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Free Speech

Governments around the world block access to online content for a variety of reasons: to shield children from obscene content, to prevent access to copyright-infringing material or confusingly named domains,...
Economic and trade sanctions enacted by one government against another often have detrimental effects on the free flow of digital communications and communications technologies that activists, innovators and ordinary users...
Many people don't want the things they say online to be connected with their offline identities. They may be concerned about political or economic retribution, harassment, or even threats to...

Creativity & Innovation

After decades of ever more draconian statutes and judicial decisions, our intellectual property system has veered far away from its original purpose. Too often, our nation’s deeply held-commitments to promoting...
Our senses are analog. So before you can see or hear any digital media it has to be converted to analog. Anything analog however can be converted back into digital...
Today you can use any device you like with your television: VCR, TiVo, DVD recorder, home theater receiver, or a PC combining these functions and more. But if the broadcast...

International

Britain's Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) was introduced in draft form in November 2015. Its 245 pages contained the UK government's plans to create a statutory basis for the country's mass...
Trade agreements are treaties between two or more countries by which they agree on common rules relating to trade, committing to implement these in their own countries through domestic laws...
Biometrics systems are designed to identify or verify the identity of people by using their intrinsic physical or behavioral characteristics. Biometric identifiers include fingerprints; iris, face and palm prints; gait;...

Privacy

Biometrics systems are designed to identify or verify the identity of people by using their intrinsic physical or behavioral characteristics. Biometric identifiers include fingerprints; iris, face and palm prints; gait;...
Privacy is a universal human right. Here is a list of international accords related to privacy that serve as the foundation for national laws, policy frameworks, and international agreements throughout...
Officer Friendly Asks: "May I Search Your Digital Device?"
Last Updated October 2014 By Hanni Fakhoury and Nadia Kayyali Your computer, phone, and other digital devices hold vast amounts of personal information about you and your family. This sensitive...

Security

Malware, short for “malicious software,” is software that is used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. The vast majority of malware is...
After the tragic death of programmer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz, EFF calls to reform the infamously problematic Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). In June 2013, Aaron's Law, a...
The Electronic Frontier Alliance is a grassroots network of community and campus organizations across the United States working to educate our neighbors about the importance of digital rights. Participation is...

Transparency

Many states are hastily implementing flawed electronic voting machines and related election procedures. EFF is protecting your right to vote in the courts while working with legislators and election officials...
Of all the dangerous government surveillance powers that were expanded by the USA PATRIOT Act the National Security Letter (NSL) power under 18 U.S.C. § 2709 as expanded by PATRIOT...
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