Beyond the Elephants’ Graveyard: Recent Additions to the Public Domain

Like open licensing, a vibrant public domain can further equality, education, and access to information. It also can fuel intellectual curiosity. Fostering this vibrancy requires actively populating the public domain rather than just waiting for works to end up there. It also requires reassessment of basic assumptions behind copyright policy (such as equating “harmonization” with longer copyright terms). But the effort is worthwhile. After all, the public domain is a shared resource: we get out what we put in.

Read More
Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 11.35.28 AM

A Framework for Assessing Zero Rating Arrangements

The debate over the potential benefits and risks of zero rating are growing louder and divisions increasingly stark. Opponents maintain that it violates net neutrality’s core tenet of content and application agnosticism; proponents hold that zero rating benefits network operators, edge providers, and users by lowering costs and providing incentives to “get online.” To help advance the conversations around zero rating in a manner that can be applied to a diversity of zero-rating arrangements and broadband markets, CDT has published a new paper on the topic, “Zero Rating: A Framework for Assessing Benefits and Harms”.

Read More

Did the European Court of Human Rights Just Outlaw “Massive Monitoring of Communications” in Europe?

Over the past two years, a trio of high-profile cases before the European Court of Human Rights that concern the United Kingdom’s large dragnet surveillance programs—and the country’s collaboration with the NSA—have become the focus of many activists’ hopes that the Court will effectively outlaw indiscriminate surveillance in Europe once and for all. With yesterday’s release of a judgment in a little-known case against Hungary, it turns out that the Court may effectively have just done exactly that.

Read More

From Self-Help “Skeet Shooting” to DHS Guidance for Law Enforcement: Regulation of Drones Is a Bumpy Ride

When William Merideth allegedly witnessed an Unmanned Aircraft System (a.k.a. “drone”) hovering over his property while his 16-year-old daughter sunbathed in the garden, he promptly took out his 12-gauge shotgun and blew it out of the sky. In the wake of the subsequent criminal charges against him, the self-proclaimed “Drone Slayer” proudly…

Read More

CDT Submits Evidence Opposing Orwellian UK Surveillance Law

(Note: Due to a quirk in British Parliamentary procedure, we were unable to publish the text of the CDT submission until January 7, 2016. The full text of CDT’s submission is now posted.) The United Kingdom is flirting with an online surveillance state of staggering proportions. Parliament is currently considering new surveillance legislation…

Read More

Strong Intermediary Liability Protection Focus of CDT response to European Commission’s ‘Platforms’ Consultation

The European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy: the Juncker Commission’s flagship policy initiative to eliminate national administrative silo’s and regulatory barriers in the digital economy. Part of the strategy called for a broad consultation on the role of ‘platforms’, including a broad range of online intermediaries, in the economy and society. CDT recently submitted our response to this consultation.

Read More

Replacing the Safe Harbor – Robust privacy protections in a new EU-US data transfer agreement

Much has been written and said about the Decision by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the Schrems case, invalidating the European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision, and its implications. Recently, EU and US negotiators have briefed the press and stakeholders about the progress towards a new data transfer agreement to replace the defunct Safe Harbor decision. A…

Read More

CDT addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor

This week, two of CDT’s experts appeared before key bodies of the United Nations dealing with critical issues for the future Internet. Matthew Shears addressed the UN General Assembly on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) review. Emma Llansó spoke to the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on the risks to the human rights of Internet users as governments seek to find appropriate responses to “extremist” content online.

Read More