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First Republican Announces Support for Reinstatement of Net Neutrality Rules

Today, Congressman Mike Coffman of from the 6th District of Colorado announced his support for restoring net neutrality protections for consumers. Coffman is the first Republican member of the House to signal his support for utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC’s repeal of the effective Open Internet Order. The Senate has already passed the CRA to restore the net neutrality rules.

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Instagram Account That Sought Harassment Tales May Be Unmasked

New York Times: “The reason that people are making these sorts of accounts anonymously is because of the fear of reprisal that they face — that’s a key part of why we have a First Amendment right to anonymous speech,” Emma Llansó said. “On the other hand, defamation and untrue statements that are damaging to people’s reputations are also something our laws protect against.”

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European Parliament Committee’s Vote in Favour of Copyright Law Threatens Online Speech and Innovation

Today, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted by a narrow majority in favour of the controversial Copyright Directive proposal, which includes upload filtering obligations and an ancillary right for press publishers, also known as the ‘link tax’. CDT has continuously warned about the potential consequences of these articles for the ability of European citizens to communicate freely and share and access information online.

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Senate Votes to Reinstate Net Neutrality Protections

Today, the Senate voted to reinstate the net neutrality protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order in a 52-47 vote. The passage of the CRA resolution now shifts the focus to the House of Representatives, which will consider the legislation. CDT applauds the bipartisan effort to pass the resolution in the Senate and encourages concerned citizens to contact their member of Congress in support of net neutrality.

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CDT, Coalition Urge Internet Platforms to Provide More Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation

CDT and a coalition of civil society and academic representatives are releasing “The Santa Clara Principles”, a statement outlining minimum standards for the information tech companies to share about their content moderation practices. CDT and the coalition urge companies to adopt these principles and offer meaningful transparency when reporting on practices that impact user free expression.

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Senate Passes Bill that Will Lead to Online Censorship

Today the Senate passed a bill that will lead to censorship of a broad range of speech and speakers while failing to help law enforcement prosecute criminal traffickers. H.R. 1865, which combines the bills known as SESTA and FOSTA, significantly expands the risks for website operators who host individuals’ speech. CDT does not believe the bill will have the intended impact and has opposed the legislation.

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CDT Opposes Latest Threat to Hosts of Online Content

The House Rules Committee has announced that it will consider the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 on Monday, February 26, allowing the bill to be voted on as early as next week. The House bill would substantially expand the legal risk involved in hosting individuals’ speech online, result in broad-based censorship, and discourage some platforms from engaging in good-faith moderation efforts.

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FCC Net Neutrality Repeal to Set Up Long Fight

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote along party lines to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which provides a strong legal foundation for enforceable net neutrality rules. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has long supported rules that ensure an open internet, and today’s vote will dissolve these protections without an effective plan to…

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