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The “Google Ultimatum”

While the end game has yet to be played in the Google vs. Chinese government standoff, one thing is for sure:  this whole episode is a slam dunk to become a case study on how to do business in challenging foreign markets. CDT President Leslie Harris writes in her latest Huffington Post column:  Make…

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FCC Asks for Comments on Privacy Issues Outlined by CDT

The FCC's National Broadband Plan was granted a month extension by Congress.  The Commission is using the extension, in part, to put out an official call for comments on a range of important privacy issues that were first outlined by CDT in a letter to the agency.  In announcing its formal call for…

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Ari Schwartz Op-Ed in The Hill

Ari Schwartz has an op-ed in The Hill today discussing the need for clear privacy definitions from state AGs and the FTC.  The piece is a response to and Op-Ed by Randall Rothenberg, the President of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  Schwartz writes:   "Rothenberg misrepresents a joint report issued by the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and Center for…

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Leslie Harris on ABC News’ Ahead of the Curve

CDT President Leslie Harris appeared on ABC News' Ahead of the Curve where she discussed our "Take Back Your Privacy" campaign and the need for privacy laws to protect people both on and offline. She also discussed what is on the Congressional horizon with respect to privacy legislation. Your privacy is inherently your right and your decision…

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CDT Announces Three New Board Members

CDT today announced the election of three new board members: Jill Lesser, Deirdre K. Mulligan and Ira Rubinstein. The new board members will bring a wealth of experience and insight to CDT as well as advance the organization's mission of keeping the Internet open, innovative and free by providing new perspectives and knowledge. A little more about the new board…

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Geek Dad: Five Resolutions for the Responsible Internet User

Call it a "holistic" approach to the New Year:  body, soul and online privacy.  For advice on those first two, well, you're on your own; however, when it comes to the "health" of your online privacy, there we can definitely weigh in.  And we have.  CDT's New Media Manager Adam Rosenberg penned "Five New Year's…

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Court Appears Skeptical of Broad FCC Authority

CDT has long expressed significant concern about the FCC asserting a broad concept of regulatory authority over Internet related matters. When President Obama was preparing to take office, we highlighted this specific concern in our transition memo on Internet neutrality. Based on the Comcast Corporation v. FCC oral argument held this morning, the D.C. Circuit seems to…

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CDT Submits Comments to European Commission on Privacy

Although Europe and the US have taken different regulatory approaches to consumer privacy — the EU adopted a comprehensive privacy directive in 1995 while the US has a patchwork quilt of incomplete laws with many gaps — consumers, businesses and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are grappling with the privacy implications of many of the same changes…

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Bono’s Not So Beautiful Day

CDT President Leslie Harris has published a new piece for her Huffington Post column reacting to a recent column in the New York Times by entertainer Bono of the band U2. In his column, Bono makes several statements about urging U.S. Internet service providers to adopt the extreme censorship practices being used in China to combat illegal…

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CRS Report Explains “Amendment Exchange” Process

Index number: R41003 Title: Amendments Between the Houses: Procedural Options and Effects Date: January 04, 2010 As Congress hunkers down to try and resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the Health Care Reform bill, the usual process calls for a "conference committee" to be established.  But there is another, less used and less-well-known process known…

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