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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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Advancing Democratic Values in a Digital World: CDT Overview

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 CDT and our key policy areas. At the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), we believe in the power of the Internet. Whether it’s…

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Joint letter opposing the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act

CDT, ACLU and a coalition of free expression and human rights organizations and trade associations penned a joint letter opposing the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act (S. 2536). We’ve expressed our concerns over the bill’s free expression and privacy implications before, calling attention to the chilling effect the proposed law would have on online speech and innovation.

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Letter to Article 29 Working Party on the Right to Be Forgotten

The Article 29 Working Party recently met with representatives from the major search engine operators to discuss the implementation of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision that search engines have an obligation to remove links to pages containing personal information about Europeans when informed that this information is “no longer relevant” or otherwise amounts to a burden on the person’s data protection rights. CDT sent a letter to members of the Article 29 Working Party, urging them to provide clear and consistent guidelines for responding to link-removal requests and to develop procedural safeguards to prevent these “right to be forgotten” mechanisms from being abused.

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SAVE Act Would Chill Online Speech and Innovation

 The Internet has become a powerful platform for individuals to access information and exchange opinions and ideas of all kinds. It also contributes billions of dollars annually to the US economy.  This is due in significant part to a legal structure that protects the intermediaries that make up the Internet – including the third-party content hosts, user-generated…

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