EFF

The FCC literally doesn't know how the internet works

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Erica Portnoy and Jeremy Gillula analyze a FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that served as precursor …

Internet

By-Election: Polls in various wards give ANC pause for thought

No ward changed hands week as the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) won the crucial Ward 18 by-election in AbaQulusi on 6 December. By WAYNE SUSSMAN.

South Africa

EFF draws battle lines over land

Stellenbosch 'public' spaces contested

South Africa

Wired releases a surveillance self-defense guide

Wired's new Guide to Digital Security is an excellent addition to the genre of simple-to-follow how-tos for reducing the likelihood that you'll be …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

What to Do if You’re Being Doxed

There are few more toxic practices online than doxing, the distribution of someone's personal information across the internet against their will. …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Dear Copyright Office, please keep safe harbors safe

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors are a vital protection for websites and Internet services of all sizes. But thanks to a new Copyright Office rule, website owners could lose safe harbor protections if they don’t register online by December 31. And that’s not all: Hollywood …

Copyright

This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom

If you’re scared of a future America without net neutrality, I want to terrify you. The potential repeal of what should be a civic right should chill you to the bone. No, there is more than one future you should fear, and it isn’t just one that involves the (falsely reported) Portuguese internet …

Net Neutrality

A Roundtable of Hackers Dissects 'Mr. Robot' Season 3 Episode 9: 'Stage 3'

Technologists, hackers, and journalists recap the latest episode of the realistic hacking show.<p>It’s the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot’s third season, and the stakes are higher than ever. We discussed Sentinel, keyloggers, RFID readers, pwning the Dark Army, and more. (The chat transcript has …

Security

Don’t Give Kids Holiday Gifts That Can Spy on Them

SAN FRANCISCO — During the holiday season, my husband and I tend to offer suggestions to those who are generous enough to insist on buying presents for our kids. Things like “Don’t spend more than $50” and “No guns.” Or, for those with whom we can be comfortably blunt, “Just cash, please.”<p>The idea …

Opinion

Operation Sundevil and the Birth of the EFF - Part Two

Our story about Operation Sundevil continues as we see how the Secret Service and various law enforcement agencies made the formation of the EFF a …

Security

Tech Companies' Transparency Efforts May Be Inadvertently Causing More Censorship

When should American companies comply with government censorship requests?<p><i>Jillian C. York is a writer and activist whose work examines state and corporate censorship and its impact on culture and human rights. Based in Berlin, she is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the</i> …

Privacy

News of Note—Kudelski Security, VMware, FCC and more

> Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division within the Kudelski Group, announced a new Client Advisory Council comprising a "who's who" of …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Judges, CEOs, Scholars, and a General

"Lunchtime talks" have long been a tradition at the University of Chicago Law School, with many dozens of speakers visiting each year to discuss and …

Law

The FCC still doesn’t know how the internet works

Earlier this year nearly 200 Internet engineers and computer scientists sent a letter to the FCC that explained facts about the structure, history, and evolving nature of the Internet. The reasons we laid out in that letter for writing it then still apply to the draft now:<p>Based on certain questions …

Business

How To Avoid Getting Tracked As You Browse The Web

Illustration: Chelsea Beck/GMG<p>As privacy barriers have gradually been eroded online, it's become harder and harder to keep control over what you're …

Privacy

The stupidest patents of 2017

The year 2017 was a critical one for patents — limited legal monopolies granted to inventors to control the market for their innovations.<p>Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases this year that continued a trend of reining in patent trolls, companies that buy up wildly overbroad patents and …

News (U.S.)

Resilient TVAddons Plans to Ditch Proactive 'Piracy' Screening

After years of smooth sailing, this year TVAddons became a poster child for the entertainment industry’s war on illicit streaming devices.<p>The leading …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

STATE DEPT issues ‘worldwide caution,’ as HAMAS calls for UPRISING IN ISRAEL after Trump announcement -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Tax air wars in NY -- TOM LOBIANCO writing Pence book -- THE WING holds D.C. welcome dinner

Driving the Day<p><b>THE STATE DEPARTMENT</b> has issued a “worldwide caution” for U.S. citizens traveling the world. <b>MATT LEE,</b> the AP’s longtime diplomatic correspondent <b>(@APDiploWriter),</b> says: “The last time the @StateDept issued a ‘Worldwide Caution’ because of a US policy decision was March 2003 at the …

Politics

Tim Hwang: Governments probably don’t need a Minister of AI

As machine learning-fueled tech touches every industry, new job titles are becoming more common. IPsoft has a chief cognitive officer, and Autodesk hires conversational engineers. But Tim Hwang has those beat: He’s director of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, an initiative …

Intelligence

Enter for a chance to win games, hardware, and more in the 2017 Ars Charity Drive | Ars Technica

From smart watches to steering wheels, you could win all the swag we can’t keep.<p>It's that special time of year when we give you a chance to do well …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

How to Create an Anonymous Email Account

It's not easy to be anonymous on the internet. Here's how you can stay hidden even on email.<p>This story originally appeared on PCMag<p>Not long ago, the sharing economy seemed to take over. Privacy was dead, and no one cared. But that was a pre-Snowden era. Now, for some, the need to go truly anonymous …

Encryption

Here's All the Data Collected From You as You Browse the Web

Unless protect yourself, as soon as you open up an internet browser, you begin to leave digital footprints behind you that the sites you visit can …

Privacy

Privacy Battle Brewing: Are LinkNYC Kiosks Surveillance Devices?

In 2016 LinkNYC began deploying free public Wi-Fi kiosks throughout the city.<p>The kiosks made news when people began using the public web browsers to watch pornography, and CityBridge the private consortium administering LinkNYC limited the browsers, and made other changes to limit how LinkNYC would …

Privacy

Reddit flexes its muscle over net neutrality

Image: Eva Blue/flickr.<p><b>Reddit is often dismissed</b> as the digital version of a noisy bar brawl between nerds and misfits. But when it comes to issues …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Commercial Spyware: The Multibillion Dollar Industry Built on an Ethical and Legal Quagmire

<i>It’s time to dissect the questionable practices and foreseeable misuse at the heart of the spyware trade</i>Citizen Lab’s publication today of the …

Surveillance

You Don't Lose Your Right to Anonymity Just Because You Lost a Lawsuit

The case, <i>Signature Management Team vs. Doe</i>, revolves around <i>Amthrax</i>, a blog that criticizes multi-level marketing schemes. The site's anonymous author …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

WATCH: Still no coalition deal between DA and EFF

The Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition in a number of three metros has said it still had its fingers crossed for the EFF, which voted them into …

News (South Africa)

'The Silence Breakers' Are TIME Person of the Year, Mammograms May Be Overrated, Trad-Values Senator Found Paying Underage Boy for Sex: A.M. Links

<i>TIME</i> magazine has named "The Silence Breakers" as the "Person of the Year."<p>Mammograms deserve little if any of the credit for reductions in …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

It’s not too late to save net neutrality

In a week’s time, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back net neutrality rules instated under …

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality & Competition: The Final Days of Internet Freedom

Public Knowledge has spent nearly ten years fighting for an open internet, but we expect that at the Federal Communications Commission's December …

Internet