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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Supreme Court Abortion Ruling “Devastating” for Women’s Right to Privacy

CDT condemns the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org as profoundly misguided, with devastating impact for the right to privacy of people seeking reproductive care. State laws that criminalize abortion, or deputize private citizens to sue those who perform/aid/abet an abortion, create frightening new incentives for law enforcement & civilians to seek out private info about patients seeking reproductive care & providers who support them.

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CDT + Others Lead Supreme Court Brief Urging High Court to Stop Texas Social Media Law

CDT joined a coalition of human rights organizations, including EFF, the National Coalition Against Censorship, R Street Institute, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent Texas’s social media law from taking immediate effect.

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CDT Joins Letter Urging White House, World Gov’ts to Ensure Internet Access to Russian People

CDT joined 35+ civil society orgs in calling on the U.S. and other governments to ensure that their sanctions policies do not result in people in Russia being cut off from the Internet. Internet access is vital to the safety and well-being of civilian populations in times of war, as well as times of peace.

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Placing Equity at the Center of Health Care & Technology

CDT’s latest report identifies and suggests ways in which privacy protections around consumer health information can benefit everyone, including underrepresented and overlooked communities harmed by current health data practices.

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CDT Leads Broad Coalition Urging Senate to Drop EARN IT Act

CDT is leading 60+ human rights, civil rights, & open Internet orgs – including ACLU, HRC, GLAAD, and others – in calling on Congress to oppose the fatally-flawed EARN IT Act. It threatens encryption & freedom of expression while making it harder to protect children from online abuse.

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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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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.

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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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