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CDT 2017 Annual Report

CDT’S 2017 ANNUAL REPORT: CDT continues to be a staunch advocate for freedom of expression, net neutrality, the privacy rights of every consumer, and the right of citizens to live free of constant government surveillance. The year ahead will unquestionably pose challenges to all of these fundamental rights, but thanks to the generous support of individuals, foundations, and businesses alike, CDT will be there as an ardent advocate for your digital rights.

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CDT Amicus Curiae Brief in People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company

CDT filed a brief supporting the New York AG’s position in the pending appeal of People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company, in which we focused on two issues: that the Federal Communications Commission’s Transparency Rule (the only rule slated to survive the net neutrality repeal) should not preempt New York’s consumer protection laws and that consumers are right to expect their broadband speeds to match advertised claims.

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Open Letter to Rapporteur Axel Voss on EU Copyright Reform

On 24 April, CDT joined over 50 organisations in an open letter addressed to rapporteur and MEP Axel Voss on the EU copyright reform. The letter focuses on the concerns surrounding the European Commission’s proposal for a neighbouring right for press publishers under Article 11 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. We call on Mr Voss to delete Article 11 and instead consider proposing a legal presumption.

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Over 145 Organizations Ask Council to Adopt More Cautious and Evidence-Based Approach

On 26 April 2018, over 145 organisations sent an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU Member State Ambassadors and Deputy Ambassadors. The letter raises many concerns ahead of the meeting of the COREPER on 27 April, in which the Bulgarian Council Presidency wants EU Member States to endorse their latest copyright proposal. The letter emphasizes that there are still many legal uncertainties and potential unintended consequences of the proposals, which overall require a more cautious decision-making process. 

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Memorandum on Human Rights Criteria for Cross-Border Demands

CDT has articulated human rights criteria for cross-border demands for Internet users’ communications content. CDT released those criteria on the eve of the European Commission’s scheduled release of the E-Evidence initiative. They had been conveyed to the Commission in prior commentary by CDT and other civil society groups. We articulate the legal support for these criteria that is drawn from decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and others.

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Experts Letter on the Importance of Security Research

On April 10, 2018, over fifty experts and expert advocates published a statement in support of security research and against efforts to chill or intimidate security researchers. Computer and network security research, white-hat hacking, and vulnerability disclosure are legal, legitimate, and needed now more than ever to understand flaws in the information systems that increasingly pervade our lives.

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