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In our 567th issue:

EFF Urges Judge to Reject Dangerous New Copyright Troll Strategy

EFF has asked an Illinois judge to quash subpoenas issued in a "reverse class action" lawsuit accusing thousands of people of illegally downloading pornography, and urged the court to dismiss the case. The plaintiff, OpenMind Solutions, is calling its complaint a "class action" lawsuit against the alleged infringers. Normally a class action is used by a group of plaintiffs with similar complaints of a single defendant -- not a single plaintiff targeting thousand of defendants with no attorney in place to defend the rights of the accused. In a friend of the court brief, EFF argued that the plaintiff's "class action" strategy is an improper attempt to sidestep the rights of the defendants.

Tracking Protection Lists Complement Do Not Track

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 incorporates two significant new privacy features -- tracking protections lists (blocklists) and a Do Not Track header that allows users to request that websites not track them. Blocklists are great for privacy because they can prevent your browser from transmitting information about your reading habits to third parties, and they can achieve that in a fairly user-friendly way. Unfortunately, there are a number of complications that mean that blocklists alone are not enough. A Do Not Track header will be an important way to create legal incentives for respecting users' choices.

EFF Updates

EFF Lets the Sunshine In
To celebrate the seventh annual Sunshine Week, EFF has recently posted nearly nine thousand pages of government documents to our site.

Spend an Evening with the EFF Activism Team Discussing Privacy and Government Surveillance
On Thursday, EFF staff activists will discuss the state of government surveillance and privacy in the United States at "Government Surveillance in a Digital World," an event hosted by San Francisco Intersection for the Arts and live-streamed by


Now on reddit: Q&A with EFF
What's new at EFF and how you can help us grow (hint: it's not just donations).

The Urge to Classify
EFF's David Sobel on Obama's failure to embrace transparency and the role of WikiLeaks.

Another House Panel Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality
A resolution to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules passed the Energy and Commerce Committee in a 30-23 party line vote, and is now headed to the full House.


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ACTION! Don't Let TPP Become the Next ATCTA

Like ACTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is being negotiated in secret, and on a fast timetable. Contact your lawmakers and demand transparency!


Liberty-loving citizens have a brief window of time to contact lawmakers and demand meaningful reforms to the PATRIOT Act.

Government Surveillance in a Digital World: An Evening with the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Join EFF Staff Activists Richard Esguerra and Rainey Reitman as they discuss how digital technology is changing the way we communicate, from the unprecedented exposure of our personal details to the legal ways the government can spy on your online communications.
Location: San Francisco, CA and livestreamed on
Date: March 24, 2011

Fifth Annual Law & Information Society Symposium: Mobile Devices, Location Technologies & Shifting Value

Kevin Bankston, EFF Senior Staff Attorney, and Lori Cranor, EFF Board Member, will discuss law and policy with respect to mobile devices as public values shift.
Location: New York, NY
Date: March 25, 2011

From Mad Men to Mad Bots: Advertising in the Digital Age

EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien joins a panel discussion on online advertising privacy at Yale Law School's Information Society Project's Spring Symposium.
Location: New Haven, CT
Date: March 25-26, 2011

SunshineWeek 2011 Webcast and Local Panel: The Road Forward on Open Government

EFF Activist Rainey Reitman joins Declan McCullagh, Chief Political Correspondent for CNET, and James Jacobs, Government Documents Librarian at Stanford, to discuss WikiLeaks and its relationship to Open Government.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: March 30, 2011

SOURCE Boston and SOURCE Seattle

EFF is a proud partner of two SOURCE Security Conferences! In addition to advanced technical talks, SOURCE offers workshops on entrepreneurship, management strategies, job interviewing, presentation skills, and proficiencies and strategies designed for the security industry.
Location: Boston, MA
Date: April 20, 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: June 15-16, 2011

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