How to Keep the Internet Free and Open

By: Michael Chertoff and General James Cartwright
Source: Politico
 
The U.S. has long held a minimal oversight role over the internet. It's time for that to end.
 
In the upcoming months, the U.S. government faces a critical decision: Should it relinquish its limited oversight role over a critical component of the Internet? The decision concerns the Internet's Domain Name System - the system that allows users to reach sites ending in .com, .org., .uk, .bank and many other designations. For nearly two decades, the U.S. has helped oversee this crucial component of the global Internet. And for many years, Washington has been committed ultimately to fully privatizing the system, withdrawing the oversight role of the Commerce Department, and leaving it in the hands of a private California-based organization. But now, there are some who want to abandon that plan and keep the government involved.
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Resolving the Encryption Debate Requires Betting on Innovation

 
The recent debate over the scope and role of encryption highlights the tension around law enforcement’s efforts to preserve public safety and respect individual privacy.The high-profile dispute between Apple and the FBI encapsulates this debate, seemingly pitting law enforcement against Silicon Valley.It need not be that way. In fact, this debate misses the far bigger point.Most agree that America’s technological expertise is a key pillar of our economic growth. Fewer understand that it’s also a key pillar of our national security. American excellence in pioneering disruptive technologies and ideas not only invigorates Americans and our economy, it also assists in safeguarding our shared homeland security interests.
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Port Security in the Cyber Age

 

In the nineteenth century, American strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan helped define a new understanding of maritime security and the role of the U.S. Navy in ensuring American global influence. Mahan believed that a strong Navy and robust maritime trade were both integral to national and economic security. He also recognized the importance of port security, eloquently stating “the ships that thus sail to and fro must have secure ports to which to return.” In an age of profound and evolving cyber threats to critical infrastructure, Mahan’s philosophy takes on renewed importance. Port security must be reconsidered in all its facets to safeguard this cornerstone of global trade and national influence.

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SURFING THE BODY-WORN CAMERA WAVE

By: Paul Rosenzweig

Source: GCN

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are the next wave of policing.  If law enforcement officials aren’t careful, however, the wave may drown them rather thancarry them to shore.In mid-January, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, SafeGov.org and the Police Foundation hosted a day-long review of the current state of deployment of BWCs at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  If the expert recommendations from that event could be summarized in a single phrase it would be: “Proceed with caution.” 

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DIGITAL SECURITY REQUIRES A LEGISLATIVE OVERHAUL

Source: Time 
 
Last week, the European Commission and the U.S. concluded tough negotiations to reach an important new agreement regarding cross-border data transfers, the so-called “E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield,” which replaces the 15-year-old Safe Harbor compact. We also learned the U.S. and the U.K. began negotiations regarding a new data-sharing agreement that shows great promise to establish a basis for other like-minded democracies to develop a more modern and workable legal framework for government access to citizens’ data.
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IMPROVING AVIATION SECURITY 

 

On October 31, 2015, an international charter flight departing from Sharm el-Sheik International Airport disintegrated mid-flight en-route to Saint Petersburg, Russia, killing all passengers onboard. Two weeks later, a series of coordinated attacks led by a Brussels-based terrorist cell struck Paris, resulting in the death of over 130 people. Last week, a female shooter who arrived to the United States on a fiancé visa in 2014, along with her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. It is evident that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reached beyond its own borders, claiming responsibility for attacks, inspiring others, and striving to continuously expand its influence and network.

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