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Time For ­.s. to Assert Itself on the Internet, Report Says

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The United States should apply its interests in overseeing the Internet's infrastructure because it plays such a crucial role in the country's national security and economic well-being, according to a recent Council on Foreign Relations study.

The yearly cost of cybercrime is an estimated $1 trillion and cyberattacks are becoming a staple of warfare and diplomacy, writes report author Robert Knake. "While no fewer than six [United Nations] bodies and multiple regional and national forums have sought to build a consensus on the future of Internet governance, there has been little progress thus far," the report notes. "The United States has largely abstained from these discussions, instead focusing on developing its own offensive and defensive cybersecurity capabilities while entrusting the ongoing stability of the system to the expertise of the private sector."

Knake contends that the U.S.'s abdication from an Internet governance initiative is unaffordable, and the country must push its own agenda for managing cyberwarfare, cybercrime, and state-sponsored espionage via technology and legislation.

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