Areas of Focus

CDT works on a broad range of digital, technology, and internet policy issues. Our advocacy is strengthened by this breadth of issue focus and the diversity of perspectives we bring to each policy challenge.

Cybersecurity & Standards

Public and private-sector entities face a growing challenge in protecting the internet against malicious actors. In working to make the internet more secure, it’s essential to support fundamental human rights when creating and deploying technology.

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Free Expression

The internet and new technologies give individuals the ability to publish and receive information, participate in political processes, and share knowledge.

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Government Surveillance

New technologies have given governments around the world unprecedented means to collect and access personal information.

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Open Internet

An open internet allows its users to maximize the opportunities for free expression and innovation offered by an accessible, interconnected, and unrestricted platform.

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Privacy & Data

Individuals and communities worldwide are demanding greater control of their personal data, especially as they learn more about the potential and real uses and misuses by an array of corporate actors.

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Equity in Civic Technology

As governments expand their use of technology and data, it is critical that they do so in ways that affirm individual privacy, respect civil rights, foster inclusive participatory systems, promote transparent and accountable oversight, and advance just social structures within the broader community.

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Recent Content

Graphic for a joint CDT and Kiva Centers webinar, entitled “Big Brother Meets Bedlam: Resisting Mental Health Surveillance Tech.” Monday, October 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm Pacific. Register at cdt.org/events.

Big Brother Meets Bedlam: Resisting Mental Health Surveillance Tech

CDT Testimony Before U.S. EEOC on Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems. White document on a grey background.

CDT Testimony Before U.S. EEOC on Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems

CDT Issue Brief: FISA Section 702 Key Reforms. White document on a grey background.

CDT Issue Brief: FISA Section 702 Key Reforms

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CDT Comments Scrutinize NYC’s Revised Rules That Leave Even More Workers Unprotected From Algorithmic Bias

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On This Year’s International Data Privacy Day, Let’s Keep Pushing for National Privacy Protections

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CDT Europe’s AI Bulletin: January 2023