Look It Up: Carla Hayden is Qualified

Dr. Carla Hayden understands technology and its interaction with libraries. She is passionate about using technology to modernize the collection and digitize its assets to increase access to the Library. She wants to make sure digitized materials are accessible in formats that will allow people with visual disabilities to access them. She believes in the value of free access to information, and protecting the privacy of library users. If our Senators want to be able to send their staffers to the library to “look it up,” they should confirm Dr. Hayden as the Librarian of Congress without further delay.

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Put It In The Vault: Why You Should Use a Password Manager

a good password may be all that stands between your account and someone taking over your account or getting access to the information in one of your online accounts. However, if you feel frustrated that a “good” password is often long, complex, and difficult to remember, you are not alone: research done by Microsoft has found that the average user has approximately 25 accounts with passwords. Remembering just one thing that is longer than about seven characters is difficult for the average person. A password manager is a piece of software that helps you generate long, complex passwords, then securely stores all of these passwords in an encrypted virtual container.

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FCC Rules Reconcile Speech and Privacy, Must Support Security Research

Last week, CDT submitted its second set of comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as it considers a new rulebook for protecting consumer privacy in the use of broadband. The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on this issue is an important first step towards providing broadband consumers with the assurance they need that their ISP will not track their online activities – the websites they frequent, the apps they download, the searches they perform – or sell that information to third parties without their knowledge and consent. CDT previously submitted comments in this rulemaking process.

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GNI Finds Member Companies In Compliance with Obligations

The Global Network Initiative released a report on the independent assessments of its member companies, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo!, finding each company in compliance with the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines. The assessments amount to a demanding inquiry into company practices and processes as they relate to decision making about free expression and privacy.

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CDT Chimes In On Canada’s Differential Pricing Review

As US net neutrality laws gain steadier footing following the DC Circuit’s recent affirmation of the FCC’s Open Internet Order, Canadian regulatory officials are poised to review their own open internet rules at a series of public hearings this fall. As part of this review, CDT filed comments on differential pricing practices and offered our recent zero rating whitepaper as a framework for understanding the potential benefits and harms of differential pricing.

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Think Differentially: Apple's Forward-Thinking Approach to Privacy in iOS 10

In the technology world, good design is driven by data, and companies often have to think critically about trade-offs between usability and privacy. Apple, which has been consistently innovative in its product design and in its approach to privacy, will deploy a technique known as differential privacy in iOS. Differential privacy allows user data to be examined in aggregate without revealing anything about a specific individual’s behavior.

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How Not to Be a Jerk with Your Drone

In 2015, President Obama established a multi-stakeholder engagement process to ensure that privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties concerns are considered and addressed as drones are integrated into the airspace. The process culminated in a final consensus document supported by a diverse group. The gist of the consensus document is simple: don’t be a jerk with your drone. In fact, several of the document’s suggestions are easy, commonsense ways for drone operators to ensure that they use their devices in an ethical, safe way that is respectful of fellow members of society.

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CDT responds to European Commission consultation on ancillary rights: unnecessary barriers for innovation and free speech

CDT has consistently cautioned against the introduction of ancillary rights in copyright laws in Europe because of the negative effects of such rights on smaller publishers, citizen journalism and, more importantly, freedom of information. CDT restated our objection to this idea in our submission to the European Commission’s public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the “panorama exception”.

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D.C. Circuit Decision in US Telecom v. FCC a Win for Preserving an Open Internet

In a resounding victory for net neutrality advocates and consumers alike, the D.C. Circuit issued its decision in US Telecom v. FCC, a landmark ruling ensuring that government regulators maintain the authority necessary for preserving an open internet. The court’s decision upholds the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, a set of rules and standards that aim to preserve the basic principle that broadband providers should permit access to the internet without discriminating or blocking content based on its source.

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