EFF-Austin advocates establishment and protection of digital rights and defense of the wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology. We promote the right of all citizens to communicate and share information without unreasonable constraint. We also advocate the fundamental right to explore, tinker, create, and innovate along the frontier of emerging technologies.
Within a week, over 5,000 individuals have urged the Senate to pass meaningful patent reform. These individuals represent over 900 inventors, 700 investors, and well over 1300 entrepreneurs who drive the innovation economy—yet are suffering billions of dollars in losses at the hands of patent trolls and rampant litigation. What is meaningful reform? There mu […]
UPDATE MARCH 5, 2014: The court held a hearing today on the subpoena. Good news: Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins agreed with EFF and struck down Personal Audio's demands. The judge will issue a written order shortly; we will publish as soon as we have it. Personal Audio can try to appeal the decision, so this fight may continue. But for now: victory! […]
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas today filed a motion to dismiss 11 charges against Barrett Brown in a criminal prosecution that would have had massive implications for journalism and the right of ordinary people to share links. EFF has written extensively about the case and had planned to file an amicus brief on Monday on behalf of sever […]
Remember when Rep. Mike Rogers likened opponents of pernicious cybersecurity legislation to 14-year-olds? It turns out that middle-school-age students are also well-prepared to debate him on the NSA's programs as well. EFF congratulates students from two middle schools who took home top prizes in the C-SPAN StudentCam 2014 competition for young filmmake […]
UPDATE- March 5, 2014: After a grueling meeting where dozens of speakers expressed concerns about privacy, racial profiling, and political repression, the Oakland City Council voted to move forward with a reduced Domain Awareness Center. The motion that was approved will remove city cameras and ShotSpotter from the DAC components, but does not address many o […]
"Civil Liberties Dead Zone: Do First and Fourth Amendment Rights Not Apply at the Border?" Marc Rotenberg, EPIC Executive Director Freedom of the Press Committee National Press Club Washington, D.C. March 20, 2014 […]
EPIC, joined by twenty-four technical experts and legal scholars, has filed a "friend of the court" brief in a Supreme Court case concerning the warrantless search of a cell phone. In Riley v. California, the Court will determine whether the search of a phone following an arrest violates the Fourth Amendment if no warrant is obtained. Lower courts […]