Practicing Grace in the Digital Age

During CDT’s Tech Talk, Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post shared a simple yet challenging piece of advice for how to live more gracefully: slow down. Well, in the always on, constantly connected world this is no easy task. So how can we slow down in our increasingly digital world and still embrace the technology so many of us love? I thought I’d take a crack at suggesting a few simple ways.

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Needed Reforms to Section 1201 of the DMCA

The US Copyright Office accepted its first round of comments on Section 1201 of the DMCA. This provision imposes civil and possibly even criminal penalties on persons who circumvent “technological protections measures” that control access to copyrighted works. CDT hopes that any changes to Section 1201 can build on points of general agreement and arrive at a more stable, predictable, and permissive approach to circumvention for noninfringing purposes that do not implicate the copyright interests of rightsholders.

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CDT Files Brief in Support of Apple and Strong Encryption

The ongoing quest to protect our devices from backdoor weaknesses that allow government surveillance and third party attacks has once again moved into the courts. The FBI is attempting to compel Apple to create code that would significantly weaken the security of its iPhones and make them more less secure. CDT has long opposed government-mandated backdoors in technology, and believes that strong encryption strengthens the security of our nation. CDT collaborated with Wilson Sonsini to file an amicus brief in support of Apple in the federal district asking the court to refuse the FBI’s request.

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ICANN 55: The Winding and Sometimes Bumpy Road to Marrakech

After a final month of debate, drafting and re-drafting, the Cross Community Working Group on enhancing ICANN’s accountability has reached a consensus on the accountability enhancements that must be in place before the IANA transition occurs in September 2016. The final text of the recommendations has been forwarded to ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees for approval during the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech.

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Our Personal Security Is Our National Security

Strong encryption is good for our personal security. We want to protect our personal information from cyber criminals of all sorts. It’s why we demand secure channels of communication from our device manufacturers and software developers alike. But I’ll go even further and say that strong encryption is good for, and in fact vital to, our national security.

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A Conversation on Privacy Shield with FTC Commissioner Brill

Today, details of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement were released. While CDT is still reviewing the content of the agreement, our President & CEO Nuala O’Connor recently had the chance to sit down with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill to talk about the impact it would have on both consumers and businesses. Privacy Shield, which replaces the Safe Harbour agreement that was struck down by the EU Court of Justice, will regulate the corporate data flow from the EU to the US, and is intended to provide stronger privacy protections for EU citizens.

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CISA’s Interim Guidelines: A Good Start, but with Lingering Privacy Concerns

Two months ago, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act into law. CDT voiced sharp criticism due to the secret, backroom nature of the CISA negotiations, which resulted in several important privacy protections being pushed aside. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice published guidelines that describe how cyber threat indicators (CTI’s) and defensive measures are supposed to be shared, received, used, and disseminated, as well as the privacy protections that should be applied throughout the process. The guidelines are a positive step in the right direction.

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Congress Begins to Consider Solutions on Cross-Border Law Enforcement Demands

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on International Conflicts of Law Concerning Cross Border Data Flows and Law Enforcement Requests. CDT believes this is an important, complex issue and we compliment the Committee for taking it up. We ask that Congress ensure that any reforms adopted in this arena do not diminish the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users, and, indeed, encourage stronger protections for these rights.

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Fair Use in Art, Politics, and Babies Going Crazy

The Center for Democracy & Technology spends a lot of time working on the role of copyright doctrines, like fair use, in enabling new innovations or innovative uses of existing works. The Supreme Court’s Sony v. Universal decision established the central role of fair use in the creation of new technologies that empower users to choose where,…

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