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CDT Announces Four New Board Members

CDT Completes Transition to New Board with Election of Four New Members WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy & Technology today is pleased to announce four new board members:  Bill Bernstein, member of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Pamela Jones Harbour, former FTC Commissioner; Doug Lowenstein, President and CEO of the Private Equity Council; and Jimmy…

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Crawford on the Status of DNS

One of the main sticking points in the FCC debate over reclassifying Internet service is likely to be whether DNS service makes carriers’ entire offering into a unified information service instead of a telecommunications service, as the FCC found in 2002.  Our comments argue that it should not, because of an exception for the “management, control,…

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Round Two for ‘Title II Lite’

Yesterday, we filed yet another set of comments with the FCC, this time as it reconsiders its legal authority over broadband service. As we've said before, we fully support the Commission's proposal to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service (with forbearance from the lion's share of telecom rules). This is clearly how people…

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‘Trusted Identities’ Plan Needs More Public Feedback

We've been working to put together comments on the government's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) plan, as I mentioned earlier this month. The initial NSTIC plan has been criticized as vague and short on details – and the comment period is ending on Monday. Although work on NSTIC started on June…

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HHS Releases Rules for Electronic Health Records

The health IT and privacy communities have their heads buried in text! Three branches of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released more than a thousand pages of rules on health IT in less than a week. HHS released two rules on Tuesday. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)

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New Bill Adds Momentum to Push for Consumer Privacy Law

Congressman Bobby Rush, (D-Ill.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, has released his draft of a bold consumer privacy bill, called the Best Practices Act. In May, Rep. Boucher, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, reinvigorated the conversation around…

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HHS Issues Proposed Updates to HIPAA Privacy Regulations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a set of significant updates to health privacy rules yesterday. The proposed rule tackles how sensitive patient information is handled under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is the nation’s foremost health privacy law. Although the proposed rule does not clarify some outstanding issues in the health…

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The Power of More

I spent a great deal of time during the last four years working with Dunstan Hope, Managing Director of the ICT Practice Advisory Group at Business for Social Responsibility, on the creation of the Global Network Initiative. The work it takes to stand up a new multi-stakeholder group like the GNI often leaves little room for reflection…

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