San Francisco: Building Community Broadband to Protect Net Neutrality and Online Privacy

Like many cities around the country, San Francisco is considering an investment in community broadband infrastructure: high-speed fiber that would make Internet access cheaper and better for city residents. Community broadband can help alleviate a number of issues with Internet access that we see all…

The Federal Circuit Should Not Allow Patents on Inventions that Should Belong to the Public

One of the most fundamental aspects of patent law is that patents should only be awarded for new inventions. That is, not only does someone have to invent something new to them in order to receive a patent, is must also be a new to…

Stop FOSTA

FOSTA would undermine Section 230, the law protecting online platforms from some types of liability for their users’ speech. Section 230 is the most important law protecting free speech online. Without it, most of the online platforms we use would never have been formed—the risk…

FOSTA Would Be a Disaster for Online Communities

Frankenstein Bill Combines the Worst of SESTA and FOSTA. Tell Your Representative to Reject New Version of H.R. 1865. The House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would force online platforms to censor their users. The Allow States and Victims to…

When the Copyright Office Meets, the Future Needs a Seat at the Table

Every three years, EFF’s lawyers spend weeks huddling in their offices, composing carefully worded pleas we hope will persuade the Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress to grant Americans a modest, temporary permission to use our own property in ways that are already legal….

The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation

In the coming decades, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies are going to transform many aspects of our world. Much of this change will be positive; the potential for benefits in areas as diverse as health, transportation and urban planning, art, science, and cross-cultural…

Did Congress Really Expect Us to Whittle Our Own Personal Jailbreaking Tools?

In 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and profoundly changed the relationship of Americans to their property. Section 1201 of the DMCA bans the bypassing of “access controls” for copyrighted works. Originally, this meant that even though you owned your DVD player,…

“FREE from Chains!”: Eskinder Nega is Released from Jail

Eskinder Nega, one of Ethiopia’s most prominent online writers, winner of the Golden Pen of Freedom in 2014, the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero for 2017, and PEN International’s 2012 Freedom to Write Award, has been finally set free. Eskinder is greeted by…

New National Academy of Sciences Report on Encryption Asks the Wrong Questions

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a much-anticipated report yesterday that attempts to influence the encryption debate by proposing a “framework for decisionmakers.” At best, the report is unhelpful. At worst, its framing makes the task of defending encryption harder. The report collapses the…

EFF and MuckRock Are Filing a Thousand Public Records Requests About ALPR Data Sharing

EFF and MuckRock have a launched a new public records campaign to reveal how much data law enforcement agencies have collected using automated license plate readers (ALPRs) and are sharing with each other. Over the next few weeks, the two organizations are filing approximately 1,000…

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