Event Recap: Presentation of Dr. Monica Horten's paper on uncertainty for internet intermediaries in EU

On 6 September in Brussels, CDT presented the paper Content ‘responsibility’: The looming cloud of uncertainty for internet intermediaries, authored by Dr. Monica Horten. Following the presentation of the paper, CDT hosted a lively debate with the participation of both the audience and the panel. The panel noted several European Commission draft proposals seem to be in contradiction with current legislation as they imply monitoring obligations for intermediaries.

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How does the internet know your race?

Your race is among many characteristics that can be inferred and used to serve you personalized content. Recent research by CDT and a team at the University of California Berkeley show that this practice continues to raise concerns with the public. We asked 748 people how they felt about online personalization based on a variety of characteristics, and personalization based on race achieved the most consistently negative results.

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EU Copyright Proposals: Do Two Wrongs Make an Ancillary Right?

Copyright reform is one part of the EU Commission’s efforts to develop a Digital Single Market (DSM) for Europe, a vision of a robust digital economy with fewer borders and in which European creators and businesses can thrive. Leaked drafts of the Impact Assessment analyzes the predicted outcomes of the various reform proposals around copyright in light of the goals of the DSM Strategy. Unfortunately, both the proposals and the analysis raise some troubling issues.

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UK Investigatory Powers Bill Imperils Public Safety by Undermining Data Sharing with the US

The British House of Lords reconvenes on September 5, when it will resume consideration of the Investigatory Powers Bill. So far, the British government has failed to adequately address the many troubling aspects of this legislation. If this trend continues, the legislation will pass and confer vast surveillance authorities on British intelligence and law enforcement entities. While this might appear to be a boon to intelligence and law enforcement surveillance, it may turn out to be a bust because it would undermine the United Kingdom’s efforts to strike a data sharing agreement with the United States.

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Washington Court Should Find ECPA Unconstitutional

ECPA allows the government to prevent service providers from notifying their customers that the government has accessed a customer’s private electronic data stored in the cloud. This egregious conduct not only violates the First and Fourth Amendment, it compromises public trust in cloud computing. That’s why we filed a brief asking the court to declare Section 2705(b) of ECPA unconstitutional.

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Telecoms regulators Lay Down Strong Guidelines for Implementing EU Net Neutrality Rules

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications – the regulatory agency in the EU for telecommunications – has published its final guidelines for implementation of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation on Open Internet access. The guidelines firmly cement the principle non-discrimination of internet traffic while at the same time granting flexibility for effective network management, and innovation in business models and technology.

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What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? An Interview with the NY Times CEO

Mark Thompson, the President and CEO of the New York Times Company, has a new book coming out. The book, Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?, explores the role public language is playing in creating a “crisis of trust in politics in the Western world.” In this Q&A, Thompson talks about his new book, and shares his thoughts on how the internet and technology is influencing public discourse.

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German Foreign Intelligence Bill Fails Human Rights Standards

The German Bundestag will soon vote on an intelligence surveillance bill entitled Draft Law on Foreign-Foreign Communications Intelligence of the Federal Intelligence Service, that will permit the BND to surveil foreigners’ communications from within Germany. (This differs from the domestic surveillance normally conducted by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution). Currently this practice is arguably illegal, as the relevant language in the statute is ambiguous. This bill is problematic, because it is inconsistent with requirements for nondiscrimination, foreseeability, and oversight in constitutional, European, and international human rights law.

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Your Chance to Say No to Proposed Social Media Questioning on US Customs

DHS recently issued a proposal to ask tourists on visa waivers to share their “online presence” on the I-94W and the online application for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, including the social networks they use and their corresponding “identifiers”—their handles or account names. CDT thinks this is a bad idea and is planning to file public comments with U.S. Customs and Border Protection explaining why.

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