Smith’s continued efforts to press for Internet freedom-protecting laws were lauded last year by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which described an earlier version of GOFA as “an important step toward protecting human rights and free expression online.” However, EFF also expressed reservations about that bill, saying it was concerned that export restrictions might have a counter-productive effect by stopping activists from obtaining tools that allow them to “monitor their own communications for security vulnerabilities and backdoors.”

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