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Courts Hand Yet Another Defeat to COPA

Just yesterday we blogged about how the government asked the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the decision of the three-judge panel that ruled the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) unconstitutional — for the third time. Just today the court denied the government’s request for a…

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Digital Wallpaper

Television screens increasingly blaze in spaces outside of homes. In many settings, particularly at retail establishments, the TVs are perpetually tuned to a channel with nothing but commercials. In other instances, such as schools and government offices, the screens flash announcements and public safety information. This up-and-coming medium goes by different names, including captive audience networks, but the most…

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Government Refuses to Accept COPA As Unconstitutional

Back in July, a federal appellate court ruled against the government once again in the long-standing case against the Child Online Protection Act. The 3rd Circuit held that the law – which would censor a significant amount of valuable online content – violates the First Amendment. Unhappy with the three-judge panel’s decision, the government…

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Dialog on “Privacy Competition” Expands

As new technology expands our opportunities for social networking, information gathering, and content sharing, it also raises serious concerns about privacy. Last night, CDT participated in a privacy discussion at a Churchill Club event held at Microsoft in Mountainview, CA. The conversation, titled “Personalization versus Privacy: Balancing Business and Consumer Interests,” tackled issues ranging from government surveillance to…

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OneWebDay 2008: An E-Democracy Time Capsule

We’re just under a month away from OneWebDay 2008, and the Washington, DC OneWebDay planning committee would like to invite you to participate. Susan Crawford, an Internet legal scholar and CDT Policy Fellow, started OneWebDay four years ago to promote the Internet and keep it vibrant, in the same way that Earth Day promotes taking care of…

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FBI Guidelines Makeover in the Making

The Department of Justice is about to issue new Attorney General Guidelines that govern FBI criminal and intelligence investigations. The new Guidelines would reportedly weaken the standards in existing Guidelines for use of some intrusive investigative techniques. Currently, the FBI has to have “reasonable suspicion” of criminality to open a full criminal investigation and it has to have…

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Aligning Words and Deeds With Human Rights

The Olympics are well into their second week. Although we’ve seem some inspiring performances from athletes like swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Nastia Liukin, it’s sad that these games have been mired in controversy from the beginning: the IOC’s lack of will or ability to hold China to its promise to improve its human rights…

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Still Big Threats Online, But Slowly Improving

The newest State of the Net report from Consumer Reports has concluded that several major online risks- including spyware infections- are declining in precedence. Unfortunately, spyware still cost the country 3.6 billion dollars over the last six months, with over half a million households being forced to replace computers because of spyware. While this is an intimidating…

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Quick Start to “Quiet” Month

August is traditionally a slow time in D.C., with Congress out of session and most policymakers looking to escape town for some vacation. But the early part of the month has already seen some significant developments for Internet policy. First, on August 1, the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a controversial enforcement action against Comcast for interfering…

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