Some Progress on Do Not Track

Today, the Tracking Protection Working Group — the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) group standardizing the “Do Not Track” privacy setting — hit a huge milestone. After three and a half years of effort, the Working Group has agreed to advance the Tracking Preference Expression (TPE) specification to Last Call status. Moving to Last Call is a big deal — it means that the Working Group thinks that the specification is complete and ready for review by the larger community. We’re seeking feedback from the outside world to see if there are technical problems we’ve missed.

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FCC Preparing Diluted Version of Net Neutrality Rules

No actual text has been publicly released, but it appears that the FCC’s draft plan for protecting Internet openness (a.k.a. net neutrality) would prohibit Internet providers from blocking Internet content, while providing considerable leeway for discrimination in the form of “pay-for-priority.” The details of the FCC’s proposal should come out in May, and the agency will solicit public comments on how to improve it. For stronger approaches to prevail, Internet openness supporters are going to need to make their voices heard.

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Internet “Bill of Rights” Becomes Law in Brazil

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil signed Marco Civil da Internet, a comprehensive Internet rights bill, into law this morning. The Brazilian Senate voted in favor of the bill last night, just in time for President Rousseff to sign Marco Civil during the opening ceremony of the NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, a…

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Vision is needed at NETmundial

The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, a.k.a. the NETmundial meeting, starts today in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The NETmundial meeting has two goals: 1) articulate a set of Internet governance principles, and 2) propose a roadmap for the future development of the Internet governance ecosystem. The meeting comes a short 7 months after Brazilian President…

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Our Comments On NIST’s Cryptographic Standards Review Process

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has taken a first, important step in making sure no flaws or trapdoors end up in their cryptographic standards: they put out for public comment a document that describes the high-level principles for standardizing cryptography at NIST. In this post, I will discuss recent events that lead NIST to take…

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Decisive Section 230 Victory for GoDaddy in Revenge Porn Case

Late last week, a Texas appeals court handed down what should be an uncontroversial decision in part of the ongoing litigation. The opinion reverses last year’s misguided decision declining to dismiss claims brought against GoDaddy on the basis of user-generated content on its customer’s site. I wrote about the case then, arguing that GoDaddy was clearly protected under Section 230 of the Communications Act, and the court was plainly mistaken and the order should be reversed. The appeals court agreed.

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CDT, Allies Urge Court To Reverse Course on ‘Innocence of the Muslims’ Takedown

CDT and seven other free expression advocates have filed a legal brief urging a federal court to reconsider its order taking down the controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video. As we wrote when it was made public in late February, the decision in Garcia v. Google to order the video’s removal on dubious copyright grounds will set a dangerous precedent for online free expression if it is allowed to stand.

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