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SF Chronicle: Obama Position on Wiretapping is "Mind-Boggling"

Calling the Obama administration's position on warrantless wiretapping "mind-boggling," the San Francisco Chronicle ran an editorial Monday calling for a federal court not to dismiss EFF's Jewel v. NSA, which seeks to bring an end the illegal spying program.
The editorial reminds us that Obama himself has...

Orwell in 2009: Dystopian Rights Management

In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the protagonist Winston Smith labors in obscurity to make information appear and disappear at the whims of the Ministry of Truth:
This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs —...

Record Labels' $1.9 Million Win in Thomas Retrial Constitutional?

The jury in the retrial of Ms. Jammie Thomas-Rasset deliberated only a few hours today before concluding that she had willfully infringed the copyrights of 24 songs and awarding $1.92 million in statutory damages ($80,000 per recording) to the record label plaintiffs. The verdict represents a huge increase over...

Trade Sanctions and Web 2.0: Are US Regulations Hurting Free Speech in Iran?

For the past few days, Iranians have been taking advantage of US-hosted communication services like Twitter and Facebook to communicate with each other about their contested election, uncover and compare facts, and convey their experiences to the rest of the world. They've done that despite apparent attempts to ...

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Cookies Crumbling: YouTube Takes a Small Step to Increase Privacy of Whitehouse.gov Visitors

After discussions with EFF, YouTube has implemented additional privacy protections for visitors to Whitehouse.gov viewing embedded videos hosted by YouTube.
When the Whitehouse.gov website launched in January, including embedded videos from YouTube, privacy advocates raised concerns that without extra privacy measures, YouTube would be improperly tracking visitors to...

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