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Speech 2.0 – Free Expression in the New “Digital Europe”

Dynamic and interactive platforms for networking and self-publishing are flourishing in Europe, making the Internet more accessible, more relevant, and more integrated into Europeans’ experience of daily life. Europeans are embracing these platforms to engage in expressive activities – and we wanted to highlight these things, so we developed a whitepaper entitled, Speech 2.0: Free Expression in the New Digital Europe.

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Cyber-Surveillance Bill to Move Forward, Secretly

The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) in a closed Committee meeting as soon as the week of March 9. CDT has analyzed the discussion draft. Though CISA includes some improvements from last year’s version of the legislation, every major concern we expressed about the 2014 version of the bill is also a major concern with the 2015 version.

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Analysis of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

Last Friday, President Obama released a long-awaited draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. The administration’s concrete legislative proposal is an incredibly important step, but the bill does have some significant flaws. CDT is committed to working with the administration and Congress on strengthening this bill to ultimately deliver the privacy rights and protections that we deserve.

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Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding CISA

March 2, 2015 Chairman Richard Burr Senate Select Committee on Intelligence United States Senate Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein Senate Select Committee on Intelligence United States Senate   Dear Chairman Burr, Vice Chairman Feinstein, and Members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, We the undersigned civil society organizations, security experts, and academics write to explain how the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), would significantly undermine privacy and civil liberties. We now know that the National Security…

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Testimony of Justin Brookman before Senate Commerce on Internet of Things

Statement of Justin Brookman Director, Consumer Privacy Center for Democracy & Technology Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things February 11, 2015 The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for today’s hearing on the privacy and security implications of the Internet of Things (IoT). CDT is a non-profit, public interest organization dedicated…

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Is Breaking Web Encryption Legal?

Companies finding ways to subvert Internet encryption have been in the news recently. Last month, in-flight Wifi provider Gogo was caught intercepting encrypted web sessions on YouTube and other video sites in order to throttle high-bandwidth users. And earlier this week, it was revealed that Lenovo was installing adware on laptops that intercepted all encrypted web requests in order to inject targeted ads into encryption-protected sites.

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Comments on the Use of Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications

Since the initial June 2013 revelations from Edward Snowden of mass government surveillance of global communications networks, engineers, mathematicians, and technology and telecommunications companies around the world have devoted significant time and effort to strengthening communications networks, services, and devices against overbroad government surveillance. In recent months, high-ranking officials from some of the worst perpetrators of government surveillance have challenged the use of strong encryption and have…

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