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Task Force Faces Complex Issues in Protecting Children Online: CDTAppreciates Opportunity to Participate, Remains Skeptical

For immediate release: February 28, 2008 Contact: Brock N. Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (CELL) Washington, D.C. — The Center for Democracy & Technology today announced its participation in the newly formed Internet Safety Technical Task Force, created to examine technologies that might be used to protect children from inappropriate material or contacts on the Internet. The task force, an outgrowth of…

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Task Force Faces Complex Issues in Protecting Children Online

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force, launched today, said it plans to focus on the efficacy of age verification technologies as a means of protecting children from inappropriate content and contacts. While CDT is pleased to participate as a member of the task force, it does so with a healthy dose of skepticism. Not only must the task…

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Easy, Timely, Public Access to CRS Reports Urged

Efforts to make Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports more accessible to the public received another boost today from Sen. Joe Lieberman, (ID-Conn.), who asked that a complete system be crafted that is readily accessible to the public. Currently, making the reports public is a time intensive task handled by congressional staff. Lieberman’s request went to Sen. Dianne…

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Federal Judge’s Order to Shut Down Web Site Raises Censorship Questions

The Feb. 15th order by a Federal judge, which attempted to shut down an entire web site by wiping its name from the Internet Domain Name system, is raising serious censorship questions. The judge issued the order at the request of the Swiss-based Julius Baer Bank, which claimed the web site, Wikileaks.org,…

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wiretap Case

The Supreme Court today turned aside a legal challenge to the Administration’s warrantless wiretaps, declining to review a lower court decision dismissing the case because the names of those being spied on are secret. “The Court’s decision allows the government to avoid accountability for its actions, making it less likely that we’ll ever get a legal ruling on…

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CDT Comments on Pending FCC Internet Neutrality Petitions

In comments filed today, CDT urged the Federal Communications Commission not to impose formal rules regulating the techniques broadband Internet providers use to manage traffic on their networks. CDT also warned, however, that actions by network operators to degrade particular online services or applications raise serious concerns for competition and innovation. CDT recommended that the Commission add…

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House Rejects Short Term Extension of Protect America Act

The House of Representatives today rejected a three-week extension of the Protect America Act – the legislation it passed in August at the request of the President to expand NSA surveillance authorities. Although the Protect America Act expires in just three days, the President had threatened to veto any extension of the law in an effort to…

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Congress Moves to Make “Do Not Call” Listings Permanent

The Senate yesterday gave final congressional approval to legislation making “Do Not Call” listings permanent. Without the legislation, consumers’ phone numbers would have been automatically removed from the FTC controlled list after five years. CDT applauds the decision to eliminate the list’s current expiration policy, which would require consumers who want to remain on the list to…

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Joint CDT, PFF Project Tracks Online Child Protection and Free Speech Legislation

A joint project of the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Progress & Freedom Foundation tracks more than 30 pieces of federal legislation that seek to protect children online, some of which pose serious threats to free speech. The reports released today summarize and categorize child online safety bills introduced in the 110th Congress, analyze free speech implications…

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