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Senate Democrats Formally Request Vote to Overrule FCC Termination of Net Neutrality

 Ars Technica reports that Senate Democrats have officially moved to initiate a vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the FCC policy change ending net neutrality regulations. With the submission of a request to invoke the CRA, the … Read more »

Illinois State Government Joins Ranks of Net Neutrality Defenders Across Country

With the publication in the federal register of the FCC’s plan to scrap federal net neutrality protections, the struggle for net neutrality enters its most contentious phase:  state legislatures and attorneys general  have mounted a coordinated defense, as well as … Read more »

Chicago Journalist Jamie Kalven’s Subpoena Battle Illustrates the Danger of Indirect Attacks on Press Freedom

In The Intercept, Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven reflects on his recent court battle to protect a source of his reporting, and what it illustrates about the state of press freedoms in the United States. Last year, Kalven, whose reporting … Read more »

Republicans and Dozens of Democrats in House Reauthorize Mass Surveillance Without Reform

A new piece from The Intercept reports that, in a vote of 256 to 164, the US House of Representatives approved a renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702 provisions, forcing a vote in the Senate. Extending … Read more »

Call to Action: With FCC Vote Condemning Net Neutrality to Death, Congress Holds Last Remaining Hope

As we outlined in our most recent net neutrality piece, in spite of overwhelming public support for current net neutrality rules, and the considerable evidence of the grave harms that would result in their absence, the FCC under Chairman … Read more »

Press: In Light of FCC Vote, CCDBR and Allies Will Step Up the Fight for Free and Open Internet

CHICAGO — On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Alliance, held an open forum to discuss the impact of the impending Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR and LPL to Jointly Present Digital Security Training

It is with great excitement that the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights announces that we will be presenting two digital security training sessions this week featuring Lucy Parsons Labs. The two workshops, one on October 12 and … Read more »

Report: New Homeland Security Policy Would Subject Millions of Immigrants and Naturalized Citizens to Digital Monitoring

In a policy change announced earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security seeks to expand its immigrant records database to incorporate the collection and storage of new information streams, including social media and other digital content. The new … Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR Stands For Digital Rights, Freedom, Security, and Privacy

For almost 60 years, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights has weathered political shifts to preserve our fundamental civil liberties. Dramatic changes in technology have not diminished our commitment. 

Since the digital sphere is a natural extension … Read more »

Activists Prepare to Stage Massive Push for Net Neutrality in Washington DC

A new piece from The Guardian reports that a coalition of internet freedom and digital rights activists have planned a massive two-day demonstration to compel the federal government to enshrine net neutrality principles in the regulation of the internet. The … Read more »

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