Open access is the practice of making research and other materials freely available online, ideally under licenses that permit widespread dissemination. Open access publishing plays a huge role in the spread of knowledge, culture, and ideas. To celebrate Open Access Week, we wrote a series of blog posts exploring about how open access is a powerful tool for researchers and the general public.
Some legislators want to force major tech companies to include special backdoors in their products, so that the government can access our communications. We've launched a campaign to pressure President Obama to reject these proposals and affirm his support for strong encryption, and he's promised to respond to any petition through the We the People tool that gets at least 100,000 signatures. More than 90,000 people have already signed. Can you help us close the gap?
When you buy a book, the government can’t demand the publisher or bookstore turn over the notes you’ve written in the margins. But in a case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the government is currently arguing that the way Apple licenses its software to users means that people don’t actually own their copy of code that powers their iPhones, and thus the company can be ordered to bypass the lock screen in order to get at data on those users’ devices.
EFF beefed up its advocacy in Sacramento this year with the aim of moving the needle forward on digital freedom in the California legislature. We assembled a team of internal activists and lawyers and hired an excellent lobbying duo. Now that we’re at the end of the legislative session, we can say with certainty that our mission was a success.
The mayor of Sacramento, former basketball star Kevin Johnson, is currently suing the city’s alt weekly to stop reporters from obtaining emails that may, or may not, reveal improprieties in his office. The case represents an intersection of two key issues for EFF: transparency and freedom of the press.
Our campaign to encrypt the Web took a major step forward this week. The Let's Encrypt Certificate Authority—which we've been building in collaboration with teams at Mozilla, ISRG, and others—received a cross-signature from IdenTrust. As a result, Let's Encrypt certificates are now valid and trusted by all modern Web browsers. You can see our very first cert in action at https://helloworld.letsencrypt.org.
Ever since the formation of ICANN, public interest advocates have been engaged in a struggle to assert their influence against an onslaught of intellectual property lobbyists intent on stacking every committee. Now the stakes are higher than ever. Will the ICANN of the future be a place that represents Internet users or just special interests?
Security researchers recently presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the capability to decrypt a large number of HTTPS, SSH, and VPN connections using an attack on common implementations of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm with 1024-bit primes. Read our practical tips for protecting yourself.
EFF urged the California Supreme Court in a recent amicus brief to rule that law enforcement agents need a warrant to search records revealing which Californians were prescribed controlled substances to treat conditions such as anxiety, pain, attention disorders, and insomnia.
The Committee to Protect Journalists reports on how allowing ill-defined "extremist" content to be removed from websites without judicial oversight or due process can too easily become a tool for states interested in limiting independent reporting and staving off public policy debates.
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The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles will host a discussion featuring Cindy Cohn, EFF's Executive Director. Join us to learn more about mass surveillance, the struggle to defend your rights, and how you can help build the movement wherever you live. October 28, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum is an open space for drawing up proposals to present the position of civil society on the privatization of culture and access to knowledge. EFF will be participating in both days of the Forum. October 30-31, 2015
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will join a panel discussion on location tracking technologies in the criminal justice system at the State Bar of California Public Law Section's Emerging Technology and Privacy Conference. October 30, 2015
Join EFF at the 29th annual Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA) in Washington, D.C. Learn about the latest developments in the movement to protect digital freedom at our booth. You can even donate to get some great swag or become an official member at special reduced levels while you're there. November 8-13, 2015
EFF's participation in this year's Internet Governance Forum includes workshops on the Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability, net neutrality, surveillance and more. We will also co-host a civil society pre-event on November 8, and participate in the parallel Ungovernance Forum. November 10-13, 2015
João Pessoa, Brazil