'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

As President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders called on Americans to flout the advice of public health experts and consider returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a campaign on Tuesday urging supporters to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the respiratory virus while warning that government agencies are liable to use widespread anxiety about the pandemic to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

The EARN IT Act puts that question front and center by giving the attorney general the ultimate say in setting the “best practices” that will give Section 230 immunity for child exploitation suits.

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

What's more, the study authors note that because of the way people tend to "speak" with their hands while speaking with their actual mouths, the wearable jammer is extra effective at blocking hidden microphones at is moves around.

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Last week it emerged that the emergency services could in the future remotely deploy drones to monitor accidents or ongoing crimes.

If You Think Encryption Back Doors Won't Be Abused, You May Be a Member of Congress

If You Think Encryption Back Doors Won't Be Abused, You May Be a Member of Congress

Virtually every tech expert and privacy advocate under the sun has warned virtually every government official in the world that "back doors" that let police bypass encryption has the potential to cause huge harms and actually makes citizens even more vulnerable to crime.

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Philip Hammond confirms he will rebel today and back legislation to stop a no deal Brexit.Philip Hammond says he intends to stand as a Conservative candidate and suggests that No 10 can’t stop him.

Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars

Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars

A Chinese state-owned company called CRRC Corporation, the world’s largest train maker, completed the $100 million facility this year in the hopes of winning contracts to build subway cars and other passenger trains for American cities like Chicago and Washington.

Musicians are campaigning to ban facial recognition at concerts

Musicians are campaigning to ban facial recognition at concerts

Digital rights advocacy group Fight For The Future have secured the support of artists including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine plus indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz as they outline the potential dangers of the technology on citizens.

Ocasio-Cortez Ties Concerns Over Unregulated Facial Recognition Technology to 'Global Rise in Authoritarianism and Fascism'

Ocasio-Cortez Ties Concerns Over Unregulated Facial Recognition Technology to 'Global Rise in Authoritarianism and Fascism'

In an exchange circulated on social media, Ocasio-Cortez asked Buolamwini if the algorithms are mostly designed by white men, most effective at identifying white men, and have trouble correctly identifying people of color and people of different gender expressions—all of which the expert confirmed.

'Smart wall' sparks privacy fears on border

'Smart wall' sparks privacy fears on border

President Trump has also voiced support for "smart walls designed to meet the needs of frontline border agents." Democrats' initial proposal in the border deal talks, put forward last week, called for technologies that could assess the "risk" posed by individuals entering the U.S., as well as tech to monitor movements by people near the border.

Privacy advocates: Dems’ “technological wall” proposal could do “even more harm” than Trump’s wall

Privacy advocates: Dems’ “technological wall” proposal could do “even more harm” than Trump’s wall

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a “technological wall,” with increased electronic scrutiny of border traffic as an alternative to President Trump’s proposed physical wall, the internet freedom group Fight for the Future quickly circulated an online petition against the idea.

Today, Europe Lost The Internet. Now, We Fight Back.

Today, Europe Lost The Internet. Now, We Fight Back.

Today, in a vote that split almost every major EU party, Members of the European Parliament adopted every terrible proposal in the new Copyright Directive and rejected every good one, setting the stage for mass, automated surveillance and arbitrary censorship of the internet: text messages like tweets and Facebook updates; photos; videos; audio; software code -- any and all media that can be copyrighted.

Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications

Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications

Lobbyists for "creators" threw their lot in with the giant entertainment companies and the newspaper proprietors and managed to pass the new EU Copyright Directive by a hair's-breadth this morning, in an act of colossal malpractice to harm to working artists will only be exceeded by the harm to everyone who uses the internet for everything else.

Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill

Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill

California’s net neutrality bill, S.B. 822 has received a majority of votes in the Senate and is heading to the governor’s desk. In this fight, ISPs with millions of dollars to spend lost to the voice of the majority of Americans who support net neutrality.

First Responders for Net Neutrality

First Responders for Net Neutrality

While Santa Clara County firefighters were fighting some of the biggest forest fires in America’s history, Verizon was throttling their internet speeds, preventing firefighters from providing crisis response and emergency services to those in need.