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Diego Gómez Is Safe, but Threats to Curiosity Still Abound

Threat of Imprisonment for Colombian Scientist Demonstrates the Far-Reaching Implications of Copyright Policy In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gómez did something that hundreds of people do every day: he shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet. He didn’t know that that simple, common act could ...

Efforts to Expand NSA Spying Trip Up

Since last night, the debate over how to reauthorize certain NSA surveillance authorities has seen a whirlwind of activity, culminating in the major news that the House Rules Committee postponed a vote today to potentially expand NSA spying powers. As we wrote yesterday: "According to reports published Tuesday...

Stop the Newest Border Screening Bill

Biometric screening, surveillance drones, social media snooping, license plate readers—all this and more would be required by new federal legislation to expand high-tech spying on U.S. citizens and immigrants alike at and near the U.S. border. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced “the SECURE Act” (S. 2192) on December 5...

FISC Assurances on Spying Leave Too Many Questions Unanswered

Last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions from the House Judiciary Committee about how his department is implementing one of the government’s most powerful surveillance tools. Despite repeated bipartisan requests, Director Wray refused to tell the Members of the Committee how many Americans have been impacted by Section 702...

Video: How the Court System Is Abused to Chill Activist Speech

One of the most pernicious forms of censorship in modern America is the abuse of the court system by corporations and wealthy individuals to harass, intimidate, and silence their critics. We use the term “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” more commonly known as a “SLAPP,” to describe this phenomenon. With...
DMCA Safe Harbors

Tell the Copyright Office: Keep Safe Harbors Safe

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors are a vital protection for websites and Internet services of all sizes. But thanks to a new Copyright Office rule, website owners could lose safe harbor protections if they don’t register online by December 31. And that’s not all: Hollywood lobbyists are...

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