Why So Secret? Court Should Reject State Secrets Claims About Surveillance

CDT dealt a “one-two punch” today to the U.S. government’s efforts to shield from judicial scrutiny surveillance practices that could violate the law and the U.S. Constitution. We filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Jewel v. NSA and published a report that demonstrates the extent to which other countries describe their own bulk cable interception practices.  

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Everything is Broken—And That’s OK, Because It’s Getting Better

This year’s DEF CON theme, “Technology’s Promise,” was meant to invoke feelings of hope about the benefits of incorporating technology to help solve seemingly intractable problems, such as securing elections. CDT Senior Technologist Maurice Turner writes that his experience at the DEF CON and BSidesLV security conferences reinforced the idea that there is a great opportunity for progress in the election space when communities can come together.

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Ismail Ajjawi’s Fundamental Free Speech & Association Rights Trampled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The case of Harvard freshman Ismail Ajjawi’s visa being revoked is deservedly receiving national attention. It is outrageous and unacceptable that this student would have to answer for the online activity of others, and potentially be denied entry because of such activity. However, this is the predictable and natural consequence of the President’s demand that immigrants face “extreme vetting” and the federal government’s decision to include social media screening as a part of this mandate.

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Tech Talk: Addressing America’s Digital Divide

As internet access and computer ownership become increasingly crucial to American households, the disadvantages of not being connected to the net are more pressing and apparent. Why is America’s digital divide such a difficult problem to address? In the latest episode of our podcast, Tech Talk, we invited two guests to discuss.

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