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Working Together To Make the Entire Internet More Secure

CDT was invited by the Free Speech Coalition to be part of a panel that addressed the importance of moving all websites to HTTPS. The adult industry, along with the news industry, are the two main sectors in the top website rankings that lag behind in using HTTPS. The goal of the XBiz panel was to share the why and how of HTTPS with the business decision makers in the industry.

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European Commission Strategy on Criminal Justice in Cyberspace Can Move the Debate Forward

As part of the European Agenda on Security, the European Commission committed to addressing, among many other things, the challenges law enforcement authorities face when obtaining digital evidence for cross-border criminal investigations. The Council of Europe’s Cybercrime Convention Committee’s progress report provides new and very relevant data that can help inform the efforts towards workable solutions

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The Needs of the 21st Century Creator

Copyright is a vital source of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship that needs to be utilized more by for 21st century content creators. Because the new generation of creators draws more heavily from copyrighted materials, it is imperative that they understand how to protect their creative works and promote copyright policies that affect the platforms that host their work.

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Sessions on Surveillance: Confirmation Hearing Confirms Concerns

The Senate will soon vote on President-elect Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions. CDT and 14 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee raising serious concerns about Sessions’ record on surveillance and privacy. Last week’s hearings confirmed some of our concerns and left us with more questions than answers about how Sessions would protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties as Attorney General.

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How Algorithms Can Impact Online Civil Rights Movements

Access to the internet enables billions of people worldwide to share their stories; whether those stories reach a widespread audience, however, depends on how platforms promote certain content over others. The decision of what to amplify can make or break a social movement taking place online, and the algorithms that determine which information to deliver can create a barrier to these digital social movements by reducing their ability to compel people’s attention.

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Intelligence Transparency and Yahoo Email Scanning

  Today, President-elect Trump is scheduled to meet with U.S. intelligence agencies to discuss evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. elections.  Mr. Trump has said that if the intelligence community has evidence of Russian interference, it should make that evidence public.  Part of this story is new: a president-elect is casting doubt on intelligence he hasn’t seen.  And part…

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Alexa, is Law Enforcement Listening?

Just days after Christmas, news broke that police in Bentonville, Arkansas, had issued a warrant to Amazon to turn over audio recordings from an Echo as part of a hot tub murder investigation. The sensational story brought with it a slate of headlines about new privacy concerns posed by the connected devices and the Internet of Things, but it also demonstrates how unclear legal standards and aggressive law enforcement interest in data can undermine the physical sanctity of our homes and inner lives.

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