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UNESCO IUI Phase 1-CDT Response

UNESCO—the U.N. agency dedicated to building global peace and security—recently released a call for input on a proposed set of indicators that will be used to “assess the Internet in any country, and highlight areas where improvements can be made.” CDT commends UNESCO for undertaking this effort, which will enable coherent and consistent evaluations of the environment for online free expression around the world, and we welcomed the opportunity…

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Reply Comment in Copyright Office's Section 1201 Triennial Rulemaking

Prof. Ed Felten, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) respectfully submit these reply comments in response to comments in favor of and objections to modifications that would remove several limitations from the proposed Class 10 exemption of good-faith security research from the anti-circumvention provisions of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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CDT’s Response to EC ‘Fake News’ Consultation

On 23 February, CDT filed its response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Tackling ‘Fake News’. In our comments we make a number of observations. First, we point out that there is no consensus on a definition of the concept of fake news, which the consultation document acknowledges. Second, there is a need to gather credible evidence about what material exists fitting the description, and any impact it may have. Third, one essential piece is missing from the Commission’s consultation document: the acknowledgement that the ‘fake news’ issue is now top of the political agenda due to the Russian regime’s deliberate, sustained and increasingly well-documented strategy to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Finally, the questionnaire seeks input on what civil society should do to meet the challenges discussed in the consultation.

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National Security Experts Letter Supporting Secure Elections Act

On February 20, 2018, twenty-one experts in national security delivered a letter to Senate leadership in support of the balanced approach the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) takes in shoring up election cybersecurity. With precious little time and attention on cybersecurity issues in our democratic infrastructure, the letter argues that now is the time to pass into law measures that would require a paper trail, increasingly better audits of those records, provide funding to states to improve cybersecurity, and a structure for finding and fixing flaws in these systems.

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Comments to NTIA Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats

CDT appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Department of Commerce’s draft Report on enhance resilience against botnets and other automated, distributed threats. Because there is an explicit tension between allowing companies to take voluntary but automated action against devices and accounts, and permitting consumers to control their digital footprint, we propose that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convene a dedicated process for discussing the implications for privacy and freedom of expression.

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Open Letter to European Commission – Urgent Consideration of Tackling Illegal Content Approach

It has come to our attention that the European Commission plans to issue a set of recommendations on Notice and Action by the end of February 2018; going against their initial plans. We urge the Commission to uphold its promise to continue dialogues and exchanges with stakeholders on how best to tackle illegal content online. The lack of a structured, targeted and multi-stakeholder dialogue would inevitably be detrimental to maintaining a sturdy e-Commerce framework for the EU.

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FOIA Request for ICE on Commercial License Plate Reader Database

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency recently issued a contract request for query-based access to a commercial license plate reader database. We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with ICE seeking information on the contract, as well as any internal training materials, policy memos, and documents related to how ICE agents plan to use the commercial database and LPR data.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Section 230, Sex Trafficking, and Current Legislation

Want to learn more? Please contact Emma Llanso ([email protected]) or Sasha Moss ([email protected]).   What is 47 U.S.C. § 230 of the Communications Decency Act? • Section 230 shields online intermediaries from liability for speech that they host or republish. It protects the whole range of interactive computer service providers including social media sites, message boards, blogs, video streaming services, and the applications you use on…

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