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Don’t Let Congress Compromise on Net Neutrality

A few months ago, we received confirmation of what many of us had feared: incoming Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai announced his plans to eliminate the clear, enforceable protections for net neutrality that the Commission had implemented in 2015. Since then, people have stood up en masse in support...

End Biometric Border Screening

This blog post was first published in The Hill on July 18, 2017. This summer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding its program of subjecting U.S. and foreign citizens to facial recognition screening at international airports. This indiscriminate biometric surveillance program threatens the personal privacy of...

Thank you to our Summer Security Camp Donors!

Last month we wrapped up another successful summer membership drive. Thank you to everyone who participated in EFF’s Summer Security Camp! Whether it was sharing with your friends or helping us reach our match goal, you continue to make our work defending digital rights possible, and for that we are...

West Coast Jurisdictions Advance Community Oversight of Police Surveillance

This summer, two of the west coast’s largest metropolitan areas—Seattle and Los Angeles County—took major steps to curtail secret, unilateral surveillance by local police. These victories for transparency and community control lend momentum toward sweeping reforms pending across California, as well as congressional efforts to curtail unchecked surveillance by federal...

E-commerce RCEP Chapter: Have Big Tech’s Demands Fizzled?

Post-Mortem of Asia-Pacific regional IGF Panel Discussing Trade Rules Over the past month, trade officials of the ASEAN group of countries and its six biggest trading partners have been frantically working to finalize the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Expected to be ratified later this year, the RCEP is the...

Deciphering China’s VPN Ban

This weekend Apple took a dispiriting step in the policing of its Chinese mainland App store: the company removed several Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications that allowed users to circumvent the China’s extensive internet censorship apparatus. In effect, the company has once again aided the Chinese government in...

Bassel Khartabil, In Memoriam

Bassel Khartabil, the Syrian open source developer, blogger, entrepreneur, hackerspace founder, and free culture advocate, has been executed by the Syrian authorities. Noura Ghazi Safadi, his wife, received confirmation of her husband's death by the Assad-led Syrian government yesterday. The execution took place in secret in November 2015. It...

Misused Espionage Act Targets Government Whistleblowers

This week we celebrated National Whistleblower Appreciation Day—an appropriate time to speak out against the U.S. government’s continued use of the Espionage Act to prosecute government leakers, and in so doing, restrict the flow of important information to the press. As we wrote on the 100th anniversary of the Act’s...

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