Related Posts

Endangering Student Privacy in the Name of School Safety

In the wake of tragedy, there is an understandable desire by policymakers to act with urgency. Unfortunately, this can lead to untested policy that may jeopardize the very people it is intended to protect. A recent example is Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Policymakers and education practitioners should be mindful of the risk of amassing and integrating large amount of data without proving its effectiveness could pose to the wellbeing of children. Limited and appropriate data sharing can play a role in supporting school safety, but it should not come at the expense of the students it is intended to protect.  

Read More

Double Dose of FTC Comments Discuss Remedial Measures and Algorithms in Advertising

The FTC sought comment on a wide range of issues, and for this initial go-around, CDT submitted comments on two key questions: (1) the FTC’s remedial authority to deter unfair and deceptive conduct in privacy and data security matters; and (2) the implications associated with the use of algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.

Read More

On Managing Risk in Machine Learning Projects

Written by CDT summer intern Galen Harrison. The white paper “Beyond Explainability,” published by the Future of Privacy Forum and Immuta, is an attempt to sketch out how, organizationally, one can manage risk in a machine learning (ML) project. The FPF template seems appropriate for most, but not all, ML projects. When considering whether to form a process modeled after this template, practitioners should carefully consider the scope and setting of their ML operations and whether they share this template’s main concerns.

Read More

CDT Expands Student Privacy Focus

CDT is expanding our focus on student privacy. Our goal is to provide a balanced voice and solutions-oriented resources around core issues to help educators and policymakers navigate the complex digital world. We’ll be leveraging our existing expertise on privacy & data in other sectors, including how to address bias in digital decision-making up front to prevent unintended consequences.

Read More

Tech Talk: Teaching Data Ethics and Defending Nonprofits Against Cyber Attacks

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we talk about Cloudflare’s Project Galileo and Google’s Project Shield, which both offer nonprofits and journalists free services to defend against cyber attacks. We also talk to a data scientist about her course on data ethics.

Read More

Discussing Democracy in the Digital Age

Addressing issues around privacy, cybersecurity, and online speech, and disinformation is essential to advancement of fundamental democratic rights in the digital age. And of course, you can’t address these issues if you don’t talk about them – and do so across partisan lines and oceans. Spurring those important nonpartisan, transatlantic conversations on tech issues is why CDT, the R Street, and the Delegation of the EU to the US are hosting the Tech Summer Series.

Read More

FCC Informal Complaints Rule Change Raises Barriers to Justice

Written by CDT summer intern Alicia Loh Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a seemingly small change to the language of its informal consumer complaints process that may have a huge practical effect on consumers. The change undermines the effectiveness of the informal complaint process, forcing consumers to use the more difficult and costly formal…

Read More