Protecting Consumers in the Era of IoT – CDT Comments to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

With its recall authority and broad mission to protect consumers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or the Commission) plays an essential role in protecting the public against hazards associated with products such as toys, refrigerators, and lawn mowers. Increasingly, such potential hazards are becoming digital, as products of all kinds incorporate computers and networks to make them “smarter.” As federal agencies explore their role in the digital realm, the CPSC should direct its authority to protecting consumers from the real and growing threats associated with these Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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New Voting System Vulnerabilities in Congo

The Sentry, an NGO that works to prevent genocide and mass atrocities in Africa, released a detailed analysis of the new system slated for use in the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Sentry worked with Argentinian security researchers Javier Smaldone and Alfredo Ortega and CDT Chief Technologist Joseph Lorenzo Hall to examine what little public information is available about this system. The verdict is not good. A lot of unanswered questions should be addressed before it can be used safely in DRC elections.

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Mega-Merger: Vertical Integration in a Deregulated Environment

The combination of massive vertical integration and deregulation could set off a tectonic shift in the landscape of the internet. Vertically-integrated ISPs will have an even greater incentive to favor their own content and edge providers, and will be better positioned to leverage their control of popular content to effect negotiations with competing services. In a world where a few ISPs control both access and content, protecting the rest of the internet against discriminatory treatment will be crucial to preserve the internet as an open and flat communications network.

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Tech Talk: Habeas Data and the Future of Work

In this episode of Tech Talk, we talking to Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica about his new book Habeas Data, where he takes a close look at the legal cases and policies that are shaping American surveillance practices. After that, we welcome Aaron Pinto, a Canadian delegate to the G7 youth summit or Y7 who shared his insights on the future of work, highlighting how young leaders from the G7 countries see technology impacting their future.

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State Department Should Abandon Its Plan to Collect Social Media Information From 14.7 Million Visa Applicants

In March the State Department issued a notice proposing that all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants be required to provide their social media identifiers “for identity resolution and vetting purposes.” CDT filed comments opposing this latest social media information request, and highlighted that it would chill free speech, fail to detect threats, and lead to unintentionally incomplete applications, adverse determinations, and problematic algorithmic screening.

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