House Patriot Act Bill Draws Broad Support On Account of National Security Letter Fix

A coalition of 20 civil liberties organizations, including the Center for Democracy & Technology, released a letter today endorsing H.R. 3845, the USA Patriot Amendments Act. The bill was introduced by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Subcommittee Chairs Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)….

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Tips on Setting Up your Child’s First Email Address

Recently, CDT’s Adam Rosenberg authored a guest blog post for’s GeekDad blog, a parenting blog for tech-savvy parents. The post is the first in what will be a series of "how-tos" on raising an Internet savvy child and discusses some of the issues parents confront when setting up a child’s first email address. CDT has…

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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

In the wake of the major decision by the FCC to open up serious and substantial discussion on rule making on Internet neutrality, CDT’s Leslie Harris wrote a guest column for ABC News where she answers the simple question: “Why should you care about Net Neutrality?” The article offers informative discussion on the basics around the net neutrality debate…

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But What About the Potential HIPAA Violation?

Last month, we blogged about how Humana (and maybe some other health plans) sent warnings through letters to its Medicare beneficiaries that they could lose their health care benefits and services due to health care reform legislation pending in Congress. In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an order to all health plans serving…

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Finally…Rules for the Road

We just got back from an open meeting at the Federal Communications Commission where the Chairman announced a new rulemaking on Internet neutrality. It is too early to know whether we were witnesses to a historic moment in the evolution of the Internet; only time will tell. But we were surely witnesses to the beginning of a serious and…

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Victory at The Economist Forum

I had the honor of participating in my first Oxford-style debate at The Economist's Media Convergence Forum in New York City on Wednesday. The proposition before us was: Consumers have more to gain than lose from sharing personal information. Dave Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Simulmedia joined me on the 'Con' side of the debate. Matthew Wise,…

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More adventures in Twitter: Web 2.0 ungags the British press

Last week, the Guardian lauded users on Twitter and other user-generated content sites for the role they played in breaking through an extraordinary gag order imposed on the Guardian by a British court. The editor of the Guardian and the Twitterati claimed a remarkable victory for free speech and the free press. At issue were documents…

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FCC Net Neutrality Proceeding Supports Public Interest

CDT and a large group of public interest advocates today sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski commending him and the Commission for launching a proceeding later this week to closely examine the issue of Internet neutrality. The proceeding is aimed at ensuring that broadband service providers cannot act as gatekeepers over Internet websites and…

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Yahoo!, Iran, and Calamity Journalism

Did Yahoo! turn over user data from 200,000 Yahoo! Iran email accounts to Iranian authorities in exchange for the unblocking of Not likely. Last week, Richard Koman over at ZDNet reported this exact allegation; ZDNet quickly retracted the post in full within the day, given the unreliability of the source…

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