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February 12, San Francisco, CA - CDT will host a breakfast panel on the policy challenges facing efforts to promote wider adoption of health IT


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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.

“Exploring Privacy” with the FTC

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.

The State of the Net

The CDT team was out in force at this year's State of the Net conference in Washington, January 27. Staffers participated in four panels covering copyright and piracy, cloud computing, comprehensive privacy legislation, and cyberwar. One of the highlights of the conference was a debate on the pros and cons of the so-called “three strikes” response to copyright infringement – the idea that Internet Service Providers should terminate the Internet access of repeat infringers. CDT’s John Morris cautioned that cutting a person off from the Internet raises serious concerns about proportionality and due process. Also appearing at the conference in his first public appearance since being appointed was Howard Schmidt, the nation’s new cybersecurity “czar." Schmidt described his authority and position within the White house, outlined his goals for the job, and spoke of some of the problems that need to be solved to improve cybersecurity. Both sessions can all be viewed in the archive of CDT-TV.

CDT Turns 15

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.

More from CDT's PolicyBeta Blog

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.

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