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Activists Mobilize to Fight Censorship and Save Open Science

Major publishers want to censor research-sharing resource Sci-Hub from the internet, but archivists quickly respond to make that impossible. More than half of academic publishing is controlled by major publishers using burdensome paywalls. One project in particular, Sci-Hub, has threatened to break down this barrier by sharing articles without restriction...

EFF Sues Police Standards Agency to Obtain Use of Force Training Materials

Woodland, California—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to obtain materials showing how police are trained in the use of force, after the organization cited third-party copyright interests to illegally withhold them from the public.The lawsuit, filed under California’s Public Records...

Fighting Disciplinary Technologies

An expanding category of software, apps, and devices is normalizing cradle-to-grave surveillance in more and more aspects of everyday life. At EFF we call them “disciplinary technologies.” They typically show up in the areas of life where surveillance is most accepted and where power imbalances are the norm: in our...

Article 17 Copyright Directive Expert Panel at TILTing 2021 conference

At present, IP law is beset with a spate of upheavals originating both from within the system as well as from without. Contemporary political, social and economic exigencies are leading to radical changes in the way IP rights are negotiated, litigated and enforced.At the TILTing 2021 conference, EFF's International Policy...

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Help Bring Dark Patterns To Light

We’re joining Consumer Reports, Access Now, PEN America, and Harry Brignull (founder of DarkPatterns.org), in announcing the Dark Patterns Tip Line. It’s an online platform hosted by Consumer Reports that allows people to submit and highlight deceptive design patterns they see in everyday products and services. Help us shine a...

Fiber for Breakfast: The Politics of Fiber

In this Fiber for Breakfast, join Ernesto Falcon, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and hear from a lead advocate from the state of California on their effort to get the 5th largest economy in the world to adopt a fiber standard in its broadband infrastructure policy. In...

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Spring Members' Speakeasy Online

Join us virtually on Monday, May 24th, for our spring EFF members' meet-up! We'll be exploring a custom browser-based virtual space built in Gather where you'll get to chat with EFF staff and learn about EFF's latest work in defending freedom online.This event is...

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United States v. Ellis

Along with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, we filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for Western Pennsylvania explaining that secret forensic technology is inconsistent with criminal defendants’ constitutional rights and the public’s right to oversee the criminal trial process. We also explain why source code, and other...

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