IETF Standards Coming to a Device Near You

Alissa Cooper On March - 18 - 2013

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. The Internet runs on technical standards created in a variety of forums, most notably the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). These technical standards are what make the Internet possible. By using standardized communications protocols created in the IETF and elsewhere, computers, services, […]

Categories: Net Neutrality, Standards

Future-Proofing Network Management

Alissa Cooper On January - 18 - 2013

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. AT&T took some heat last fall for imposing limits (some of which have since been removed) on which subscribers can use FaceTime, Apple’s video calling service, over its cellular network.  This week, the FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee published a report on […]

Adoption of Traffic Sniffing Standard Fans WCIT Flames

Alissa Cooper On November - 28 - 2012

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog and was co-authored with Emma Llanso. Updated December 5 The telecommunications standards arm of the U.N. has quietly endorsed the standardization of technologies that could give governments and companies the ability to sift through all of an Internet user’s traffic – including […]

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. Recent proposals from several countries urging the mandatory adoption of technical standards are dangerous and misguided. Underscoring that view is today’s launch of “OpenStand,” an initiative supporting a commitment to open, voluntary technical standards for the Internet.  CDT welcomes the OpenStand paradigm.  […]

Categories: Standards

It Takes a Village to Defend a Network

Alissa Cooper On August - 1 - 2012

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. Defending networks from malicious hacking exploits depends in large part on the voluntary, cooperative efforts of network operators, device makers, and Internet users. Today the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) — a group of technical experts dedicated to building consensus about […]

Digging into Traffic Management in Europe

Alissa Cooper On June - 13 - 2012

In recent years as regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have grappled with questions about net neutrality, there is at least one commitment they have made in common: to monitor market developments for signs that discriminatory or anti-competitive conduct may be chipping away at the openness of the Internet. While there has been minimal […]

Categories: Network Management

Privacy in a Future that is Forever

Alissa Cooper On June - 6 - 2012

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. The Internet is running out of address space and it appears that the solution has narrowly avoided a technical issue that carried serious implications for consumer privacy. The Internet’s inventors never imagined it would explode to become a global tool linking billions […]

Note: This was originally posted on the Center for Democracy & Technology blog. The addressing system our computers and phones use to find each other on the Internet is undergoing its largest ever transformation. We’ve nearly run out of Internet addresses in their original form, known as IPv4. ISPs, website owners, and technology companies are […]

Categories: Net Neutrality, Standards

Net Neutrality Discourses in the US and the UK

Alissa Cooper On October - 14 - 2011

Telecommunications policy issues rarely make news, much less mobilize thousands of people. Yet this certainly occurred in the United States around efforts to introduce net neutrality regulation. A similar grassroots mobilization has yet to develop in the United Kingdom or throughout most of the rest of Europe. My colleague Alison Powell and I have just […]

Doing the DPI Dance

Alissa Cooper On October - 14 - 2011

It can be difficult to predict when and why particular technologies will attract attention from policymakers. A few years ago, it seemed like around every policy corner — whether it be privacy, Internet neutrality, copyright enforcement, or cybersecurity — lurked deep packet inspection, a technical capability that allowed ISPs to gain increased visibility into the […]