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In a blow to universal access, the EU Court of Justice OKs locking open wireless networks behind a registration wall.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently announced its decision in Sony v McFadden with important consequences for open wireless in the European Union.
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I think the appropriate response to this is to password protect open Wi-Fi networks and then post the password on giant billboards.

Or just start making them all openwireless and making the password the SSID.
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Congress authorized bonuses for federal staffers to reduce over-classification of records. Problem is nobody's getting the cash. 
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ERNEST AEC-RADIO's profile photoTerry Price's profile photo
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+ERNEST AEC-RADIO It is literally impossible for us to know the future, we cannot possibly predict whether or not we will ever have a crisis that requires emergency services in our lives. Maybe you'll have a heart attack one day, maybe your home will be broken into while you're at work, maybe your kitchen will burst into flames, who knows.

You eat food, you take medicine, you drink water, you put gas in your car, you have electricity, you drive on roads, you breathe oxygen, you take flights, you live in a house, you buy electronics, you have Internet, etc. The most basic things you do in your life are made safe by good governance. The only way that isn't true is if you live off the grid entirely in a house you cunstructed and are completely self reliant. You and I both know that isn't true. Congratulations on having a well, that doesn't mean a damn thing. Especially when groundwater can still be polluted. The alternative is relying on companies to keep their word to not put whatever the fuck they want in your medicine, pollute to their hearts content, and so on and so forth.

I'll give you an example. What the hell would stop Comcast from teaming up with the other Internet service providers and deciding to jack up their rates by 500% just because they can? What would be there to stop any given company from pulling all of your personal data and using it to blackmail you? The only entity on earth that can do anything about that is government. Especially since without governance, there is no legal system. You can't sue, you can't call in the authorities, you just have to take it. And if companies are working together to corner the market, you can't even take your business elsewhere. We have tons of abuse now, that would only get far worse in a world where there are no repercussions for anything companies decide to do.

If government is found lacking, the answer is to reform it, not eliminate it. So instead of throwing a hissy fit, let's sit down and look at what ways we can fix the issues at hand instead of throwing away everything and descending into utter chaos.

So no, I don't mind paying taxes when the alternative world with no government is far worse.
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EFF has found that police and courts are regularly conducting and approving raids based on unreliable digital evidence: Internet Protocol (IP) address information.
Law Enforcement, Courts Need to Better Understand IP Addresses, Stop Misuse If police raided a home based only on an anonymous phone call claiming residents broke the law, it would be clearly unconstitutional. Yet EFF has found that police and courts are regularly conducting and approving raids based on the similar type of unreliable digital evidence: Internet Protocol (IP) address information.
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Gonzalo Guerrero's profile photoERNEST AEC-RADIO's profile photoJ Levan's profile photo
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+ERNEST AEC-RADIO You said "shoot them immediately." If you survive, you can challenge it all you want.
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Unlocking cable boxes will bring innovation and competition to TV.
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THIS THIS THIS!!!!! I've been pissed for years. We are finally getting awesome home server/NAS solutions with the work Plex and SiliconDust (HDHomeRun) are doing. Problem is it only works for Brodcast (OTA) and cable using the CableCard.
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Everything you need to know about where the courts stand on the Fourth Amendment and law enforcement hacking. 
(This is part of a series of blog posts about the Playpen cases. For more background, see our earlier blog post and our FAQ.)
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Shawn H Corey's profile photoDon Kyhotay's profile photo
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Anyone else noticing a pattern here? The government intentionally violates the constitution on a case people are going to react emotionally too in order to create a precedent so they can do it more easily in the future. It's just like when they tried forcing Apple to unlock those shooters phones. 
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This Wednesday evening, help us celebrate leaders at the forefront of the digital rights movement. #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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When you try too hard to win a pie eating contest you get a pie in ear award.
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Join us in telling HP to make amends for its recent Officejet debacle.
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Rynard Moore (Vstar1)'s profile photoScott Gomez's profile photoDan “Kelraith” Easter's profile photoLarry Maxwell's profile photo
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+Dan Easter next time just put out for a HP laserjet. You will not be disappointed. I stopped using paint/ink jet and have not looked back. (they can settle but never dry out)
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NSA reportedly exploited weaknesses in widely used products but didn’t tell companies even when exploits were stolen.
In August, an entity calling itself the “Shadow Brokers” took the security world by surprise by publishing what appears to be a portion of the NSA’s hacking toolset. Government investigators now believe that the Shadow Brokers stole the cache of powerful NSA network exploitation tools from a computer located outside of the NSA’s network where they had been left accidentally, according to Reuters.
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Heh, I got that same computer image as a gif....
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We're excited to see CloudFlare launch its Automatic HTTPS Rewrites features, based on EFF's own HTTPS Everywhere. https://blog.cloudflare.com/encryption-week/ 
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It's been almost one month since WhatsApp announced their new privacy policy. Here's how to change your settings. 
UPDATE (9/12/16): We have clarified that users have 30 days after they first see WhatsApp's privacy policy update to agree or not agree to its terms. We have also clarified that, while the new privacy policy permits WhatsApp to share contact lists with Facebook, no concrete plans to do so have been announced.
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B-dub 7ER4IAY8's profile photoMladen Mijatov's profile photoEarl Cousins's profile photo
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Ditched them ages ago.
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Join the nationwide movement to give communities control over police surveillance. 
From cell-site simulators in New York to facial recognition devices in San Diego, law enforcement surveillance technologies are spreading across the country like an infectious disease.
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If a cellsite simulator is found during a service call, it will be destroyed immediately!
Cops are employees, and have absolutely NO constitutional rights, or protections. Making their actikns treasonous and criminal.
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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.

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