Technology, Internet Policy Suggestions for Next President, Congress

War, financial crisis and the fate of a nation hanging in the balance. It sounds like a back-of-the-envelope outline for a spy novel, but it’s actually the current political climate in the U.S. Given that, it’s no surprise that discussion of Internet and technology issues is adrift, and that civil liberties protection has been pushed to the margins during…

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AT&T, Verizon Back Opt-In Approach for Behavioral Advertising

Earlier this week, we set out our wish list for what we hoped to hear from witnesses during today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on behavioral advertising as this emerging online marketing practice comes under congressional scrutiny. We are pleased that the telecom companies testifying today, AT&T and Verizon, appear headed in the right direction. Both companies…

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A National “REAL ID” Database Is Not the Answer

Back in January I wrote an op-ed criticizing the Department of Homeland Security for flirting with the idea of creating a national ID database to implement the REAL ID Act. While CDT has been supporting the repeal of REAL ID or its major amendment, we believe that, should the law stand, it must be implemented responsibly. The

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What to Listen for During Hearing on Re-write of FBI Investigation Guidelines

On September 23, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will conduct a hearing on new Attorney General Guidelines governing FBI investigations and the collection of domestic intelligence. The Department of Justice first issued guidelines governing FBI investigations in 1974 and has loosened them virtually every time it has re-visited those guidelines. Now, Justice is

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Comcasts Spells Out Congestion Management Plans

Back in March, CDT welcomed Comcast’s announcement that it would move to a “protocol agnostic” technique for managing network congestion. No technical details were provided, but the announcement certainly seemed to imply that the new technique would steer clear of singling out particular protocols, services, or content for inferior treatment. In other words, it would avoid the kind behavior…

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It’s OneWebDay in D.C.

Today is the third annual “Earth Day for the Internet,” and there are events all over the country celebrating the Internet, and I hope that you attend one or find a way to help. I’ve just come from an event in D.C. discussing the policy challenges facing the Internet and the ways that the Internet has enhanced the…

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Courts Hand Yet Another Defeat to COPA

Just yesterday we blogged about how the government asked the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the decision of the three-judge panel that ruled the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) unconstitutional — for the third time. Just today the court denied the government’s request for a…

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Digital Wallpaper

Television screens increasingly blaze in spaces outside of homes. In many settings, particularly at retail establishments, the TVs are perpetually tuned to a channel with nothing but commercials. In other instances, such as schools and government offices, the screens flash announcements and public safety information. This up-and-coming medium goes by different names, including captive audience networks, but the most…

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Government Refuses to Accept COPA As Unconstitutional

Back in July, a federal appellate court ruled against the government once again in the long-standing case against the Child Online Protection Act. The 3rd Circuit held that the law – which would censor a significant amount of valuable online content – violates the First Amendment. Unhappy with the three-judge panel’s decision, the government…

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