The NSA’s Split-Key Encryption Proposal is Not Serious

NSA Director Michael Rogers has launched a new trial balloon to address what law enforcement and intelligence agencies are calling “Going Dark.” Admiral Rogers shared a proposal that would require tech companies to create a “golden key” that would allow access to encrypted data and communications. The new twist in Rogers’ proposal was to cut this golden key into pieces so that no one entity. Sorry Admiral Rogers, but requiring split-key encryption is not a serious proposal.

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Florida’s “True Origins of Digital Goods Act” Threatens Online Anonymity

A misguided copyright enforcement bill in Florida is threatening online anonymity. This week, the state legislature is considering the “True Origins of Digital Goods Act,” which would essentially make it unlawful for a website operator to remain anonymous if her site includes a substantial amount of embedded music or video. Anyone who runs a music blog or features video clips on her website would be required by law to disclose her name, address, and telephone number on the site.

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Revised NY Bitcoin Regulations Better, But Problems Remain

The New York Department of Financial Services issued a revised draft BitLicense proposal in February. The Department made a clear effort to improve the BitLicense from its original 2014 proposal to regulate digital currency, such as Bitcoin. However, the new draft still contains problems, and could undermine the privacy of digital currency users, covering an unnecessarily broad range of services.

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TechProm 2015 – More Awesome Than Ever

Thank you to everyone who came out for CDT’s Annual Dinner, TechProm. With more than 900 people joining us to celebrate the ever-growing tech policy community and CDT’s work, it’s fair to say that this year’s event was one to remember. There was so much positive buzz that #TechProm was even trending in DC.

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Recap: CDT Storms SXSW Interactive 2015

CDT staff was in full force this past weekend for Austin’s SXSW Interactive 2015 – with six speakers as well as a variety of additional staff taking part in eight events (including a secret meeting, details below), it was an whirlwind weekend crammed full with thought leadership, networking, learning –– and…

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Troublesome Cyber Surveillance Bill Advances

After adopting several privacy amendments in a closed door meeting last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee has publicly released the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill would permit companies in the private sector to share information about their users’ Internet activity with the federal government. CDT welcomes many of the amendments, but still opposes the legislation.

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