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Getting privacy, security, and safety policies right for smart cars is crucial and there should be more public cooperation among federal regulators. NHTSA has the subject-matter expertise, while the FTC and FCC have different technical and enforcement capabilities in the realm on privacy and data security. Drivers will benefit by having all three agencies working together and on the same page.

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Tech Talk: Tech Policy Priorities for the New Administration

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’ll talk about CDT’s recommended priorities for the incoming Administration when it comes to tech and internet policy. We’ll also unpack the FCC broadband privacy rules, which are a win for consumers if they hold up.

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Facebook Announces Changes to “Ethnic Affinity” Marketing

This morning, Facebook announced major changes to its “Ethnic Affinity” targeting program. The company will stop allowing advertisers to target ads for offers of housing, employment, or credit using the ethnic affinity marketing categories. This news also demonstrates the value of dialogue and the power of technology to improve the world we live in.

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Tech Talk: Thinking About the Hereafter Life

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’ll talk to a multimedia artist exploring what life after death looks like in the digital world and talk about how the the internet of things was leveraged to carry out the recent DDoS attack that took out large swaths of the internet.

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A Closer Look at the Legality of "Ethnic Affinity"

ProPublica recently published a story criticizing Facebook for providing “Ethnic Affinity” categories among the options available to advertisers targeting ads. In some contexts, it is illegal for the person making the offer to exclude people based on race. While the Fair Housing Act clearly establishes liability for the person who creates and posts the ad, a host of user-generated content like Facebook is likely protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Nevertheless, there are steps Facebook can take to limit the ability of its advertisers to break the law.

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Charting a Fair Path Forward on Big Data & Algorithms in the Workplace

CDT filed comments with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the future of algorithms and big data in the workplace. Automated decision-making systems used in hiring often advertise their ability to improve productivity and make better judgments about potential employees than humans. But some of these systems may have unintended harmful consequences, such as perpetuating existing societal biases.

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