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The List-Building Has Begun: How the Tech Sector Should Respond

In a digital age of fluid boundaries between the individual, company, and state, it is imperative that companies defend the rights of their individual customers and take steps — whether in technology design or in institutional policy — to limit disclosure of personal data to the government. The list-building has begun, but companies must not become willing partners.

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Moving Forward On Our Shared Democratic Values

It is a time of uncertainty and anxiety around the world. The feeling of disorder is true even for those who celebrated the recent inauguration and those who marched to promote women’s rights or other important issues. With all this uncertainty, Nuala O’Connor reflects on the core principles that ground our advocacy work at CDT to help inform our course of action as we face new challenges.

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Global Dignity Falls with the Stroke of a Pen

With the stroke of a pen, the new Administration has erased an important principle — the extension of Privacy Act coverage to non-U.S. persons for data about them held by the federal government. This means that both U.S. and non-U.S. persons could request to see the information DHS held on them, such as details from an immigration application, details of a citizen’s comings and goings from the country, and interactions with the government. The message this action sends is clear: people who don’t hold a U.S. passport or current green card are not entitled to the same dignity as those of us who do.

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A Letter from Our President: We Have Work to Do

Like many of you, I have been reflecting on this unprecedented election, and where we — as a country and digital community — go from here. For CDT, our answer is simple: we roll up our sleeves and get back to work. Administrations and their priorities may change, but our commitment to ensuring that technology is a force for good will never waver.

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Community, Identity, Speech, and Power

As we look forward to our next twenty years, we must ask ourselves: Are we achieving our goal of promoting an empowering internet that truly enables individual users to speak and be heard, to exercise control over their online identity, and to connect with one another in pursuit of a sense of belonging and community? This year, CDT is launching a long-term focus on these and other questions whose common theme is “Community” online.

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Why the OPM Data Breach is Unlike Any Other

The scope of the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management, in which the records of millions of current and former federal employees were breached, is exponentially greater than the many other recent headline-generating breaches in the private sector. This breach not only impacts government employees but countless of their partners, associates, and confidantes, and the stolen information includes some of the most intimate personal details about the individuals affected. It also raises real questions about the government’s ability to safeguard the data in its possession.

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CDT’s Greg Nojeim Honored by American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

There are few civil liberties advocates that are more passionate or effective than Greg Nojeim. In his time at CDT, his tireless work has helped rein in overly intrusive government surveillance, enhance privacy protections online, and make government surveillance a human rights issue globally. CDT and all of those who work with Greg know what an incredible leader he is, and we are thrilled that the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is honoring him with their Ralph Johns Award. He will receive the award tomorrow night at their annual gala.

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Regaining Our Right to Live Freely and Be Left Alone

After weeks of political grandstanding, brash rhetoric, and failed power plays, one of the of the National Security Agency’s most egregious mass surveillance authorities is no more. This is a monumental victory for every American who values their privacy and freedom. While it was easy to get distracted by the posturing that took place in Congress, that’s the real meaning of this reform: our personal thoughts and expressions will not be swept up in a mass dragnet on the off chance they might be useful.

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