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AI and Human Rights Symposium

EFF's Tech Projects Director, Dr. Jeremy Gillula, will be participating on a panel discussing the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on free speech. From the event description: ICT companies increasingly use automated systems to flag illegal or inappropriate content. Because the number of posts potentially linked to terrorist content, hate...

LibrePlanet: Australia's decryption law and free software

Australia passed a law saying it can order anyone, in broad and vague circumstances, to give secret help to the Australian government in decrypting some information. Even people outside Australia can supposedly be ordered to do this. What should the free software community do to defend itself from this threat...

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal last summer, consumer data privacy has been a hot topic in Congress. The witness table has been dominated by the biggest platforms, with those in lockstep with the tech giants earning the vast majority of attention. However, this week marked the first time that...

Our Thoughts on the New Zealand Massacre

EFF is deeply saddened and disturbed by the massacre in New Zealand. We offer our condolences to the survivors and families of victims.This horrific event had an online component; one gunman livestreamed the event, and it appears that he had an active and hateful online presence. Enforcing their terms of...

Critical Free Speech Protections Are Under Attack in Texas

A bill introduced in Texas threatens the free speech rights of 28 million residents by making it easier to bring frivolous lawsuits against speakers and to harass or intimidate them into silence. EFF has long been concerned about these types of lawsuits, called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs...

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

We urged the Florida Supreme Court yesterday to review a closely-watched lawsuit to clarify the due process rights of defendants identified by facial recognition algorithms used by law enforcement. Specifically, we told the court that when facial recognition is secretly used on people later charged with a crime, those...

The Patent Office Can’t Ignore Law it Dislikes

Last month, we asked EFF supporters to help save Alice v. CLS Bank, the 2014 Supreme Court decision that has helped stem the tide of stupid software patents and abusive patent litigation. The Patent Office received hundreds of comments from you, telling it to do the right thing and apply...
FOILIES 2019

The Foilies 2019

Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency The cause of government transparency finally broke through to the popular zeitgeist this year. It wasn’t an investigative journalism exposé or a civil rights lawsuit that did it, but a light-hearted sitcom about a Taiwanese American family set in Orlando, Florida, in the...

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