We all live in an increasingly networked world. One of the preconditions of that world has to be basic computer security—freedom to use strong technologies that are fully trustworthy. That’s why the recent reporting on the NSA’s systematic effort to weaken and sabotage commercially available encryption used by individuals and businesses around the world is so important. By weakening encryption, the NSA allows others to more easily break it. By installing backdoors and other vulnerabilities in systems, the NSA exposes them to other malicious hackers—whether they are foreign governments or criminals.
We're deeply disappointed with the W3C announcement that its Director, Tim Berners-Lee, had determined that the "playback of protected content" was in scope for the W3C HTML Working Group's new charter, overriding EFF's formal objection against its inclusion. If the controversial "Encrypted Media Extensions" proposal goes through to become part of a W3C recommendation, you can expect to hear DRM vendors, DRM-locked content providers like Netflix, and browser makers like Microsoft, Opera, and Google stating that they can now offer W3C standards compliant "content protection" for Web video.
Cloud storage provider Dropbox has done the right thing by joining Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn in their consolidated suit before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, demanding permission to publish—for the first time—complete statistics about the US government's national security requests. The government's tradition of secrecy surrounding data requests is no answer to the question before the court. What possible justification can there be to prevent companies from reporting the mere number of national security requests they receive?
The FBI has just arrested a man alleged to be the founder and operator of the Silk Road marketplace, where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs. According to the criminal complaint, the site used anonymity technology like Tor and Bitcoin. It's important we remember not to blame these tools for the actions of a small portion of their users.
In the latest salvo in the battle to defend the right to publish the law, EFF filed a counterclaim against three standards development organizations, asking a federal court in Washington to declare that the online publication of safety codes does not violate copyright or trademark law.
America seems to be waking up from its surveillance state slumber as the leaks around the illegal and unconstitutional NSA spying continue. Recent rounds of polls confirm that Americans are not only concerned with the fact that the spying infringes on their privacy but also want the spying to stop.
A group of prominent technologists submitted a letter to Obama's appointed NSA Review Group, which does not currently have a technologist as a member. The letter urges the Review Group to seek assistance from independent technologists and argues for greater transparency with respect to the technical mechanisms used to conduct surveillance.
Even as the evidence mounts that the entertainment industry backed Trans-Pacific Partnership has become an unattainable goal for the lobbyists and negotiators supporting it, the total lack of transparency means we can't know for sure how far along the agreement is. Three new videos speak to the dangers that the TPP poses to Internet freedom.
A new case has shown just how determined the patent troll Lodsys is to avoid a ruling on the merits of its claims. When software security company Kaspersky Lab refused to surrender, Lodsys settled for nothing (yes, you read that right—absolutely nothing) rather than take its claims to trial.
Lavabit, Snowden's former email provider, shut itself down this summer in the face of expansive government requests for user data. Now that related documents have been unsealed, its operator Ladar Levison can explain what happened.
Security expert and EFF board member Bruce Schneier has seen the Snowden docs, and explains here what they say about the NSA's efforts to attack Tor and Firefox users. One of the NSA documents published in the Guardian featured the image below on the left -- we've updated with the image on the right. Can you spot the differences?
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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
EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn, Wired senior reporter Kim Zetter, Forbes senior online editor Kashmir Hill, and Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder Rainey Reitman will discuss the new movie The Fifth Estate and how it compares to the real story of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. October 11, 2013
San Francisco, CA
The Electronic Frontier Foundation International Team, including Danny O’Brien and Katitza Rodriguez, invite members in Rio de Janeira to raise a glass of cervejinha at Praça São Salvador. October 11, 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Please join EFF and the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California for a luncheon buffet and discussion on NSA surveillance featuring EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. October 16, 2013
San Francisco, CA
The Annual Criminal Justice Act Seminar is a free of charge event, open to the San Diego federal criminal defense community. Staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury will give a presentation to criminal defense attorneys on EFF topics. October 19, 2013
San Diego, CA
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
The Jane Addams Hull House Museum is hosting an evening celebrating the life and work of Dr. Ben Reitman, a steadfast free speech advocate. EFF activism director Rainey Reitman will discuss how the battle for free expression has moved into the digital world. October 24, 2013
On the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act, EFF and thousands of people from across the country are going to D.C. to protest NSA mass surveillance. There will be speakers, music, and the official delivery of over 500,000 signatures of individuals opposing mass surveillance. Please join EFF in D.C. for this historic moment. October 26, 2013
Ideas City: São Paulo is a three-day Conference organized by the New Museum in partnership with SESC São Paulo alongside the X São Paulo Architecture Biennial. EFF's Jillian York will be speaking on a panel titled "Bridging Divides: People, Technology, Networks." October 26, 2013
São Paulo, Brazil