Apps rated appropriate for kids are actually manipulating them

By David Monahan, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Jeffrey Chester, Center for Digital Democracy The digital revolution is happening so fast. With little regard for the consequences, Big Tech has convinced parents to put screen devices in the hands of children at ever younger ages. But let’s say you’re a conscientious parent of a …

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Closed-door discussions to filter the internet continue

By Diego Naranjo Diego Naranjo is a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi). He advocates for the protection of citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms online in the fields of data protection, surveillance and copyright. In the past, Diego gained experience in the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency …

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Trade is on everyone’s mind – it should be on NCD advocates’ minds too

By George Thurley George joined the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) in March 2017. He works to promote Trade for Health, especially focussed on NCDs. George has experience working to create positive change in European Union policy, having previously worked as a project officer on environmental and trade issues, and as a campaigner on resource …

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Five Red Flags for Food, Farming and Fair Trade Under the UK’s New Brexit Plan

By Sharon Treat Sharon Anglin Treat is Senior Attorney at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. For more than a decade, a major focus of Sharon’s policy work has included international trade agreements and their intersection with environmental, food and public health policy. Sharon first got involved in trade policy as a state legislator …

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Is California’s New Privacy Law Right for the United States?

By Allie Bohm Allie Bohm is Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, focusing on government affairs work in key issue areas including broadband policy, privacy, artificial intelligence, and other tech policy initiatives.  Prior to law school, Allie was the Advocacy & Policy Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) covering state policy nationwide related to speech, …

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Parents, stay away from Amazon’s Echo Dot

By Melissa Campbell Melissa Campbell is Communications and Operations Manager at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), an organization which educates the public about commercialism’s impact on kids’ wellbeing and advocates for the end of child-targeted marketing. Melissa shapes messaging and campaigns at CCFC. Before joining CCFC, she worked with the feminist organization SPARK Movement, …

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We need sound policy to quell the data arms race, protect users

By Susan Grant Susan Grant is Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. She works specifically in the areas of privacy, identity theft, online safety and security, telemarketing, electronic and mobile commerce, deceptive marketing, fraud, and general consumer protection issues. Ms. Grant heads CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, conducts CFA’s annual …

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How Google is eroding consumers’ freedom to choose

By Agustin Reyna Agustín Reyna is the Chief Competition Advisor for The European Consumer Organisation, BEUC, representing 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. Within BEUC, Agustín coordinates the organisation’s work on competition law enforcement and policy. He is responsible for providing the consumer viewpoint to the European Commission’s competition directorate on cases …

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Data insecurity and data protection: Will U.S. consumers benefit from new EU data protection laws?

By Linda Sherry   Consumer Action’s director of national priorities and communications, Linda Sherry, joined the San Francisco-based national consumer education and advocacy group in 1994 from a background as a weekly newspaper reporter. A nationally recognized consumer advocate, Sherry is expert on credit and financial services pricing and practices and consumer rights. In 2004, she …

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Reporting back: ‘Ensuring Privacy Rights for All’

By Katharina Kopp  Katharina Kopp, Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Democracy and Director for Policy, has extensive experience as an advocate, scholar, policy analyst, privacy expert, coalition builder, communicator, convener, strategist and corporate leader. At CDD she leads on various initiatives to explore how Big Data practices and technologies, particularly with regard to …

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