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Ads With Eyes

Digital advertising displays with the ability to collect information about consumers are proliferating in stores, airports and public places. It is time for the companies involved to pay attention to privacy. The digital signage industry is aggressively pushing for ways to track consumers. By using facial recognition cameras and other devices, the industry seeks…

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Dead and Gone, Again

Presidents come and go but attempts at Internet censorship just never die, until now… or until next time. The Supreme Court late last month drove a wooden stake into the heart of a ten-year-old court battle over an Internet censorship law called the “Children’s Online Protection Act” or COPA. The bill was unconstitutional before the ink signing it…

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Measurement Lab Provides Open Platform for Network Testing

The Measurement Lab, a collaborative project launched on Wednesday by the New America Foundation, the PlanetLab Consortium, and Google, will provide researchers with an open platform to host network diagnostic tools that, for example, enable users to determine the speed of their connections, detect traffic discrimination or prioritization, or troubleshoot connectivity problems. The idea is that…

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A ‘Diavlog’ on ‘The Plot to Kill Google’

CDT Vice President Ari Schwartz and Wired magazine writer Nick Johnson discuss Johnson’s latest article, "The Plot to Kill Google," in a "diavlog" on Bloggingheads.tv. Below is a clip from that discussion in which Schwartz and Johnson talk about the culture of privacy–or the lack thereof–inside Google itself. To view the entire discussion, go…

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It’s Official: Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is Official – Last night the US House unanimously passed a resolution declaring tomorrow, January 28, officially Data Privacy Day. CDT staff will be speaking at many events this week in honor of data privacy day, so keep an eye on our events calendar.Data Privacy Day is Official – Last night…

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Of President and Blackberry

Listen to CDT Vice President Ari Schwartz discuss the issues surrounding President Obama’s continued use of a Blackberry-like device during an appearance on NPR’s On the Media radio show :

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White House Web Site Now ‘Crawler’ Friendly

The minute President Obama assumed his office, before he had even taken his oath, WhiteHouse.gov was updated to reflect the new executive. As expected, the new WhiteHouse.gov used some of the tools that were used online throughout the campaign. In addition, WhiteHouse.gov became drastically more accessible to search engines with an update to its robots.txt file. Robots.txt is a…

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E-Gov 2.0 in Action

Last week we blogged (Part I and Part 2 ) about how current federal policies around the use of Internet technologies may need to be updated to keep pace with the past few years’ advances in both privacy protection and technological sophistication. We highlighted how the current…

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Obama Puts FOIA Back On Track

In our recommendations to the Obama Transition Team, our first priority in moving toward a more transparent government was the suggestion to re-implement the presumption of disclosure with regard to government information covered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). That was the stance taken during the Clinton administration. Today, on the first day of his administration, President…

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