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Amicus Brief, Ferrer v. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Section 230 of the Communications Act enables individual speakers to identify online services that will host their own First Amendment-protected speech. The Subcommittee’s invasive, burdensome inquiry into Backpage.com’s editorial practices creates an intense chilling effect, not only for Backpage but for any website operator seeking to define their own editorial viewpoint and moderation procedures for the third-party content that they host.

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Comments to the NHTSA on Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (November 22)

CDT recognizes the tremendous societal benefits that may be derived from autonomous technologies, and we encourage NHTSA to further explore the privacy and cybersecurity impacts of AVs. Specifically, these comments focus on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy’s Cross-Cutting Guidance with respect to: (1) data sharing; (2) privacy; (3) cybersecurity; and (4) consumer education and training.

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Coalition Calls on President Obama to Bolster Civil Liberties and Government Transparency

CDT signed onto a coalition letter with open government, privacy, and civil liberties advocates urging President Obama to take swift action before he leaves office to bolster civil liberties protections, primarily through added government transparency. For instance, the letter calls for the Justice Department to summarize for the public key Office of Legal Counsel opinions dealing with national security and civil liberties, and to publicly release foreign intelligence court decisions and inspector general reports.

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CDT's Priorities for the New Administration

At the Center for Democracy & Technology, we believe that there are core beliefs that unite every American. Our policy recommendations for the nation’s 45th president are moderate, pragmatic proposals aimed at charting a forward-looking course that protects our individual rights, keeps the country secure, and enables further innovation in our hyper-connected reality.

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Broadband Privacy Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need to Know About the FCC’s New Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

On October 27, the FCC voted on rules to protect internet users’ privacy by requiring broadband providers to get consent before using and sharing customers’ data. The Commission also harmonized the rules for all telecommunications carriers, including telephone service providers. This cheat sheet is designed to give policy makers, members of media, and the public an overview and understanding of the important details in the rulemaking.

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Additional Comments on DMCA Section 1201 Reform

CDT has submitted additional comments on the the Copyright Office policy study focused on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which prohibits the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs). CDT commented in the initial phase of this study, and these comments address the Office’s response to the proposals received to update the statute.

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CDT Comments on Special Rapporteur David Kaye's Report Regarding Freedom of Expression and the Telecommunications and Internet Access Sector

CDT provided input for the report that the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, is preparing on the role of telecommunications and internet access providers in freedom of expression. We provided a CDT work product that pertained to three areas of inquiry of this study: (1) the examination of policies and practices that affect users’ access to…

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