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Infosec Toolkit for Election Volunteering

From federal data breaches to foreign governments phishing political campaigns to malware shutting down city services, our nation is under attack. You can help – starting right in your own community. Local and state officials are working to build a more resilient electoral process, but their capacity is limited. They need civic-minded infosec professionals to combine their knowledge and talents as technical volunteers for Election Day and beyond. The information below will help you understand the election process and provide tips on how you can get involved.

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Comment on USTelecom Petition to FCC

USTelecom petitioned the FCC to stop enforcing requirements (known as forbearance) that allow smaller ISPs to access broadband infrastructure at wholesale rates. In order for the petition to succeed, USTelecom has to provide evidence to meet statutory requirements and demonstrate that forbearance is in the public interest. In this comment, we address how USTelecom did not provide enough evidence to meet these requirements; and conclude that the petition should be denied.

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Tech Explained: the Glossary

We’ve created a new series of blogs and resources, entitled “Tech Explained,” with the goal of providing folks with a better understanding of the technologies that shape our everyday lives. Please utilize this glossary as a reference for the key terms and concepts we mention.

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Response to DOJ Letter on DMCA Exemptions for Security Researchers

On June 28, CCIPS of the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Copyright Office, voicing its support for CDT’s request that the Office expand an exemption under Section 1201 of the DMCA that allows computer security researchers to find and repair flaws and vulnerabilities in programs without running afoul of copyright law. To express our appreciation for both the letter and the Copyright Office’s willingness to accept it into the record for this exemption proceeding, we and our colleagues at the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic submitted a response.

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Comments to CPSC on the Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards

CDT respectfully submits these comments in response to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC, or the Commission) request for written comments on the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer product hazards. While there is no doubt that the IoT presents enormous value, poorly designed and inadequately secured devices can present risks to consumers’ safety and can be exploited for costly cyber-attacks.

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CDT Amicus Curiae Brief in People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company

CDT filed a brief supporting the New York AG’s position in the pending appeal of People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company, in which we focused on two issues: that the Federal Communications Commission’s Transparency Rule (the only rule slated to survive the net neutrality repeal) should not preempt New York’s consumer protection laws and that consumers are right to expect their broadband speeds to match advertised claims.

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Experts Letter on the Importance of Security Research

On April 10, 2018, over fifty experts and expert advocates published a statement in support of security research and against efforts to chill or intimidate security researchers. Computer and network security research, white-hat hacking, and vulnerability disclosure are legal, legitimate, and needed now more than ever to understand flaws in the information systems that increasingly pervade our lives.

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