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A new leak of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), yet another secretive trade treaty, reveals plans for new Internet laws including a ban on mandates for free and open source software, constraints on local hosting mandates for personal data, and a requirement to bring in anti-spam laws that most countries have found ineffective.
A February 2015 draft of the secret Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) was leaked again last week, revealing a more extensive and more recent text than that of portions from an April 2014 leak that we covered last year.
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It's revolution time.
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EFF joins Engine, Public Knowledge, and R Street in asking Congress to strengthen our ability to challenge bad patents.
Amidst the clamor of surveillance reform and TPP Fast Track negotiations, Congress is still finding time to work out the kinks of patent reform. One of the big topics of the day: inter partes review (IPR). This procedure lets third parties (like EFF) challenge bad patents (like the one used to go after podcasters).
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The Senate has passed its TPP Fast Track bill. We can defeat it in the House—but we're going to need your help.
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+Ross Edwards You'd better hope someone is willing to make the 500-Yard Run.

Congressman Massie’s 500-Yard Run That is Driving Congress Crazy

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Breaking: The Senate has just passed its TPP Fast Track bill. The fight now moves to the House. Speak out now.
Leaked texts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's “Intellectual Property” chapter confirm our worst fears: Big Content companies are pushing extreme copyright provisions in a secret trade deal that would put restrictive controls on the Internet.
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Better do something before ....get worst,!!
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The California Department of Justice’s new policy on “locked PDFs” is a slap in the face to transparency and a step in the opposite direction of the nationwide trend to embrace open data. 
The California Attorney General's office is required every year to compile details on each state-level wiretap order filed by local prosecutors. 
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they change "laws" alot 
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Over 250 tech companies tell the U.S. Congress that the TPP Fast Track threatens digital innovation and our users, calling on lawmakers to come out and oppose the bill.
In a joint letter to Congress released today, more than 250 technology companies and user rights organizations say that the extreme level of secrecy surrounding trade negotiations have led to provisions in agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that threaten digital innovation, free speech, and access to knowledge online, and the letter calls on Congress to come out against the Fast Track, also known as Trad
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Hanging a gangster for high treason has little to do with gathering intelligence.
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Why the Internet is broken again: part 1 of our explainer on the "Logjam" security flaw.
The discovery last week of another major flaw in TLS was announced, nicknamed "Logjam" by the group of prominent cryptographers who discovered it. It's getting so hard to keep track of these flaws that researchers at INRIA in France created a "zoo" classifying the attacks (which is not yet updated to include Logjam or the FREAK attack discovered in March).
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Logjam, Part 1: Why the Internet is Broken Again (an Explainer)
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The Supreme Court's ruling on the latest patent case, Commil v. Cisco, has some good and some bad.
Today, the Supreme Court decided Commil v. Cisco, a patent case that asked whether having a “good-faith belief” that a patent is invalid means that someone can’t induce infringement of a patent.
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Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Expand Patent Liability, But Limits Defenses
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Neither the NSA reform bill nor the two-month surveillance reauthorization bill passed tonight. If the Senate stalemate continues, the mass surveillance of everyone’s phone records will simply expire on June 1.
Tonight, the US Senate failed to move ahead with the USA Freedom Act, an NSA reform bill that would address phone record surveillance and FISA Court transparency and fairness. It also was unable to muster votes for a temporary reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the section of law used to justify the mass phone records surveillance program. That’s good news: if the Senate stalemate continues, the mass surveillance of everyone’s pho...
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I've never understood the concept of a law that "allows" a social association a right; I've only known of laws that guarantee individual freedoms. When this "law" expires can we suddenly know freedom of movement? Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion?
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The Garcia v. Google dissent may provide a scary glimpse of the future of undemocratic copyright policy laundering.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week sensibly, if belatedly, reversed its mistaken order requiring Google to take down a controversial video based on a specious copyright claim. But there’s more to this story than the free speech win.
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Computer crime and copyright laws silence helpful hackers, making us all less safe, explains HackerOne.
Katie Moussouris discusses reforms necessary to Computer Crime Laws in order to protect hackers so that we may all benefit from their scarce and highly-prized knowledge and skills.
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You almost have to wonder if this is intentional to keep things open for the <insert 3 letter agency here>.
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Proposed South African Internet censorship legislation would require video bloggers to obtain a license and allow bureaucrats to take any content offline deemed "potentially harmful and disturbing to children"
Only once in a while does an Internet censorship law or regulation come along that is so audacious in its scope, so misguided in its premises, and so poorly thought out in its execution, that you have to check your calendar to make sure April 1 hasn't come around again. The Draft Online Regulation Policy recently issued by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) of South Africa is such a regulation. It's as if the fabled prude Mrs.
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I see...hmmm...does S. Africa have a 'Net Neutrality law?  It has been some squirrelly (but sometimes famous) people who think because the FCC is imposing NN that they will require a license for someone to put up a Web site.  This is weirdly similar.

For the record, both ideas are absurd.
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Defending your civil liberties in a digital world.
From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 150,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.

EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit and depends on your support to continue successfully defending your digital rights. Litigation is particularly expensive; because two-thirds of our budget comes from individual donors, every contribution is critical to helping EFF fight—and win—more cases.