Tech Talk: Call Congress About Net Neutrality and Section 702
Written by Brian Wesolowski
CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. You can find Tech Talk on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Play.
As 2017 winds down, we talk about two issues that are core to CDT’s advocacy efforts – in fact two issues that we seem to keep talking about without resolution.
The first is net neutrality, which is an issue most internet users thought was finally resolved back in 2015. Alas, that is clearly not the case with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai having unveiled his proposal to overturn the existing Open Internet protections. We’ll talk with CDT Policy Counsel Ferras Vinh about what the Chairman’s proposal means and what the path ahead for supporters of net neutrality looks like.
Then we talk about US government surveillance and a rapidly approaching deadline on the reauthorization of a key surveillance law that allows for the collection of digital information about non-US persons. CDT has been advocating for improvements the Section 702 surveillance program and is especially concerned with the the ability of intelligence agencies to search the data collected – which includes information about Americans – without obtaining a warrant. Will Congress address this issue before the end of the year? CDT’s Michelle Richardson has the answers.