• At an event hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, DC on March 11, 2010, Omnibus Broadband Initiative Executive Director Blair Levin discussed the improvements that could be accomplished if personal data could be shared online. Mr. Levin and other panelists recounted the information that had been received from various divisions of the broadband initiative covering such areas as health care, energy efficiency, and education. When asked whether the National Broadband Plan, which is expected to be released next week, includes a recommendation for improving identity authentication online to address concerns about the exchange of personal information online, the FCC’s Eugene Huang said that such a recommendation is included in the plan. ITIF President and panel moderator Robert Atkinson said that a report from the organization to be released today (Monday, March 15) - commemorating the 25th anniversary of the “.com” domain - indicates that although the US is a leader in e-commerce, the country does not do so well “in areas where public-private partnerships are needed,” such as health care, energy, and e-government. You can watch the video of the event here.
  • Google, Inc., testified last week before the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee regarding its position on censoring search engine results in China. “Google is firm in its decision that it will stop censoring our search results in China, and we are working as quickly as possible toward that end,” stated Nicole Wong, Google Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. “But we want to do it in a responsible and appropriate way.” Ms. Wong indicated that if the Chinese government required Google to comply with the current censorship laws or demanded it leave the country, Google is prepared to leave. Some lawmakers, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., have suggested that legislation preventing American Internet companies from collaborating with authoritarian governments and censoring Internet content may be appropriate.