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CIS Is Going Dark To Stop SOPA

A wave of opposition has crashed over the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect I.P. Act (PIPA) based on the tremendous threat they pose to free speech and innovation online. It appears the House may be poised to abandon SOPA after the White House issued a statement making clear it would not support the bill. But the Senate is still pressing ahead with PIPA's most dangerous provisions intact, including those that would force internet service providers to block access to entire sites through DNS blocking and other means that threaten both the universality and the security of the internet itself.

If this legislation passes -- in this version or another -- legitimate websites will be threatened. Some will disappear. Tomorrow, the CIS website will disappear (along with many others) to protest the misguided approaches SOPA and PIPA employ, and to demonstrate the threat they pose. We'll be back on Thursday. In the meantime, read up on the dangers these bills pose, and what you can do to make a difference.

If you want take your site down, here are some tools from CloudFlare and Webmonkey that make it easy.

What Happens When Employers Can Read Your Facial Expressions?

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
October 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Facial recognition technology, once a darling of Silicon Valley with applications for policing, spying and authenticating identities, is suddenly under fire.

The U.S.-China technology relationship in flux (Past Event)

October 4, 2019
Washington, DC

Technology policy was long the sleepy domain of technical specialists and bureaucrats. Over the last two years, however, technology relations between the United States and China have hit the front page. Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE have taken actions that have attracted strict sanctions from Washington, prompting Beijing to intensify efforts to develop advanced indigenous semi-conductors. As a result, global supply chains in the technology sector face unprecedented strain. U.S.-China innovation systems have also come under scrutiny with new U.S.

The Worlds That AI Might Create

Date published: 
October 13, 2019

"A simple example most of us can identify with: Using GPS for directions can reduce our ability to find our way around. “I used to pride myself on being able to navigate, but now that’s slipping,” says Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University. “It’s hard to see the benefit of offloading that ability to technology.”"

Reply Brief to the Ninth Circuit re Motion to Unseal (Facebook Messenger)

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
October 3, 2019
Publication Type: 
Litigation Brief

Reply brief of Movants-Appellants EFF, ACLU, and Riana Pfefferkorn to the Ninth Circuit in our appeal from the district court's denial of our motion to unseal filings in a sealed case wherein the Department of Justice allegedly sought to compel Facebook to comply with a wiretap order for Facebook's end-to-end encrypted voice calling app, Messenger. 

Smart TVs are data-collecting machines, new study shows

Date published: 
October 11, 2019

"“If you use a device such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV, there are numerous companies that can build up a fairly comprehensive picture of what you’re watching,” Arvind Narayanan, associate professor of computer science at Princeton, wrote in an email to The Verge. “There’s very little oversight or awareness of their practices, including where that data is being sold.”"

Tech Companies Didn’t Plan for Chinese Censorship

Date published: 
October 11, 2019

"Ryan Calo, a professor of digital law and privacy law at the University of Washington School of Law, said that tech companies need to say, clearly and publicly, "when they will engage in censorship, if at all, at the behest of another nation."

“At a minimum, Apple and other tech companies should say publicly the conditions under which they will comply with Chinese or other requests to censor content,” Calo said. “The very act of laying out public criteria manages expectations and forces the company to consider its values.”"

The Cybersecurity 202: Experts slam Justice's move to make child exploitation the face of anti-encryption push

Date published: 
October 8, 2019

"Riana Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, said the strategy provided a false choice. "There’s this fundamental gut-level disgust that basically everyone has for the abuse of children,” Pfefferkorn said. “So, you can paint people who are trying to protect security and enhance [digital] protections as unsympathetic to preventing child sex abuse. I think it’s extremely cynical.” 

Your Visitors Deserve to Know They’re on Camera

Date published: 
October 7, 2019

"I briefly spoke about this over email with Elizabeth Joh, a University of California, Davis, School of Law professor, who reminded me: “You never just ‘buy’ a new surveillance device. You’ve adopted a worldview about privacy, anonymity and autonomy — whether by conscious choice or accident.”"

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