The U.S. Copyright Office released its report on its study of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Reform of Section 1201, which prohibits circumvention of technological protection measures, is essential for cybersecurity researchers working to make software more secure. There were a number of welcome recommendations on reform of Section 1201 in the report, although many of the proposed changes require congressional action.
Today, the FCC voted to approve the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to roll back net neutrality protections for Americans by a 2-1 vote. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is committed to preserving a strong open internet, and the approved proposal by President Trump’s FCC represents a significant step back from essential net neutrality protections.
VICE Motherboard: “These locks provided no real cybersecurity or anti-piracy benefits, and they ultimately only served to lock consumers into using a single telecom carrier,” Ferras Vinh, of the Center for Democracy and Technology, told Motherboard.
CNN: “These are very stark recommendations,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “Election officials don’t realize how much of what they do implicates concepts of security and defense, and they’re also protecting against the worst hackers out there: nationstate adversaries.”
Gizmodo: Although files possessed by Deep Root would be typical in any campaign, Republican or Democratic, experts say its exposure in a single open database raises significant privacy concerns. “This is valuable for people who have nefarious purposes,” Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said of the data.