2015-01-22 online political debate SQ

FEC Should Preserve ‘Breathing Space’ for Online Political Debate

CDT joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation last week in comments urging the Federal Election Commission to leave in place a key policy decision protecting individuals’ ability to engage in political speech online. When the FEC launched its first inquiry into the topic, CDT advocated for “breathing space” for online political speech, warning that the complex welter of campaign finance regulations would discourage individuals from engaging in robust online debate about political candidates and policy proposals. The FEC’s hands-off approach should ensure that it continues to promote – not discourage – political participation online.

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DMCA blog post

The Current DMCA Exemption Process is a Computer Security Vulnerability

In this day and age, it’s undeniable that we need the best computer security research to keep our data and ourselves safe. However, security researchers today don’t have the freedom they need to test systems for bugs and then fix them. It turns out a somewhat obscure regulatory process – the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s triennial circumvention review – could be a significant barrier to better security research.

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2015-01-20 Digital India

Digital India’s Impact on Privacy: Aadhaar numbers, biometrics, and more

Much of the discussion at the recent India-U.S. Information and Communications Technologies Working Group focused on the Indian government’s “Digital India” initiative to promote universal connectivity, with the goal of providing every citizen with broadband connection by December 2016. As part of a “cradle-to-grave digital identity” for its citizens, the government plans to draw on the Aadhaar program, a controversial unique identification system that has led the Indian government to create the world’s largest biometric database. Lisa discusses its privacy concerns and more.

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2015-01-16 enter text SQ

Does the White House Cybersecurity Proposal Provide the Protections We Need?

Earlier this week the White House released a legislative proposal aimed at enhancing cybersecurity by authorizing new information sharing between the private sector and the government. The White House proposal contains important privacy protections not present in CISPA and CISA – bills which ignored the public outcry for reform of NSA surveillance over Americans. However, the White House proposal relies heavily on privacy guidelines and use restrictions that are currently unwritten, leaving unanswered questions about their effectiveness.

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2015-01-16 data security

White House Data Breach Legislation Must be Augmented to Improve Consumer Protection

As we’ve observed for years, federal data breach legislation has been frequently suggested following high profile data breaches, but has yet to make significant traction in Congress. In fact, the President called for data security legislation as recently as October 2014, to no avail. This time, the White House has released its own legislative language (based on its 2011 cybersecurity proposal) — the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act.

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2015-01-20 Charlie Hebdo

Responses to Charlie Hebdo Attack: Governments Should Protect, Not Limit, Free Expression

The horrific terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris has shaken the European continent profoundly. The tragedy lays bare controversial and divisive questions regarding free expression and efforts to prevent terrorism and violence motivated by political and religious extremism. European leaders have been quick to announce heightened security responses. However, caution is needed to ensure that any new security measures are proportionate, that they strengthen and advance the free expression rights of all, and that they avoid creating a chilling effect from surveillance.

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2015-01-15 tv channel CHANGE SQ

Change the Channel: How UK’s Adoption of a Mandatory Anti-Radicalization Program Could Violate Human Rights

CDT believes that the provisions of the CTS Bill that would codify Channel—and, potentially, similar programs that are beginning to appear in places such as the Netherlands—are not only flawed policy, but also bad law. We delve into why, and urge the UK Parliament to take a hard look at aspects of the bill and redraft them to ensure that the fundamental human rights of all individuals in the UK are fully respected.

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2015-01-13 White Houe, students

President Obama Announces Student Privacy Legislative Proposal

President Obama announced today proposals for enhanced consumer privacy legislation, including a new federal student privacy law. According to the White House, the Student Digital Privacy Act is “designed to provide teachers and parents the confidence they need to enhance teaching and learning with the best technology — by ensuring that data collected in the educational context is used only for educational purposes.”

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2015-01-07 IANA sq

Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

The Internet is at a crucial stage of its evolution. Last year, the Commerce Department announced its intention to transition out of its oversight role of core Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and hand that stewardship over to the global multistakeholder community. The IANA transition is a key element in the evolution of the global Internet and the current multistakeholder approach to Internet governance. Caution is appropriate, but the project must be pursued.

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