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CDT Leads Coalition of Over 100 Organizations Opposing DHS Surveillance of Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

CDT led a coalition of over 100 organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging it to cease any targeting of activists, journalists, and lawyers based on their First Amendment-protected speech and associational activities. The coalition demanded that DHS address alarming reports of surveillance activity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that jeopardizes First Amendment rights and access to legal counsel, and may violate the Privacy Act of 1974.

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CDT’s Tech Prom to Feature Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen

On April 10, CDT’s annual dinner, Tech Prom, will feature the President of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Alberto Ibargüen. Under his leadership, the Knight Foundation seeks to foster informed and engaged communities, and is taking a leading role supporting research and convenings that address the rapidly evolving information landscape, citizen trust, and the impact of these issues on our democracy.

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Human Rights Organisations Urge Ministers to Reconsider Proposed EU Terrorist Content Rules, Citing Threats to Free Expression

Ahead of this week’s meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, CDT and thirty-two European and international human and digital rights organisations and experts call on Ministers to reconsider or significantly redraft the proposed ‘Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online’. In a joint letter, we warn that the proposal will harm free speech, journalism, and access to information.

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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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