Obama’s Open Government Initiative Gets Underway

This morning, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra released the Open Government Directive. The open government community has been waiting for almost a year for this memo and it looks like a very promising framework for agencies. Though the memo was released at an event where both a CIO and CTO starred, the Open…

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White House Set to Release Open Government Plan Today

Last night, the White House sent word announcing some exciting news – the Open Government Plan (based on the Open Government Directive) will be released today, at 11am EST. This helps fulfill a promise that the Obama administration made on day one when the President took office.  We’re excited that agencies will be able to dive into…

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Google DNS Service Warrants a Watchful Yawn

There has been a kerfuffle in the tech policy world in the past few days about Google’s new DNS service offering.  The Domain Name System is the lookup directory system that seamlessly converts human-readable Internet addresses (like "") into the actual numeric "Internet Protocol" addresses that are used to reach the computers designated by particular domain names…

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FTC Roundtables on Privacy and Technology

Today the FTC begins hosting their series of day-long public roundtable discussions to explore the privacy challenges posed by new technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data. These discussions are being aired on a live webcast courtesy of the FTC and are a great opportunity for privacy advocates to make a public statement about the…

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Illegal Internet Downloads: 3 Strikes and You’re Out?

There are no quiet days here at CDT and today is no exception. Our CEO Leslie Harris has a guest column on ABC’s "Ahead of the Curve" discussing the extreme measures some countries are taking to curb digital copyright issues and how they may impact domestic policy on this matter.  The piece focuses on the severity of international responses to…

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Assessing GNI, One Year On

This fall the Global Network Initiative (GNI) marks its first anniversary since launch in 2008. The GNI published a newsletter reflecting on its progress to date and outlining the organization’s priorities for the coming year – read the whole thing here. This year has been both challenging and rewarding. It has been an exercise in…

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“Privacy by Design” in the Smart Grid

 Working with students at UC Berkeley’s Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, CDT submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calling for the implementation of strong privacy principles in NIST’s effort to coordinate the development of standards for the modernized and interconnected “smart” electricity grid. The Smart Grid promises great benefits to…

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ONC Changes Things Up at the Office

  On Tuesday, The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, within the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced plans to reorganize its office by creating five new offices under ONC, including the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), which will advise the National Coordinator…

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TARP Transparency Moves to the Senate

Two months ago, we testified in support of a bill in the House (H.R. 1242) that would require the Treasury to create an almost-real-time database of TARP information. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Maloney, put together a large, bipartisan set of co-sponsors, and yesterday the bill passed the House unanimously. This bill continues to be an important step…

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