On the weekend of October 26 — the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act — thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C. to take a stand against unconstitutional surveillance. Please join EFF and coalition partners for grassroots training and citizen lobbying on October 25th and a historic rally and petition delivery on October 26th.
There will be speakers, privacy experts, live music, and an opportunity to be part of the official delivery of the Stop Watching Us petition to Congress – a petition in which over a half million people have called for an end to mass, suspicionless surveillance.
Each year, EFF's Pioneer Awards ceremony gives the digital civil liberties community a chance to honor the work of those who have bettered our world through remarkable innovation, activism, journalism, or leadership. This year, we were proud to celebrate the lives and work of James Love, Aaron Swartz, and Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, and to hear an extraordinary keynote address from Professor Lawrence Lessig, as well as remarks from Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman. See photos and listen to audio from the speeches.
One of the most significant leaks to date regarding NSA spying revealed that the NSA has gone to extraordinary lengths to secretly undermine our secure communications infrastructure. These frightening revelations imply that the NSA has not only pursued an aggressive program of obtaining private encryption keys for commercial products, but that the agency has also attempted to put backdoors into cryptographic standards designed to secure users' communications.
We've put together a summary of the bills in Congress drafted after the June NSA leaks that have a chance to go forward. They try to fix Section 215 of the Patriot Act, curtail the secret law being created by the surveillance court overseeing the spying, and change how the FISA Court operates. Unfortunately, there is no bill in Congress with prospects of moving forward that tackles Section 702 of FISA -- the section used for PRISM.
In response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released hundreds of pages of documents about the NSA telephone call record program. We're still reviewing the documents, but here are a few particularly interesting items we've uncovered so far.
You'd think a controversial publisher like Playboy would recognize the importance of respecting free speech. But when feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture created a parody site posing as the magazine, Playboy was quick to complain to the activists and their Internet service provider. The crux of Playboy's complaint? The activists had used the Playboy name and logo.
Patent reform is heating up in Congress. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released a second discussion draft aimed at preventing abusive patent troll litigation, and this draft shows a lot of promise.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new version of the proposed media shield law, forging a compromise on who should be protected from having to reveal their journalistic sources in court. The bill is far from perfect, but the new language opens the door to non-mainstream journalists, as well as new forms of journalism that may develop in the future.
Acxiom, a data broker that collects 1,500 data points per person on over 700 million consumers total and sells analysis of such information, is trying to ward off federal privacy regulations by flaunting transparency -- a diluted term, in this case -- around user data.
In a Geneva room full of representatives from nations around the world, some of the world's largest privacy organizations, including EFF, warned the United Nations of the dangers of the mass Internet spying being conducted by its own members.
Internet freedom has gone from bad to worse in Vietnam as an online censorship law known as Decree 72 went into effect this month. It bans bloggers and users of social media from quoting, gathering, or summarizing information from press organizations or government websites.
As the highest court in Massachusetts considers whether cell-site data is private in the context of the Fourth Amendment, we filed an amicus brief arguing that when the police want to be able to recreate your every step -- figuring out your patterns of movement, where you've been and with whom -- they must obtain a search warrant.
Spain's anti-piracy efforts have taken a turn for the worst, tacking criminal penalties onto linking to infringing content.
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Webinar: Join EFF to learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership's copyright provisions and their impact on users, their effect on U.S. copyright law, and how we can work together to protect our access to knowledge, digital rights, and Internet freedom. We invite you to join us for a live Google Hangout. October 1, 2013 eff.org/tpphangout
EFF activists Trevor Timm and Parker Higgins will present a primer on using transparency laws to release information about domestic drone programs, as well as a follow-up to their 2012 "Pwn The Drones" presentation on drone hacks. October 11-13, 2013
New York, NY
Techno-Activism Third Mondays are informal meetups that occur on the same date in many cities worldwide. It is designed to connect techno-activists and hacktivists who work on or with circumvention tools and are interested in anti-censorship and anti-surveillance technology. October 21, 2013
San Francisco, CA