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DoC Should Promote Intermediary Liability Protections at Home and Abroad

CDT filed comments with the Association of Research Libraries and the American Library Association last week in the Department of Commerce’s inquiry into the free flow of information on the Internet. The DOC’s Internet Policy Task Force is examining the effects that restrictions on information flows have on the U.S. Internet and online services industries and the…

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Browser History Sniffing in the News

Suddenly, it seems that history sniffing — a long known web exploit — is finally getting the attention it deserves. Last week, Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill drew on an excellent University of California-San Diego study to call out the pornography site YouPorn for snooping on site visitors’ browser history files. Two days ago,…

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White House Advisory Council Makes Recommendations for Health IT

Yesterday, the White House released an important report on health information technology. In the report, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) – an advisory group of scientists and engineers appointed by the President – made several recommendations intended to make it easier to exchange health information from one health care system to another. Among…

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“Do Not Track” Solves Only Part of the Problem

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of attention around a concept known as “Do Not Track” (DNT). DNT, as a legislative or industry-enforced proposal, would create a browser-based mechanism that would empower users to communicate whether or not they want to be “tracked” by certain entities online. The idea behind this flavor of privacy enhancing technology is not…

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Comcast Outage Reveals DNS-Blocking’s Achilles’ Heel

Anyone wondering just how easy it will be to circumvent the domain-name system blocking proposed in the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA) received an object lesson last weekend. Comcast suffered a domain-name system (DNS) outage that spanned from Virginia to Boston, rendering customers – though still connected to the Internet – unable to…

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FTC Report a Step in the Right Direction

After months of anticipation, the Federal Trade Commission announced earlier today its staff report on privacy. The report sets forward an updated framework to address the increasingly complex threats to consumers' privacy. The new principles announced by the FTC are extremely strong. The report acknowledges that the FTC’s previous approach focusing on notice-and-choice and harms have…

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Level 3: On the Level?

Without knowing all of the commercial details, it’s hard to know what to make of Level 3’s recent claim that Comcast is threatening the openness of the Internet by requiring Level 3 to pay Comcast a fee to deliver Level 3 traffic to Comcast subscribers. But as the companies have traded arguments in both directions (see Comcast’s…

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At Last, FCC Poised to Act on Neutrality

Just 14 days into 2010, CDT and numerous other parties filed extensive comments on the FCC's proposal to adopt rules to preserve the Internet's open nature.  Since then, multiple further comment rounds have resulted in many thousands of pages of additional filings from parties on all sides of the issue. Now, as the year winds down, the agency…

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