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Washington Post: Facebook wouldn’t let a Catholic priest use the title ‘father.’ Now he’s fighting back.

For members of the clergy, how essential is that aspect of their public selves? And who gets to decide that? On Facebook, it’s the company that decides, a policy which has set off renewed public debate in recent weeks after a prominent D.C. Catholic priest – who also is a national columnist – was locked out by Facebook because his clerical title was listed as part of his name on his personal page. The fresh debate about what titles are allowed on Facebook reflects two intense, complex issues of American life in 2015: the place of institutional religion in the public square and the question of identity online. In this case, the two aren’t related but overlap.

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Coalition Opposes Mandating Internet Companies to Serve as Intelligence Agencies

Today, a coalition of leading digital rights groups and trade associations released a joint letter opposing a proposal in the Senate to require U.S. tech firms to police the speech of their users and to report any signs of apparent “terrorist activity” to law enforcement. This sweeping mandate covers an undefined category of activities and communications and would likely lead to significant over-reporting by communication service providers. The letter urged senators to remove the “terrorist activity” reporting requirements from the Intelligence Authorization Act (S. 1705).

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NBC: Controversial App Lets Drivers Know Where Police Are

CDT President & CEO, Nuala O’Connor, spoke on NBC’s Nightly News regarding Waze, a driving app that’s recently come under fire from law enforcement agencies for revealing police movements in public spaces.  While some are worried that Waze could be used to target police officers, law enforcement agencies have failed to provide a case in which the app aided assaults on…

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Fox News: Cops ask Google to remove Waze map app for safety

CDT’s President and CEO, Nuala O’Connor, debates former New York Police Department lieutenant John Rafferty on Fox and Friends about whether or not the popular Waze mobile traffic app puts police officers’ safety at risk. The debate over the popular community-based navigation and traffic monitoring app Waze continues as more critics call for Google to disable the app, claiming it endangers…

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Coalition Calls on Congress to Protect Free Expression Rights Online

Today, a coalition of advocacy organizations, technology and media trade groups, and legal scholars joined together to urge Congress to protect free expression online and reject legislation that would make potential criminals of most online content platforms. With the passage of the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act in the House and counterpart bills anticipated in the…

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ABC News: Law Enforcement Wants Waze App Disabled

CDT’s President and CEO, Nuala O’Connor, provides commentary for Eileen Sullivan of ABC News’ latest article regarding the concern that the popular Waze mobile traffic app can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users turn to the free service for warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents,…

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