Next President Must Preserve Free Speech on the Internet

[Ed. Note: this is the second in a series of blog posts addressing a range of technology and civil liberties issues we believe America’s next President and Congress will have the chance to take a fresh look at, and the opportunity to set a policy course for the Internet that will keep it open, innovative and…

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Facial Recognition Technology Is Here, But Privacy Lags

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on the rapid development of facial recognition technology. While the increased availability of these robust features is something to celebrate, the privacy implications loom especially large. Combined with online photo storage services and a lack of meaningful limits on government or corporate access to data, facial recognition technology raises serious privacy concerns….

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EU Says Keeping Internet Open to Innovation is Key Policy Goal

The European Commission earlier this week released a paper identifying the following as the key challenges for the next stage of the Internet: (1) continuing to update broadband infrastructure to improve accessibility and speeds; (2) keeping the Internet open to new business models and innovation; and (3) addressing privacy and security concerns. This is a sound list. From CDT’s perspective,…

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Yes… Our Congress CAN Tweet

It seems that the controversy about legislators using Twitter, YouTube, and other third party Web services may have come to a close. Both branches of Congress have recently revised their rules for how legislators can use Web services, and whether they can maintain content on third-party Web services and embed it onto their official Web sites. This is an…

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No Funding for a National “REAL ID” Database?

Congress couldn’t get its act together in time to pass a proper appropriations bill for the 2009 fiscal year. Instead, last weekend it passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government – for homeland security purposes at least – until March. Perhaps not surprisingly, there was an allocation of $100 million to fund REAL ID, the…

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Phishing: If You Suspect Deceit, Just Hit Delete!

Consumer Reports has released a new video, as part of their WebWatch project, with a song and good advice about phishing and Internet scams. I’m not sure that ‘if you suspect deceit, just hit delete!’ will ever catch on as a widespread slogan, but it’s certainly fun. What is phishing? Phishing is when scammers send out…

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Intellectual Property Enforcement Legislation Heads to President

As the news focuses on negotiations over financial bailout legislation, congressional staff and Members who aren’t neck-deep in that issue are working behind the scenes to see if they can push other bills over the finish line before Congress leaves town to campaign. One bill that is now on its way to the President, after passing the Senate on…

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Technology, Internet Policy Suggestions for Next President, Congress

War, financial crisis and the fate of a nation hanging in the balance. It sounds like a back-of-the-envelope outline for a spy novel, but it’s actually the current political climate in the U.S. Given that, it’s no surprise that discussion of Internet and technology issues is adrift, and that civil liberties protection has been pushed to the margins during…

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