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Comments to CPSC on the Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards

CDT respectfully submits these comments in response to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC, or the Commission) request for written comments on the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer product hazards. While there is no doubt that the IoT presents enormous value, poorly designed and inadequately secured devices can present risks to consumers’ safety and can be exploited for costly cyber-attacks.

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CDT Amicus Curiae Brief in People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company

CDT filed a brief supporting the New York AG’s position in the pending appeal of People v. Charter Communications and Spectrum Management Holding Company, in which we focused on two issues: that the Federal Communications Commission’s Transparency Rule (the only rule slated to survive the net neutrality repeal) should not preempt New York’s consumer protection laws and that consumers are right to expect their broadband speeds to match advertised claims.

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Experts Letter on the Importance of Security Research

On April 10, 2018, over fifty experts and expert advocates published a statement in support of security research and against efforts to chill or intimidate security researchers. Computer and network security research, white-hat hacking, and vulnerability disclosure are legal, legitimate, and needed now more than ever to understand flaws in the information systems that increasingly pervade our lives.

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Reply Comment in Copyright Office's Section 1201 Triennial Rulemaking

Prof. Ed Felten, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) respectfully submit these reply comments in response to comments in favor of and objections to modifications that would remove several limitations from the proposed Class 10 exemption of good-faith security research from the anti-circumvention provisions of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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National Security Experts Letter Supporting Secure Elections Act

On February 20, 2018, twenty-one experts in national security delivered a letter to Senate leadership in support of the balanced approach the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) takes in shoring up election cybersecurity. With precious little time and attention on cybersecurity issues in our democratic infrastructure, the letter argues that now is the time to pass into law measures that would require a paper trail, increasingly better audits of those records, provide funding to states to improve cybersecurity, and a structure for finding and fixing flaws in these systems.

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Cryptocurrency 101: Crypto-ledgers, Bitcoin & More

Terms like Bitcoin, blockchain, and mining are entering the mainstream — but to the unacquainted, it can be hard to know where to start. How does it all work? On October 18, 2017, CDT fellow and political economist Benjamin Dean discussed the basics of crypto-ledgers, cryptocurrencies, and the associated policy issues. His presentation is available here.

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