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What the Next President Needs to Do for the Internet

There is a great blog post over at the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Policy Beta Blog:

Innovation, the Open Internet, and the Next President“.

It gives an overview of what our new President should do (or not do!) in regards to encouraging innovation and openness of the internet. Some points include:

One of the new president’s first tasks will be to select top officials for executive branch positions. The FCC, the FTC, DoJ, NTIA, and the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (created by recently passed legislation) all will have a hand in policies with potentially significant impact on the Internet…

The president also should avoid new copyright policies that fail to protect emerging forms of free expression in the digital realm…

If the next president wants to encourage innovation, preserving the open character of the broadband Internet should be a top priority, right up there with the commonly cited goal of continuing to improve the nation’s broadband infrastructure.

I would also add that our new President needs to support digital preservation technologies and standards, as well as digital authentication of documents online.

Here is another post on a similar vein: “Next President Has ‘Open’ Opportunity“.

The Center for Democracy & Technology also has a page entitled “The Internet in Transition” with a blueprint for keeping the internet open, innovative, and free.

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