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CDT Statement: Google’s Human Rights Move Puts the Ball in China’s Court

Yesterday, Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology issued the following statement in response to Google’s announcement that it would it would move an uncensored, simplified Chinese version of search to Hong Kong:   "CDT applauds Google for following through on its commitment to protect human rights and for its continued effort to enable China's…

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All Your Browsing History Are Belong to Us

For several years, it has been a poorly kept secret that any Web site you went to could secretly search your browser’s history file to see what sites you had previously visited.  All the site owner had to do was ask.  And while browser history “sniffing” has been around for a long time, companies are finally starting to actively…

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A Farewell to Austin

First of all, welcome to our new readers!  We had a great time at SXSW introducing ourselves and CDT to a new audience that's as excited as we are about keeping the Internet the awesome place that it is. Take some time to look around and read up on all the issues that matter to you. Adam Rosenberg…

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What too much locational data at SXSW can do…

Recently, Cyrus and I returned from a five-day trip to Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive.  As we stated before, locational-data apps like GoWalla and Foursquare were literally the lifeblood of the entire conference with people using them to figure out what events were worth attending and where their friends were. We used these apps for the entire…

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Broadband Plan Big on Built-In Privacy

The FCC makes a strong statement in its National Broadband Plan (NBP) that increasing consumer trust and truly achieving the potential of broadband requires a solid national privacy framework. The plan details the privacy concerns that must be addressed as education, health care, voting, and energy move online, and emphasizes the importance of integrating privacy protections into the adoption…

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Privacy Isn’t Dead – It’s Not Even Sleeping

It’s become something of a predictable phenomenon: an article, op-ed, or blog post will surface with an incendiary quote indicating that privacy is dead, or that Internet users have given up privacy with abandon. A slew of data is thrown around – often reporting on teenagers’ online habits – and a eulogy for privacy is trumpeted. Last week, the…

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“Checking In” on Location App Craze at SXSW

Starting my final day at SXSW after a night of several big SXSW events.  The trend we’ve noticed throughout the week is that, just as we stated before (and the New York Times stated today), location apps are the story of the conference.    Cyrus and I have had different experiences with different SXSW attendees when it comes to…

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Smackdown: Consumer Privacy vs. Advertiser Revenue

  I attended Smackdown: Consumer Privacy vs. Advertiser Revenue and was expecting to hear good discussion about how advertising and targeting firms are battling with privacy groups to meet the needs of the consumer. I was a little disappointed in how little representation from the privacy end there was in the room. The panel opened with moderator Alan Chapell from BlueKai asking…

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SXSW: Of Tech, Nerds, and New Media

It's the last day of our SXSW jaunt, and I thought I'd share some of the interesting bits of information and innovative ideas I've been hearing here. I'm a big open-source advocate. There are those who suggest that open-source software is far clunkier than its commercially developed counterparts, and that might be true, but there are distinct benefits…

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