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CDT Supports Draft NTIA Consensus Document for Drone Operations

In order to reconcile the exciting possibilities of drone operations with privacy concerns, last year President Obama called on interested stakeholders to establish best practices for “privacy, accountability, and transparency issues” regarding UAS. Today, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that a group consisting of members of civil society (including CDT), trade groups, and companies has created a comprehensive consensus document.

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Unfollow All the Mean People

With so much information on Twitter, I struggle to curate people to follow. Like most people, I follow those who I think are interesting, influential, or just flat-out entertaining. I follow people that work in my field and share common interests or passions. But as of today, I have a new filter – I’m not going to follow mean people, even if they fit into these categories.

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President Obama Should Nominate a Supreme Court Justice for the Next Generation

The person selected to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s death should not only share Justice Scalia’s intelligence and love for country, but should also have a fundamental understanding of how Americans interact with science and technology. The next justice does not need to be a trained computer scientist in order to help guide the Court’s thinking. But the…

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EU’s “Right to Be Forgotten” Policy Sets Bad Precedent for Free Expression Worldwide

In the latest development in the debate over the “right to be forgotten” in Europe, Google has decided to begin suppressing links to URLs not only for searches on EU country-level domains, but also for searches conducted from within EU countries on their global .com site. CDT remains very critical of the reasoning behind the CJEU ruling in Google Spain v AEPD, Mario Costeja Gonzale.

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Strong Intermediary Liability Protection Focus of CDT response to European Commission’s ‘Platforms’ Consultation

The European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy: the Juncker Commission’s flagship policy initiative to eliminate national administrative silo’s and regulatory barriers in the digital economy. Part of the strategy called for a broad consultation on the role of ‘platforms’, including a broad range of online intermediaries, in the economy and society. CDT recently submitted our response to this consultation.

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CDT addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor

This week, two of CDT’s experts appeared before key bodies of the United Nations dealing with critical issues for the future Internet. Matthew Shears addressed the UN General Assembly on progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) review. Emma Llansó spoke to the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on the risks to the human rights of Internet users as governments seek to find appropriate responses to “extremist” content online.

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Bill Aimed at Turning Internet Companies into Government Informants Still an Awful Idea

Media reports indicate that Senator Dianne Feinstein is planning to reintroduce her proposal to require all Internet companies to report on their users directly to the US government if those companies become aware of apparent “terrorist activity” on their networks. This may sound familiar: Feinstein snuck this proposal into the Intelligence Authorization Act over the summer as Section 603. This is one idea that should not get an encore performance at the end of the year.

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Dart Must Stop “Suffocation” of Backpage

In a major First Amendment victory, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ordered Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to halt his campaign of coercion against companies that provide financial services to Backpage.com. The court ordered Dart to “take no actions, formal or informal, to coerce or threaten credit card companies, processors, financial institutions, or other third parties with sanctions” in order to force a website off the Internet.

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