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Battle Brewing Over International Internet Regulation

Next week’s ITU meeting in Dubai pits the United States against many others

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30 November 2012—If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s how officials in a number of countries, particularly the United States, feel about growing efforts to change the way the Internet operates. The latest push comes from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which hopes to update a global treaty on telephone regulations so it includes the Net. The treaty was initially signed in 1988, when telephony was a highly regulated, mostly analog technology business, and the Internet was young. Since then, the Internet has become the backbone for global communications and commerce.

 

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How Police Exploited the Capitol Riot’s Digital Records

Forensic technology is powerful, but is it worth the privacy trade-offs?

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The group of well-dressed young men who gathered on the outskirts of Baltimore on the night of 5 January 2021 hardly looked like extremists. But the next day, prosecutors allege, they would all breach the United States Capitol during the deadly insurrection. Several would loot and destroy media equipment, and one would assault a policeman.

No strangers to protest, the men, members of the America First movement, diligently donned masks to obscure their faces. None boasted of their exploits on social media, and none of their friends or family would come forward to denounce them. But on 5 January, they made one piping hot, family-size mistake: They shared a pizza.

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