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Report from Hearing on National Security Letters

Today the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in the case of Doe v. Gonzales, considering whether National Security Letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional. NSLs are secret subpoenas for communications logs, issued directly by the FBI without any judicial oversight. These secret subpoenas allow the FBI to demand that online...
Free Speech

Judge Alito?s Decisions on EFF Issues

Bush's selection of conservative Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the Supreme Court is doubtless going to lead to an ideological battle in the Senate, focusing on Alito's position on hot button issues like abortion rights, federalism, and gun control. Given the divisiveness of these issues, there is a substantial...

Let the Sun Set on Patriot

Apologists justified the broad, civil-liberties corroding powers granted to the government under the USA PATRIOT Act by arguing that they would be used to put terrorists behind bars. Yet several provisions can be used against Americans in a wide range of investigations that have nothing to do with terrorism...

Halloween on the Hill

If you would like to join our jamboree There's a simple rule that's compulsory Mortals pay a token fee Rest in peace; the haunting's free - The Crypt, Disney's href="http://www.disneylandreport.com/disneyland_haunted_mansion_script.html">The Haunted Mansion Halloween is traditionally the time when the undead walk; preposterous monstrosities that no-one could imagine living stumble...
Free Speech

Attack of the Printing Press!

Printing presses are the prized platform of a public lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel, and invective. Their potent allies in this pursuit include Ben Franklin and John Hancock. Take the tea tax. Revenue was coming, providing much needed funding to help with his Majesty's benevolent aims in...
Privacy

Leahy Opposes Expansion of CALEA

Senator Patrick Leahy, the chief sponsor of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act CALEA), had a few strong words for the FCC ruling that would expand the CALEA to broadband ISPs and VoIP providers. In a statement Leahy writes "The expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement...
Privacy

All Writs Redux

Previously, we wrote about the DOJ's attempts to justify invasive surveillance with the All Writs Act, a federal law that empowers federal courts to issue any "necessary or appropriate" court order. The government was trying to convince Federal Magistrate Judge Orenstein that he could authorize the government to track...
Tinker Repair

Want to Take a Bite Out of the DMCA? Now's the Time

As part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Congress instructed the U.S. Copyright Office to consider every three years whether we need exemptions to the DMCA's blanket ban on circumventing "technological protection measures" (aka Digital Rights Management or DRM) used to lock up copyrighted works. So if you want...

More Google Print

Professor Tim Wu has posted a great analysis of the fight between authors and Google Print. Rather than plowing the familiar fair use debate, Tim asks the right question - what will this mean for authors and the public? Consider what it would mean, by analogy, if map-makers needed...
Privacy

How Far Would You Go For Muni WiFi?

It's hard not to fall in love with the idea of municipal wireless Internet access. No more trudging around with your laptop looking for hot-spots—you could just sit on a park bench, fire up your computer, and jump online. And what an easy way to erase the digital divide. People...

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