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.

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Cybersecurity Information Sharing In the “Ominous” Budget Bill: A Setback for Privacy

Overall, the “compromise” that lawmakers came up with took the bad parts of the three bills on the table and, in many cases, made them worse. Unfortunately, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 will probably become law, because any “nay” votes at this stage would be against the entire budget deal. There are, however, significant privacy costs built into this legislation.

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CDT Proposes Privacy Best Practices for Drones

Drones are a promising technology with great commercial and social potential. Since drones can also operate as a flying platform for sophisticated sensors – such as hi-res cameras, facial and license plate recognition, or cell tower emulators – drones can also erode individual privacy. CDT is proposing comprehensive voluntary privacy best practices for private use of drones, with the goal of credibly safeguarding individual privacy while enabling a wide range of private drone uses.

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Student Privacy Ought To Be Protected Comprehensively

Schools have largely embraced education applications, websites, and devices as means for improving classroom instruction and administration. However, there seems to be a trend in company policies and proposed laws toward drawing sharp, inflexible lines between products that are “for education” and those that are not. However, it’s clear that this line is often blurred. A number of existing student privacy bills arguably would not address these gray areas.

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European Commission Copyright Action Plan: A Busy 2016

The European Commission finally published its long-awaited Communication “towards a modern, more European copyright framework.” The Communication, serving as an action plan, outlines the different issues the European Commission is currently considering for legislative proposals to be adopted from spring 2016 onwards in areas such as limitations and exceptions, online platforms and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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Post-2015 WSIS Agenda Must Be Forward-Looking, Multistakeholder and Development Focused

Effectively, it is the ambition of some governments to turn back the clock on the role of stakeholders in the management and the governance of the Internet. But to outline and, importantly, implement a development-oriented post-2015 agenda will require all stakeholders coming together to build on the vast experience the community has creating social wellbeing and economic opportunity and growth.

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Awaiting the Rushed Cyber Bill's Final Language: What We Hope to See

The final text of a cyber information sharing bill is expected to be released any minute now. According to recent reports, lawmakers hope to wrap up official conference negotiations sometime this week, and expect to send the final bill to the President’s desk as part of an omnibus budget deal by the end of this year. When the final conference report is released, CDT hopes that it contains the following protective measures.

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Finding Solutions to Privacy and Security Challenges in the On-Demand Economy

Many of the companies that are pioneers in the “on-demand” space are proving popular around the globe, but as these companies enter into traditionally regulated spaces, questions about the user privacy and security are cropping up – for both providers and consumers. Importantly, these companies often have far more data on consumers than traditional entities. As a result of this mass amount of new data, a number of vital questions must be addressed.

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Bill Aimed at Turning Internet Companies into Government Informants Still an Awful Idea

Media reports indicate that Senator Dianne Feinstein is planning to reintroduce her proposal to require all Internet companies to report on their users directly to the US government if those companies become aware of apparent “terrorist activity” on their networks. This may sound familiar: Feinstein snuck this proposal into the Intelligence Authorization Act over the summer as Section 603. This is one idea that should not get an encore performance at the end of the year.

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