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Police Deploy Creepy Computer Cop Spy Program in America… Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for bringing my attention this evening to Computer Cop, a computer program designed to log keystrokes and send them, unencrypted, over the internet:

Malware filters and anti-virus software won’t stop Computer Cop, because in our police-friendly culture the software hasn’t been classified as malware, even though its intent [...]

Should You Endorse the Necessary & Proportionate Principles of Government Surveillance?

At the end of November 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and 322 other organizations proposed a set of principles to rein in unwarranted, unregulated, unquestioned surveillance of the world’s people by the world’s governments. They want you to endorse them.

The thirteen principles are listed below. Do you agree with them?

LEGALITY:Any limitation to the [...]

CNet Kicks Off Professional Media Coverage of Oct. 26 March Against Surveillance

Dara Kerr of CNet is the first reporter I’m aware of to provide coverage to tomorrow’s rally and march in Washington, DC against unconstitutional bulk surveillance of hundreds of millions of Americans’ activities, communications, whereabouts and associations. Kerr interviews Rainey Reitman, one of the primary organizers of the protest through his role at the Electronic [...]

9 Days Out from Oct. 26 March Against Big Brother Surveillance, are Sponsoring Organizations Spreading the Word?

We’re 9 days out from a big protest march in Washington DC demanding that the U.S. government stop its massive warrantless surveillance programs targeting hundreds of millions of innocent, law-abiding people. If you have the time, come on down to DC for a march to Capitol Hill at Noon on 10/26. I’ll be taking part [...]

Truth Revealed: U.S. Predator Drones are Here, Loaned Out to Locals and for the War on Drugs

For years now, the U.S. Government has been hiding information about how it uses its Predator drones (military-grade flying robots) over domestic airspace. Some general indications of “alternative” uses had leaked out, but we didn’t know the true scale of domestic Predator drone deployment until this week, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a lawsuit [...]

Gut Check: Are the Organizations Behind the October 26 Anti-Surveillance March in DC Promoting It?

In case you haven’t heard, a big protest march in Washington DC is being planned for October 26, 2013. The demand: for the U.S. government to stop its massive warrantless surveillance programs that spy on the activities of hundreds of millions of innocent, law-abiding people. If you’re interested, come on down to DC for a [...]

Irregular Times Donation: the Electronic Frontier Foundation

This morning, I started to research Barack Obama’s nominees to watchdog civil liberties through the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and what I found about nominee Rachel Brand wasn’t pretty. As one of the members of the Bush administration in the Justice Department specializing in legal policy regarding the “War on Terror,” Brand repeatedly [...]

Liberty Donation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Every time someone buys one of our sweatshop-free made in the USA t-shirts, we donate a dollar to an organization pursuing liberal political activism. We’re sending our latest donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in recognition of its legal work to stop the FBI from putting GPS locators on folks’ cars without so much as [...]

FBI Violates FOIA Statute to Keep Patriot Act Practices a Secret

In policy debates, knowledge is power. It is impossible to determine whether a problem exists in the implementation of a government program if the government won’t release information about the execution of that program. While the Obama administration is asking Americans to let the FBI continue three Patriot Act programs — sneak and peek searches, [...]

Political Donation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

When you buy one of our sweatshop-free t-shirts, you do more than spread a progressive political message across your chest. For every shirt we sell, we pledge to donate $1 to a progressive political cause right here in the USA.

This past week, we’ve seen the Senate hide behind a voice vote to pass a [...]

DHS and State Spying Nominees Hesitate to Allow Senate Oversight

Federal News Radio seems to be the only journalistic enterprise in the nation to have picked up on this exchange, in which the nominees for the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis (Caryn A. Wagner) and the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (Philip Goldberg) attempt to reserve for the [...]