December 23, 2011 | By rainey Reitman

2011 in Review: Watershed Moments in the Fight for Free Speech, Privacy, and Fair Use

As the year draws to a close, EFF is looking back at the major trends influencing digital rights in 2011 and discussing where we are in the fight for a free expression, innovation, fair use, and privacy. From WikiLeaks to the Arab Spring, from fighting the Internet blacklist legislation to exciting wins for reader privacy, 2011 has been a watershed year for digital rights. 

We'll be posting new articles regularly over the next week in the lead-up to 2012, and culminating our series with a call to action to Internet users everywhere for the coming year. You can follow our series by subscribing to EFF on Twitter,, Facebook, or by checking back to this page. We’ll be listing the articles below.

2011 in Review Series 

  1. The Year Secrecy Jumped the Shark
  2. Fighting the Internet Blacklist Bills
  3. California Reader Privacy Upgrade
  4. The Nymwars
  5. Defending Location Privacy in Courts and Congress 
  6. Ever-Clearer Vulnerabilities in Certificate Authority System
  7. Developments in ACTA
  8. Search Incident to Arrest and Your Cell Phone
  9. Patents Misused to Stifle Innovation
  10. Four Cases that Promoted Transparency in 2011
  11. Internet Freedom in the Wake of the Arab Spring
  12. New Year's Resolution! Full Disk Encryption on Every Computer You Own

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