Regulatory Rumblings

ICANN 54 – Onward to Dublin

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 9:45am ET

As was reported here earlier in June, two workstreams were moving to complete the transition proposal for the IANA (technical) functions of ICANN, the ICG (“IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group) and the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability).


Onerous Illinois Data Breach Bill Vetoed By Governor

Posted: Aug 25, 2015 9:00am ET

On Friday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner placed an amendatory veto on SB 1833, a data breach bill which was passed by the Illinois legislature at the end of May.


Explosion of Connected Devices Presents New Challenges

Posted: Aug 13, 2015 2:30pm ET

It is virtually impossible to miss the ever increasing number of devices that are connected to the Internet in day-to-day life. These devices, dubbed the “Internet of Things (IoT),” range from wearable fit-bands to smart thermostats to a large portion of vehicles on the road.


ICANN Accountability: “Creative Ambiguity” at Work in the “.AFRICA” Decision

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 11:30am ET

If the June 2015 Buenos Aires meeting of ICANN focused on the principles of Accountability and Transition, the time leading up to the October 2015 meeting in Dublin will focus on how to begin to achieve these goals. Right after the Buenos Aires meeting ended, the landmark “.AFRICA” decision (Case #50 2013 001083; 7/9/15) was decided in early July by an Independent Review Panel (“IRP”) whic ...


Battle Over “Right to Be Forgotten” Heats Up Globally

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 10:00am ET

It has been a little over a year since the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg established the “Right to be Forgotten” online in a groundbreaking and disturbing decision.


Filing Shows San Francisco Beverage Ordinance is Unconstitutional

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 9:00am ET

In response to a recently approved San Francisco ordinance that would ban most advertising of sugar-sweetened beverages – sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and iced teas – on government property, the American Beverage Association, the California Retailers Association, and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association have filed a motion asking the district court to stay this ordinanc ...


ICANN Update: Aftermath of the Buenos Aires Meeting

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 2:00pm ET

Before the ICANN Buenos Aires meeting even formally began, NTIA Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling dropped a bombshell in a packed meeting in the evening of Sunday, June 21 – the transition of the IANA (technical) function of ICANN would not take place in September 2015, but would be moved back about a year until the middle of 2016 to provide more time for the internal working groups within IC ...


Progress Being Made, but Still Many Big Issues for ICANN

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 9:00am ET

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing Wednesday during which several members continued to raise questions about the transparency and accountability of ICANN. The aim of the hearing, Internet Governance Progress After ICANN 53, was to gain more understanding about the timeline for the IANA transition process and to give members a chance to hear fir ...


Advertising still a Tax Target

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 9:00am ET

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee released the reports of its five bipartisan tax working groups yesterday. These working groups were tasked with coming up with new and creative avenues for tax reform by examining various aspects of the code.


The Ambiguous Future of Highway Funding

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 1:30pm ET

“Dead End, No Turn Around, Danger Ahead,” was the title of the United States’ Senate Finance Committee hearing emphasizing the severe state of transportation infrastructure around the country and the situation of a budget shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund on the horizon.