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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Week ahead: Internet policymaking, FCC chairman's dinner; Reads: Plugging WikiLeaks

By Cecilia Kang

A couple events rise to the top of the agenda this week:

Monday: Key administration officials will talk at the Brookings Institute's "Internet Policymaking: New Guiding Principles" event 8:30-12:30. Participants include national Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel to give opening remarks. White House tech adviser Phil Wiser will moderate a discussion on transparency and user engagement with Mark Cooper of Consumer Federal of America and Kathy Brown of Verizon. The Commerce Department's Daniel Weitzner will moderate a panel on Internet governance through private-public-nonprofit stakeholder arrangements with Comcast's Joe Waz and the Center for Democracy and Technology's Leslie Harris. Justice Department antitrust chief Christine Varney will moderate a panel on user education with Microsoft deputy general counsel Pamela Passman and Google policy director Alan Davidson.

Thursday: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will headline the annual dinner in his honor, hosted by the Federal Communications Bar Association. What a difference a year makes -- since last year's event, the agency's authority as the nation's broadband Internet regulator has been significantly weakened and he's just introduced a proposed regulation for net neutrality. Genachowski isn't expected to make news at the annual roast, but many will be eager to hear from the chairman in his first appearance since his net neutrality proposal.

And news worth reviewing from over the weekend:

Plugging WikiLeaks: The massive document dump has spurred a clampdown on the controversial site. Federal workers, as reported by my colleague Ed O'Keefe, have been warned against reading the site. Amazon stopped hosting the site and PayPal has ceased processing donations. Ellen Nakashima and Edward Cody of The Post reported that suspended the domain name. WikiLeaks shifted to several other locations including and wrote in a message on Twitter: "We will not be censored: WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations."

WikiLeaks on China's obsession with Google: On Saturday, the New York Times wrote about cables released by WikiLeaks by U.S. diplomats that reveal the Chinese government was behind the cyberattacks against Google. The Times reports on how the country's top propaganda official became obsessed with the site after "googling" himself and finding unflattering results.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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It is obviously impossible for Cecilia Kang, Google's Reporter and Network Neutrality Lobbyist at The Post, to get the facts straight - much less report the news objectively. For example, she writes above, "since last year's event, the [FCC]'s authority as the nation's broadband Internet regulator has been significantly weakened." This is absolutely false. What did occur is that a court recognized that the FCC had EXCEEDED the authority granted to it by Congress - the scope of which had not changed. Of course, Google - and therefore Ms. Kang - want to present this as a bad thing, because Google has attained regulatory capture of the FCC and would like to use the agency to further its business interests and protect its monopolies.

Ms. Kang further fails to note that no ISP is blocking Wikileaks, but that several content providers - including Amazon, PayPal, and EasyDNS - are. This demonstrates that the "network neutrality" regulations for which Ms. Kang lobbies in print on behalf of Google, her sponsor, are barking up the wrong tree. But you won't hear this from Ms. Kang, of course.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | December 6, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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