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EFF TURNS 30 THIS YEAR!

Computer security and the lack of computer security is a fundamental issue that underpins much of how the Internet does (and doesn't) function. Many of the policy issues that EFF works on are linked to security in deep ways including privacy and anonymity, DRM, censorship, and network neutrality.

EFF works directly on a wide range of security issues including increased deployment of cryptographic protocols through projects like HTTPS Everywhere and Certbot; improving the security of those protocols with the SSL Observatory; offering legal assistance to researchers through our Coders' Rights Project; offering practical security advice to activists through the surveillance self-defense project; directly auditing open source codebases; and working on the development of new security standards.

Security Highlights

Encrypting the Web

The web is in the middle of a massive change from non-secure HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. All web servers use one of these two protocols to get web pages from the server to your browser. HTTP has serious problems that make it vulnerable to eavesdropping and content...

Coders' Rights Project

EFF's Coders' Rights Project protects programmers and developers engaged in cutting-edge exploration of technology. Security and encryption researchers help build a safer future for all of us using digital technologies, but too many legitimate researchers face serious legal challenges that prevent or inhibit their work. These challenges come from laws...

Security Updates

Feinstein to GAO: Investigate E-voting System

During the 2006 election in Florida, electronic voting machines may have "undercounted" to the tune of 18,000 votes in Sarasota County. But because the new machines were not designed to provide paper receipts, there is no way to double check the vote. Now, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has taken...

Roll Call Op-Ed: E-Voting Transparency Needed Now

The Election Assistance Commission is charged with ensuring that our voting systems are reliable and secure. Each machine is "supposed" to be subjected to rigorous tests before being certified, and the EAC was recently empowered to oversee that process. At least that's the theory. As Aaron Burstein and Joseph Lorenzo...

Florida Voters Challenge Judge's Shutdown of Election Investigation

Ruling Impedes Search for Answers in Sarasota County Congressional Race Tallahassee, Fla. - A bipartisan group of Florida voters today challenged a court ruling that is preventing a thorough, independent investigation into alleged voting machine failures in the state's 13th congressional district race. The appeal asks for a reversal of...

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