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Max Schrems: data protection activist, lawyer, author, and now a Pioneer Award Winner. #EFFPioneers16
On September 21 we present the 2016 Pioneer Awards to Malkia Cyril, Max Schrems, the authors of the “Keys Under Doormats," and CA State Senators Mark Leno and Joel Anderson.
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"Body cameras will never be a cure-all for police misconduct or the crisis of confidence in law enforcement that many of us feel. But if they are to be any help at all — and they could be — they must be done right." - ACLU of Southern California
Death of L.A. teen at hands of cops was caught on tape. But refusal to release video has some questioning policies, use nationwide.
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Solution: any use of force is deemed felonious, and prosected as such, unless full unobstructed unedited video of the incident proves otherwise... and this evidence must be made available to the person against whom force was used (and their families, and representatives) in order to meet this requirement.
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Leaked European copyright proposal would cause massive changes to Internet platforms and news sites as we know them. Unless stopped, European user content sites may be forced to do revenue-sharing deals with entertainment companies.
A just-leaked draft impact assessment on the modernization of European copyright rules could spell the end for many online services in Europe as we know them. The document's recommendations foreshadow new a EU Directive on copyright to be introduced later this year, that will ultimately bind each of the European Union's 28 member states. If these recommendations by the European Commission are put in place, Europe's Internet will never be the same...
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+Phillip Landmeier Same thing with butter makers and margarine. It makes you wonder how many awesome technologies we would have if they hadn't been squashed.
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Baltimore police are using secret, real-time aerial surveillance. Bloomberg reports.
Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.
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Shoot down those Surveillance Drones!
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What the NSA talks about when it talks about "targeted" surveillance.
We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications" and even "surveillance" have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity. There’s another one to watch: "targeted" v. "mass" surveillance.
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Universities are the next arena for the fight against patent trolling. Let's reclaim invention.
When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls—companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from others. When a university sells patents to trolls, it undermines the university’s purpose as a driver of innovation. Those patents become landmines that make innovation more difficult.
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Not to mention feminism, gender studies and race baiting. Forcing students to take propaganda classes to pass STEM! 
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Here’s a list of 430 database catalogs from local governments in California collected by our volunteer data hunters 
A team of over 40 transparency activists aimed their browsers at California this past weekend, collecting more than 400 database catalogs from local government agencies, as required under a new state law. Together, participants in the California Database Hunt shined light on thousands upon thousands of government record systems.
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Guys, I'm very worried about the UN taking over the internet.
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Join us on September 21 for the 25th Annual Pioneer Awards featuring keynote speaker Julia Angwin.
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Research universities are supposed to drive innovation. When they sell patents to trolls, they do just the opposite.
When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls—companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from others. When a university sells patents to trolls, it undermines the university’s purpose as a driver of innovation. Those patents become landmines that make innovation more difficult.
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+Bryce Alexander - My point exactly. Monopolies, of any sort, are an affront to the free market.

And in tech, six months is an eternity...
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The NSA is playing word games to downplay its surveillance activities. Don't be fooled.
We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications," and even "surveillance" have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity. There’s another one to watch: "targeted" v. "mass" surveillance.
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Are you promoting digital rights in your community? Join us tomorrow (Thursday, 8/25) to share your latest campaigns and events.
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"We can’t have a free society unless people have a private space." EFF ED Cindy Cohn on the Mac Observer podcast.
Background Mode: interview with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn
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While I'm not opposed to the idea, the modern concept of "private space" is just that - modern. It's not a necessary prerequisite for a free society. In fact, the vast majority of "free" cultures in human history have been the opposite of private, they've been collectivist.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

EFF is a donor-funded US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users.