Crunch Time for TikTok and Americans’ Freedom of Speech

CDT’s Caitlin Vogus delves into why a nationwide ban in the U.S. on TikTok may violate the First Amendment and won’t protect users. Plus, a coalition letter from free speech and privacy organizations brings these issues to Congress.

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CDT and Technologists File SCOTUS Brief in Gonzalez v. Google

CDT and six technologists with expertise in online recommendation systems filed an amicus brief in Gonzalez v. Google. The brief urges the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that Section 230’s liability shield applies to claims against interactive computer service providers based on their recommendation of third-party content, because those claims treat providers as publishers.

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ICYMI: Future of Speech Online 2022

At the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)’s sixth annual Future of Speech Online event, “The Supreme Court’s Pivotal Term,” we explored the consequences of potential seismic shifts in this legal landscape. Watch the recordings for any of the event’s sessions below!

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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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Centering Disability in Technology Policy: Issue Landscape and Opportunities

Undertaken as a collaboration between the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) with the support of Freedman Consulting, this report is intended to help public interest organizations do more inclusive, effective work at the intersection of technology and disability issues in the United States.

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Making Transparency Meaningful: A Framework for Policymakers

The term transparency is everywhere in policy debates. This paper sets forth a conceptual framework for transparency about practices that affect users’ speech, access to information, and privacy from government surveillance. It maps and briefly describes current and past efforts at transparency in four distinct categories.

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Legal Loopholes and Data for Dollars: Law Enf. and Intel Agencies Buying Your Data from Brokers

This report between our Research + Security & Surveillance teams examines the concerning & rising practice of law enforcement & intelligence agencies sidestepping legal processes by obtaining data on Americans through commercial purchases from data brokers.

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CDT’s 2021 Annual Report

In 2021 – 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 2021 Annual Report.

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