Stop Egypt’s Sweeping Ridesharing Surveillance Bill

The Egyptian government is currently debating a bill which would compel all ride-sharing companies to store any Egyptian user data within Egypt. It would also create a system that would let the authorities have real-time access to their passenger and trip information. If passed, companies…

The California Senate Utilities Committee’s Net Neutrality Analysis Might as Well Have Been Written by AT&T

S.B. 822, Senator Scott Wiener’s net neutrality bill, is currently pending in the California legislature. It’s a bill that prioritizes consumers over large ISPs, creating strong net neutrality protections. Unsurprisingly, AT&T and the rest of the giant telecom companies don’t like it. And unfortunately for…

The U.S. CLOUD Act and the EU: A Privacy Protection Race to the Bottom

U.S. President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion government spending bill, signed March 23rd, offered 2,323 pages of budgeting on issues ranging from domestic drug policy to defense. The last-minute rush to fund the U.S. government through this all-or-nothing “omnibus” presented legislators with a golden opportunity to…

’60 Minutes’ report on cyber attacks includes Illinois elections board

… , told reporter Bill Whitaker the cyber attack detected in July 2016 was … “a snapshot” of the Russian cyber attack as of Oct. 28, 2016 … information technology provider in Nebraska. Hackers successfully infiltrated Illinois, a county … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE ’60…

Congress Will Finally Make Its Research Reports Public

The recent omnibus bill passed by Congress contains a nugget of good news for those interested in access to publicly funded research. Open access activists have long been asking for reports by the Congressional Research Service, or CRS, to be made publicly and easily available….

Georgia Passes Anti-Infosec Legislation

Despite the full-throated objections of the cybersecurity community, the Georgia legislature has passed a bill that would open independent researchers who identify vulnerabilities in computer systems to prosecution and up to a year in jail. EFF calls upon Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto S.B….

Malaysia Set to Censor Political Speech as Fake News

The government of Malaysia has rushed a new Anti-Fake News Bill into Parliament aimed at restricting political speech ahead of upcoming general elections. As with previous similar bills, this bill has been introduced with minimal time for public consultation and could pass Parliament as early as this week….

House Bill Would Create Commission on AI

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has introduced a bill (H.R. 5356) that would create the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI).Congresswoman Stefanik said, “It is critical to our national security but also to the development of our broader economy that the United States becomes the…

Nearly All Zcash and Zclassic Transactions Are Not Private

A clueless Bill Gates recently said that “The main feature of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity.” In reality most cryptocurrencies are not very anonymous at all. Even most of the so-called privacy coins aren’t very private. While cryptocurrencies with a public blockchain, like Bitcoin, can be…

Blind Users Celebrate as Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Bill Drops

Today the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Bill was introduced into Congress by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bob Corker (R-TN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The bill implements the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for…

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