How cyber secure are you? Find out!

We all need to take control of our own cybersecurity. It appears we are about to enter an era of increased threats to our democratic rights, which makes it even more important to take steps to ensure that your devices and digital communications are private and secure. CDT developed a quiz to help you assess how cyber secure you are and offer tips on how to improve.

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First report on the EU Hate Speech Code of Conduct shows need for transparency, judicial oversight, and appeals

While the European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová’s intentions on combating online hate speech are sincere, and the problem she seeks to address is real and important, the Commission’s strategy, its stated objectives, and its implementation are questionable on several levels. This blog post notes a series of concerns about the strategy and proposes some recommendations for addressing them.

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Takedown Collaboration by Private Companies Creates Troubling Precedent

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube announced their intent to begin collaborating on the removal of terrorist propaganda across their services. CDT is deeply concerned that this joint project will create a precedent for cross-site censorship and will become a target for governments and private actors seeking to suppress speech across the web.

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Senate Inquiry into Backpage’s Content Moderation Practices Would Set Dangerous Precedent for Free Speech Online

CDT has long urged website operators to be transparent, fair, and consistent in developing and implementing their content policies. Companies have an obligation to respect the human rights of their users, and transparency about their content moderation activities is an integral part of that. But when the government attempts to engage in intense scrutiny of a website’s lawful decisions to host constitutionally protected speech, it creates a backdoor to censorship that threatens user speech across the internet.

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