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The “open” nature of the Internet is a core issue for CDT – just check out the tag line right next to our logo. It should be a cornerstone of the next president’s Internet-related policy as well. First things first: What does the term “open” even mean in this context? Above all, it [...]The...
The European Commission earlier this week released a paper identifying the following as the key challenges for the next stage of the Internet: (1) continuing to update broadband infrastructure to improve accessibility and speeds; (2) keeping the Internet open to new business models and innovation;...
The Election of the Century is just a day away. Lots of things are on the electorate’s mind, but we here at CDT hope the next president – whomever he is – devotes considerable attention to one last major issue: global Internet freedom. What is Global Internet Freedom? Whether you call it global...
If you haven’t been to www.cdt.org lately, you’ve been missing a lot, as we’ve launched a whole new website! Policy Beta is now integrated with all the work we do at the Center for Democracy & Technology in an effort to help you find more information on the subjects that...
The revised Google Books settlement submitted for Court approval late on Friday still does very little to protect reader privacy. When the settlement was withdrawn for revisions last month, CDT and other advocates proposed that Google use the opportunity to more fully address the privacy risks we...
CDT is now accepting applications for interns and law clerks for both the spring and summer. Law clerks and interns contribute substantially to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research; drafting reports and legal analyses; assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations,...
I will be speaking on Thursday at the European Commission’s Workshop on the Economic Benefits of Privacy-enhancing Technologies in Brussels. With many calling for a revamping of ideas using metadata to help protect privacy, I felt that it was important to use the occasion to write a short paper...
Today, CDT and 28 other organizations sent a letter to the White House asking that the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) be reconstituted. The 9/11 Commission recommended the creation of PCLOB in order to oversee the protections to civil liberties and privacy within the federal...
Last week, I attended the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid. Government data privacy officials representing 46 countries were there, as well as hundreds of lawyers, corporate privacy officers and advocates from around the globe. There were plenary...
Late Thursday evening, European lawmakers agreed on language in the Telecoms Package that is supposed to safeguard the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information online as governments seek harsher penalties to address IP infringement. France recently approved a graduated...