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Maine Gives a Beat Down to a Bad Law

We are happy to report that a key committee of the Maine Legislature has voted to repeal the problematic marketing to minors law Chapter 230 that the Legislature passed last fall.  That law would have dramatically censored lawful online speech about minors, and would have curtailed Maine minors’ ability to access popular social networks and…

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A True Test for the Location-Enabled Web

In advance of Facebook’s annual developer conference next month, reports have begun to materialize about a seminal new feature that the social networking service may roll out: location sharing. Although there’s no official word from the company yet, the speculation is that Facebook will be introducing features that allow users to share their current location with their…

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FTC Drops the Hammer on Lifelock’s False Promises

The Federal Trade Commission and 36 state Attorneys General announced yesterday an impressive $12 million settlement with the identity theft protection outfit LifeLock over charges that the company engaged in deceptive and unfair business practices.  LifeLock rose to fame in recent years with a series of striking advertisements “guaranteeing” (their word) that the company could protect subscribers from identity…

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CDT at SXSW Interactive 2010

Here's our blog coverage of SXSW so far: Smackdown: Consumer Privacy vs. Advertiser Revenue SXSW: Of Tech, Nerds, and New Media How the Internet Gave Women a Voice in Iran: A brief history Expectations of Privacy Open Government Awesomeness The Lifeblood of SXSW UPDATE 3/15 2:37 PM: We're listening to the CEO of Twitter, Evan…

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Submit Questions to FCC Chairman Genachowski

Today, YouTube announced a fantastic opportunity for Internet users to get engaged and participate in the discussions surrounding the launch of the FCC's National Broadband Plan next Tuesday. Through CitizenTube, users can submit questions to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and vote for their favorites. A selection of the top-voted questions will be asked to the Chairman during a…

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The Botnet Challenge

CDT's Leslie Harris has a guest blog post on Comcast's blog, discussing botnets and how large of a threat they are to Internet security today. Harris points out the efforts that companies like Comcast have put forth to protect their customers from botnets. While Comcast has made great strides, the war against malicious software is far from over and CDT…

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Who “Owns” Smart Grid Data Is Not the Right Question

Aaron Burstein is a research fellow at the School of Information at UC Berkeley. He writes here about the comments he recently drafted and filed for himself, CDT, and UC Berkeley professor Deirdre Mulligan. The Smart Grid promises to reform the way electricity is consumed and billed, with potential savings in cost and environmental impact. At the same time, however, the…

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Innovative RWJF Program Leverages Health IT to Improve Chronic Disease Care

On Wednesday, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the five teams it has selected to participate in an innovative national program called Project HealthDesign: Rethinking the Power and Potential of Personal Health Records. This project has enormous potential to transform chronic disease management and enhance patient engagement in their own care by leveraging health information…

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Senate Hearing on Global Internet Freedom: A Clarion Call for Corporate Responsibility

Earlier this week the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law called five witnesses to testify on the role of the US government, corporations, and citizens in combating (and abetting) Internet censorship and surveillance throughout the world. Entitled “Global Internet Freedom and The Rule of Law, Part II,” the hearing featured representatives from the government,…

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Better Bill from a Bitter Pill

Yesterday, in a follow-up to last October’s problematic marketing to minors law, the Maine state legislature considered a new proposal that attempted to narrow the prohibition of certain kinds of marketing information aimed at minors.   CDT prepared a vigorous challenge to the proposed law, LD 1677, submitting testimony Wednesday and sending our General Counsel, John…

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