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Asleep at the Wheel: Why Didn't Carmakers Prepare for Massachusetts' Right to Repair Law?

Asleep at the Wheel: Why Didn't Carmakers Prepare for Massachusetts' Right to Repair Law?

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItHave you tried modifying, repairing, or diagnosing a product but bumped into encryption, a password requirement, or some other technological roadblock that got in the way? EFF wants your stories to help us fight for your right to get around those obstacles.Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)...Entropy isn't just a word, it’s : the idea that things tend towards chaos and brokenness. That’s why the is so close to our heart: fixing things is nothing less than the embodiment of the...

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Ink-Stained Wretches: The Battle for the Soul of Digital Freedom Taking Place Inside Your Printer

Ink-Stained Wretches: The Battle for the Soul of Digital Freedom Taking Place Inside Your Printer

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FnjVv7J2azY8%3Fautoplay%3D1%26mute%3D1%22%20allow%3D%22accelerometer%3B%20autoplay%3B%20clipboard-write%3B%20encrypted-media%3B%20gyroscope%3B%20picture-in-picture%22%20allowfullscreen%3D%22%22%20width%3D%22560%22%20height%3D%22315%22%20frameborder%3D%220%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3EShare It"youtube-dl" is a popular free software tool for downloading videos from YouTube and other user-uploaded video platforms. GitHub recently at the behest of the Recording...

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Nov 5
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Facebook’s Election-Week War on Accountability is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Facebook’s Election-Week War on Accountability is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA legacy of the 2016 U.S. election is the controversy about the role played by paid, targeted political ads, particularly ads that contain disinformation or misinformation. Political scientists and psychologists disagree about how these ads work, and what effect they have. It's a pressing political question, especially on the eve of another U.S. presidential race, and the urgency only rises abroad, where acts of horrific genocide have beenThe same factors that make targeted political ads tempting to bad actors and...

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EU vs Big Tech: Leaked Enforcement Plans and the Dutch-French Counterproposal

EU vs Big Tech: Leaked Enforcement Plans and the Dutch-French Counterproposal

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAt the end of September, multiple press outlets published proposed for the a new EU Digital Market Act , which EU officials say they will finalize this year.The proposals confront the stark fact that the Internet has been thoroughly dominated by a handful of giant, U.S.-based firms, which compete on a global stage with a few giant Chinese counterparts and a handful of companies from Russia and elsewhere. The early promise of a vibrant, dynamic Internet, where giants were routinely toppled by upstarts helmed by...

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Oct 23
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We Fight For the Users

We Fight For the Users

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItHere at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we have a guiding motto: "I Fight For the Users." (We even from time to time!) We didn't pick that one by accident (nor merely because we dig the 1982 classic film "Tron"), but because it provides such a clear moral compass when we sit down to work every day.Should your boss be able to spy on you through your computer? Well, you're the user and we fight for you, .What about your professor? .Your spiteful, angry ex? .What about tech giants, data-brokers or ad-tech...

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Oct 9
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Bust 'Em All: Let's De-Monopolize Tech, Telecoms AND Entertainment

Bust 'Em All: Let's De-Monopolize Tech, Telecoms AND Entertainment

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe early 1980s were a period of tremendous foment and excitement for tech. In the four years between 1980 and 1984, Americans met:But no matter how exciting things were in Silicon Valley during those years, even more seismic changes were afoot in Washington, D.C., where a jurist named Robert Bork found the ear of President Reagan and a coterie of elite legal insiders and began to fundamentally reshape US antitrust law.Bork championed an antitrust theory called "the consumer welfare standard," which reversed...

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Sep 28
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Human Rights and TPMs: Lessons from 22 Years of the U.S. DMCA

Human Rights and TPMs: Lessons from 22 Years of the U.S. DMCA

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a sweeping overhaul of U.S. copyright law notionally designed to update the system for the digital era. Though the DMCA contains many controversial sections, one of the most pernicious and problematic elements of the law is , the "anti-circumvention" rule which prohibits bypassing, removing, or revealing defects in "technical protection measures" (TPMs) that control not just use but also access to copyrighted works.In drafting this provision,...

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Sep 9
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An Open Letter to the Government of South Africa on the Need to Protect Human Rights in Copyright

An Open Letter to the Government of South Africa on the Need to Protect Human Rights in Copyright

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItFive years ago, South Africa , and, as part of that process, the country incorporated some of the best elements of both U.S. and European copyright.From the U.S.A., South Africa imported the flexible idea of -- a set of tests for when it's okay to use others' copyrighted work without permission. From the E.U., South Africa imported the idea of specific, enumerated exemptions for libraries, galleries, archives, museums, and researchers.Both systems are important for preserving core human rights, including free...

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Aug 18
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Mexico's New Copyright Law Undermines Mexico's National Sovereignty, Continuing Generations of Unfair "Fair Trade Deals" Between the USA and Latin America

Mexico's New Copyright Law Undermines Mexico's National Sovereignty, Continuing Generations of Unfair "Fair Trade Deals" Between the USA and Latin America

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEarlier this month, Mexico's Congress into Mexican law, in a dangerous and ill-considered act. But neither this action nor its consequences occurred in a vacuum: rather, it was a consequence of (USMCA), the successor to NAFTA.Trade agreements are billed as creating level playing fields between nations to their mutual benefit. But decades of careful scholarship show that , even when they are subjected to the same rules, because the same rules don't have the same effect on different countries. Besides that, Mexico...

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Jul 30
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Mexico's New Copyright Law: Cybersecurity and Human Rights

Mexico's New Copyright Law: Cybersecurity and Human Rights

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis month, Mexico without adequate debate or consultation, and as a result, it adopted a national rule that is absolutely unfit for purpose, with grave implications for human rights and cybersecurity.The new law was passed as part of the country's obligations under Donald Trump's United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and it wholesale, and then erases the USA’s own weak safeguards for fundamental rights.Central to the cybersecurity issue is Article 114 Bis, which establishes a new kind of protection for...

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Jul 29
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A Legislative Path to an Interoperable Internet

A Legislative Path to an Interoperable Internet

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItFrontier’s bankruptcy has , including 2 million Californians, who are stuck with their deteriorating DSL monopoly. After deciding for years to never upgrade their networks to fiber—despite the fact that, according to their own bankruptcy filing, they could haveDefinitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the case of “broadband,” the definition set by the federal government creates our standard of Internet living. Depressingly, the American government’s...

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Jul 28
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How Mexico's New Copyright Law Crushes Free Expression

How Mexico's New Copyright Law Crushes Free Expression

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen Mexico's Congress as part of its adoption of Donald Trump's United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), it largely , with some modifications that made the law even worse for human rights.The result is a legal regime that has all the deficits of the US system, and some new defects that are strictly hecho en Mexico, to the great detriment of the free expression rights of the Mexican people.. Mexico’s Congress is not merely prohibited from censoring its peoples' speech -- it is also banned from making laws...

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Jul 27
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Mexico's new copyright law puts human rights in jeopardy

Mexico's new copyright law puts human rights in jeopardy

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItToday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation joins a coalition of international organizations in ; the letter lays out the threats that Mexico's new law poses to fundamental human rights and calls upon Mexico's to take action to invalidate this flawed and unsalvageable law.In a rushed process without meaningful consultation or debate, modeled , without taking any account of the well-publicized, widely acknowledged . The new law was passed as part of a package of legal reforms accompanying the United...

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SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects

SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItBefore there was Big Tech, there was "": when someone decides to compete with a dominant company by creating a product or service that "interoperates" (works with) its offerings.In tech, "network effects" can be a powerful force to maintain market dominance: if everyone is using Facebook, then your Facebook replacement doesn't just have to be better than Facebook, it has to be so much better than Facebook that it's worth using, even though all the people you want to talk to are still on Facebook. That's a tall...

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"Don't Believe Proven Liars": The Absolute Minimum Standard of Prudence in Merger Scrutiny

"Don't Believe Proven Liars": The Absolute Minimum Standard of Prudence in Merger Scrutiny

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." -President George W BushAnti-monopoly enforcement has seen a significant shift since the 1970s. Where the Department of Justice once routinely brought suits against anticompetitive mergers, today, that's extremely rare, . (The strongest remedy against a monopolist—breaking them up altogether—is ). Regulators used to go to court to block mergers...

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Dutch Law Proposes a Wholesale Jettisoning of Human Rights Considerations in Copyright Enforcement

Dutch Law Proposes a Wholesale Jettisoning of Human Rights Considerations in Copyright Enforcement

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWith the passage of last year's Copyright Directive, the EU demanded that member states pass laws that reduce copyright infringement by internet users while also requiring that they . These safeguards must include protections for the new EU-wide exemption for commentary and criticism. Meanwhile states are also required to uphold the GDPR, .Serving these goals means that when EU member states turn the Directive into their national laws (the "transposition" process), their governments will have to decide to give more...

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Jun 29
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Your Objections to the Google-Fitbit Merger

Your Objections to the Google-Fitbit Merger

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF Legal Intern Rachel Sommers contributed to this post.When Google announced its intention to buy Fitbit in April, . Google, a notoriously data-hungry company with a track record of reneging on its privacy policies, was about to buy —after Google had repeatedly tried to launch a competing product, only to fail, over and over.Fitbit users give their devices extraordinary access to their sensitive personal details, from their menstrual cycles to their alcohol consumption. In many cases, these "customers" didn't...

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Technical Excellence and Scale

Technical Excellence and Scale

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn America, we hope that businesses will grow by inventing amazing things that people love – rather than through deep-pocketed catch-and-kill programs in which every competitor is bought and tamed before it can grow to become a threat. We want vibrant, competitive, innovative markets where companies vie to create the best products. Growth solely through merger-and-acquisition helps create a world in which new firms compete to be bought up and absorbed into the dominant players, and customers who grow —just another...

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How Big Tech Monopolies Distort Our Public Discourse

How Big Tech Monopolies Distort Our Public Discourse

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItLong before the pandemic crisis, there was widespread concern over the impact that tech was having on the quality of our discourse, from disinformation campaigns to influence campaigns to polarization.It's true that the way we talk to each other and about the world has changed, both in form (thanks to the migration of discourse to online platforms) and in kind, whether that's (emojis, memes, ASCII art and emoticons) or .A common explanation for the change in our discourse is that the biggest tech platforms use...

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May 28
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A Plan to Pay Artists, Encourage Competition, and Promote Free Expression

A Plan to Pay Artists, Encourage Competition, and Promote Free Expression

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItUpdate/Correction, May 27 2020, 2PM Pacific. An earlier version of this article contained the phrase "the the online music industry is currently revenues than the music industry did at the height of the CD bubble"; this has been corrected to read "the online music industry is currently revenues than the music industry at any time since the CD bubble."As Congress gets ready for yet another hearing on copyright and music, we’d like to suggest that rather than more “fact-finding,” where the facts are inevitably skewed...

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May 27
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Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThere's a dirty secret in the incredible growth of Silicon Valley's tech giants: it's a cheat. Historically, US antitrust regulators would be deeply concerned about mergers with major competitors in concentrated markets ("mergers to monopoly") and acquisitions of small companies to neutralize future competitive threats ("catch and kill"). And while often permitted, vertical integration ("platform monopolies" where the company that owns a key service competes with its own customers) would at least merit close...

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May 19
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Unix and Adversarial Interoperability: The ‘One Weird Antitrust Trick’ That Defined Computing

Unix and Adversarial Interoperability: The ‘One Weird Antitrust Trick’ That Defined Computing

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe Unix operating system was created at Bell Labs in 1969. Today, it rules the world. Both Android and iOS are flavors of Unix. So is MacOS. So is GNU/Linux in all its flavors, like Ubuntu and Debian. So is Chrome OS. Virtually every "smart" gadget you own is running some flavor of Unix, from the no-name programmable Christmas lights you put up in December to the smart light-bulb and smart-speaker in your living room.Over the years, many companies have marketed versions of Unix: Apple and Microsoft, HP and IBM,...

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May 7
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African WhatsApp Modders are the Masters of Worldwide Adversarial Interoperability

African WhatsApp Modders are the Masters of Worldwide Adversarial Interoperability

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItSince the earliest days of consumer computing, computer users have asserted their right to have a say in how their tools worked: whether it was delivering easy new ways to access services that had originally been designed for power users who could memorize obscure addresses and arcane commands; or toolkits like Hypercard and Visual Basic, which let everyday people automate their work; or , which lets kids design games and apps that come from their imaginations, rather than an app store.This ability to adapt your...

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Mar 18
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Right to Repair in Times of Pandemic

Right to Repair in Times of Pandemic

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEntropy isn't just a word, it’s : the idea that things tend towards chaos and brokenness. That’s why the is so close to our heart: fixing things is nothing less than the embodiment of the ancient struggle to wring order from chaos, to stave off deterioration and collapse.It’s no coincidence that farmers are the vanguard for Right to Repair. People who live in rural, low-population zones have to fend for themselves when entropy is visited upon their tools. Farmers can’t wait for days or weeks for a part or a service...

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Mar 19
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Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers' Fortresses

Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers' Fortresses

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen Apple's App Store launched in 2008, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in computing, a "curated experience" that would transform the chaos of locating and assessing software and replace it with a reliable one-stop-shop where every app would come pre-tested and with a trusted seal of approval.But app stores are as old as consumer computing. From the moment that timeshare computers started to appear in research institutions, college campuses, and large corporations, the systems' administrators saw the...

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