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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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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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Mixed Messages? The Limits of Automated Social Media Content Analysis

This paper explains the capabilities and limitations of tools for analyzing the text of social media posts and other online content. It is intended to help policymakers understand and evaluate available tools and the potential consequences of using them, and focuses specifically on the use of natural language processing (NLP) tools for analyzing the text of social media posts.

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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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