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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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FALA and David Post join CDT in Doe v. Snyder amicus on Internet identifier laws

The Center for Democracy & Technology has filed an amicus brief in the Sixth Circuit case Doe v. Snyder, challenging unconstitutional registration requirements imposed on former sex offenders in Michigan. In the brief, CDT argues that Michigan’s “Internet identifier” registration requirement is a content-based prior restraint on speech that deprives former offenders of their First Amendment rights.

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Coalition Letter Opposing the Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act

Chairman Charles Grassley Ranking Member Patrick Leahy Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate 16 December 2015 We the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations write to convey our significant concerns with the Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act (S. 2372).  The RROTA Act would require all providers of Internet communications services to report to government authorities when they…

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Amicus Brief in Backpage v. Dart

When a law enforcement official threatens punitive action and reputational damage against a credit card company, with the goal of seeing a website starved for funds and forced to shut down, that official has violated the First Amendment.  This is the message that CDT, EFF, and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia sent to the Seventh Circuit last week in our amicus brief in Backpage v. Dart.

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Statement from Free Expression Advocates on SXSWi Cancellations

This week, South by Southwest Interactive announced that, due to threats of violence at the 2016 conference, it has canceled two panels devoted to discussions of culture in the gaming community. As speakers on the SXSWi panel “How to Stop ISIS Without Breaking the Internet”, we strongly support finding alternatives to censorship when addressing challenging topics. We call on SXSWi to reinstate the “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games” and “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community” panels while taking appropriate measures to ensure the physical security of all panelists and participants who attend the conference.

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Coalition Letter Opposing Section 603 of Intelligence Authorization Act

We the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations write to convey our significant concerns with a provision in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1705). Section 603 of the Act would require all providers of Internet communications services to report to government authorities when they obtain “actual knowledge” of apparent “terrorist activity” on their services—a broad term that could encompass both speech and conduct.

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