The IANA Transition: The Work Ahead

The long anticipated extension of the US government contract with ICANN reflects the community’s need for additional time to accomplish a number of important tasks to bring about the IANA stewardship transition. The extension does not mean that the community is not delivering on its commitments, but rather that the process of ensuring appropriate consultation, refining proposals, securing endorsement from the ICANN community, undergoing interagency review, etc., is going to take more time.

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Send CDT to SXSW 2016 – Vote Now

2015 was a successful trip to SXSW for CDT, and that’s why we’ve submitted 7 proposed panels and talks for 2016. We’re covering a wide expanse of topics – from how to manage the complex issue of reporting “terrorist activity” online, to debuting preliminary guidelines for doing health research with wearables data that honors user privacy and dignity. VOTE NOW and give us the thumbs up we need to go to Austin in 2016!

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Speak Up on the IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability

Two key public consultations central to the United States Government’s transition out of its stewardship role of the Domain Name System have just been announced. These processes are a crucial opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on important developments directly related to the governance of the DNS. They also provide the chance to demonstrate – and improve – the accountability and the multistakeholder credentials of the institutions at the heart of the Internet ecosystem.

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CDT Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Strong Section 230 Protections

CDT joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other public interest groups in an amicus brief in support of clear protections for internet intermediaries and free expression online. The case, Google, Inc. v. James M. Hood, III, stems from a 79-page subpoena the Mississippi Attorney General served on Google after the company refused to comply with his demands to block, filter, and alter the way it displays search results and other content.

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CISA Manager’s Amendment Falls Short on Privacy and Security

The Senate is expected to consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) (S. 754) on the Senate floor this week. The managers of the bill released a manager’s amendment on July 31 that makes some important changes to the bill, but that leaves key privacy and security concerns that CDT identified unaddressed or insufficiently addressed. In short, there are some partial fixes, but huge problems remain.

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Unsanctioned Web Tracking is Harmful

Recently, the Technical Architecture Group (TAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a group within the W3C charged with stewardship of the Web’s architecture, released a statement that “unsanctioned tracking” is harmful to the web. Specifically, the TAG noted three types of unsanctioned tracking technologies that are especially harmful to users’ privacy: browser fingerprinting, super cookies, and header enrichment.

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Another State Taking On Privacy Legislation

New Hampshire became the ninth state to enact legislation reigning in warrantless law enforcement access to location records generated by cell phones and other electronic devices. Location records show where you are and have been, based on communications between your mobile device and the nearest cellular tower, and other electronic location tracking techniques such as GPS. The New Hampshire legislation prohibits the government from obtaining “location information from an electronic device without a warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause and on a case-by-case basis.”

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