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The European Parliament is amending the legislative proposal to reform the EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive. The Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament adopted earlier this month its Opinion on the review, which will be taken into account by the Culture and Education Committee (CULT) leading this debate in Parliament. We welcome LIBE’s Opinion, which, contrary to CULT’s draft Report, amongst other positive elements, highlights the importance of protecting freedom of expression and information in the context of a fast-evolving media landscape, maintaining the liability protections in the E-Commerce Directive, as well as ensuring prior judicial authorisation when determining the illegality of content, elements which we will continue to strongly advocate for in this debate.

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Moving Forward On Our Shared Democratic Values

It is a time of uncertainty and anxiety around the world. The feeling of disorder is true even for those who celebrated the recent inauguration and those who marched to promote women’s rights or other important issues. With all this uncertainty, Nuala O’Connor reflects on the core principles that ground our advocacy work at CDT to help inform our course of action as we face new challenges.

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President Trump Should Continue Justice Scalia’s First & Fourth Amendment Legacy

The Supreme Court has been short one justice for nearly a year, and President Trump is expected to announce a nominee for the vacant seat this week. While we do not yet know who that nominee will be, the President has repeatedly promised to fill the vacancy with a justice “very much” like the late Justice Antonin Scalia. While…

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The Needs of the 21st Century Creator

Copyright is a vital source of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship that needs to be utilized more by for 21st century content creators. Because the new generation of creators draws more heavily from copyrighted materials, it is imperative that they understand how to protect their creative works and promote copyright policies that affect the platforms that host their work.

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Sessions on Surveillance: Confirmation Hearing Confirms Concerns

The Senate will soon vote on President-elect Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions. CDT and 14 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee raising serious concerns about Sessions’ record on surveillance and privacy. Last week’s hearings confirmed some of our concerns and left us with more questions than answers about how Sessions would protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties as Attorney General.

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Reservoir Clogs: Copyright and the Public Domain

CDT is taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. We’re taking one element of the law and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.

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Tech Talk: Quality Data for Education

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 a new private company initiative aimed at reducing terrorist propaganda online. We also welcome the President of the Data Quality Campaign to talk about harnessing big data for education.

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How cyber secure are you? Find out!

We all need to take control of our own cybersecurity. It appears we are about to enter an era of increased threats to our democratic rights, which makes it even more important to take steps to ensure that your devices and digital communications are private and secure. CDT developed a quiz to help you assess how cyber secure you are and offer tips on how to improve.

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