Filtering Down Under

Australian officials announced this week that plans for a mandatory Internet filter will go forward.  Broadband, Communications, and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy heralded the results of recent live testing, and will introduce legislation in August that will force ISPs to block access to websites around the world that are deemed to contain content that is illegal…

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Newly-Released Documents Show Flaws in Domestic Intelligence Collection and Oversight

Last Wednesday several U.S. intelligence agencies released previously classified documents in response to FOIA litigation from EFF & ACLU. Among these was a document reporting that the Department of Homeland Security had improperly investigated the Nation of Islam in 2007. DHS retracted the intelligence report on the black Muslim group hours after its…

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Italy’s Case Against Google is a Bad Moon Rising

Leslie Harris has another guest blog post on Huffington Post discussing the four Google executives currently standing trial in Italy on charges of criminal defamation and privacy violations associated with a video posted by a user on Google video. She discusses the slippery slope that can be caused by holding all ISPs and content platforms responsible for all the…

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Ohio Court Extends 4th Amendment Protections To Cell Phones Seized in Arrests

A deeply divided  Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that cell phones contain such sensitive information that law enforcement cannot automatically examine their contents when the cell phone is seized from a person being arrested.  Instead, the court ruled 4-3 that the Fourth Amendment requires that the police first obtain a warrant based on probable cause before they look at…

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CDT’s Gregory Nojeim Profiled in CNET

Gregory Nojeim was profiled in CNET as part of a series of articled discussing how people in the tech industry are working with or around federal and state governments. It’s a great snapshot on the work being done within CDT’s Freedom, Security and Technology Project. 

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Feds on Your Friends Lists

CDT's Leslie Harris has a new guest blog post today on the Huffington Post.  The post discusses the risks to privacy when federal law enforcement officials troll social networking sites looking for information. Currently, the FBI and other agencies can search social networks "unchecked," as Harris puts it.  Social networks are so new that the laws on the books…

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Two Notes on Broadband Transparency

CDT submitted a brief comment yesterday in response to an FCC notice aimed at promoting more useful, transparent information about broadband services.  The notice is most directly aimed at the data, especially speed figures, that broadband providers advertise.  Given that actual speeds often vary, how can consumers be sure that they're comparing apples to apples?  What if one…

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The FCC Dives into Open Government

The FCC is in the process of asking the public for a lot of information about almost everything around broadband as part of a mandate to look into the effects of broadband deployment, and it recently asked about open government. As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC was asked to…

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CDT’s Ari Schwartz on “To The Point” Today

CDT's Ari Schwartz appeared on "To the Point" this afternoon discussing how the recent security breach at the White House affects the push for a more open and transparent government.  You can listen to the program on KCRW's website here. 

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