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Open Letter in Light of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2017

On 30 November, CDT joined over 80 organisations in signing an open letter on the EU copyright reform addressed to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council (COMPET), as well as to relevant representatives of other EU institutions. In one sentence, we voice our persisting concerns over the current state of affairs of the discussions in the Council and European Commission on the proposal for a Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Directive. In an Annex, the letter refers to 29 letters and analyses carried out by various European stakeholders and experts, which highlight the negative impact of the current proposal, particularly in Articles 13 (monitoring and filtering of user uploads), 11 (press publishers’ rights) and 3 (text and data mining exception). 

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CDT Statement to House​ ​Judiciary​ ​Subcommittee​ ​on​ ​Net​ ​Neutrality​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Role​ ​of​ ​Antitrust

The​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Democracy​ ​&​ ​Technology​ ​(CDT)​ ​thanks​ ​the​ ​Subcommittee​ ​for​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​submit this​ ​statement​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​November​ ​1,​ ​2017​ ​hearing​ ​on​ ​“Net​ ​Neutrality​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Role​ ​of​ ​Antitrust.” CDT​ ​appreciates​ ​the​ ​interest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Subcommittee​ ​in​ ​protecting​ ​the​ ​principles​ ​of​ ​the​ ​open​ ​internet,​ ​but we​ ​have​ ​concerns​ ​about​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​legal​ ​and​ ​policy​ ​approaches​ ​under​ ​consideration​ ​in​ ​this​ ​hearing. In​ ​this​ ​statement,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​address​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​points​ ​raised​ ​by​ ​critics​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2015​ ​Open​ ​Internet​ ​Order (OIO)​ ​who​ ​argue​ ​for​ ​an​ ​alternative​ ​that​ ​relies​ ​exclusively​ ​on​ ​antitrust​ ​law.

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Letter to Senate Commerce Committee on Censorship Concerns with SESTA Manager's Amendment

The Honorable John Thune Chairman, Senate Commerce Committee United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Bill Nelson Ranking Member, Senate Commerce Committee United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 7 November 2017 Dear Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and Members of the Committee, We, the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations, trade associations, and individuals write to convey our significant concern with the Manager’s Amendment to S.1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which the Committee will…

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CDT response to European Commission Consultation on Improving Cross-Border Access to Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters

We recognise the concerns about difficulties in obtaining electronic data relevant for criminal investigations that motivates the EC’s initiative. Our overriding message is that as the EC considers its next step, it must ensure that protection of fundamental rights is front and centre. We refer to existing human rights principles on necessity and proportionality and ask that they be included in any initiative the EC puts forward.

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FTC Informational Injury Workshop P175413 –– Comments

Privacy violations are by their nature contextual, making them difficult for individuals to evaluate and regulators to quantify. Two important elements should be included in the Commission’s consideration of information injury: first, user control, or lack thereof, should be an important component of the Commission’s analysis of unfair acts or practices. Second, while expanded individual rights to information could serve to counterbalance the risk of privacy violations, information asymmetries limit an individual’s ability to make informed decisions about privacy and security.

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Cryptocurrency 101: Crypto-ledgers, Bitcoin & More

Terms like Bitcoin, blockchain, and mining are entering the mainstream — but to the unacquainted, it can be hard to know where to start. How does it all work? On October 18, 2017, CDT fellow and political economist Benjamin Dean discussed the basics of crypto-ledgers, cryptocurrencies, and the associated policy issues. His presentation is available here.

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Coalition Letter Opposing DHS Social Media Retention

A coalition of civil liberties organizations, including CDT, wrote to the Department of Homeland Security to express concerns with the DHS System of Records Notice, issued on September 18, 2017 that states that DHS will now store social media information in ‘Alien Files’, which include the official record of an individual’s visa and immigration history. Alien registration numbers, and their related A-File, are assigned to people who plan to make the United States their home, and also to certain categories of non-immigrants who are granted employment authorization.

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Government Use of Algorithmic Decision-Making Tools to New York City Council Committee on Technology

The City of New York has an obligation to understand, scrutinize, and explain how its algorithms make decisions affecting New Yorkers. At minimum, the city should ensure and demonstrate to the public that NYC’s algorithmic decision-making tools (1) are aligned with the city’s policy goals and the public interest; (2) work as intended; (3) do not use data to marginalize minority or vulnerable populations and exacerbate inequality; (4) provide meaningful transparency to New Yorkers so that they can appeal and seek remedy for automated decisions that are incorrect, unjust, or contrary to law.

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Coalition Letter Calling for Improvements to USA Liberty Act

CDT and dozens of other digital rights groups released a letter calling on Congress to improve the USA Liberty Act by closing the backdoor search loophole that the bill leavers open. Using this loophole, the US government searches the communications content of US persons without obtaining a warrant. It does this by combing through the millions of communications it seizes every year under the authority Congress gave it in Section 702 of FISA to conduct surveillance of foreigners outside the U.S.

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