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CDT Joins Pressure to Include Civil Society in Conversations with Internet Companies about CVE Efforts

CDT joins New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and a coalition of privacy and human rights organizations that pressed the White House to include civil society in its conversations with Internet companies about its so-called “combatting violent extremism” (CVE) efforts. In a joint letter addressed to top White House staff, groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International emphasized the importance of human rights and the need for greater transparency when it comes to collaboration between the government and the technology industry to address terrorists’ use of the Internet.

The letter comes on the heels of a private January meeting between tech CEOs and White House officials in Silicon Valley and another private meeting last month when tech company representatives were summoned by the White House to the Justice Department’s offices in Washington, DC.