CDT Research on Online Abuse of Women of Color Political Candidates Wins Anthem Award

A 2022 CDT original research project, “An Unrepresentative Democracy: How Disinformation and Online Abuse Hinder Women of Color Political Candidates in the United States,” was selected by the 3rd Annual Anthem Awards as a Silver Winner in the “Human & Civil Rights — Best Use of Data” Category.

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CDT Welcomes White House Executive Order on AI

CDT welcomes the Biden Administration’s Executive Order for safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of AI. This latest action from the White House addresses a number of areas that are critical for ensuring responsible AI practices by both the private and public sectors.

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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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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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