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CDT at SXSW Interactive 2010

Here's our blog coverage of SXSW so far: Smackdown: Consumer Privacy vs. Advertiser Revenue SXSW: Of Tech, Nerds, and New Media How the Internet Gave Women a Voice in Iran: A brief history Expectations of Privacy Open Government Awesomeness The Lifeblood of SXSW UPDATE 3/15 2:37 PM: We're listening to the CEO of Twitter, Evan…

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Submit Questions to FCC Chairman Genachowski

Today, YouTube announced a fantastic opportunity for Internet users to get engaged and participate in the discussions surrounding the launch of the FCC's National Broadband Plan next Tuesday. Through CitizenTube, users can submit questions to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and vote for their favorites. A selection of the top-voted questions will be asked to the Chairman during a…

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The Botnet Challenge

CDT's Leslie Harris has a guest blog post on Comcast's blog, discussing botnets and how large of a threat they are to Internet security today. Harris points out the efforts that companies like Comcast have put forth to protect their customers from botnets. While Comcast has made great strides, the war against malicious software is far from over and CDT…

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Who “Owns” Smart Grid Data Is Not the Right Question

Aaron Burstein is a research fellow at the School of Information at UC Berkeley. He writes here about the comments he recently drafted and filed for himself, CDT, and UC Berkeley professor Deirdre Mulligan. The Smart Grid promises to reform the way electricity is consumed and billed, with potential savings in cost and environmental impact. At the same time, however, the…

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Innovative RWJF Program Leverages Health IT to Improve Chronic Disease Care

On Wednesday, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the five teams it has selected to participate in an innovative national program called Project HealthDesign: Rethinking the Power and Potential of Personal Health Records. This project has enormous potential to transform chronic disease management and enhance patient engagement in their own care by leveraging health information…

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Senate Hearing on Global Internet Freedom: A Clarion Call for Corporate Responsibility

Earlier this week the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law called five witnesses to testify on the role of the US government, corporations, and citizens in combating (and abetting) Internet censorship and surveillance throughout the world. Entitled “Global Internet Freedom and The Rule of Law, Part II,” the hearing featured representatives from the government,…

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Better Bill from a Bitter Pill

Yesterday, in a follow-up to last October’s problematic marketing to minors law, the Maine state legislature considered a new proposal that attempted to narrow the prohibition of certain kinds of marketing information aimed at minors.   CDT prepared a vigorous challenge to the proposed law, LD 1677, submitting testimony Wednesday and sending our General Counsel, John…

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ONC Issues Rule Proposing the Establishment of Certification Programs for Health IT

On Tuesday, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (Health IT) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that establishes two voluntary certification programs to test and certify health IT. The National Coordinator for health IT is required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009…

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ACTA: Selectively Exporting US Law

Last week’s leak of the Internet section of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) prompted a new round of debate over the controversial multilateral agreement. In addition to renewed calls for transparency, attention turned to the substance of the agreement and its (dis)agreement with US and other countries’ law.  With respect to US law in particular,

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What Larry Strickling Meant to Say (and Should have Said)

On February 24, Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, gave a speech to The Media Institute in which he said: “Given all the human actors involved in the Internet with all their competing interests, we have to ask, do governments have to be involved to sort out these interests so…

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