Without the U.S. government involved, the Internet community needs to find another check on the ICANN board to ensure its long-term accountability and legitimacy.
It’s Not the European Wide Web, It’s the World Wide Web
Global Internet policy conflicts are all too common, from the “Right to be Forgotten” to concerns over the PRISM revelations, and threaten the basic organization of the Internet along with the continued growth of the digital economy. To address this challenge, policymakers should agree on a new policy approach that respects the rights of individual nations to set digital policy as long as it does not impact other countries’ use of the Internet.
Keep the Internet Tax-Free
Hungary’s recently proposed tax on Internet access was absurd – akin to assessing fees on reading books. But the proposal, even if discarded (though the government has hinted that it may bring the tax back in another form), remains worrisome, because it is part of a disturbing trend. A large number of countries have introduced taxes and tariffs that hamper the adoption and use of information and communications technology (ICT). This is the modern-day equivalent of eating the grain you were saving to plant next year.
The Folly of Taxing New Media
As part of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) review of its TV and broadcast regulations, several stakeholders have raised the idea of requiring over-the-top (OTT) video providers — such as YouTube and Netflix — to finance Canadian content. What these concerned parties do not realize is that by choosing to exact fees from online providers, the CTRC would only succeed in reducing innovation and consumer choice, while trying to enforce the unenforceable.
How Washington Should Think About the Internet of Things
Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Daniel Castro argues that policymakers should focus on fostering the Internet of Things through policies that promote innovation and flexibility and refrain from imposing unnecessary or overbearing regulations that could hamper growth and investment in this important technology.
EU Guidelines for “Right to Be Forgotten” Harm Transparency and Represent a Vast Overreach on Internet Policy
The Article 29 Working Party guidance for the Right to be Forgotten could force European privacy laws on other nations and erode free speech rights globally.
A Global Internet Needs Organizing Principles
What is therefore needed is a set of global Internet principles that recognizes that nations will have different and often discordant domestic Internet policies, but encourages them to do so without "breaking the Web." In other words, we need a framework that gives nations the freedom to set their own policies, while also enabling the continued growth of the Internet globally.