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CDT Comments in FTC Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy Workshop

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) would like to thank the Federal Trade Commission for the opportunity to participate in the Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy Workshop and to file these written comments.  The first two sections below reiterate and expand on CDT’s oral comments at the Workshop, while the last two sections offer CDT’s thoughts on key themes from the Workshop and how the FTC could play and…

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Music Download Warning List

Beware of Potentially Deceptive Fee-Based Download Services Thinking of signing up and paying money to a music download service that looks legitimate and perhaps even claims to be "legal?" Check our list first. Unfortunately, some sites may be happy to take your money, and may leave you with the impression that they are legal sources of a full range of music – including the top performers and music labels – but…

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Ghosts in Our Machines: Background and Policy Proposals on the “Spyware” Problem

Over the last several years, a loosely defined collection of computer software known as “spyware” has become the subject of growing public alarm. Computer users are increasingly finding programs on their computers that they did not know were installed and that they cannot uninstall, that create privacy problems and open security holes, that can hurt the performance and stability of their systems, and that can lead them to mistakenly…

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Privacy Recommendations for the Google Book Search Settlement

The settlement of the copyright infringement lawsuit against Google for its Book Search tool will, if approved, dramatically alter the way the public obtains and interacts with books. With its new offerings, Google will considerably increase public access to millions of books containing much of the world’s written knowledge and ideas. Moreover, Google’s powerful book search engine will transform how the public conducts research, interacts with written text, and…

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CDT Amicus Brief in Google Books Settlement

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) respectfully submits this brief amicus curiae to support final approval of the Proposed Settlement, and to urge this Court to protect the public’s right to reader privacy in conjunction with the approval.  CDT believes that the Settlement will have a positive impact on public access to information in our society, and that it should be approved.  However, as part of that approval,…

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CDT Comments in the Matter of Broadband Industry Practices

CDT strongly believes that the Internet’s extraordinary success in facilitating independent innovation and speech is directly linked to the fact that any Internet user can provide content and services to any other willing Internet user, without getting permission from any “gatekeeper.”  There is currently an active debate about whether and to what extent there is a risk that network operators could engage in behaviors that would undermine…

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Preserving the Essential Internet

“Network neutrality” – or, more precisely, “Internet neutrality” – is perhaps the most prominent and contentious issue in Internet and telecommunications policy today.  Proponents of nondiscrimination requirements for providers of broadband networks argue that government action is necessary to preserve essential qualities of the Internet.  Network providers warn that government-imposed neutrality requirements would subject the Internet to burdensome regulation and bureaucracy and would undermine the providers’ ability and incentive…

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CDT Reply Comments in the Matter of Broadband Industry Practices

Many of the comments submitted by broadband providers and related industry groups focus primarily on arguing against the idea of neutrality-focused regulations. While CDT believes that many of these arguments are overstated or ignore the equally serious risks of providing no governmental guidance in this area, CDT agrees that it would not be appropriate for the Commission on its own authority to devise and impose a regulatory regime mandating…

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What Does “Governance” Mean? What are “Critical Internet Resources”?

CDT Comments for the Second Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil It is the purpose of this paper to describe “governance” and “critical Internet resources” in the context of a vision of the Internet as a medium uniquely suited to foster economic growth, human development, and democratization.  Secondly, while we argue for a broad definition of CIR, we stress that the definition matters less than the principle that…

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CDT Comments to NTIA regarding The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System: Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement

CDT strongly supports the goal of a fully independent ICANN, and we applaud the steps ICANN has taken to become more transparent, but it is premature to end the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) at this time. The JPA serves as a valuable check on ICANN and an important guarantor that ICANN will continue to maintain and improve its transparency, accountability and…

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