Firefighters risk cancer and heat stroke as UK braces for more wildfires

Having been ‘decimated’ by cuts, fire services must risk personal safety as climate change worsens heatwaves

‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza

Israel bombed a tower meters from our home. My kids are paralyzed by fear. They say the war is against Islamic Jihad, but it is civilians who are harmed. The post ‘If we die, we die together.’ That’s what I say to comfort my kids in Gaza appeared first on +972 Magazine.

Victory! Federal Court Upholds First Amendment Protections for Student’s Off-Campus Social Media Post

EFF intern Emma Plankey contributed to this blog post. Students should not have to fear expulsion for expressing themselves on social media after school and off-campus, but that is just what happened to the plaintiff in C1.G v. Siegfried. Last month, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the student’s expulsion violated his First Amendment rights. The court’s opinion affirms what we argued in an amicus brief last year. We strongly support the Tenth Circuit’s holding that schools cannot regulate how students use social media off campus, even to spread “offensive, controversial speech,” unless they target members of the school community…

The UK Online Safety Bill Attacks Free Speech and Encryption

The UK government has had more than a year to revise its Online Safety Bill into a proposal that wouldn’t harm users’ basic rights. It has failed to do so, and the bill should be scrapped. The current bill is a threat to free expression, and it undermines the encryption that we all rely on for security and privacy online.  The government intended to advance and vote on the Online Safety Bill last month, but the scheduled vote was postponed until a new Prime Minister of the UK can be chosen. Members of Parliament should take this opportunity to insist…

Virtual Vegas Member Week 💻💀⚡️

EFF is celebrating the spirit of Las Vegas hacker summer camp this week and—whether you’re online or in person—you’re invited to support the movement for digital freedom. Technology touches more of your life every day. Whether you’re telling a friend you’re on the way or you’re finding a new doctor, the modern world makes online access increasingly necessary. But law and policy often lag behind, and even threaten, your freedom online. That’s the reason why EFF exists. And you can help us defend the rights of digital creators, security researchers, and technology users everywhere. Join EFF! The EFF crew is celebrating…

Ukraine’s Russian and Belarusian citizens are living in fear of deportation

Even those who back Ukraine could lose their right to stay thanks to a crackdown by the State Migration Service

Sri Lanka: Shameful, brutal assault on peaceful protestors must immediately stop

The new Sri Lankan President must immediately stop the shameful, brutal assault on peaceful protestors, Amnesty International said today after the military carried out a pre-dawn attack on the peaceful protest site outside the Presidential Secretariat, ‘GotaGoGama’, hours before the protestors were due to vacate the area in Colombo. In the early hours on Friday, […] The post Sri Lanka: Shameful, brutal assault on peaceful protestors must immediately stop appeared first on Amnesty International.

Marriage Equality Bill Could Break Senate Filibuster, Lawmakers Say

The bill will need at least 10 Republicans to join every member of the Democratic caucus to pass a Senate filibuster.

Letter to the United Nations on Inclusive Civil Society Participation

11 July 2022 H.E. Ms. Faouzia Boumaiza Mebarki ChairpersonAd Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communication Technologies for Criminal Purposes Your Excellency, We, the undersigned, represent NGOs accredited to the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communication Technologies for Criminal Purposes (hereafter, AHC). Thus far, many of us have participated in both the first and second sessions of the AHC, as well as the intersessionals, whether remotely or in-person. We have also provided our expertise through written and oral input. At this…

EFF Poker Tournament at DEF CON 30

The DEF CON hacking conference is back in Las Vegas for its 30th year and we’re going all in on internet freedom. Security expert Tarah Wheeler will host EFF’s first charity poker tournament at Bally’s Poker Room on Friday, August 12. The event features emcee Jen Easterly and more special guests! This is an official DEF CON 30 contest, but all are welcome to participate in some friendly competition to support civil liberties and human rights online. Take a break from hacking the Gibson to face off with your competition at the tables—and benefit EFF! Your buy-in is paired with a donation to…

Nigerian Twitter Ban Declared Unlawful by Court: Victory by EFF and Partners

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court has ruled that a seven-month ban on Twitter by Nigerian authorities in 2021 was unlawful and infringed freedom of expression and access to media. The court, which is a political and economic union of fifteen West African countries, has directed Nigeria to ensure that the unlawful suspension does not happen again, in an important decision for online rights across the region.   In June of 2021, Nigerian authorities directed internet service providers in Nigeria to block access to Twitter after the platform flagged and removed a tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari…

To end ‘hell on earth’ the US must free Afghanistan's $7bn reserves

Biden must release Afghanistan’s foreign reserves to alleviate suffering, argues Ecuador’s ex-central bank director

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