Category: Updates

Lab notes: April 2022

Craig Newmark Philanthropies is partnering with CR and other groups to educate and protect Americans from growing cybersecurity threats Earlier this month, Craig Newmark Philanthropies announced a “cyber civil defense” plan dedicated to educating and protecting Americans from escalating cybersecurity threats. This effort will contribute $50 million to a diverse coalition of organizations, including CR. Stay tuned for more news from CR

Lab notes: March 2022

Tech giants are pushing for weak privacy laws across the country As privacy legislation has stalled in Congress, giant tech companies are deploying a full court press to push states across the country to enact weak privacy legislation. In the past few years, California, Colorado, and Virginia have all passed laws of varying strength, California being the strongest. However, Utah’s governor just signed a

Lab Notes: February 2022

CR joins consortium to improve consumers’ cybersecurity CR recently joined the newly-formed Nonprofit Cyber Coalition, a first-of-its-kind alliance of 22 global nonprofit organizations that seek to raise awareness of cyber threats, help people protect their personal data, and work with public and private sector institutions to advance solutions for a safer digital world. Read the announcement of the Nonprofit Cyber

Lab notes: January 2022

CR praises bipartisan vote to advance the American Innovation and Choice Online Act The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bipartisan bill backed by CR that would begin to address the market power of tech giants. The bill will prohibit large platforms from discriminatory conduct that would harm competitors, creating more choice for consumers. Read more about our

Lab notes: December 2021

CR investigates impact of Amazon’s rapidly expanding warehouse network across the U.S.CR’s recent investigation uncovered the disproportionate impact of Amazon’s expansion of giant warehouses on low-income communities and communities of color. You can read more about the investigation in Gizmodo, New Republic, and The Verge or listen to interviews on Los Angeles news radio station KNX and San Diego NPR

Opportunity: Freelance Engineering Support – Permission Slip

We’re seeking a full stack software engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for privacy to provide contract engineering support to the Digital Lab team. This is a remote opportunity for a seasoned engineer who wants to work on an experimental product and cares about advancing digital rights in the United States. Scope: You will be supporting the closed

Lab notes: November 2021

CR applauds bipartisan investment in America’s broadband future The President has signed  the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes several measures aimed at improving broadband internet access, affordability and transparency. CR worked closely with lawmakers on these measures, which include a requirement that ISPs implement a consumer broadband label that will serve as a standardized, easy-to-read label that will include pricing

Lab notes: October 2021

CR's Digital Lab is working to make it easier to exercise your data rightsCR is working with privacy infrastructure companies to develop a protocol to streamline the exchange of data rights requests. We recently co-hosted a virtual roundtable with MIT Media Lab to discuss an early draft of the protocol. You can watch the full event here.New CR investigation finds major issues

Lab notes: August 2021

Update on CR’s broadband efforts We still want to see your internet bill. More than 35,000 participants from across the nation have participated in our community research project to understand the cost and quality of broadband since we launched in July. If you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you would take a speed test and upload a copy of your bill, and

Lab notes: July 2021

CR is seeking the truth about your internet service Last week, a coalition led by Consumer Reports launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to investigate the cost of internet access in the U.S. We’re asking consumers to visit, where they can test their internet speed, upload a copy of their bill, and tell us about their service (over 25,000 people have already

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