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Joint Civil Society Statement on UN Special Rapporteur Report

The undersigned civil society organizations and independent experts work to promote human rights and press freedom online. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication (A/HRC/29/32), which was presented at the UN Human Rights Council on June 17.

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Privacy and the Digital Student

School districts across the country have embraced education technology (“EdTech”) as a means for enhancing school operations and classroom instruction. While the practice of collecting student data is not new – K-12 schools and institutions of higher education have been gathering and reporting test scores, grades, retention records, and the like for years – the means by which student…

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Speech 2.0 – Free Expression in the New “Digital Europe”

Dynamic and interactive platforms for networking and self-publishing are flourishing in Europe, making the Internet more accessible, more relevant, and more integrated into Europeans’ experience of daily life. Europeans are embracing these platforms to engage in expressive activities – and we wanted to highlight these things, so we developed a whitepaper entitled, Speech 2.0: Free Expression in the New Digital Europe.

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Expert Report Led by CDT Finds that Australian Surveillance Violates Human Rights

In November 2015, the UN Human Rights Council will be assessing Australia’s compliance with its obligations under the human rights treaties it has signed. Together with Privacy International, the Australian Privacy Foundation, and the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, we’ve submitted an expert report to the HRC in order to ensure that the global community takes a hard look at the laws and practices of one of the NSA’s closest partners.

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Comments on the Use of Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications

Since the initial June 2013 revelations from Edward Snowden of mass government surveillance of global communications networks, engineers, mathematicians, and technology and telecommunications companies around the world have devoted significant time and effort to strengthening communications networks, services, and devices against overbroad government surveillance. In recent months, high-ranking officials from some of the worst perpetrators of government…

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Brief in Supreme Court “True Threats” Case Elonis v. US

Can an individual be convicted of the crime of making a threatening statement without a jury finding that he intended for his statement to put another person in fear of bodily harm or death? The Supreme Court Justices will consider this question next week, during oral arguments in Elonis v. US. CDT joined a coalition of free expression organizations and experts to urge the Court to recognize that the First Amendment imposes a “subjective intent” requirement when speech, even apparently threatening speech, is subject to criminal penalties

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Overview: Working Groups

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is a leading nonprofit advocacy organization that works to promote democratic values within the technology policy space. This document (and the text below) provides a short overview of the working groups that CDT convenes. One of CDT’s core strengths is our working groups, which bring together companies, trade associations, public interest groups, technologists,…

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