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CDT IGF Stocking Taking Comments and Recommendations

CDT’s submission on the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, and recommendations for this year’s IGF expected to be held in Mexico in October or November. IGF Joao Pessoa stood out for a number of reasons – there remain, however, a number of logistical and organizational improvements that need to be made.

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Digital Decisions: Policy Tools in Automated Decision-Making

Digital technology has empowered new voices, made the world more accessible, and increased the speed of almost every decision we make as businesses, communities, and individuals. Much of this convenience is powered by lines of code that rapidly execute instructions based on rules set by programmers (or, in the case of machine learning, generated from statistical correlations in massive datasets)—otherwise known as algorithms.

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Zero Rating: A Framework for Assessing Benefits and Harms

Discussions around zero rating settle into three basic positions on whether and under what circumstances network operators should be permitted to exempt certain Internet traffic from otherwise-applicable usage-based pricing. This paper proposes a framework for advancing the discussion of this middle ground. It approaches zero rating in a manner similar to other key questions in implementing and applying net neutrality laws and regulations, such as network management, usage-based pricing, or specialized services that rely on the same infrastructure as the “public” Internet while serving a separate function.

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Written Evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Monday, December 21, 2016, CDT submitted comments in response to a call for evidence from the Parliament of the United Kingdom’s Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. In our submission, we discuss features of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill that are clearly incompatible with human rights law as well as technically overbroad, highly intrusive, and potentially dangerous.

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Private Sector Hack-Backs and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Congress is considering legislation to authorize companies to use countermeasures against cyber attacks. However, the legislation could undermine cybersecurity by authorizing victims to “hack back” and cause harm to a third party. At a minimum, Congress should ensure that the countermeasures it authorizes operate on the system on which they are deployed, do not gain unauthorized access to other systems, and do not cause harm to others’ networks, data, or connected devices.”

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USTR Notorious Markets Comment

CDT filed brief comments to the United States Trade Representative regarding its 2015 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets. CDT expressed its concern that the listing of foreign domain registrars who have not taken actions inconsistent with U.S. law unfairly punishes those registrars and implies obligations beyond those set out in either law or the registrar’s accreditation agreement with the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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