New Research: Online & Observed
We examine whether students who receive school-issued devices are subject to more monitoring than their peers who have their own devices. Plus, we examine LEA’s motivations in implementing monitoring and how they communicate about it with parents / students.
Upcoming Event: The Patriot Act Turns 20
Twenty years after the passage of the Patriot Act, it’s time to ask some fundamental questions. On October 5th, we’re hosting a fireside chat between former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold + Laura Murphy, as well as a panel discussion with experts. RSVP & JOIN.
Open Letter: 90+ Orgs Urge Apple to Scrap Plans to Weaken Digital Privacy and Security
A coalition of more than 90 U.S. and international organizations dedicated to civil rights, digital rights, and human rights sent a letter urging Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its iPhones, iPads, and other products.
Outside Looking In: Approaches to Content Moderation in End-to-End Encrypted Systems
A new front has opened up in the Crypto Wars: how providers of end-to-end encrypted communications services can and should moderate unwanted content. This report finds effective ways to moderate problematic content within end-to-end encrypted systems without sacrificing users’ fundamental rights to privacy, free expression, & security.
Warning: Bossware May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Employers are increasingly deploying technologies (bossware) that allow continuous surveillance of workers and automation of their supervision. This report details ways to help shield workers from some of the most harmful effects of bossware and points legislatures towards more comprehensive protections.
Protecting Student Privacy & Support Equity in the New School Year
As schools return, education leaders will be developing processes for managing technology adopted during the pandemic and for handling new data to transition towards connected in-person learning. We’ve got resources to help education leaders navigate it all.
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In 2020, the Center for Democracy & Technology engaged directly with the tensions between democracy and technology, fulfilling our mission of putting democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution. Read more about how we worked to bridge that divide in our 2020 Annual Report.
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