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Guest Blog Post on PATRIOT Act

Recently, CDT’s Gregory Nojeim provided wrote a guest blog post on the American Constitution Society’s blog. Greg discussed the expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act and examined current legislation in the Senate. Check out the post here at ACS’s blog. Thanks again to ACS for the opportunity.

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CDT Celebrates One Web Day

Today is One Web Day — a day to acknowledge the many ways in which the Internet has made and will make the world a better place. Some will engage in service projects to get more people online. Some will educate each other regarding the policy issues that will determine how online society develops. Some will organize…

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Mark Lloyd and the Burden of Free Speech

Mark Lloyd has devoted his long and distinguished public interest life to fighting for media diversity and free speech for all of us. In recognition of his career and expertise, he has been appointed Associate General Counsel at the FCC. Congratulations Mark! From all of us who served with you on the board of the Center…

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FTC Finalizes Terms of Sears’ Deceptive Practices Settlement

The FTC recently announced approval of the terms of a settlement with Sears Holding Corp. (which owns Sears and K-Mart stores) over charges that the company failed to "adequately disclose" that it was collecting personal information using a spyware program secretly installed on consumers' computers. Between 2007 and 2008, 15 of every 100 visitors to sears.com or…

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Google Books, Congress, and Orphan Works

Testimony by the Register of Copyrights last week expressed concern that the Google Books settlement improperly wades into matters that are the domain of Congress and would impair congressional efforts to enact orphan works legislation. I certainly agree that the Google Books settlement goes much farther than a typical class action settlement. It uses the class action mechanism…

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Patriot Act Reform Debate Heats Up

In two letters sent to Congress today, the Obama Department of Justice announced its support for reauthorization of three expiring provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act and its willingness to consider civil liberties amendments that do not diminish the effectiveness of the expiring provisions. Its openness to amendments is a good sign, and we look forward to working with…

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Apps.gov Release Takes Government into The Cloud

In a much-hyped launch this afternoon, Apps.gov was introduced as a centralized service for federal agencies to obtain cloud-based IT services. These services range from productivity and management applications for internal use to free social media plugins for agency websites. US CIO Vivek Kundra has often noted that taking the government into the cloud was a…

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