Risky Business in Russia

Yesterday, Cisco announced a more than one billion dollar initiative to leapfrog innovation in Russia’s ICT sector. As part of the Skolkovo Project, Cisco will establish a “physical presence” in Skolkovo, relocate employees from its engineering team to the area, and launch Skolkovo as a model for Cisco’s “Smart+Connected Communities” by building networked infrastructure that enables…

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New Federal Web 2.0 Rules Lack Full Privacy Protections

OMB today released two long-awaited memos on federal agency use of cookies and Web 2.0 services. As the Administration urges agencies to use new tools that make government services easier to use, it's reasonable that they re-evaluate the policies that also hinder the use of some of these tools.  Most of the public have come to expect that pages…

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Cybersecurity Bill: The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

Today CDT, along with 23 other privacy and civil liberties groups, sent a letter to Senators Lieberman, Collins and Carper listing concerns about the cybersecurity bill that the senators recently introduced. “Changes are needed to ensure that cybersecurity measures do not unnecessarily infringe on free speech, privacy, and other civil liberties interests,” the letter…

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Whither Art Thou, iPhone 4?

I was one of the lucky bunch to get an early iPhone 4, so my first thought, naturally, was "I wonder how good the location privacy settings are?" This is why I work at CDT. The truth is, the location privacy settings are not terribly different from my preview of Apple's iOS 4, but there are a few…

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Court Decision for YouTube Is Big Win for Internet

We've just gotten word that YouTube has prevailed in the blockbuster litigation brought by Viacom.  This promises to be a big development for the future of the Internet.  We've previously explained what's at stake; Viacom's lawsuit was nothing less than a radical attempt to roll back the crucial "safe harbor" provision of the Digital Millennium…

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Proof that Long-Term Thinking on Open Government Policy Matters

In 1989, journalist Scott Armstrong sued to preserve the Reagan Administration's email as they left office. Several cases came from the original suit, litigated by Public Citizen. One of the main goals was to make sure that federal government emails were saved in electronic form and not paper.  It is not an exaggeration to say…

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IP Czar’s Report Steers Clear of Pitfalls… for Now

Back in March, CDT cautioned the new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) that certain kinds of enforcement policies would risk throwing out the baby with the bathwater.  CDT detailed how some policies could create legal landmines for bona fide businesses and thus substantially undermine technology innovation and free expression.  CDT urged the IPEC to keep a narrow…

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Supreme Court Holds Steady on Workplace Privacy

The Supreme Court today unanimously upheld a 1987 decision that recognized the workplace privacy rights of government employees in its decision on the case of City of Ontario, California v. Quon.  The case involved the use of text pagers issued to officers by the city police department.  When one officer consistently went over the allotted limit on messages,…

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FCC Launches Inquiry on Key Jurisdictional Question

The FCC today issued its much-anticipated Notice of Inquiry on the agency's jurisdiction over broadband Internet access services.  CDT welcomes the FCC's decision to roll up its sleeves and address this critical issue in a straightforward, thorough, and timely fashion. The NOI tees up questions that are central to the nation's communications regulatory structure.  The Internet…

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