CDT Leads Coalition Urging White House to Ensure Forthcoming AI EO Advances Civil Rights

CDT, The Leadership Conference, and the Center for American Progress led a coalition of civil and human rights orgs in calling on the White House to use its anticipated forthcoming AI Executive Order to formalize the AI Bill of Rights as binding policy across the U.S. government’s use of AI systems.

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Tech Talk: Reflecting on the Anniversary of the ADA with Alex Givens & Ariana Aboulafia

In this episode of our Tech Talks podcast, you’ll hear from CEO Alex Givens and policy counsel Ariana Aboulafia as they discuss the ADA, its legacy, and some of the most pressing issues in technology policy for disabled people.


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Beyond the Screen: Parents’ Experiences with Student Activity Monitoring in K-12 Schools

CDT recently conducted interviews with parents whose children have experienced short- and long-term consequences based on the use of student activity monitoring technology, shedding light on the first-hand experiences of students and their families who were impacted.

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Best Practices for Protecting Reproductive Health Data

This is a practical guide for company decision makers, product designers, developers, advocates, and concerned customers to understand the privacy concerns inherent to many data collection practices, and how companies can act.

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Lost in Translation: Large Language Models in Non-English Content Analysis

A new report from CDT examines the new models that companies claim can analyze text across languages. The paper explains how these language models work and explores their capabilities and limits. Read the executive summary in Arabic, French, and Spanish.

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Shocking New FBI Political Surveillance Disclosures Highlight Need for FISA Reform

Recently, new disclosures related to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) — a controversial warrantless surveillance tool set to expire at the end of this year— confirmed the worst fears of civil rights and civil liberties advocates, including CDT.

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Coalition Urges WH to Ensure Federal Support for Local Police Isn’t Used for Abortion Investigations

A CDT-led coalition of 54 civil and human rights, civil liberties, and reproductive rights organizations published a letter today urging the White House to make sure that support given by federal law enforcement to local police is not used to investigate and prosecute abortions.

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New Research on How Disinfo and Online Abuse Hinder Women of Color Candidates

A new CDT Research study, based on Twitter data from the 2020 Congressional elections, finds that women of color candidates in U.S. elections encounter mis- and disinformation and the worst kinds of online harassment at higher rates than other candidates.

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De-Weaponizing and Standardizing the Post-Election Audit

Post-election audits can be strongest way to generate public evidence that an election outcome was correct. But election deniers have weaponized post-election audits, calling for sham reviews that instead diminish confidence in elections. Our new report helps distinguish good post-election audits from bad ones & offers a path forward for improving post-election audits in 2024 & beyond.

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CDT’s 2022 Annual Report

In 2022 – at a pivotal time for democracy – CDT was at the forefront, advancing a tech policy agenda focused on equity and democratic values. Read more about how we took advantage of the year’s new beginnings in tech policy in our 2022 Annual Report.

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