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EFF in Trump's America: Protecting Tomorrow

Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has published a heartfelt and defiant statement about the EFF's plans for the coming four years under a president who has demanded back-doors in crypto, promised mass surveillance and roundups of millions of people, and threatened the freedom of the press. Read the rest

Federal judge rules US government can't force Apple to make a security-breaking tool

We've all heard that there's a federal judge in California who ordered Apple to make a tool to help the FBI decrypt a phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters -- but despite the FBI's insistence that this is a special circumstance, San Bernardino is just one of a dozen-odd cases where the FBI is making similar demands on Apple. Read the rest

Citing copyright, Army blocks Chelsea Manning from receiving printouts from EFF's website

Chelsea Manning's helpers write, "Citing potential copyright infringement, the Army censored materials on prison censorship from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that were sent to Chelsea by one of her volunteers." Read the rest

Kickstarting "From DeadDrop to SecureDrop" about Aaron Swartz's last project

Journalist/educator Lisa Rein is looking for $20,000 to complete a documentary called "From DeadDrop to SecureDrop," which chronicles the development of the last technology project that Aaron Swartz worked on: a tool to help whistleblowers and journalists communicate and exchange documents in secret. Read the rest

NSA kremlinology: spooks outsourced lawbreaking to AT&T

Last weekend's bombshell report on AT&T's enthusiastic cooperation with NSA mass surveillance revealed that the NSA categorized many of its most egregious spying programs as "Partner [AT&T] Controlled." Read the rest

Chicagoans: EFF fundraiser at Cards Against Humanity's club!

EFF's executive director, the wonderful Cindy Cohn, will host a Q&A before a night of outstanding comedy and improv. Read the rest

USA Freedom Act: the good, the bad, and what's next

With the sunsetting of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the passage of the USA Freedom Act, Congress has, for the first time since the 1970s, put limits on the surveillance powers of America's spooks. Read the rest

EFF makes DoJ admit it lied in court about FBI secret warrants

Department of Justice lawyers told a judge that when the FBI gives one of its secret National Security Letters to a company, the company is allowed to reveal the NSL's existence and discuss its quality -- it lied. Read the rest

EFF leadership change: Cindy Cohn to head organization

Cindy Cohn, Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will take over from Shari Steele, who is retiring from EFF after 14 years as Executive Director. Read the rest

Aaron Swartz day Nov 8, at the Internet Archive and worldwide

Lisa Rein writes, "This year's annual Aaron Swartz Day event is happening Saturday, November 8th at 6pm at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. The reception starts at 6pm, and activities are going on straight through until 10:30 pm." Read the rest

What default phone encryption really means for law enforcement (and for you)

“The next time a law enforcement official demands that Apple and Google put backdoors back into their products, remember what they're really demanding: that everyone's security be sacrificed in order to make their job marginally easier.”

Secret Law is Not Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn is on fire: "Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as 'law' at all." Read the rest

Five dumb things that NSA apologists should really stop saying

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has rounded up the five most discredited arguments advanced by apologists for NSA spying, including "The NSA has Stopped 54 Terrorist Attacks with Mass Spying"; Just collecting call detail records isn’t a big deal"; "There Have Been No Abuses of Power"; "Invading Privacy is Okay Because It’s Done to Prevent Terrorist Attacks"; and "There’s Plenty of Oversight From Congress, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Agency Watchdogs." Each of these claims is meticulously debunked in the post. Read the rest

Copyright must accomodate free expression

Here's another great post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in honor of Copyright Week, explaining the relationship between copyright and free expression. Copyright is a monopoly on speech -- the right to decide, within limits, who can express themselves with certain words, tunes, and images -- so it's important that the law be structured so that monopoly doesn't jeopardize free debate and artistic expression.

Arts groups often have a blind spot here, staunchly defending free speech right up until it conflicts with copyright, and then stopping dead. But if you support free speech except where it conflicts with copyright, then your free speech movement is practically irrelevant to the age of the Internet, since all expression on the Internet involves making copies, and thus interacting with copyright.

Or as EFF's legal director Cindy Cohn likes to say, "We know you love the First Amendment, but we want you to share." Read the rest

To do in San Francisco tonight: Internet Archive's Ethics in Tech comedy night

Lisa Rein writes, "The Internet Archive is hosting its first ever 'Ethics in Tech' event this Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm. (Show starts promptly at 7:00 pm.) Political Comedian Will Durst will be on a panel with the EFF's Legal Director, Cindy Cohn Frontier Foundation and the Internet Archive's own Digital Librarian, Brewster Kahle. Inder Comar, from WitnessIraq.com, and Janet Weil, from CodePink.org, will also be speaking."

Learn about how to protect your Fourth Amendment rights and other constitutional rights and freedoms while attempting to see the lighter side of these very serious issues. Tickets are still available here (Proceeds will be donated to the following organizations, based on a selection process from ticketholders: Veterans For Peace, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Archive, WitnessIraq.com, EthicsInTech, SF99Percent.org, and CodePink.)

NSA Comedy Tour with Will Durst! A Night of Comedy, Ethics & Tech! Read the rest

Aaron Swartz celebration/hackathon kickoff, Nov 8

Lisa Rein writes, "Noisebridge and the Internet Archive are hosting a big event on Nov 8 (1830h-2100h) to celebrate Aaron Swartz’s life and accomplishments, and kick off an international series of hackathons that will be taking place all over the world in his honor, during what would have been his 27th birthday weekend, November 8-10, 2013. (Confirmed locations include, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Houston, Kathmandu, Magdeburg, New York, Santiago, Chile, Seattle and San Francisco.)" Read the rest

To do in SF: 'WikiLeaks v. the Fifth Estate,' a panel at Noisebridge hacker space on Fri., Oct. 11

Rainey Reitman says, "This Friday, the Freedom of the Press Foundation is hosting a panel discussion at Noisebridge on WikiLeaks and the movie The Fifth Estate. It will be at 5:30 PM. It will be EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn, Wired Senior Reporter Kim Zetter, Forbes senior online editor Kashmir Hill, and me. We're going to talk about what the Fifth Estate gets right and wrong, and also just talk about the future of journalism." For those unable to attend, the discussion will be filmed and posted to the Freedom of the Press Foundation website. Read the rest

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