Get to Know CDT’s Fellows: Shobita Parthasarathy

Shobita Parthasarathy, is Professor of Public Policy and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the University of Michigan. She is also one of CDT’s non-resident Fellows, engaging with our policy teams to provide valuable insight from her research. In this Q & A we get to learn more about Shobita and her current work.

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House Set to Vote on Restoring Strong Net Neutrality Protections

This week, the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with only minor amendments and is expected to see a floor vote as early as next week. The bill is the most direct way to restore important net neutrality protections and the FCC’s authority to enforce them. As the bill proceeds through the House and on to the Senate, CDT urges Congress to represent the will of their constituents, more than 80% of whom support the protections the Save the Internet Act would cement in place.

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De-Identification Should be Relevant to a Privacy Law, But Not an Automatic Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

Stakeholders recommend exempting de-identified data, which includes anonymized, pseudonymized, and aggregated information, from the scope of privacy legislation. However, completely exempting these types of data is not just untenable; it is dangerous. In some cases de-identification fails to hide individual identities, and does not always prevent harms to groups of people. So what is the policy solution? In this post, we make three key recommendations.

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The GDPR's Impact on Innovation Should Not Be Overstated

Protecting individuals’ privacy is far too often pitted against innovation and economic interests. However, this doesn’t have to be the case: strong privacy laws can establish clearer ground rules that level the playing field for businesses large and small and protect individuals from unfair, surprising, and privacy-invading practices. Thus far, the evidence that GDPR has hurt small- and medium-sized businesses is anecdotal and ultimately inconclusive.

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Three Lessons in Content Moderation from New Zealand and Other High-Profile Tragedies

Details about how tech companies handled the shooter’s video and written manifesto, in combination with the public discourse on and reaction to the attacks, have made clear three fundamental facts about content moderation: automated content analysis is not a magic wand; the scale, speed, and iterative nature of online content is enormous; and we need much greater transparency.

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