Internet Policy

Student Voices: Cyber Security Readiness in Japan

With increasingly more significant developments and dependence on computers in sectors such as finance, healthcare, and media, it is critical that Japan continue improving its cyber security measures qualitatively and quantitatively. The question is: Who is responsible for introducing and (more importantly) implementing these cyber security measures? Japan’s National Information Security Center (NISC) plays a

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Nikkei Report: IT in Schools – What Needs to be Taken Into Account

As Japan aims for the realization of “one computer or tablet per child” within the next five years, Jeff Gould of SafeGov.org speaks about the importance of privacy and security, especially in education. Currently, companies, such as Google and Facebook, analyze users’ email accounts, wall posts, search queries, and viewed videos in order to collect

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Nikkei Report: Japan Becomes the International Standard in Cloud Safety

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that it would match the safety requirements for cloud services with the Japanese standards by October 2015. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) also announced that during March it would revise its safety requirements for cloud services based on a provider’s ability to backup or

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Partner Webcasts: Veni Markovski

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace. The Berkman

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Internet Watch Report: Copyright Law and Cloud Computing

In most developed countries, people are permitted to share their music and movies on cloud services. However, this is not the case in Japan; rather, service providers are at risk of being sued for copyright infringement. Jo Ichikawa, a lawyer from Southern Toranomon Law Office, recently shared his thoughts pertaining to copyright issues in the

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Representative Director’s Report: Sale of Drugs Online

Goto Genri, the representative director of Kenko Com, posts a blog on Blogos covering the following topics on the sale of drugs online. The sale of drugs online has always been a controversial topic, and the views keep changing over time. A new law will be put into place in June 2014 that will make

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Nikkei Report: Online Education Coming to Japan?

National and local government in Japan are increasing focus on bringing ICT into education by 2020.  MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) has included 2.1 billion yen (20 million dollars) for ICT education in 2014 budget request . Meanwhile, MEXT and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications have been working closely with 20

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Student Voices: Illegal Downloading in Japan – Law Stating Criminal Charges Met with Little Public Reaction

There was a time when people shared their favorite mix tapes using cassettes and movies using VHS tapes. Keeping track of duplication and spread of such media was a very difficult task since all the distribution was done physically. With huge developments in technology, giving away copyrighted material is easier than ever. Whether illegal downloads

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