The Board of Directors at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has announced that President & CEO Nuala O’Connor will step down at the end of September for a new role in the private sector. CDT’s Vice President of Policy Chris Calabrese and Vice President of Strategy Lisa Hayes will serve as interim co-CEOs as CDT conducts a comprehensive search for its new leader.
CNN reported that the White House is drafting an Executive Order that would give both the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission the power to judge what speech should and should not appear online. The Center for Democracy & Technology condemns this reported effort to vastly expand government regulation of speech online.
Today, the Department of Justice announced its decision to let the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint go forward, despite concerns that the transaction would reduce competition in the wireless sector.
Tech Crunch: Few issues divide the tech community quite like privacy. Much of Silicon Valley’s wealth has been built on data-driven advertising platforms, and yet, there remain constant concerns about the invasiveness of those platforms. Yet with global platform usage and service sales continuing to tick up, we asked a panel of eight privacy experts: “Has anything fundamentally changed around privacy in tech in 2019? What is the state of privacy and has the outlook changed?” CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor responds here.
CDT’s Greg Nojeim writes in Ars Technica: In the wake of news from Reuters that a federal court in California rejected Department of Justice demands that Facebook break, bypass, or remove the encryption in its Messenger app, it’s worth noting how little we still know about such an important dispute.