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EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 29 - Applying for Citizenship? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Wants to Be Your "Friend"


EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 29 - Applying for Citizenship? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Wants to Be Your "Friend"

EFFector Vol. 23, No. 29  October 15, 2010

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 551st issue:

* Applying for Citizenship? U.S. Citizenship and
 Immigration Wants to Be Your "Friend"

New documents uncovered by an EFF Freedom of Information
Act lawsuit reveal two ways the government has been
tracking people online: monitoring social networks to
investigate citizenship petitions and using a "Social
Networking Monitoring Center" to collect and analyze online
public communication during President Obama's inauguration.
A two-part series has more:

Applying for Citizenship? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Wants to Be Your "Friend" 

New FOIA Documents Reveal DHS Social Media Monitoring
During Obama Inauguration

* Interview with Chiranuch Premchaiporn of Thai Netizen

EFF International Affairs Director Eddan Katz interviews
Chiranuch Premchaiporn -- recently arrested upon her return
from an Internet freedom conference.

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EFF Updates

* Holding Nokia Responsible for Surveilling Dissidents in
EFF has long pointed out that technology companies are
complicit in human rights violations when they knowingly
sell customized human surveillance technologies to
repressive regimes that are then used to target people for
arrest, torture, and disappearance. A new lawsuit filed
against Nokia Siemens by an imprisoned Iranian dissident
brings this issue to the fore.

* Facebook Moves Closer to EFF Bill of Privacy Rights
Facebook has announced three new features that help protect
user privacy and control. But while these are strong
improvements, EFF has some additional recommendations for
the social networking giant.

* Search Engines Protect Privacy with Outbound HTTPS Links
Two search engines are taking big steps toward making HTTPS
use much more routine and ubiquitous -- and it stems in
part from EFF's work on "HTTPS Everywhere."

* EFF Asks Appeals Court to Review Dangerous 'First Sale'  
EFF asked a federal appeals court to review its ruling in
Vernor v. Autodesk, a decision that could undermine the
rights of software buyers and other consumers.

* Judge Allows Trial of CFAA Claim Against Wiseguys 
While noting the concerns raised by EFF and others, a
federal judge decided to delay a decision on the thorny
question of whether the government can use the Ticketmaster
website's terms of use to smack ticket resellers with
criminal charges.

* Copyright Abuse in Ohio Governor Election
A bogus copyright claim temporarily got a political video
blocked on YouTube, showing how important an understanding
of "fair use" is during election season.

* Snuggly the Security Bear Speaks on Internet Wiretapping
Worried about the White House's recent proposal to wiretap
the Internet? Please, allow yourself to be reassured by
Snuggly The Security Bear.

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~ "The Real Cost of Free"
Another must-read Doctorow column on the copyright war
today and why creators and citizens should care about the

~ Video Tutorials on How to Use Tor and Other
 Anti-Censorship Technologies
A good place to start to learn about using Tor.

~ "Hacking the D.C. Internet Voting Pilot" 
Researchers testing the District of Columbia's pilot
project on Internet voting found and exploited a
vulnerability that gave them almost total control of the
server software -- including the ability to manipulate
votes, expose secret ballots, and even play the University
of Michigan fight song.

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* Seoul Copyright Forum 2010 "Copyright Protection in a Mobile Environment"
Gwen Hinze, EFF's International Director, will present
"Issues Surrounding Apple Jailbreaking" at the Seoul
Copyright Forum 2010.
When:  October 20, 2010
      2 p.m.
Where: COEX
      Seoul, Korea

* ToorCon12
EFF Senior Staff Attorneys Marcia Hofmann and Kurt Opsahl
will present talks on "The Law of Computer Search and
When:  October 23, 2010
      7 p.m. - Marcia Hofmann
      October 24, 2010
      6 p.m. - Kurt Opsahl
Where: San Diego Convention Center
      Rooms 24-26, Upper Level
      111 W. Harbor Drive
      San Diego, CA 92101

* Failcon: User Privacy - Where is the Line?
 EFF's Legal Director Cindy Cohn joins a panel discussing
"User Privacy: Where is the Line?" at Failcon '10.
When:  October 25, 2010
      9 a.m.  - 6 p.m.
Where: Kabuki Hotel
      1625 Post Street
      San Francisco, CA

* Save the Date! EFF's 19th Annual Pioneer Awards Hosted by
 Cory Doctorow
Prolific author, blogger, and tireless advocate of freedom
in the networked world Cory Doctorow returns to San
Francisco to host EFF's 19th Annual Pioneer Awards.
Winners to be announced next week!

When:  November 8, 2010
Where: Minna Gallery
      111 Minna Street
      San Francisco, CA

* DIY Citizenship
EFF Senior Staff Attorney and Kahle Promise Fellow Corynne
McSherry will speak about "Supporting the DIY Citizen:
Social and Legal Challenges of Online Participatory
Politics and Culture" at the opening event of DIY at the
downtown campus of the University of Toronto. 
When:  Thursday, November 11, 2010
      5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: University of Toronto
      Munk School of Global Affairs
      1 Devonshire Place
      Toronto, Ontario

* No Starch Press to Benefit EFF
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Starch site,enter the code ISUPPORTEFF at checkout, and No
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