You Can Buy the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace on Vinyl

John Perry Barlow isn't a stranger to having his words played on records. Before launching a career as an internet activist, Barlow was a member of the Grateful Dead. Now you can hear his voice on a new, Jerry Garcia-free vinyl: A version of his Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace is now available as a… » 12/10/14 1:31pm 12/10/14 1:31pm

Even a Golden Key Can Be Stolen: Inside Apple’s Encryption Decision

Since Apple first announced three weeks ago that it was expanding the scope of what types of data would be encrypted on devices running iOS 8, law enforcement has been ablaze with indignation. When Google followed suit and announced that Android L would also come with encryption on by default, it only added fuel to… » 10/13/14 8:15am 10/13/14 8:15am

Neutrality Begins at Home: How Mayors Could Help Save the Internet

This weekend at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas, some mayors will take a strong stand in support of net neutrality. According to an op-ed by Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Ed Murray of Seattle, the city leaders are unveiling a resolution calling on the FCC to preserve an open Internet. » 6/23/14 5:00am 6/23/14 5:00am

Why Net Neutrality Demands Total Transparency

The net neutrality fight is moving in new directions, and quickly. Today FCC Chair Tom Wheeler announced that the FCC would press forward with new "Open Internet" rules, undeterred by last month's court decision striking down most of the old ones. Last week, Comcast and Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge. The… » 2/20/14 4:20am 2/20/14 4:20am

Today Is the Day the Internet Fights Back to Protect Privacy

Mass surveillance of electronic communications is a vast, new, government intrusion on the privacy of innocent people worldwide. It is a violation of International human rights law. Without checks and balances, its use will continue to spread from country to country, corrupting democracies and empowering dictators. » 2/11/14 5:15am 2/11/14 5:15am

Why the FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the Internet can easily become the power to control the Internet in less beneficent ways. Some… » 1/27/14 12:00pm 1/27/14 12:00pm

Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan: EFF Scorecard Explained

Yesterday, President Obama announced a series of reforms to address abuses by the National Security Agency. We were heartened to see Obama recognized that the NSA has gone too far in trampling the privacy rights of people worldwide. In his speech, the President ensured that National Security Letters would not come… » 1/18/14 10:00am 1/18/14 10:00am

Crossword Puzzle: What Did We Learn About the NSA This Year?

We've certainly learned a lot this year about the surveillance state. Thanks to the cache of intelligence documents leaked by Edward Snowden, as well as the hoards of legal records we liberated through our Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, we've had immense amounts of new information to consume and process. But how… » 12/21/13 8:00pm 12/21/13 8:00pm

How to Protect Your Phone From the Police

Police forces around the country have developed the nasty habit of confiscating the phones of citizens who choose to film them, unilaterally deleting images and video of their actions. Whether that's a Fourth Amendment violation is still being decided by the courts; until that happens, here's how to protect your phone… » 11/09/13 12:15pm 11/09/13 12:15pm

How to Fight Back in the NSA's War on Encryption

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In one of the most significant leaks to date regarding National Security Agency (NSA) spying, the New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica reported Thursday that the NSA has gone to extraordinary lengths to secretly undermine our secure communications infrastructure, collaborating with GCHQ (Britain's NSA… » 9/07/13 5:14pm 9/07/13 5:14pm

Can You Solve the Encryption Puzzle In the EFF's Def Con T-Shirt?…

The annual hackers' conference, DEF CON, wrapped up yesterday, but one of the weekend's many great mysteries still persists. The images above are an encryption puzzle ("Encryption is Key") that was printed on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's fundraising t-shirts from the event. As of Sunday morning, no one had… » 8/05/13 11:21am 8/05/13 11:21am

Yahoo's Blazing the Trail to Transparency in the Post-PRISM World

On Monday, Yahoo won a court fight that will force the government to disclose secret information about a 2008 case that required Yahoo to hand over customer data. It's icing on the cake for Marissa Mayer, who celebrates her one year anniversary at Yahoo this week. But more importantly, it could give us our clearest… » 7/16/13 2:22pm 7/16/13 2:22pm

Exactly How the NSA Is Getting Away With Spying on US Citizens

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The Guardian published a new batch of secret leaked FISA court and NSA documents yesterday, which detail the particulars of how government has been accessing Americans’ emails without a warrant, in violation of the Constitution. The documents lay bare fundamental problems with the ineffectual attempts to place… » 6/22/13 11:00am 6/22/13 11:00am

What We Still Don't Know About PRISM

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A lot remains uncertain about the number of users affected by the NSA PRISM surveillance program that is taking place, the extent to which companies are involved, and how the NSA handles this sensitive data. Here are some of the biggest unresolved questions. » 6/13/13 3:20pm 6/13/13 3:20pm