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In our 696th issue:

Introducing the Electronic Frontier Alliance

We’re excited to unveil our new grassroots network, the Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA). Uniting community and campus organizations across the U.S., the EFA will serve as a hub for activism and organizing along a spectrum of civil liberties and digital rights issues.

The EFA will bring together a wide range of groups—everything from hacker spaces working to build free software tools to student collectives hosting teach-ins and documentary screenings. By coordinating groups with diverse tactics and strategies, we can all be more effective in the fight for digital rights.

A dozen student and community groups around the country have already joined the EFA. If your group shares a commitment to the EFA’s principles—or if you’re looking to start a new digital rights organization in your community—then join the Alliance!

EFF Updates

Save Netflix!

Today’s Netflix isn’t going anywhere, but what about the next Netflix? If certain corporations get their way, then the innovative new business models of tomorrow will be illegal.

Amnesty International: Encryption Is a Human Rights Issue

A new report from Amnesty International shows how encryption is crucial to people’s ability to exercise their fundamental human rights. According to Amnesty, free expression relies on the right to communicate privately and securely. The report also notes that encryption is essential for people who work to defend human rights around the world.

EFF Pressure Results in Increased Disclosure of Abuse of California’s Law Enforcement Databases

EFF’s efforts to fix holes in oversight of the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System are paying off. New data and records released by California Department of Justice show a steep increase in the number of agencies disclosing cases of abuse of the state's network of law enforcement databases—a major victory for transparency and law enforcement accountability.

Stupid Patent of the Month: Mega-Troll Intellectual Ventures Hits Florist With Scheduling Patent

Another day, another troll bullying businesses with a stupid software patent. This time, it’s a patent on a commonplace process for assigning tasks to employees.

Vietnamese Bloggers Sentenced to Prison in a Renewed Crackdown on Free Expression

Prominent Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy were sentenced to prison last week in Hanoi for their work on a popular website that reported on human rights and government corruption. The case raises alarms of a new wave of repression against independent media and free expression online in Vietnam.

FBI Breaks into iPhone. We Have Some Questions.

By now, you've probably heard that the FBI has retreated from its dangerous and unconstitutional attempt to force Apple to subvert its own product’s security. While we’re glad to see this serious threat to users’ security averted, the FBI’s announcement raises questions about law enforcement’s use of vulnerabilities.

(Email) Blast from the Past: EFF’s First Message to Supporters

Read EFF's first ever email newsletter, from 1990. A lot of things have changed since then, but our commitment to privacy and freedom of speech hasn’t.


How We’re Letting Robots Censor the Web (Washington Post)

A new report on DMCA takedown procedures shows that decisions about what content gets removed from the Web are increasingly made by machines, not people.

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Calls TPP the “Worst Trade Deal Ever” (Boing Boing)

According to noted economist Joseph Stiglitz, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the worst trade agreement ever negotiated in history.

Your iPhone Just Got Less Secure. Blame the FBI. (Washington Post)

According to security expert Bruce Schneier, the FBI’s refusal to disclose the vulnerability that it exploited in the San Bernadino iPhone makes everyone less safe.

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Editor: Elliot Harmon, Activist

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Surveillance Self-Defense 101

Join EFF’s Shahid Buttar for a free workshop on surveillance self-defense with local grassroots groups. The workshop will be open to the public, though particularly structured for activists supporting social movements.
April 6—Baltimore, MD
April 10—Washington, DC
April 16—Chicago, IL

Encryption Apps for Your Phone

Join EFF’s Lisa Wright and William Theaker for an informative workshop on encryption apps for Android and iOS. Please bring your mobile phone so you can install the apps, and bring a friend so you can try them out!
April 7, 2016
San Francisco, CA

California Surveillance Sweep

Join EFF this Saturday for a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing campaign to hold California law enforcement agencies accountable for their use of surveillance technologies. Volunteers like you will help us track down the privacy and usage policies of law enforcement agencies across California and add them to our database.
San Francisco, CA, and online
April 9, 2016

Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Conference

EFF Investigative Researcher Dave Maass will speak about digital security for journalists and police accountability.
April 15, 2016
Albuquerque, NM

LinuxFest Northwest

Senior Staff Technologist Seth Schoen and Membership Coordinator Maggie Kazmierczak will be representing EFF at LinuxFest Northwest. Stop by our table in the expo hall to learn what EFF is up to and how you can get involved.
April 24, 2016
Belllingham, WA

EFF at Maker Faire Bay Area

Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Stop by the EFF booth to learn what we're working on and how you can get involved.
May 20–22, 2016
San Mateo, CA

EFF at the Eleventh HOPE

We are excited to be a part of the Eleventh HOPE conference! HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) returns to New York for its eleventh iteration this year, hosted by our friends at 2600.
July 22–24, 2016
New York City, NY

During the month of April, 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to support EFF’s work!

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