Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Nothing to declare: Why U.S. border agency's vast stop and search powers undermine press freedom

October 22, 2018 10:00 AM ET

Secondary screenings of journalists crossing U.S. borders risk undermining press freedom as Custom and Border Protection agents search devices such as laptops or phones without warrant and question journalists about their reporting and contacts. As the government ramps up...

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How US vote to extend NSA program could expose journalists to surveillance

January 23, 2018 2:43 PM ET

The U.S. Senate last week approved a six-year extension to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA), in a move that could put journalists at risk. Because people targeted by Section 702 are often of interest...

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Transition to Trump: Why U.S. needs to be global leader in protecting strong encryption

January 5, 2017 12:43 PM ET

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors....

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Why Telegram's security flaws may put Iran's journalists at risk

May 31, 2016 12:05 PM ET

The mobile messaging app Telegram is popular in Iran, where citizens who have limited access to uncensored news and mainstream social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, use it to share and access information. But the app's estimated...

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How U.S. copyright law is being used to take down Correa's critics in Ecuador

January 21, 2016 3:41 PM ET

On December 30, César Ricaurte, the executive director of Fundamedios, received a copyright complaint with the potential to close his entire website. The complaint, filed on behalf of Ecuador's communications regulator SECOM by a company called Ares Rights, ordered the...

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Two new initiatives will hold tech companies accountable on press freedom

November 20, 2015 3:52 PM ET

The launches of OnlineCensorship.org today and Ranking Digital Rights on November 3 will ensure technology companies serve--rather than squelch--the free flow of news online....

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Surveillance forces journalists to think and act like spies

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

Once upon a time, a journalist never gave up a confidential source. When someone comes forward, anonymously, to inform the public, it's better to risk time incarcerated than give them up. This ethical responsibility was also a practical and...

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Two continents, two courts, two approaches to privacy

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

At 3:20 a.m. on August 24, 2014, the strongest earthquake in a quarter-century rocked the San Francisco Bay Area, causing damage widely estimated at between $300 million and $1 billion....

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'Spear phishing' attacks underscore necessity of digital vigilance

November 10, 2014 5:33 PM ET

The revelation that the FBI sent a fake Associated Press story containing malware to a teenager suspected of making bomb threats has brought "spear phishing" back into the public consciousness. The technique, which combines malicious software with social cues tailored...

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