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CDT Supports Open Platforms in Herrick v. Grindr

CDT joined EFF in filing an amicus brief in Herrick v. Grindr, which arose when Appellant Matthew Herrick’s former partner repeatedly used Grindr, a dating app, to impersonate and harass Herrick. If platforms like Grindr were held liable for harms caused by content like the posts by Herrick’s former partner, consequences for users could include platform review of all content users intend to post. Subsequently, platforms would be more likely to prevent publication of potentially controversial comments or criticism, and remove accounts whose content could draw objections—potentially far beyond the harassing content at issue in the case.

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Google: Don’t Bow to China’s Censorship Regime

Today, CDT joined civil society groups in calling on Google to not offer a censored search engine app to users in China. We believe that the offer of a censored search app is inconsistent with the commitments Google has made and with the initiatives it has taken to protect human rights. The only way to avoid the impact of the Chinese government’s restrictions on freedom of expression is to avoid offering search in China.

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Tackling Disinformation: Proposed EU Code of Practice Should Not Lead to Politically Biased Censorship

In April 2018, the European Commission published a Communication on “Tackling Online Disinformation: A European Approach”. The Communication outlines overarching principles and objectives that should guide short and long term actions to tackle the phenomenon of disinformation. In our response to the Commission’s Communication, we cautioned against the potential risks to free expression of this self-regulatory initiative. While many of the specific commitments in the draft Code are benign, we remain concerned that the overall process is oriented toward pressuring platforms to remove or suppress content and accounts without meaningful safeguards.

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Techsplanations: Part 3, What is net neutrality?

Welcome back to Techsplanations, the series explaining the technologies surrounding us. In the next two posts we will look at the concept and principles of net neutrality and some of the ways to preserve them. Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be neutral towards the information crossing it and should not treat some traffic differently based on what kind of traffic it is, who sent it, or who will receive it.

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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.

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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…

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