In a win for transparency, a state court judge ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to disclose records regarding the race and ethnicity of parole candidates. This is also a win for innovation, because the plaintiffs will use this data to build new technology in service of criminal justice reform and racial justice. In Voss v. CDCR , EFF represented a team of researchers (known as Project Recon) from Stanford University and University of Oregon who are...
It is ironic that, while purporting to protect America from China’s authoritarian government, President Trump is threatening to ban the TikTok app . Censorship of both speech and social media applications, after all, is one of the hallmarks of the Chinese Internet strategy. While there is significant cause for concern with TikTok’s security, privacy, and its relationship with the Chinese government, we should resist a governmental power to ban a popular means of communication and expression. As is too often...
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In a win for transparency, a state court judge ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to disclose records regarding the race and ethnicity of parole candidates. This is also a win for innovation, because the plaintiffs will use this data to build new technology in service...Deeplinks Blog by Cory Doctorow | August 11, 2020
In 2012, Ubisoft launched an educational video game called Rocksmith. The idea was simple: why get good at playing a toy guitar, as in games like “Guitar Hero,” when you can use—and learn to play—the real thing? Their game helps beginner musicians identify the skills they need to work...Deeplinks Blog by Aaron Jue | August 8, 2020
The First Amendment includes the right to use technology to create and preserve images, and otherwise collect information, of newsworthy events. This issue has arisen in numerous contexts, including the right to record the police performing police-work, and we have filed several amicus briefs that have helped firmly establish that...Deeplinks Blog by Alex Moss | August 7, 2020
The public’s right of access to court proceedings is well-established as a legal principle, but it needs constant defending. In part, that’s because private parties keep asking publicly-funded courts to resolve their disputes in secret. As we and others have written before, this problem is especially great in...Deeplinks Blog by Katitza Rodriguez, Seth Schoen | August 7, 2020
An ill-conceived California bill endorses a blockchain-based system that would turn COVID-19 test results into permanent records that could be used to grant access to public places. EFF and ACLU oppose California A.B. 2004. The newest version of this bill would create a pilot program for using “verifiable...Deeplinks Blog by Ernesto Falcon | August 5, 2020
Two bills before the California legislature in its final month of session, S.B. 1130 and A.B. 570, chart very different courses for the state’s broadband infrastructure program. In considering them, the state faces a fundamental question about how to invest its money: in modern, high-capacity fiber networks, or slow wireless...Deeplinks Blog by Haley Pedersen | August 5, 2020
If you’re familiar with EFF, you know that we do our best to defend and promote digital civil liberties through a powerful blend of impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, technological development, and more. But you may not know that EFF also provides a legal intake and referral service. As... More Updates