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BSides 2018 Presentation – Engaging Policymakers at the State Level, Election Cybersecurity

Maurice Turner, Senior Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, presented this at the 2018 BSides Las Vegas Conference. The presentation, titled Engaging Policymakers at the State Level, explored how and why communities can benefit from adopting cybersecurity practices through the example of the electoral process.

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Infosec Toolkit for Election Volunteering

From federal data breaches to foreign governments phishing political campaigns to malware shutting down city services, our nation is under attack. You can help – starting right in your own community. Local and state officials are working to build a more resilient electoral process, but their capacity is limited. They need civic-minded infosec professionals to combine their knowledge and talents as technical volunteers for Election Day and beyond. The information below will help you understand the election process and provide tips on how you can get involved.

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Comment on USTelecom Petition to FCC

USTelecom petitioned the FCC to stop enforcing requirements (known as forbearance) that allow smaller ISPs to access broadband infrastructure at wholesale rates. In order for the petition to succeed, USTelecom has to provide evidence to meet statutory requirements and demonstrate that forbearance is in the public interest. In this comment, we address how USTelecom did not provide enough evidence to meet these requirements; and conclude that the petition should be denied.

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Tech Explained: the Glossary

We’ve created a new series of blogs and resources, entitled “Tech Explained,” with the goal of providing folks with a better understanding of the technologies that shape our everyday lives. Please utilize this glossary as a reference for the key terms and concepts we mention.

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Letter to Armed Services Committee on the Email Privacy Act

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, companies and trade associations, write to express our support for the Email Privacy Act which was recently included in the House passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The Act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the law that sets standards for government access to private internet communications, to reflect internet users’ reasonable expectations of privacy with respect to emails, texts, notes, photos, and other sensitive information stored in “the cloud.”

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Illinois Supreme Court Amicus Brief on Rosenbach v. Six Flags

The Illinois Supreme Court is reconsidering a motion to dismiss granted by a state appellate court to the defendant, Six Flags of America in an important biometric privacy case. CDT asks the court to reconsider whether Six Flags’ alleged statutory violation is sufficient to grant standing both in light of the intent of the Illinois legislature in its passing BIPA, and based on what is at stake for an individual’s ability to protect their biometric data if violations such as Six Flags’ are allowed to escape uncontested.  

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