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Section 230 creates the breathing room not only for direct competitors to today’s dominant sites for user-generated content, but also for the development of completely alternative models for interactive online services. Policymakers who talk about amending Section 230 need to understand these fundamental principles first.

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Advocate General Opinion in Austrian Defamation Case Raises Troubling Prospects for Access to Information

Courts across Europe are grappling with difficult issues concerning content posted online. A recent opinion from the Advocate-General of the CJEU raises troubling prospects for free expression and access to information online. The AG opinion is not a final ruling, but the Court often follows the direction set by the AG. In this instance, the court should think twice.

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The Thorny Problem of Content Moderation and Bias

There is widespread confusion about how online platforms work and plenty of discord around how we want them to work. What do we want content moderation to look like in the digital age, what are the current problems with moderation on large platforms, and how do we start to address them? We will probably never see all people agree about how to address “difficult” speech on platforms, but access to better information about how content moderation works would enable us to have more informed conversations about what the real problems are and how we want to address them.

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Georgia’s Governor Vetoes Harmful School Safety Bill

The vetoing of the SB 15 bill gives the legislature a chance to reconsider how using data and technology to implement overbroad surveillance measures in schools could undermine the goal of keeping all students safe. CDT has highlighted what is missing from the school safety conversation, so it is our hope that the legislators will take this chance to focus on proven school safety strategies that consider the interests of all students.

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CBP Letter Prompts the Question: Is DHS Criminalizing Compassion and Association?

Authorities at the U.S. border are arguing that journalists who report on asylum seekers, and the lawyers and activists who advise them, are legitimate targets for investigation under 8 U.S. Code §1324 for the crime of illegally “encouraging” aliens to cross the border unlawfully. This alleged crime justifies the targeting of these individuals for surveillance, and may be tied to the search and detention of their electronic devices at ports of entry. That’s the message U.S. Customs and Border Protection delivered in a May 9th letter to the Center for Democracy & Technology, which responded to the coalition letter we sent the Department of Homeland Security about a pattern of enforcement activity that appears to target journalists, lawyers and activists associated with asylum seekers.

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