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Advisory Committees Going Online

For the first time, the US Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) is Webcasting one day of our meetings (I'm a member of the Board) today. The meeting will run from 8:30 – 4:30pm.  Topics of wide public interest will include: 9:30am Cloud Computing implementations in government 11:45am White House Office of Science and Technology Policy…

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It’s official: Twitter isn’t Government Paperwork

As part of the 120 day deadlines in the Open Government Directive, OMB just released several sets of guidance for agencies in how they use new tools like social media or wikis. Currently, there's a burdensome process for agencies who want to do something as simple as ask the users of their website whether they are pleased…

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Congestion: Exposed

One aspect of the FCC’s proposed “Open Internet” rules that has received significant attention is the notion that the rules be subject to a “reasonable network management” exception. The network management provision would allow network operators to implement management schemes to control congestion and address other network issues without running afoul of the rules. CDT has repeatedly expressed…

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Facebook Asks Users to Comment on Privacy Changes

Facebook users have a great opportunity to make their opinions heard and participate in the policy-making process of the social network. The company has released a new draft of its Privacy Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, both of which have significant implications for user privacy. Facebook users have until 12:00 AM PDT on Saturday, April…

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Updating Privacy Protections for 21st Century Communications

Today, a CDT-led coalition issued recommendations to strengthen the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a key federal privacy law. The proposals address the rules for government access to some of Americans’ most sensitive data, including communications and documents stored in the Internet “cloud” and location information generated by mobile devices. Our goal is to preserve traditional privacy…

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CDT Urges IP Czar to Focus on Bad Actors, Not Intermediaries

Yesterday, CDT filed comments with the office of Victoria Espinel, the White House’s new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC). Her first official duty in the newly created position is chair the committee that will draw up a Joint Strategic Plan for IP enforcement. While the scope of the report will be much broader than our focus on Internet copyright issues,…

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A Social Media Enthusiast’s Privacy Conundrum

If I learned one thing at SXSW (other than the fact that man cannot live on BBQ alone) it was that working in both the social media and privacy advocate space can be really challenging.  My experiences with the draw of new social media toys like location-enabled devices combating the push of raising awareness of oversharing and online privacy…

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Go Daddy, Go!

In the wake of Google’s announcement on Monday that they were redirecting the Chinese version of search to Hong Kong, there has been speculation about the impact of that action on other U.S. companies operating in China. Now GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain name registration company, has announced that it will cease registering Web names to China…

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CDT Statement: Google’s Human Rights Move Puts the Ball in China’s Court

Yesterday, Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology issued the following statement in response to Google’s announcement that it would it would move an uncensored, simplified Chinese version of search to Hong Kong:   "CDT applauds Google for following through on its commitment to protect human rights and for its continued effort to enable China's…

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All Your Browsing History Are Belong to Us

For several years, it has been a poorly kept secret that any Web site you went to could secretly search your browser’s history file to see what sites you had previously visited.  All the site owner had to do was ask.  And while browser history “sniffing” has been around for a long time, companies are finally starting to actively…

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