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COICA Questions Mount as Markup Nears

Late in September, we expressed serious concerns over the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act. The bill would allow the Department of Justice to obtain blocking orders from courts that would interfere with the domain name system in ways that could undermine free expression and cybersecurity. We have continued to voice those concerns to Senate…

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The FBI and Service Provider Wiretapping, or What’s In Your Wallet?

The FBI’s apparent desire to require all communications service providers to design a means for law enforcement to access encrypted communications in plain text could have negative effects on personal privacy and industry innovation. Computer scientists, however, concentrate on a different concern: the danger that such design mandates could harm cybersecurity.  In an ironic twist,…

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Ask CDT: First Amendment Rights Online

Read answers to readers' questions on First Amendment Rights Online. In the United States, courts have extended the highest level of First Amendment protection to the the Internet. But what specifically does the First Amendment allow you to say, do, and write online? From November 15-21, CDT…

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Europe Revisiting Privacy Laws is Opportunity, Not Catastrophe

Last week, the European Commission issued an important report discussing how the European Union plans to update its Data Protection Directive. The Directive, now 15 years old, provides the kind of cross-industry, baseline privacy protections that don’t exist in the United States, but it has been long criticized as being inconsistently applied and erratically enforced….

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Internet Loses Strong Congressional Advocate With Defeat of Rep. Rick Boucher

On Tuesday the Internet lost a true congressional champion when Rick Boucher (D-Va) was defeated in his reelection bid.  He will be sorely missed. The Internet today is open, innovative, and free in large measure because of Rick Boucher’s leadership and vision.  While the early Internet technology had the potential to be an open platform of citizen empowerment…

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CDT Files Detailed Smart Grid Comments to the Department of Energy

Yesterday, CDT filed comments at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in which we recommended privacy rules for the Smart Grid. The DOE, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and other federal agencies have been conducting a series of inquiries aimed at spurring implementation of the Smart Grid, which is intended to improve the collection and use of information…

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World of Courtcraft: Mortal Kombat at the Supreme Court

This morning I attended the oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court in the “violent video game” case, Schwarzenegger v. EMA. In September, CDT filed an amicus brief on behalf of itself and leading Internet industry groups and others. The case raises the question of whether states can regulate the distribution of violent video games to minors…

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Don’t Get Hijacked on the ‘Net: Firesheep and HTTPS

This week, a piece of software called Firesheep reminded us of how important it is to browse the Internet securely. Firesheep is a very user-friendly Firefox add-on that allows its user to snoop on unsecure connections on a local network (such the Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop) and hijack services being used on that unsecure connection. This…

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‘Privacy Chat’ Draws Huge Participation

This past Tuesday, CDT moderated the first weekly 'privacy chat' on Twitter through our @CenDemTech account. If participation and volume are measuring sticks, it was a great success. Over 600 tweets were sent out on Tuesday featuring our chat hashtag #PrivChat. Of course, numbers alone don't equal success. The ultimate goal of features like the privacy chat…

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CDT Launches Online Free Speech Resource for Artists

CDT is pleased to announce the launch of OnlineArtRights.org, a new website dedicated to artists’ free speech rights online. Sponsored by a generous grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, OnlineArtRights.org provides information and resources covering the wide range of free speech issues – and First Amendment protections – artists may encounter…

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