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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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Next President Must Preserve Free Speech on the Internet

[Ed. Note: this is the second in a series of blog posts addressing a range of technology and civil liberties issues we believe America's next President and Congress will have the chance to take a fresh look at, and the opportunity to set a policy course for the Internet that will keep it open, innovative and...

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Facial Recognition Technology Is Here, But Privacy Lags

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on the rapid development of facial recognition technology. While the increased availability of these robust features is something to celebrate, the privacy implications loom especially large. Combined with online photo storage services and a lack of meaningful limits on government or corporate access to data, facial recognition technology raises serious privacy concerns….

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EU Says Keeping Internet Open to Innovation is Key Policy Goal

The European Commission earlier this week released a paper identifying the following as the key challenges for the next stage of the Internet: (1) continuing to update broadband infrastructure to improve accessibility and speeds; (2) keeping the Internet open to new business models and innovation; and (3) addressing privacy and security concerns. This is a sound list. From CDT’s perspective,…

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Yes… Our Congress CAN Tweet

It seems that the controversy about legislators using Twitter, YouTube, and other third party Web services may have come to a close. Both branches of Congress have recently revised their rules for how legislators can use Web services, and whether they can maintain content on third-party Web services and embed it onto their official Web sites. This is an…

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No Funding for a National “REAL ID” Database?

Congress couldn’t get its act together in time to pass a proper appropriations bill for the 2009 fiscal year. Instead, last weekend it passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government – for homeland security purposes at least – until March. Perhaps not surprisingly, there was an allocation of $100 million to fund REAL ID, the…

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Phishing: If You Suspect Deceit, Just Hit Delete!

Consumer Reports has released a new video, as part of their WebWatch project, with a song and good advice about phishing and Internet scams. I’m not sure that ‘if you suspect deceit, just hit delete!’ will ever catch on as a widespread slogan, but it’s certainly fun. What is phishing? Phishing is when scammers send out…

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