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Amicus Brief in AirBNB and Homeaway vs. San Francisco

CDT joined EFF and other Section 230 experts in an amicus brief in Airbnb’s challenge to the San Francisco homesharing ordinance. The brief emphasizes that laws forcing intermediaries to ensure that users’ listings comply with content specifications contravene Section 230 of the Communications Act, a federal statutory shield protecting online content hosts against liability for their users’ speech.

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Coalition Letter on Copyright Reforms in the EU

A coalition of advocacy groups issues a letter in support of copyright reforms that creates an online environment that promotes innovation, serves consumers and supports creators. They oppose some of the proposed reforms including the creation of a new ancillary right for publishers and any effort to undermine the safe harbour and no-general monitoring obligations of the e-commerce Directive.

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Content ‘responsibility:’ The looming cloud of uncertainty for internet intermediaries

This paper, written by Dr. Monica Horten, addresses the topic of intermediary liability in the context of new European Union policy proposals. These proposals introduce a new notion of ‘content responsibility’. The paper seeks to understand this notion and its consequences by analysing the policy proposals that have been tabled in 2016, as well as national and European case law.

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Coalition Letter Opposing DHS Social Media Collection Proposal

A coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations, including CDT, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to express their concerns with a proposal that certain categories of visitors to the United States be asked to disclose information about their “online presence” in their visa-waiver arrival/departure records (Form I-94W) and their online application for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

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Comments to DHS on Proposal to Ask Visa Waiver Applicants for Social Media Identifiers

The Department of Homeland Security proposes to request disclosure of social media identifiers and other online account information from Visa Waiver Program applicants. CDT is deeply concerned that this proposal would invade the privacy and chill the freedom of expression of visitors to the United States and United States citizens.

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CDT Co-signed Letter to the EC on Copyright Reform

CDT co-signed a letter to European Commission President Juncker and several Commissioners to make the case for innovation-friendly and progressive copyright reform in Europe. Reforming European copyright legislation is a key component of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy, and the need for an updated, harmonised copyright framework is widely recognised. Our letter stresses the need to ensure that strong liability limitations are maintained and that amending the definition of the rights of “communication to the public” and “making available” would be extremely harmful to the Internet as an open platform for free expression and exchange. The Commission is expected to issue a new consultation on these issues shortly, which CDT and others will respond to.

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Comments to US Copyright Office on Section 512 of DMCA

CDT and the R Street Institute responded to the US Copyright Office’s extensive inquiry into the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The organizations believe that the Internet could not have become what it is today without the immunity provided by section 230 of the Communications Act and the limitations on liability in section 512 of the DMCA.

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CDT Joins Pressure to Include Civil Society in Conversations with Internet Companies about CVE Efforts

CDT joins New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and a coalition of privacy and human rights organizations that pressed the White House to include civil society in its conversations with Internet companies about its so-called “combatting violent extremism” (CVE) efforts. In a joint letter addressed to top White House staff, groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International emphasized the importance of human rights and the need for greater transparency when it comes to collaboration between the government and the technology industry to address terrorists’ use of the Internet.

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