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EFFector - Volume 29, Issue 6 - Here's what we're asking the candidates


EFFector - Volume 29, Issue 6 - Here's what we're asking the candidates

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In our 694th issue:

2016 Presidential Questionnaire


What do the U.S. presidential candidates have to say about NSA surveillance? Or the Trans-Pacific Partnership? How about open access? We’ve put together a questionnaire for candidates on everything from privacy to patents. We’ll let you know when they respond, but in the meantime, we invite you to ask these questions at town halls, fundraisers, and everywhere that candidates for office interact with the public. Together, we can keep digital rights in the spotlight for the 2016 election.

Voter Privacy: What You Need to Know

The right to an anonymous vote is a cornerstone of the U.S. democratic process. But although your ballot is secret, it can be frighteningly easy for political campaigns to buy and sell your name, contact details, and political leanings. Learn how campaigns track voters and some simple steps you can take to protect your privacy.

EFF Updates

Apple, the FBI, and Freedom of Speech

A U.S. federal magistrate judge recently ordered Apple to break the security of an iPhone, potentially compromising the security of thousands of iPhone users. EFF has filed an amicus brief in support of Apple’s right to refuse to comply with the order. Learn why forcing Apple to write and sign code violates the First Amendment.

Let's Encrypt Issues One Million Certificates

EFF and the Let’s Encrypt Certificate Authority are building a more secure and fully encrypted future for the World Wide Web. This week—only three months after beta launch—Let’s Encrypt issued its one millionth certificate.

Tell Congress: It's Time to Move FASTR

When you pay for federally funded research, you should be allowed to read it. That’s the simple premise of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, which was just passed out of a major Senate committee.

Content ID and the Rise of the Machines

Using content-recognition tools to recognize potential cases of copyright infringement isn’t necessarily a bad idea. The problem comes when humans fall out of the picture.

The Kafkaesque Battle of Soulseek and PayPal

Does your business follow copyright law to the best of its ability? Not good enough. At least that was the case for one long-standing peer-to-peer network, which had its payment processing shut down after more than 14 years of being a loyal PayPal customer.

TPP and Your Digital Rights

EFF’s new infographic explains what's wrong with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and what you can do about it.


CNET: 11 Juiciest Arguments Made in the Apple vs. FBI iPhone Fight

CNET summarizes several of the arguments experts have made in the Apple vs. FBI case, including EFF’s.

TechDirt: Indian Patent Office Gives Definitive 'No' To Software Patents

India takes a strong stance on software patents: “The computer programme in itself is never patentable. If the contribution lies solely in the computer programme, deny the claim.”

WSJ: Top House Democrat on Trade Sander Levin Rejects Pacific Agreement

“To not get it right is to get it wrong, and this TPP, as negotiated, is not right for America.” A key representative on international trade speaks out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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National Press Club Journalism Institute FOIA Experts Panel


Join EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel and other experts for a discussion on how the U.S. Freedom of Information Act can be improved, hosted by the National Press Club Journalism Institute.
March 16, 2016
Washington, D.C.


ABA TECHSHOW Conference and Expo

EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will deliver the keynote address at the ABA TECHSHOW Conference and Expo.
March 18, 2016
Chicago, IL

Pwning Tomorrow: Today!


EFF’s Dave Maass leads a discussion with the authors of Pwning Tomorrow, our free ebook anthology of speculative fiction.
March 19, 2016
San Francisco, CA


Tyranny of the Algorithm? Predictive Analytics & Human Rights


EFF Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch will speak on a panel defining key terms and framing the conversation about data-driven risk assessment.
March 21, 2016
New York, NY


Basic Digital Privacy and Security Workshop


Join EFF’s Lisa Wright and William Theaker to learn the basics of protecting your privacy and security online.
March 22, 2016
San Francisco, CA


RightsCon Silicon Valley


Meet several EFF staffers at the annual Internet and human rights conference.
March 30–April 1
San Francisco, CA


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