Pakistan Begins Far-Reaching Censorship Crackdown

On the heels of the assassination of a prominent governor who advocated for outlawing the death sentence as a punishment for blasphemy, the Pakistani government has ordered that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) immediately begin blocking websites “propagating anti-Islam agenda.” The government has also taken actions that suggest the beginnings of a witch hunt for website…

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What Do the Twitter ‘Subpoenas’ Mean?

News that the Justice Department had obtained a court order directing that Twitter turn over records relating to several individuals associated with Wikileaks has raised once again questions about the standards for government access to the ocean of data generated about our activities in the digital age. On the one hand, the Twitter story really should not come…

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New Urban Myth: The Internet ID Scare

Let's get this over right away: The Obama Administration is not planning to create a government ID for the Internet.  In fact, the Administration is proposing just the opposite: to rely on the private sector to develop identities (note the plural) for online commerce, in system that allows individuals to have multiple identities and to engage in online activity…

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Number Crunch

How the Internet is running out of room, and what we must do about it "CDT Fellows Focus" is a series from CDT that presents the views of other notable experts on tech policy issues. This week, CDT Fellow Jonathan Zittrain and Leslie Daigle write about the end of IPv4 address space. Guest posts featured in "CDT Fellows' Focus" don't necessarily…

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CDT’s Jim Dempsey Discusses ECPA Reform with Google and US Attorney (Audio)

On Wednesday, Jim Dempsey, CDT Vice President for Public Policy, appeared on NPR's Forum where he discussed electronic surveillance law with Google's Richard Salgado, Assistant US Attorney Matthew Parrella, and Forum host Michael Krasny. The discussion lasted about an hour and included a great Q&A with listeners. If you're trying to learn more about the state of US surveillance…

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Free Speech Traitors or Good Corporate Actors?

The WikLleaks saga polarizes nearly everything that stumbles into its orbit.  Businesses–seeking to distance themselves from the taint of a scandal–have scrambled to find plausible ways to sever whatever WikiLeaks ties they might have.  Those moves have been cheered or shouted down, depending on what side of the Wikileaks line you stand. "The problem is, the truth lies…

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Know Your Genetic Privacy Rights

Your genes contain information that literally defines who you are.  Scientists are eagerly exploring new benefits of that data, while policymakers are taking steps to ensure it is not misused.  What are the risks associated with genetic privacy?  What are your rights? Recently, the Council for Responsible Genetics published a "Genetic Privacy Manual." The online guide is…

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Ask CDT Video Answers: Health Privacy

Last week, Deven McGraw, director of CDT’s Health Privacy Project, took readers’ questions on health privacy for “Ask CDT.” Below, Deven answers health privacy questions via video. To see all of the questions and Deven’s written responses, visit “Ask CDT: Health Privacy”.

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