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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speaks at a press conference to introduce the Cybercrime Prevention Act. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, left, speaks at a press conference to introduce the Cybercrime Prevention Act in Washington, June 17, 2021 (SIPA photo by Michael Brochstein via AP).

Balancing Privacy and Data Access in the Fight Against Cybercrime

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Glistening blue water, a stunning coastline, the smell of the sea, all nearby a bustling European city: The exquisite seaport of Trieste in northeastern Italy was supposed to be the idyllic in-person venue for this year’s European Dialogue on Internet Governance, or EuroDIG 2021. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the majority of sessions took place online. But one group—the Dynamic Coalition on Data and Trust, of which I have the good fortune to be a coordinator—met in person to discuss issues around the Domain Name System, or DNS, and practical responses to DNS abuse and cybercrime

Geographically speaking, Trieste sits at the intersection of Germanic, Slavic, Latin and Greek traditions, where Central Europe meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a perfect metaphor for the interconnected nature of modern life, but also for the need to rejuvenate voluntary coalitions and digital diplomacy between different sectors in order to make cyberspace safer for all of its users.  ...

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