The House Rules Committee has announced that it will consider the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 on Monday, February 26, allowing the bill to be voted on as early as next week. The House bill would substantially expand the legal risk involved in hosting individuals’ speech online, result in broad-based censorship, and discourage some platforms from engaging in good-faith moderation efforts.
Motivated by a desire to help fellow artists and creators bring their work to life, Perry Chen founded Kickstarter — the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) will honor Chen with its Digital Visionary Award at its 2018 Annual Dinner, Tech Prom, on March 29, recognizing his work as an artist, innovator, and leader in leveraging tech for good.
CDT is excited to welcome Eric W. Muhlheim, Chief Financial Officer of OpenX Technologies, Inc., to its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council aims to bring new insight and expertise to CDT’s tech and internet policy advocacy work. Its members come from diverse fields and backgrounds, and all share a commitment to advancing digital rights worldwide.
Reuters: “With paper, you can recount or audit that paper and carefully check the performance of the voting system, ensuring that the electronic result would match what a full hand count would show. Without a paper audit trail, any recount is just like hitting enter on the keyboard over and over again: You get the same answer and you have no clue if that answer is correct,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, an election security expert with the Center for Democracy & Technology.
CNN: “The stakes are really high,” said Gregory Nojeim, senior counsel and director of the Freedom, Security, and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. “It’s going to set the tone for cross-border data demands on a global scale.”
Politico: “This is insanity,” said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, an election security expert who is the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology. “Matt is extremely capable and has been a champion of more secure and better elections the entire time he’s been on the EAC.”