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President Lula and the Brazilian Cybercrime Bill

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Da Silva, popularly known as Lula, announced during the recent Fórum Internacional de Software Livre (FISL) that "No one is more creative than we are. What we need is an opportunity. This law here... it doesn't aim to fix the abuse of the Internet. It...

Orwell in 2009: Dystopian Rights Management

In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the protagonist Winston Smith labors in obscurity to make information appear and disappear at the whims of the Ministry of Truth: This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to...

Surveillance Self-Defense International

Published July 2009; revised June 2010. 6 Ideas For Those Needing Defensive Technology to Protect Free Speech from Authoritarian Regimes and 4 Ways the Rest of Us Can Help Peter Eckersley, pde@eff.org Introduction: The Internet remains one of the most powerful means ever created to give voice to repressed people...

News Round-Up: Jewel v. NSA Hearing

On Wednesday, EFF argued in federal court against the government's motion to dismiss Jewel v. NSA, EFF's case seeking to end the dragnet government surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans. EFF lawyers told federal judge Vaughn Walker that the lawsuit cannot be dismissed based on the government's blanket secrecy...

Nominate a Pioneer for EFF's 2009 Pioneer Awards!

The EFF Pioneer Awards were established to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. Each year we field nominations from the EFF community — now is your opportunity to nominate a deserving individual or group to receive a Pioneer...

Facebook and the Phone Companies Try to Lock You In

What does Facebook have in common with wireless phone companies like AT&T? Both companies try to lock customers in, even if we'd rather take our business elsewhere. Facebook is suing Power.com, a company that gives users a tool to pull copies of their own friends lists, postings and other information...

EFF at O'Reilly's OSCON in San Jose

We will be at OSCON at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center! The conference begins on 7/20, but the EFF booth will be open from 7/22-23. Come check it out! Registration special for EFF supporters! O'Reilly Media is offering you a 20% discount on OSCON registration. Register here: https://en.oreilly.com/oscon2009/public/register Discount...

ASCAP Makes Outlandish Copyright Claims on Cell Phone Ringtones

New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court Wednesday to reject bogus copyright claims in a ringtone royalty battle that could raise costs for consumers, jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation. Millions of Americans have bought musical ringtones, often clips from favorite popular songs...

Help Protesters in Iran: Run a Tor Bridge or a Tor Relay

As turmoil over the disputed election in Iran continues, many techs are trying to find ways to help Iranian citizens safely communicate and receive information despite the barriers being established by Iranian authorities. One tactic that even moderately tech-savvy Internet users can employ is to set up a Tor relay...

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