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Chapter 14. CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE > CDT: Washington-based Songs

CDT: Washington-based Songs

The Center for Democracy and Technology is a Washington, D.C., organization. It isn't the oldest advocacy group. It certainly isn't the biggest advocacy group. And CDT is unusual in that it works with government agencies and legislators to achieve its goals. CDT is also funded by donations from industry and industry foundations which makes it vulnerable to charges of being industry-run or industry-apologists. Its pragmatic policies of “compromise to achieve good” make it vulnerable to charges of selling-out, but CDT is very effective at maintaining its core principles and acting with them in mind at all times. CDT works with legislators on controversial legislation. For example, CDT offered opinions on the rework of S. 2448, a computer-crime bill introduced in the 106th Congress by Senators Hatch, Leahy, and Schumer. Other organizations prefer not to comment on legislation in progress, but CDT believes a “seat at the table” enables advocacy of civil liberties positions that might not otherwise be heard.

Work on CDT's mission is guided by the following principles (reprinted with permission):


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