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Panel: Creating Virtual Reality for Public Good

Mission-driven organizations rely on storytelling to convey the core of their work and to engage the public. Recently, virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360-degree video have emerged as new media paradigm for storytelling. Although primarily associated with high-end gaming, these media tools are very effective for conveying information and participatory...

EFF at RightsCon

Originally called the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, RightsCon rotated annually between San Francisco and another global city. Now, RightsCon visits new host cities each year that are power centers for technology and human rights. This year, Access Now is hosting the ninth edition of RightsCon Online from July 27-31,...

RightsCon: American PII and the United State(s) of privacy law

RightsCon Panel #7909American PII and the United State(s) of privacy lawRightsCon; 12:45pm -1:45pm PTThe debate around state and federal data protection laws is raging in the United States. Separate states have passed a variety of laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, and more states are considering proposals. At the...

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The PACT Act’s Attempt to Help Internet Users Hold Platforms Accountable Will End Up Hurting Online Speakers

Recently, nearly every week brings a new effort to undercut or overhaul a key U.S. law—47 U.S.C. § 230 (“Section 230”)—that protects online services and allows Internet users to express themselves. Many of these proposals jeopardize users’ free speech and privacy, while others are thinly-veiled attacks against online services...

HOPE: Meet the EFA

Meet the EFA: A Discussion on Grassroots Organizing for Digital Privacy, Security, Free Expression, Creativity, and Access to KnowledgeFounded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA) is a grassroots network of community and campus organizations across the United States. Join representatives from the EFF, and...

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RightsCon: Facial challenges

Join, nash, EFF Associate Director of Community Organizing, alongside Dorothy Mukasa, Fanny Hidvegi, Ruslan Dairbekov and Sarkis Darbinyan for this roundtable strategy session on responding to abusive facial recognition systems; hosted by The Information Society Project at Yale Law School. From the Organizers:Facial recognition systems are one of...

The American Federal Definition of Broadband Is Both Useless and Harmful

Definitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the case of “broadband,” the definition set by the federal government creates our standard of Internet living. Depressingly, the American government’s definition means ISPs get away with offering very poor levels of “broadband.”The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is...

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The International Trade Commission Is Opening the Door to Abusive Patent Owners and Endangering U.S. Businesses

The International Trade Commission, or ITC, is a forum that’s meant to protect U.S. industries from unfair trade practices. But in recent years, the prime beneficiaries of the sprawling ITC haven't been American manufacturers, but patent owners, patent lawyers, and—you guessed it—patent trolls. The ITC is a quasi-judicial agency, that...


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