Tech Talk: A News-tritious Media Diet

CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. In this episode, we chat with Lata Nott about a new web tool aimed at improving your online media diet. We also welcome Teddy Hartman from Howard County Public Schools to get a local perspective on how to address student privacy.

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The Supreme Court Didn’t Take the Net Neutrality Case, and That’s Good

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its decision not to hear an appeal to the D.C. Circuit’s decision in US Telecom Association v. FCC, which upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections. That is a good thing for net neutrality advocates for two reasons. First, the Court’s denial eliminated one opportunity for opponents to chip away at the validity of the (former) rules or the Commission’s authority to create and enforce them. Second, the Court’s decision not to vacate the US Telecom decision means that opinion remains the most on-point legal precedent in the other net neutrality case, Mozilla v. FCC.

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Getting Better All the Time: Security Research and the DMCA

CDT applauds the U.S. Copyright office and Acting Register’s efforts to improve both the process and exemptions from section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) after their ask, along with others, to remove many of the limitations and conditions so that researchers might work on even more kinds of products and systems and enjoy even greater legal certainty in the future.

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Techsplanations: Part 5, Virtual Private Networks

Welcome to “Techsplanations,” written for those who would like to have a better understanding of the technologies that shape our everyday lives. One increasingly popular and prominent privacy-enhancing tool is the virtual private network, or VPN, which we’re going to explain a bit on this page and talk about some of the challenges internet users have using VPNs.

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