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EFF Speaks Out on Digital TV Standards to British Lawmakers

Comments to House of Commons Warn About Regulation London - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed comments with the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) in the British House of Commons about plans for digital television broadcasting in Europe. In comments submitted last week, EFF expressed concern that...

Blogging WIPO's Main Event

EFF returned to Geneva this week for the WIPO General Assembly, a two-week marathon meeting where last year's progress is reviewed and future plans are hatched laid. While there are dozens of items on the agenda, we're tracking two very closely: the future of WIPO's work vis-a-vis the developing world...

Feds Unable to Search Own Anti-Terrorism Database

TSA Stops Deleting "Secure Flight" Records, But Drags Feet On Project Transparency Washington, DC - After receiving hundreds of requests from Americans asking to know what personal information the government has obtained about them, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told passengers that it "does not have the capability to perform...

Trusted Computing Group Helps Lock Down Mobile Phones

EFF Criticizes Plan for Restrictive New Cell Technology San Francisco - The Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an industry consortium developing controversial computer security specifications, has released a wish list of applications of TCG technology to cell phone security. Unfortunately, much of this "security" aims to help cell phone carriers cement...

DRM Sinks to New Low

Memletics is one of those dime-a-dozen companies selling a product it promises will teach "accelerated learning" and how to "remember more." What makes Memletics remarkable is the digital rights management (DRM) scheme it uses on its books. The company's main product is a training manual that explains the "Memletics...

FCC Mandate Forces 'Backdoors' in Broadband ISPs and VoIP

EFF and Others to Challenge Privacy-Invasive Rule Washington, DC - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a "First Report and Order" confirming its expansion of the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to the Internet. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is planning to challenge the rule in court...

Patent Ruling Threatens Free Speech

EFF Asks Supreme Court to Consider Controversial Case San Francisco - On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to review an important patent case that has broad implications for free speech and consumers' rights. The Federal Circuit...

You Are the MPAA: A Broadcast Flag Update

Imagine you're a happy-go-lucky conglomerate of Hollywood media companies. Faced with some tweaks to your business model that you'd rather not contemplate, your members have conceived of an ingenious alternative: compelling tech companies to implement shoddy copy-protection on every digital AV-enabled computer in the land. Let's call this cunning plan...

New Case Reveals Routine Abuse of Government Surveillance Powers

Cell Phones Used to Track Users Without Probable Cause San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is arguing that a New York federal court should stand by its decision to require probable cause to believe a crime has been or is about to be committed before letting the government...

Bronfman, You Hypocrite

Edgar Bronfman Jr., the CEO of Warner Music Group, recently took a moment to attack Apple's Steve Jobs for the 99-cent pricing of music downloads in the iTunes Music Store. According to Bronfman, "Not all songs are created equal -- not all time periods are created equal. We want...

New Guide for Political Blogging and Activism

Reporters Without Borders has published an outstanding how-to guide for bloggers and "cyberdissidents" seeking to make their voices heard in the face of government monitoring, censorship, and worse. Reads the introduction: Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure...

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