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Free Expression Online At Risk with EU High Court’s Pro-Filtering Decision

The highest court of the European Union has opened the door to global content-filtering orders with its decision last week in Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook Ireland. This decision, based on a politician’s demand to make Facebook proactively filter defamatory statements about her and her political party, demonstrates a distressing lack of technical analysis or consideration of broader freedom of expression principles.

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European Court Limits Right-to-Be-Forgotten Delisting to EU Domains. For Now…

CDT and the organisations we filed our intervention with were pleased with the outcome of the EU RTBF case, in that the ruling confirmed that compliance with EU legislation does not require global delisting. However, the ruling also stated that while global delisting is not mandated by law, it is also not excluded. The last word has not been spoken on this important matter.

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Whew, Movement on Election Security in Congress

Late last week came a break in the logjam that has been the status of election security legislation in the U.S. Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a pivot from his previous stance, voiced support for $250 million to be disbursed to states for election security improvements. However, Congress shouldn’t raise the “Mission Accomplished” banner on election security just yet.

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Tech Talk: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

CDT’s Tech Talk podcast dishes on tech and internet policy. In this episode, we welcome Tiffany Shlain, a filmmaker who would like to help us find that balance. She is the author of a new book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, which takes a look at how disconnecting just one day a week can have positive effects on body, mind, soul.

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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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