Google: Don’t Bow to China’s Censorship Regime

Today, CDT joined civil society groups in calling on Google to not offer a censored search engine app to users in China. We believe that the offer of a censored search app is inconsistent with the commitments Google has made and with the initiatives it has taken to protect human rights. The only way to avoid the impact of the Chinese government’s restrictions on freedom of expression is to avoid offering search in China.

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Tech Talk: Hacking Elections & How the Internet Can Help Democratic Processes

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we get a firsthand report from the Voting Village at DEF CON and hear from the founder of the Center for Technology and Civic Life about how the internet can improve the democratic process.

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Double Dose of FTC Comments Discuss Remedial Measures and Algorithms in Advertising

The FTC sought comment on a wide range of issues, and for this initial go-around, CDT submitted comments on two key questions: (1) the FTC’s remedial authority to deter unfair and deceptive conduct in privacy and data security matters; and (2) the implications associated with the use of algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.

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Tackling Disinformation: Proposed EU Code of Practice Should Not Lead to Politically Biased Censorship

In April 2018, the European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Online Disinformation: A European Approach”. The Communication outlines overarching principles and objectives that should guide short and long term actions to tackle the phenomenon of disinformation. In our response to the Commission’s Communication, we cautioned against the potential risks to free expression of this self-regulatory initiative. While many of the specific commitments in the draft Code are benign, we remain concerned that the overall process is oriented toward pressuring platforms to remove or suppress content and accounts without meaningful safeguards.

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Techsplanations: Part 3, What is net neutrality?

Welcome back to Techsplanations, the series explaining the technologies surrounding us. In the next two posts we will look at the concept and principles of net neutrality and some of the ways to preserve them. Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be neutral towards the information crossing it and should not treat some traffic differently based on what kind of traffic it is, who sent it, or who will receive it.

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On Managing Risk in Machine Learning Projects

Written by CDT summer intern Galen Harrison. The white paper “Beyond Explainability,” published by the Future of Privacy Forum and Immuta, is an attempt to sketch out how, organizationally, one can manage risk in a machine learning (ML) project. The FPF template seems appropriate for most, but not all, ML projects. When considering whether to form a process modeled after this template, practitioners should carefully consider the scope and setting of their ML operations and whether they share this template’s main concerns.

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Tech Talk: Taking Control of Your Smartphone Usage

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we talk about how to take control of your smartphone, exploring how those push notifications can be better managed and talking to an app developer trying to make you more mindful of your usage.

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