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What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? An Interview with the NY Times CEO

Mark Thompson, the President and CEO of the New York Times Company, has a new book coming out. The book, Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?, explores the role public language is playing in creating a “crisis of trust in politics in the Western world.” In this Q&A, Thompson talks about his new book, and shares his thoughts on how the internet and technology is influencing public discourse.

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Your Chance to Say No to Proposed Social Media Questioning on US Customs

DHS recently issued a proposal to ask tourists on visa waivers to share their “online presence” on the I-94W and the online application for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, including the social networks they use and their corresponding “identifiers”—their handles or account names. CDT thinks this is a bad idea and is planning to file public comments with U.S. Customs and Border Protection explaining why.

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Send CDT to SXSW 2017

In 2015 and 2016, CDT made a splash at SXSW, but we think the third time is the charm. We have five great panels in store for Austin in 2017, but we need your help to get us there. The PanelPicker is now open through September 2 — vote for CDT! Here are our submissions.

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Self-Driving into the Future: Putting Automated Driving Policy in Top Gear

There are a number of pressing issues in autonomous vehicle policy. First, the regulation of semi-autonomous cars and what standards manufacturers should be held to. Second, the concept of including black boxes in cars, and dealing with other privacy-related issues arising from the development of self-driving cars. And finally, the conversation around developing infrastructure to facilitate the growth of autonomous cars.

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All Bots Must Die: How a New Senate Bill to Combat Botnets Could Put Privacy at Risk

How should the US government deal with the very serious threats posed by botnets? Senators Whitehouse (D-RI), Graham (R-SC), and Blumenthal (D-CT) believe a solution is their Botnet Prevention Act, which was introduced in May. While much of the bill may sound reasonable at first pass, it contains a number of provisions that pose cybersecurity and privacy risks.

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Only Humans Need Apply: Job Prospects Following Advances in AI

Last week, in response to a Request for Information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, CDT submitted a report on “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” (“AI”). Our comments focused on how the government can reduce inequality in the workforce and promote societal progress as AI advances. CDT believes in the power of AI, and suggests policy improvements specifically to: (1) use AI for public good, (2) address social and economic implications caused by AI, and (3) harness AI with scientific and technical training.

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Community, Identity, Speech, and Power

As we look forward to our next twenty years, we must ask ourselves: Are we achieving our goal of promoting an empowering internet that truly enables individual users to speak and be heard, to exercise control over their online identity, and to connect with one another in pursuit of a sense of belonging and community? This year, CDT is launching a long-term focus on these and other questions whose common theme is “Community” online.

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