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EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 22 - Purchase Cool stuff At EFF’s Def Con Auction At Ebay!


EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 22 - Purchase Cool stuff At EFF’s Def Con Auction At Ebay!

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

effector: n, Computer Sci. A device for producing a
desired change.

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In our 544th issue:

Even if you couldn't make it to Las Vegas this year, you 
can still own a piece of EFF/DEF CON history by bidding at
EFF's eBay auction. All auctions end on Wednesday, August 
18, 2010, so bid now!

- Limited Edition Signed DEF CON Skateboard Deck
- DEF CON Comedy Jam III FAIL Panel Waffle Iron
- Ninja Networks EFF Quest Badge
- D(EFF)CON 18 Things to Hack UV/Glow-in-the-Dark T-Shirt

For more information on the auction items, including links
to the auctions themselves, go to:


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit firmly rejected government claims that federal
agents have an unfettered right to install Global
Positioning System (GPS) location-tracking devices on
anyone's car without a search warrant. The court agreed
with the amicus brief arguments propounded by EFF and the
ACLU of the National Capital Area, holding that
round-the-clock surveillance required a search warrant
based on probable cause.

For more information, including a link to the full opinion go to:

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EFF Updates

* EFF Urges Supreme Court to Block NASA'S Invasive 
 Background Checks
EFF urged the United States Supreme Court to uphold
an appeals court decision that blocks invasive and
unnecessary background checks at the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA), arguing that the
over-collection of personal data puts employees' privacy at

* Publisher, Former Partners Agree to Destroy Personal
 Information About Gay Customers
While this is a good outcome, the case highlights a problem
that we're likely to see again and again. Personal 
information supplied to companies by consumers is a 
valuable asset, and its possible sale to the highest bidder
will implicate the privacy of millions of people when those
companies are sold or go out of business.

* A Review of Verizon and Google's Net Neutrality Proposal
 Reaction to Google and Verizon's joint proposal for a new
legislative framework for net neutrality have been swift
and often critical. While we agree with many aspects of
that criticism, we think their idea of a narrow grant of
power to the FCC to enforce neutrality within carefully
specified parameters deserves further consideration.

* Government Finds Uses for Social Networking Sites Beyond
A recently released study conducted by the Office of the
Director of National Intelligence reveals that, in addition
to using social networking sites for law enforcement
investigations, the government has been considering
using it for background checks in security clearances.

* Government Abuses Computer Crime Law to Boost Criminal
EFF asked a federal appeals court to block the government's
attempt to wrongly expand federal computer crime law, 
turning misdemeanor charges into felonies.

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~ The Digital Surveillance State
Constitutional scholar Glenn Greenwald describes the
expansion of US intelligence community: "vast, secret, and

~ Streaming Music to the iPad?
Apple quietly enables online streaming from the cloud to
iPhones, iPad and iTouch.

~ Google CEO on the Future of Privacy
Eric Schmidt says the future of the web is "transparency
and no anonymity" because "governments will demand it."

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* Panel Picker Voting Begins for SXSW 2011: Vote for EFF'S

The panel picking process has begun for SXSW 2011, which
runs March 11-20 in Austin, Texas. EFF has proposed several
panels this year, including:

- The Epic Fail of BitTorrent Indie Film Lawsuits
- Legal Bootcamp: e-Privacy Law for Internet Startups
- Identity Correction: Fair Use or Fraud?, and
- I Can Has Appz and Privacy Too?

For more information about voting for EFF's panels, go to:
(Registration and/or cookies may be required to vote.)

* Privacy Law 2.0 - Modernizing the Electronic
 Communications Privacy Act
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston will be featured
on a panel discussion at the American Constitution Society 
for Law and Policy Bay Area Chapter. 
When:  Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 12-1:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco, CA

* Stomping for Digital Civil Liberties
Michael Wigren of WKID "Froggy" Radio in Vevay, Indiana,
will stomp grapes in support of EFF.
When:  August 28, noon
Where: Swiss Wine Festival, Vevay, Indiana

*EFF at Hacker Halted Event
EFF members and newsletter subscribers receive a $100
discount off the 2-day conference fees.
When:  October 9-15
Where:  Miami, FL

* Nominations Close on August 16th for EFF's 2010 Pioneer
For nomination guidelines and online nomination form go to:

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* Dream Job Alert!

EFF is seeking a senior-level copyright attorney.
Responsibilities will include litigation, public speaking,
blogging, media outreach, and legislative and regulatory
matters related to a variety of high technology legal

Qualified candidates will have at least five years
of experience working in copyright law, including an
in-depth knowledge of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(DMCA) sections 512 and 1201. Candidates should also have
significant experience in at least one of the following
specialties: trademark law, trade secret law, and/or
patent law. Litigation experience is required, including
significant experience managing both overall case strategy
and day-to-day projects and deadlines. Candidates should
have good communication skills and an interest in working
with a team of highly motivated lawyers and activists
in a hard-working nonprofit environment. Strong writing
and analytical skills, as well as the ability to be
self-motivated and focused, are essential. Tech savviness
and a familiarity with Internet civil liberties and high
tech public interest issues is strongly preferred. This
position is based in San Francisco.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and
references to

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