of a free and open internet, privacy and intellectual property. The report…

US-China Legal Exchange Coming to DC, Boston and SoCal

18TH US CHINA LEGAL EXCHANGE COMING TO DC, BOSTON & SOCAL Dates The 18th U.S. China Legal Exchange will be held in the United States as follows: December 4 – Washington, D.C. To register for the Legal Exchange in Washington, DC, please click here December 6 – Boston, MA To register for the Legal Exchange in Boston, MA,…

Commerce Department Opens Debate on Copyright in Digital Economy

The newly released report by the Department of Commerce’s Internet Task Force, “COPYRIGHT POLICY, CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY,” is the starting point for a round of public discussions on the protection of copyrights in the digital age.  While some press reports have raised concerns over reviving SOPA’s criminalizing the streaming of copyright…

CLBR Segment 2: China Syndrome

REPORT FROM 2012 CHINA-US LEGAL EXCHANGE   Bennet has just returned from a 3-city tour as part of the U.S. delegation to the 17th US-China Legal Exchange.  The Exchange is sponsored by the US Department of Commerce and PRC Ministry of Commerce and this year focused on e-commerce issues over three sessions in Harbin, Beijing…

Ted’s Tubes: ICANN, Online Dating, Passwords and Cyber-Censorship

 Commerce Department Rejects ICANN Bid for Long-Term Contract The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which has managed internet domains since 1998 under contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce has failed in its bid to win a long-term extension but instead won only a six-month reprieve as DOC announced it had “received…