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Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Surveillance

The Center for Democracy & Technology and the American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law held a daylong convening to discuss how to protect privacy and free expression rights in an era of massive trans-border surveillance. The roundtable had several immediate outputs, including identification of key opportunities for civil society engagement for the short, medium, and long term. We also uncovered gaps in law, theory and practice that would benefit from new research and analysis.

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Application to Intervene in Big Brother Watch v UK

In September 2013 a group of non-governmental organizations and activists led by Big Brother Watch filed a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against surveillance activities conducted by the UK government as disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. CDT and PEN American Center applied to the ECtHR to intervene in the case because of its significant implications for human rights on the Internet. This is the formal application requesting intervention.

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Summary of Big Brother Watch v United Kingdom

In September 2013 a group of non-governmental organizations and activists led by Big Brother Watch filed a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against surveillance activities conducted by the UK government as disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. CDT and PEN American Center applied to the ECtHR to intervene in the case because of its significant implications for human rights on the Internet. CDT developed a summary of the case.

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EuroParl LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens

On September 24, 2013, Jens-Henrik Jeppesen and Greg Nojeim testified jointly before the European Parliament LIBE Committee Inquiry on behalf of Leslie Harris, CDT’s CEO and President, regarding the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens. Specifically, Harris’ testimony addresses the evolving nature of the “Golden Age of Surveillance” in the United…

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The Importance of Internet Neutrality to Protecting Human Rights Online

The Internet has tremendous capacity to advance human rights, in particular freedom of expression and related rights. To maximize the Internet’s potential, it must remain decentralized, open, and truly global. Establishing rules to preserve Internet neutrality is one way to prevent the imposition of structural inequalities that would distort this environment.

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Proposed EU Directive to Ensure a High Common Level of Network and Information Security

CDT submitted these comments on the proposed European Commission’s proposed directive on cyber security. CDT agrees with the European Commission’s motives for proposing EU legislation on cybersecurity – to ensure a high common level of network and information security (NIS). We support the objective of enhancing the level of cybersecurity cooperation and collaboration across the…

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CDT Recommendations for EU Net Neutrality Policy

This paper offers CDT’s view concerning EU-level policy on net neutrality. Below, CDT: Explains that what is really at stake here is the ability of innovators and competitors to challenge today’s Internet giants and bring Internet-focused growth to new companies and locations; Outlines why it is important to establish basic expectations concerning net neutrality now, rather than waiting until…

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Cases Wrestle with Role of Online Intermediaries in Fighting Copyright Infringement

There have been significant decisions on both sides of the Atlantic in the past several months concerning the legal responsibilities of online intermediaries to police copyright infringement by users. This post will review the impact on key legal issues, first with respect to the applicability of the liability safe harbors for content hosts and then concerning what affirmative obligations courts may impose on both content hosts and ISPs.

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CDT Analysis of the European Commission's Proposed Data Protection Regulation

CDT offers its analysis of, and suggestions for improving, the European Commission’s proposed Data Protection Regulation. CDT strongly supports the use of the Regulation instrument to harmonize data protection across the common market. We believe that a Regulation that establishes a strong baseline for European data protection will be the most effective vehicle to assure all EU citizens of meaningful data protection.

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International Issues: Cybercrime

Several international initiatives on cybercrime raise concerns for Internet freedom. One is the Council of Europe (COE) treaty on computer crime. Another major issue concerns legal mandates on ISPs to retain data about their customers’ Internet usage. CDT here collects various materials on these and other initiatives.

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