The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that there may be as many as 30,000 drones in the U.S. by the year 2020. The FAA's loosened restrictions -- coupled with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice issuing grants for local police forces to buy unmanned aircraft -- means it's imperative that local governments act swiftly to ban surveillance drones outright or institute robust safeguards for their citizens. Americans cannot afford to wait for the FAA or Congress to act.
New legislation in the Netherlands makes it the first country in Europe to establish a legal framework supporting net neutrality. Additionally, the law contains language that restricts when ISPs can wiretap their users, and limits the circumstances under which ISPs can cut off a subscriber's Internet access altogether. The Dutch law comes after vigorous campaigning by civil society groups, including influential digital rights group Bits of Freedom.
Fifty leading U.S. legal scholars have cast fresh doubt on the constitutionality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in an open letter to the Senate Finance Committee. At issue is whether the Office of the United States Trade Representative had authority to enter into the controversial IP enforcement agreement on behalf of the United States when the Deputy U.S. Trade Ambassador signed ACTA in October 2011. The law professors say no, and call on the Senators to "exercise your constitutional responsibility to ensure that ACTA is submitted to the Senate for approval as an Article II treaty, or to the Congress as an ex-post Congressional-Executive Agreement."
According to a recent investigation by the Swedish news show Uppdrag Granskning, Sweden's telecommunications giant Teliasonera is the latest Western company revealed to be colluding with authoritarian regimes by selling them high-tech surveillance gear to spy on its citizens. Teliasonera has allegedly enabled the governments of Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Kazakhstan to spy on journalists, union leaders, and members of the political opposition.
This December, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold the World Conference on International Telecommunications, an all-important treaty-writing event where ITU Member States will discuss the proposed revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR). But media reports indicate that some proposed amendments to the ITR -- a negotiation that is already well underway -- could potentially expand the ITU's mandate to encompass the Internet.
Iran continues its march towards a "Halal Internet"; Ustream underscores its commitment to freedom of expression and responds to a crippling DDoS attack of expression and adding a Russian-language option; and a Brazilian newspaper uses trademark law to silence a parody website.
The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU have the right to challenge the constitutionality of a controversial law that authorizes the National Security Agency to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans' international emails and phone calls.
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An expert on electronic voting, Simons co-authored Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? She'll discuss the recently published book at EFF's next Geek Reading at Parisoma Innovation Loft. May 30, 2012 San Francisco, CA
EFF Staff Technologist Dan Auerbach will be presenting "Encrypt the Web" at the OpenITP Summer 2012 Circumvention Tech Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The Summit is occurring simultaneously and in partnership with RightsCon Rio. June 1-2, 2012 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann and EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will respond to opponents of EFF's DMCA exemption requests regarding the right to jailbreak devices and remix videos. June 4-5, 2012 Washington, DC
Tech attorneys from throughout the Bay Area will gather to drink beer, eat chicken and waffles, and prove their prowess in summoning obscure tech law minutiae from the very depths of their oversized brains. If you are an attorney and would like to attend, please email Kellie Brownell at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. June 19, 2012 San Francisco, CA