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The Cost of Privacy (Guest Blog Post)

CDT's Web Producer, Cyrus Nemati, knows a thing or two about plug-ins for your web browser. So much in fact, that he did a guest blog post for Wired's Geek Dad blog discussing some of his favorite plug-ins and how they can better protect your privacy. Cyrus's post offers great advice on how to bridge the gap between productivity and…

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FTC’s Vladeck and Leibowitz Recognize the Privacy Policy Paradox

Earlier this week two important government officials made significant comments about the importance of protecting consumer information online. In an on-the-record interview with New York Times editors and reporters, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and Director of Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection David Vladeck reaffirmed their belief that the privacy policy paradigm has passed.   The privacy policy paradigm hinges on…

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CDT Files Comments on Open Internet Rules

CDT submitted extensive comments yesterday on the FCC's proposed "open Internet" rules. Our basic take is that the FCC has put its finger on a crucial policy challenge.  The current legal and policy framework does not adequately guarantee the future of the Internet's open and nondiscriminatory structure.  Protecting the Internet's ability to serve as a platform for…

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A Bad Turn in Belarus

In December, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced plans to tighten restrictions on the Internet, further extending the government’s already draconian control over online media. Reporters Without Borders has some new details about the Internet regulation.  The new bill would require registration and governmental approval of all online publications and websites, which would be monitored by an executive…

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Google and China: GNI statement and a round-up of coverage

The Global Network Initiative put up a statement today in response to Google’s decision to reevaluate its ability to do business in China.  The statement says in part: Google’s decision to reconsider its business in China is an indication of the tough choices information and communications technology companies face around the world where respect for human rights is…

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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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