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Techsplanations: Part 3, What is net neutrality?

Welcome back to Techsplanations, the series explaining the technologies surrounding us. In the next two posts we will look at the concept and principles of net neutrality and some of the ways to preserve them. Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be neutral towards the information crossing it and should not treat some traffic differently based on what kind of traffic it is, who sent it, or who will receive it.

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On Managing Risk in Machine Learning Projects

The white paper “Beyond Explainability,” published by the Future of Privacy Forum and Immuta, is an attempt to sketch out how, organizationally, one can manage risk in a machine learning (ML) project. In this proposal they suggest a three-tiered oversight model composed of database administrators, data scientists (both as implementers and auditors), and domain and governance experts. These parties are divided into three groups: one that does the actual implementation, one that audits/validates the implementing team, and one that assesses what sorts of criteria the auditing team should look for. The FPF template seems appropriate for most, but not all, ML projects. When considering whether to form a process modeled after this template, practitioners should carefully consider the scope and setting of their ML operations and whether they share this template’s main concerns.

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Tech Talk: Taking Control of Your Smartphone Usage

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we talk about how to take control of your smartphone, exploring how those push notifications can be better managed and talking to an app developer trying to make you more mindful of your usage.

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CDT Expands Student Privacy Focus

CDT is expanding our focus on student privacy. Our goal is to provide a balanced voice and solutions-oriented resources around core issues to help educators and policymakers navigate the complex digital world. We’ll be leveraging our existing expertise on privacy & data in other sectors, including how to address bias in digital decision-making up front to prevent unintended consequences.

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Australian Encryption Debate – Closer to Home Than You Might Think

Last week, a global alliance of 76 organizations, companies, and individuals urged Australian officials to refrain from requiring technology companies to weaken the security of their products and services by building in backdoors to facilitate law enforcement access. The Center for Democracy & Technology signed onto the letter in response to the Turnbull administration’s announcements about its intentions to legislate on the issue in the interests of national security.

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Tech Talk: Why Cybersecurity Matters for Elections & Campaigns

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, CDT’s Senior Technologist Maurice Turner joins us to talk about the key takeaways from the Mueller indictment and share why cybersecurity practices must be a key priority in campaign and election officials. 

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Tech Talk: Teaching Data Ethics and Defending Nonprofits Against Cyber Attacks

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we talk about Cloudflare’s Project Galileo and Google’s Project Shield, which both offer nonprofits and journalists free services to defend against cyber attacks. We also talk to a data scientist about her course on data ethics.

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