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Next President Has “Open” Opportunity

The next president has the chance to make his administration the most transparent in history. In our agenda for the next president, we have urged the next administration to reach for this goal. The public has the right to know much of the information collected, disseminated and maintained by the government, but currently there is a presumption to…

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Global Network Initiative Launched

This week, a diverse coalition of leading information and communications companies, major human rights organizations, academics, investors and technology leaders launched the Global Network Initiative. The initiative seeks to help information and telecommunications companies chart an ethical and accountable path forward through the growing demands from countries to take actions that infringe on the freedom of expression and…

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e-Rulemaking: Status and Future

A new wave of interest has been building around e-Rulemaking, and the ABA has released a report on the topic by a star-studded committee. I’ve written about regulations.gov before, as they unveiled new, citizen-centric features to make the site easier to use for the public. The newly released report, and those speaking about it, have both praise…

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PAYD: Privacy And Your Driving

Major car insurance companies, such as Progressive and GMAC, have recently begun offering "pay-as-you-drive" (PAYD) programs. To participate, drivers connect a device to their vehicle that monitors mileage, speed, time of day, hard braking, quick accelerations, and other data points. This information can be sent wirelessly to the insurance company, and drivers’ premiums are adjusted…

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National Dialogue on Health Information Technology and Privacy

Health information technology – including electronic medical records, electronic health information exchange, and personal health records – have the potential to dramatically improve our health care system. Survey data shows that the public clearly wants electronic access to their health information – both for themselves and their health care providers. At the same time, people have significant concerns about…

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McCain Campaign Says Video Takedowns Stifle Fair Use

A recent exchange of letters between the McCain campaign and YouTube offers a clear illustration of the importance of fair use in protecting free expression — but also of the risk that the practical utility of fair use can be subverted by other copyright policies. When CDT and others say that copyright policy raises free expression issues and requires a…

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Backing Down on Behavioral Advertising

Over the past few months, lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have been scrutinizing ISP involvement in online behavioral advertising, with three hearings in the U.S. Congress and multiple inquiries in the EU. For two U.S. firms, NebuAd and Adzilla, the spotlight seems to have shined too brightly. Both firms have lost their chief executives within the last…

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Report: Data Mining Ineffective Anti-Terrorist Tool

A new National Research Council report cautions that government data mining programs cannot effectively identify patterns of terrorist activity. Pattern-based or predictive data mining was singled out as likely to generate huge numbers of useless leads. Because of this, the authors warned, pattern-based data mining should not be used to deny a person rights and liberties. This mirrors

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