In this issue
CDT in Action
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Two recent events – one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast – focused on some of the hardest issues in Internet policy and spotlighted the expertise of CDT’s staff.
CDT’s Alissa Cooper addressed the challenge of providing privacy in today's mobile computing environment at the Federal Trade Commission's privacy roundtable series, held at UC Berkeley on January 28. In comments submitted to the FTC in advance of the workshop, CDT noted that the ubiquity of high-powered mobile devices has already spawned the Internetʼs first generation of location-based services and applications, raising significant privacy concerns. The concept of “privacy by design,” Cooper suggested, offers a set of approaches to deal with these issues. The FTC roundtable, the second in a planned series of three, will inform the Commission’s expected expansion of its role in protecting privacy on the Web.
Come join us to celebrate fifteen years of CDT’s keeping the Internet open, innovative and free. Our annual dinner – sometimes called the “tech prom” for its got-to-be-there status – this year features keynotes from Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour, will be the master of ceremonies. The networking reception and dinner will be April 19 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. More details about the event and information on sponsorship opportunities are available here.
The Internet and 21st Century Statecraft – In an ABC News column, CDT President Leslie Harris explored the significance of two remarkable events: Google’s taking a principled stand against Chinese censorship and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech elevating Internet freedom as a major principle of U.S. foreign policy.
CDT Health Privacy Project Director Deven McGraw Honored - Deven McGraw, director of CDT’s Health Privacy Project, received the HIPAA Summit Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her efforts to address the complex privacy issues associated with the growing use of health IT.