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Amicus Brief in Backpage v. Dart

When a law enforcement official threatens punitive action and reputational damage against a credit card company, with the goal of seeing a website starved for funds and forced to shut down, that official has violated the First Amendment.  This is the message that CDT, EFF, and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia sent to the Seventh Circuit last week in our amicus brief in Backpage v. Dart.

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Statement from Free Expression Advocates on SXSWi Cancellations

This week, South by Southwest Interactive announced that, due to threats of violence at the 2016 conference, it has canceled two panels devoted to discussions of culture in the gaming community. As speakers on the SXSWi panel “How to Stop ISIS Without Breaking the Internet”, we strongly support finding alternatives to censorship when addressing challenging topics. We call on SXSWi to reinstate the “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games” and “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community” panels while taking appropriate measures to ensure the physical security of all panelists and participants who attend the conference.

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Comments in Support of a Balanced, Transparent, and Data-Driven Approach to Intellectual Property Enforcement

Last week, the Center for Democracy & Technology and many others responded to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s (IPEC) request for comments on the next three-year Joint Strategic Plan on intellectual property enforcement. In those comments, CDT refreshes the record on its four principle-level recommendations for the Plan. We also address emerging (or reemerging) issues in IP enforcement, such as the transparency of trade agreements or new venues and legal theories being considered to conscript intermediaries into Internet content policing.

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Comments on Cross-Device Tracking to the FTC

As many people are now aware, your online activity is being tracked. As you move between different connected devices, from your cell phone to your laptop to your smart TV, companies are watching, recording, and analyzing your viewing, shopping, and behavioral data. Previously, your activity on each of these devices was isolated within the device. However, as we increasingly change between devices in the course of our day, advertising companies are tracking your online activity between devices in order to create a detailed profile of you through the use of cross-device tracking. The amount and granularity of data that your online activities create is only growing as more devices are connected to the Internet and as our devices become more mobile. The FTC, understanding the privacy implications of cross-device tracking, will be holding a workshop on November 16, 2015 on cross-device tracking; CDT submitted these comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last Friday in anticipation of this workshop.

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