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A powerful proposal moving through Congress could put the brakes on NSA spying. But some members of Congress are opposing reform. Take action to speak out against mass spying, and fight back against NSA apologists.

A new proposal reportedly allows the FBI to listen in on any conversation online, regardless of the technology used, by mandating engineers build "backdoors" into communications software. The White House is currently debating whether or not to introduce the bill. EFF supporters should tell the administration now that it needs to stop this plan in its tracks.

The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shone a light on the sad truth about America’s misguided computer crime law, the breadth of discretion given to overzealous prosecutors, and the unjust results that can occur when these two things work together. Congress must update the CFAA to ensure the penalties actually make sense in light of the behavior they're meant to punish.

Lawmakers in Congress are just about to introduce a bill to hand over their own constitutional authority to debate and modify trade agreements that carry dangerously restrictive copyright enforcement provisions. Tell your Rep to stand up for your digital rights and preserve our constitutional checks and balances in government.

The Unlocking Technology Act is a bill that legalizes phone-unlocking by getting right to root of the issue. It provides an effective fix to the real problem in copyright: companies can exploit one-sided laws to prohibit users from modifying or repairing their devices by locking the technology with software. Congress is holding hearings on copyright reform—contact your legislators today to make sure the public voice is heard.

The patent system is in crisis, and it endangers the future of software development in the United States. Let's create a system that defends innovation, instead of hindering it.

Government agencies invest millions of taxpayer dollars into scientific research every year, and yet you — the taxpayer — don't have access to the results unless you pay thousands of dollars to buy academic journals. The Fair Access to Science & Technology Research (FASTR) Act would fix this.

CISPA would grant companies more power to obtain “threat” information (such as from private communications of users) and to disclose that data to the government without a warrant -- including sending data to the National Security Agency. Join EFF in opposing it now.

The open access movement is a long-standing campaign in the world of research to make scholarly works freely available and reusable. Today, students and citizens face barriers accessing information they need; professors have a harder time reviewing and teaching the state of the art; and cutting-edge research remains hidden behind paywalls, depriving it of the visibility it deserves.

The good news is that the open access movement is changing all this, and you can help.

The massive NSA surveillance dragnet is of grave concern to people inside and outside of the U.S. alike — especially considering that it was justified under foreign surveillance laws. If you're outside of the U.S., take this action to call on the chief executives at the top Internet companies implicated in the PRISM spying program, and urge them to push on Congress to bring the accountability and transparency we need.

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Illinois drone task force would have 22 members, mostly cops and industry reps, but not a single privacy advocate https://eff.org/r.6isf

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The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the API copyright case Oracle v. Google could be bad news for interoperability https://eff.org/r.68fa

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