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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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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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