Digital Rights in Review 2022
Digital Rights in Review 2022
In our 787th issue:
Throughout 2022, EFF won many hard-fought battles. We looked into the apps used by daycare centers that collect and share information about the children in their care, we continued our fight against police surveillance, we lobbied hard for user protections in the EU’s Digital Services Act, and much much more. And in the battles we have not won, we continue on, because it’s important to stand up for what’s right, even if the road is long and rocky. All of this is only possible because of EFF’s loyal members, supporters, and all those who stood up and took action to build a better future.
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From internet shutdowns to closed-door partnerships to attempts to restrict anonymity, it’s been a tumultuous year for free expression globally. We had hoped 2022 would be the year that activist Alaa Abd El Fattah was free from prison, but the fight for his freedom continues.
Governments around the world use an array of different methods to alter basic user security on the web to block and censor content. But we have also seen new anti-censorship mechanisms assist people regaining access to the wider world and keep technology open.
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, sheriffs and bounty hunters are investigating and punishing individuals based on their location data, private messages, and search history. Data sanctuary laws are strong protections for people seeking abortion and transgender health care.
EFF was proud to defend the Internet Archive throughout 2022 and we will keep fighting for a robust and vibrant digital future. Informed citizens need comprehensive libraries that meet people where they are. That means digital spaces where everyone can use their resources.
The online conversations that bring us closer together can help build a world that’s more free, fair, and creative. But talking to each other only works when people have their human rights respected. The best tool to defend that right in the digital world is end-to-end encryption.
EFF is excited to be back in Washington, DC for ShmooCon 2023 between January 20-22! Stop by the EFF booth to chat with some of our team and learn about the latest developments in defending digital freedom for all.
EFF is proud to support USENIX Enigma! This year's conference is in-person at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA between January 24-26. Registration is open.
EFF is thrilled to attend CactusCon for the first time in Mesa, AZ between January 27-28! Be sure to stop by our booth and chat with the team about all things digital freedoms.
EFF is seeking a full-time Senior System Administrator to build and maintain the organization’s digital infrastructure as part of the Technical Operations Department.
EFF is looking for an experienced professional to join our Legal team as a Legal Secretary to support up to nine attorneys in their litigation, appellate, and policy practices.
EFF is looking for an experienced professional to lead the organization's fundraising programs. The Chief Development Officer also serves as a member of the senior management team and works with the Board of Directors.
In the absence of effective U.S. privacy laws that curb data collection across the board, banning TikTok would be like putting a Band-Aid on a bigger problem.
Robots and drones, whether autonomous or remote-controlled, run on collected data. Now is the time to demand more control over the technology your police department has access to.
Porn is already used to trick people into downloading malware. Now sites have a legal basis for asking a person to upload their identity info, potentially leading to blackmail or identity theft.
The Radio City Music Hall face recognition incident could just be the start. The next step could be a ban on access or similar treatment for a customer who gave a negative review on Yelp.
Many new gadgets at CES might pour gas on a fire and most consumer electronics are not giving people the full picture that they need to evaluate whether they want to use these tools.