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.

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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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What Could Go Wrong? Apple’s Misguided Plans to Gut End-to-End Encryption

CDT, along with many other human rights advocates and security experts, is urging Apple to halt its recently announced plans to introduce backdoors into its encrypted Messages and iCloud file storage services. This post discusses the six major risks that Apple is creating for its users by rolling out this surveillance and censorship infrastructure to iOS devices worldwide.

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.

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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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Algorithm-driven Hiring Tools & Disability Discrimination

Our new report explores employers’ potential liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when using algorithm-driven hiring tools. Read the full report or the plain language version.

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CDT Leads On Election Security

In the run up to – and beyond – the 2020 elections, CDT has been working tirelessly to protect the right to vote. We’re tackling election cybersecurity, misinformation & disinformation, and voter suppression through PSA videos, press briefings, toolkits for election officials, and much more.

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Our Work Has Never Been More Important

At the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), we believe in the power of the internet. Whether it’s facilitating entrepreneurial endeavors, providing access to new markets and opportunities, or creating a platform for free speech, the internet empowers, emboldens and equalizes people around the world.

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CDT’s 2020 Annual Report

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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