Switzerland's government has silently adopted a brutal copyright law based on America's failed Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- but with 50,000 signatures, the law can be reversed.
Switzerland's new law criminalizes breaking digital locks -- circumventing "digital rights management" technology -- and telling other people how to break those locks. This means that even when you have the right to access a song, video, book or document, no one is allowed to show you how to get at the data. If the law says you're allowed to -- for example -- convert a song you bought on iTunes to play it on a non-Apple player, you still can't do so, because no one is allowed to make or sell or even give away a tool that helps you do this.
Because of Switzerland's principal of direct democracy, this law can be overturned if 50,000 Swiss citizens sign a petition asking for it to be reconsidered. Here's a petition that starts the ball rolling. Tell your friends!
See also: Swiss DMCA coming down -- 50,000 signatures needed to unmake it
Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched About Face, a new national campaign to end governmental use of facial recognition technology for surveillance at all levels -- city, state and federal.
Back in 2017, EFF, ACLU and ACLU of Massachusetts sued the US government on behalf of 11 travelers whose devices had been subjected to warrantless, suspicionless searches by Customs and Border Protection at the US border.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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