Recording Industry Claims Imaginary Value Gap as a Bigger Threat Than Piracy

One of the most significant events that took place at this month’s meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), that EFF attended, wasn’t part of the meeting’s formal agenda. It came at a side-meeting organized by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an affiliate of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At […]

Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality

Pretty much everyone says they are in favor of net neutrality–the idea that service providers shouldn’t engage in data discrimination, but should instead remain neutral in how they treat the content that flows over their networks. But actions speak louder than words, and today’s action by the FCC speaks volumes. After weeks of hand-waving and […]

As USTR Takes Office, EFF Sets Out Our Demands on Trade Transparency

The new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, took office this week. EFF has written him a letter to let him know that we’ll be holding him to the commitments that he made during his confirmation hearing about improving the transparency and inclusiveness of the USTR’s notoriously closed and opaque trade negotiation practices. Our letter, which […]

Online Censorship and User Notification: Lessons from Thailand

For governments interested in suppressing information online, the old methods of direct censorship are getting less and less effective. Over the past month, the Thai government has made escalating attempts to suppress critical information online. In the last week, faced with an embarrassing video of the Thai King, the government ordered Facebook to geoblock over […]

TPP Comes Back From the Dead… Or Does It?

Could the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) be coming back from the dead? It is at least a possibility, following the release of a carefully-worded statement last Sunday from an APEC Ministerial meeting in Vietnam. The statement records the agreement of the eleven remaining partners of the TPP, aside from the United States which withdrew in January, to “launch […]

Diego Gomez Finally Cleared of Criminal Charges for Sharing Research

In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet. After a long legal battle, Diego was able to breathe a sigh of relief today as he was cleared of the criminal charges that he faced for this harmless act of sharing scholarly research. Since Diego was first […]