Center for Democracy and Technology Center for Democracy and Technology CDT _c9933e75-54bc-46a2-bdd1-9112d0d11730 b260a905-4c6b-46b7-bd91-c8955fc4f147 To conceptualize, develop, and implement public policies to preserve and enhance free expression, privacy, open access, and other democratic values in the new and increasingly integrated communications medium _c3bf48bb-70cf-40e0-bf23-c25de573bb23 Unique Nature of the Internet We believe that the open, decentralized, user-controlled, and shared resource nature of the Internet creates unprecedented opportunities for enhancing democracy and civil liberties. A fundamental goal of our work is seeking public policy solutions that preserve these unique qualities and thereby maximize the democratizing potential of the Internet. Freedom of Expression The Center for Democracy and Technology champions the right of individuals to communicate, publish and obtain an unprecedented array of information on the Internet. We oppose governmental censorship and other threats to the free flow of information. As an effective alternative to government controls, we believe that a diversity of technology tools can empower families and individuals on the Internet to communicate freely and make choices about the information they receive. Privacy CDT is working for individual privacy on the Internet. We believe that maintaining privacy and freedom of association on the Internet requires the development of public policies and technology tools that give people the ability to take control of their personal information online and make informed, meaningful choices about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. Surveillance CDT challenges invasive government policies. CDT is working for strong privacy protections against surveillance on the Internet. We believe that the content of communications, stored information, and transactional data deserve strong legal protection against unreasonable government search and seizure. Protections against government searches should extend to the network, as well as to the home. CDT advocates for stronger legal standards controlling government surveillance to keep pace with the growing exposure of personal information in communications media. Access CDT is working to foster widely-available, affordable access to the Internet. We believe that broad access to and use of the Internet enables greater citizen participation in democracy, promotes a diversity of views, and enhances civil society. We work for public policy solutions that maximize, in a just and equitable fashion, the unique openness and accessibility of the Internet and preserve its vision as it evolves with ever more powerful broadband technologies. Democratic Participation CDT is pioneering the use of the Internet to enhance citizen participation in the democratic process, and to ensure the voice of Internet users is heard in critical public policy debates about the Internet. CDT believes that the Internet provides unique and effective means of promoting democracy and of facilitating grassroots organizing and public education. We support using the Internet to afford citizens the immediate, broad access to government information necessary to the full practice of democracy. Free Expression The Internet allows one to communicate, publish and obtain an unprecedented array of information. CDT opposes government censorship and other threats to the free flow of information. Putting into practice its user empowerment vision of the Internet, CDT helped develop, a Web resource giving families ready access to tools for protecting children online. _4c7ea928-9d79-4360-be85-f04225a5f73c 1 3f6bb4a0-d67d-4ec4-a7f6-8158705652b8 09498453-0101-4007-903e-5a80a80c8253 fd206179-45b7-4d4b-94c4-dd4b46715c95 Information Privacy As Internet users surf the Net, they leave behind a trail of personal information that can be captured and used in ways they often can't control and don't even understand. CDT seeks to develop policy solutions and technology tools that empower users and enhance privacy online. _c73d120f-df22-4bc1-8faf-fbbe16bbe6f7 2 b36e0039-e7b9-45c9-a4be-af99b53541e5 5272d063-4940-4696-8379-87563e47e0b8 84cd5cec-38e6-44c3-9acd-9999b69d2c2b Electronic Surveillance and Cryptography The Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches should extend to the Internet as well as the home. CDT supports the right to use strong encryption, opposes government design mandates that expand wiretap capabilities, and advocates for stronger legal standards controlling government monitoring to keep pace with the growing exposure of personal information. _0fc2c815-d0c3-4e2a-a938-c1427554ef9a 3 90c11da2-e263-4b30-8f48-048c85be76af 783f3cd5-9050-4b93-a0a9-4e27045c059e ea509e8a-1139-46d9-8456-38268c539e40 Online Democracy Acting as a catalyst for greater interaction between policy makers and the Internet community, CDT is helping to create new avenues for citizen participation in the democratic process. CDT's Web site, online resources and policy newsletters have become models for Internet activism. _dd423994-3eac-45e5-91c5-a6a7a5381ea0 4 a6b5126a-9f85-425b-94db-fc681ffee44e 7c9f6fc8-caed-4903-9522-209ba0256f1b eafdc28b-3161-4987-b93b-def13e9143c0 Coalition Building CDT believes in the power of broad coalitions. CDT organized the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition (CIEC), a diverse group of Internet users, librarians, publishers, online service providers and civil liberties groups fighting for the future of free speech in the information age. CIEC was a successful plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case declaring the Communications Decency Act unconstitutional. _5fc5374c-a2d7-4628-a4e3-f73e0d251cd8 5 b85d2f66-f844-49fc-b19a-3042a9e7b952 a1bf6054-70f7-40b4-b269-397d2ef214fa 38b5b73e-de35-4b7e-a075-e7363dd6ae0c Public Education To educate the public about current policy issues, CDT provides user-friendly Web resources such as the "CDT Guide to Online Privacy," the "CDT Privacy Quiz," Policy Post newsletters, and an updated guide to "Legislation Affecting the Internet." Working through the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Internet Education Foundation, CDT educates Members of Congress on Internet issues. _ca9fd9c8-6680-412b-8313-c37254bb5e37 6 48644197-617f-44c9-a08c-1eaed702576d fb4327e4-89b5-4d19-8110-37586cd659e0 e84a234b-7922-4321-85c1-4b269c9c1f27 Research and Scholarship CDT assembled eleven of the world's leading cryptographers to examine the risks of systems that would give the government access to private encryption keys. Their report, "The Risks of Key Recovery, Key Escrow, and Trusted Third Party Encryption," proved highly influential. Another ad hoc group convened by CDT produced for the Federal Trade Commission a report on unsolicited commercial email. _fc1c2019-37e0-4035-b7d3-25efd06c9b79 7 d940b5bf-ffcb-4694-8038-8eb3bf4d65f8 13c66253-0bc3-4ef6-ae52-11b2b5cbb13a f3914dc4-76da-437f-b380-3320bbb07aca Development of Technical Standards Working through the Internet standards setting processes, CDT plays a leading role in ensuring that civil liberties values are reflected in computer code. One of these standards, the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), gives Net surfers greater control over their personal information. CDT promotes greater openness and public representation in ICANN, the global domain names management group, and the Internet's other technical bodies. _e8e5f4e9-c85b-4dad-9037-55bacaae3a95 8 4372c227-fb7d-4904-a51c-d09574d97853 2f90735e-2cd2-4265-a318-a745d2869101 2e720bb6-e8bd-4855-b5d9-1750829b2ac6 Advocacy in the Regulatory Process CDT is a respected voice for Internet users at Federal agencies. CDT's efforts at the Federal Communications Commission led to a broad inquiry into the privacy risks posed by government wiretapping of packet networks. At the Federal Trade Commission, CDT is pressing for effective data privacy rights for online commerce. _6dc3eea6-6ee1-4f84-98e9-9164a18a3fb0 9 b0965432-12cd-46fe-af23-23b47ee319ad 05d1e5df-8efa-4221-ad98-0ea5c7e3a07a 2bffce07-2f64-406f-a497-fd3339271ed8 Mobilizing Grassroots Participation CDT has revolutionized civic involvement through grassroots advocacy using the Internet. The "Adopt Your Legislator" program offers netizens new opportunities to make their voices heard in Washington. The "Privacy Watchdog" encourages consumers to examine online privacy polices and communicate their opinions to e-commerce businesses. CDT's "Action" page generates informed public participation in the policy process, such as comments to the Federal Election Commission regarding political advocacy online. _1070434d-918e-4ef5-9754-c6bbf82dbeec 10 52aeca66-3394-4637-b83b-1d1031877fc4 41604dda-eaa5-4457-814c-70da4921433f 74d22541-4117-4a67-ba69-0b0cd814ef7b Working Groups CDT coordinates a series of working groups in the areas of online privacy, digital security, and free expression. The working groups offer a forum for communications service providers, computer hardware and software producers, content providers, consumer and privacy advocates, and other non-profits to exchange information and build consensus around balanced solutions to policy problems. _40bf6c70-4d35-4d6b-b827-e087e597cd6b 11 fc83b7cc-b2ae-4254-9836-379c2c1e4ac5 833deff0-db46-4c28-a878-92bfe4544bdd 4cd4c2eb-4aae-4f76-a494-f2e5293a9d8c International Activism A global medium requires global activism. CDT's efforts have included a major report on Internet free expression under human rights law, a survey of policies affecting Internet access in Central and Eastern Europe, and advocacy for broader public interest representation in the global domain names election process. _92ad126f-0510-4e14-8fb4-87ccb4cad2bf 12 e978c7ec-ee98-4237-9881-f3489eec1665 3ef6bd6f-e0e6-4f81-9bb7-5d71bbb325eb 24bb5b4f-2337-437b-bdc1-150849c07ce8 2010-02-08 Arthur Colman ( Submit error.