Congress Should Make Tuesday’s Antitrust Hearing About Consumers

Congress is calling in tech giants to testify about antitrust issues. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, will hear from executives at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. This is an opportunity to address the serious competition issues that have caught the attention of candidates, policy-makers, and the public, both here and globally. Will Congress take advantage?

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Clearing Up Misinformation about Section 230

Section 230 creates the breathing room not only for direct competitors to today’s dominant sites for user-generated content, but also for the development of completely alternative models for interactive online services. Policymakers who talk about amending Section 230 need to understand these fundamental principles first.

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Advocate General Opinion in Austrian Defamation Case Raises Troubling Prospects for Access to Information

Courts across Europe are grappling with difficult issues concerning content posted online. A recent opinion from the Advocate-General of the CJEU raises troubling prospects for free expression and access to information online. The AG opinion is not a final ruling, but the Court often follows the direction set by the AG. In this instance, the court should think twice.

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The U.S. Government is Demanding Social Media Information From 14.7 Million Visa Applicants - Congress Should Step In

Despite opposition from CDT and our coalition partners in civil society, the U.S. government is demanding that most visa applicants—14.7 million of them—provide their social media identifiers as a condition of entry to the United States. The fight over this data collection is not over and Congress should act.

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The Thorny Problem of Content Moderation and Bias

There is widespread confusion about how online platforms work and plenty of discord around how we want them to work. What do we want content moderation to look like in the digital age, what are the current problems with moderation on large platforms, and how do we start to address them? We will probably never see all people agree about how to address “difficult” speech on platforms, but access to better information about how content moderation works would enable us to have more informed conversations about what the real problems are and how we want to address them.

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Privacy Professionals Reflect on the GDPR One Year Later

It has been approximately one year since the European General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, and privacy professionals around the world continue to grapple with its impact. Recently, the CDT Europe team had the opportunity to participate in two events geared towards privacy professionals that looked at what has been accomplished under GDPR and what gaps still exist.

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Standards for Artificial Intelligence Can Shape a More Secure and Equitable Future

Artificial intelligence today is exceedingly powerful. As its capabilities continue to grow, so too does public excitement and government interest in setting standards that will allow artificial intelligence to flourish. In this post, we’ll first discuss the landscape of AI and then how standards for AI might help government, business, research, and society better grapple with an automated future.

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