The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked the government's attempt to bury EFF's lawsuit against the government's illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel v. NSA to the District Court for the next step. Justices rejected the government's argument that the allegations about the well-known spying program and the evidence of the Folsom Street facility in San Francisco were too speculative. EFF will now move forward with the Jewel litigation in the Northern District of California federal court.
Congress is on recess this week and next — that means now is the optimal time to contact your elected official for an in-district meeting to emphasize the importance of stopping the blacklist bills, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate. We provide you with information and instructions for scheduling a formal meeting with your congressional representatives.
As a new year begins, EFF looks back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. From WikiLeaks to the Arab Spring, from fighting the Internet blacklist legislation to exciting wins for reader privacy, 2011 has been a watershed year for digital rights. See below for the 12 posts in our "Year in Review" series.
2011 saw an important upgrade in privacy for Californians, both online and offline. In early October, Governor Brown signed a law that updates reader privacy laws for the digital age, and not a moment too soon.
While acknowledging that social networking sites are free to set their own policies, EFF advocated for the right of users to choose their own names, whether they're women or minorities concerned about their privacy, activists in authoritarian regimes who want to speak out without the threat of government harassment, or users with persistent nicknames or pseudonyms they'd used online for years.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), signed by the U.S. in 2011, would strengthen intellectual property enforcement norms between signatory countries and hand overbroad powers to the content industry to preserve their antiquated business model.
With all the mobile computing smartphones are capable of, it comes as no surprise that law enforcement wants to get their hands on the digital goodies. And unfortunately, in 2011 courts gave them the ammunition to do so.
2011 saw what many had written off as impossible: patent reform legislation became law. Despite the urgent need for reform, the new law – the America Invents Act – managed to do almost nothing to address many of the most pressing problems facing innovators.
2011 was an important year for court decisions interpreting the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Supreme Court issued two decisions that promoted government transparency and limited the scope of FOIA exemptions, while two district courts addressed how the government administers FOIA.
When Egyptians and Tunisians kicked off 2011 with a bang, observers were hopeful that the two countries — both with strong contingencies of free expression advocates — would move in the right direction toward Internet freedom.
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Save the date! EFF is excited to participate in the 2012 CES, which boasts 200 conference sessions, 500 speakers, and over 2,700 exhibitors showcasing their most innovative and ingenious products and services. Date: January 10, 2012 Location: Las Vegas, NV
The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. The EFF Fellow will work closely with mentors in the international policy team. The application is due February 3, 2012.