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Summary of Meeting with the Digital Agenda Intergroup of the European Parliament

On 6 September 2017, the Digital Agenda Intergroup of the European Parliament and CDT held a closed roundtable on removing illegal content online while protecting human rights. This is a summary of the debate held under Chatham House rules. The event focused on challenges to existing intermediary liability limitations, and free expression, from the DSM Copyright Directive Art. 13, as well as the need for consistent and harmonized notice and action procedures across the EU.

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CDT’s 2017 Net Neutrality Reply Comments

In these reply comments, we respond to some of the claims raised by other commenters to support the NPRM. More specifically, we seek to clarify three underlying legal and policy misconceptions, focusing on assertions regarding the nature of the services provided by internet service providers (ISPs) and the scope of the relevant laws and regulations.

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Trade Secrets and Algorithms as Barriers to Social Justice

Various mechanisms in the current intellectual property (IP) system balance competing interests of the rightsholders with the societal needs of the public. Unauthorized copyright use is not considered infringement if the use made is “fair,” and patents require that innovations be described in detail to receive protection in order to promote the…

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Overview of the NetzDG Network Enforcement Law

The German parliament passed a law on 30 June that subjects social media companies and other providers that host third-party content to fines of up to €50 million if they fail to remove “obviously illegal” speech within 24 hours of it being reported. Here’s a review of the law with a focus on the free speech implications.

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CDT Co-Signs Letter Calling on Commission to Act Against Germany’s Draft Network Enforcement Law

CDT has signed a joint letter on the draft German law that threatens to fine large social media platforms if they do not react swiftly to take down certain types of content. Together with other civil and human rights organisations, as well as industry bodies representing the Internet technology, we call on the European Commission to ensure compliance of the draft German law with EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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CDT’s Analysis of the European Commission’s proposed ePrivacy Regulation

In general, we support the Commission’s initiative to update and rewrite the ePD. We agree with many of the motivations and intentions behind it. However, we offer a number of observations about the approach taken by the Commission that we suggest should be taken into account as the proposal is considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

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Remarks from Nuala O'Connor at 2017 CDT Annual Dinner

On April 20, 2017, the Center for Democracy & Technology hosted its Annual Dinner, fondly referred to as Tech Prom. At the dinner, CDT’s President & CEO Nuala O’Connor delivered remarks that focused on digital dignity. She highlighted CDT’s advocacy efforts opposing the collection of passwords at the border, supporting strong broadband privacy protections, ensuring free speech rights online, and making the entire internet more secure.

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