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FBI's "National Security Letters" Threaten Online Speech and Privacy

EFF Urges Court to Find USA PATRIOT Act Powers Unconstitutional San Francisco -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday filed a friend-of-the court brief supporting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a suit challenging the constitutionality of National Security Letters (NSLs). Authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act and...

Meditations on Trusted Computing

May 2004 In 1641, in his Meditations on First Philosophy, mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes asked how it is that we can trust our senses. What if, he asked, everything we experience is actually part of a delusion created by an omnipotent demon bent on deceiving us? It turns out...

The DMCA on (Mock) Trial @ Caltech

This just in: the California Institute of Technology and Loyola Law School are presenting a mock trial this Friday, May 21st, to play out a scenario in which a student creates a distributed computing application to crack DRM systems, leading to the criminal prosecution of everyone involved...

The Hon. Al Swift, Home Recordist

The most remarkable testimony at last week's DMCRA hearings was that of former Congressman Allan Swift. Swift was testifying as a private citizen, as a "home recordist." Basically, he's been making "mix tapes" for 54 years: In that time, I have given friends many tapes, cassettes and now...

Accessibility and Auditability in Electronic Voting

May 2004 Background Nearly one-third of American voters – over 50 million people – live in districts that will use electronic voting terminals to elect the next president.1 However, widespread reports of voting terminal failures,2 and growing concern about the security3 of these machines, are fueling fierce debate over...

EFF at DMCA Reform Hearing

After Daylong Debate, the Future of H.R. 107 Looks Bright Washington, D.C. - Today at 10:00 AM., the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Trade, Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 107, also known as the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA). Introduced by Rep. Rick Boucher...

H.R. 107 Comes to Life

As of today, DMCA reform has a very real chance of passing the U.S. Congress. The biggest ray of hope for those of us who care about fair use came not from what happened at the hearing itself, but rather, at a lunch session that took place during a recess...

EFF is Invited to Attend WIPO Meeting on Broadcasting Treaty

The World Intellectual Property Organization of the United Nations (WIPO) has accredited EFF to attend and observe the 11th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva on June 7-10, 2004. The committee meeting will discuss the proposed Broadcasting Treaty, which would extend the scope...

DMCRA Hearing Intrigue

Here in DC, the rumor is that tomorrow's hearing on the DMCRA may become an all-day affair, with as many as 13 witnesses on three consecutive panels. In addition, it appears that there was a last-minute, behind-the-scenes, ultimately unsuccessful effort by the motion picture industry lobby to get 321...

DMCA Reform Gets a Hearing

In cyber-literate circles, it's common knowledge that the DMCA has been a dismal legislative failure. For years now, every new DMCA lawsuit trumps the last for absurdity. And it sure hasn't made any perceptible dent on "digital piracy." As detailed in our "Unintended Consequences" report, it's been consumers, researchers...

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