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News, In on the Conversation: Two San Francisco Court Cases Reveal How NSA Paradoxes Stymie the Law

In on the Conversation: Two San Francisco Court Cases Reveal How NSA Paradoxes Stymie the Law

The AT&T facility at 611 Folsom St. is so stark and blocky that it makes a row of trees outside look shockingly iridescent in contrast. But inside, the facility buzzes with chatter — or vestigial traces of chatter — from…
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What's in a Nayme?: The Term "Gaymer" Belongs to All of Us Now

Blogger Chris Vizzini thought he was fighting for the little guy when he trademarked the term "gaymer" in 2008, two years after launching his website, Gaymer.org. Traditionally, the word had been a pejorative directed at gay video game nerds. It…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Group Sues Over Predator Drone Privacy Rules

S.F. Group Sues Over Predator Drone Privacy Rules

Do thoughts of miniature helicopters hovering and peeking into your bedroom keep you up at night? Maybe you are worried about Uncle Sam seeing what you do when nobody is watching? Well, so is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San…
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News, The Snitch Movement to Digitize Libraries Gains San Francisco Ally

Movement to Digitize Libraries Gains San Francisco Ally

Some might think that libraries would hate the idea of being digitalized -- the scanning of books, papers and other texts and creating a virtual counterpart. But turns out, that's not actually the case.Organizations, including the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier…
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News, The Snitch Turns Out, the Porn Industry Is as Sleazy as the Music Business

Turns Out, the Porn Industry Is as Sleazy as the Music Business

When you read a description like "Las Vegas attorney ... who represents a major adult film company," it's a safe bet that the fellow being described probably isn't fighting poverty or working on a human-rights campaign. And in this case,…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Digital Civil Liberties Group Defends TheOatmeal.com Creator

S.F. Digital Civil Liberties Group Defends TheOatmeal.com Creator

Here's a phrase you don't read in a federal lawsuit very often: ...a carnivorous, prehistoric flying reptile that first rips the intestines out of a man's anus, then flogs him with his entrails, then steals a pineapple from a boy,…
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News, The Snitch Digital Civil Rights Group Says Yelp Isn't Responsible for Bad Reviews

Digital Civil Rights Group Says Yelp Isn't Responsible for Bad Reviews

The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging a federal appeals court to block an attempt by "disgruntled businesses" to hold online forums, including Yelp, responsible for customer's reviews. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals…
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News, The Snitch Megaupload Users Demand Data Recovery

Megaupload Users Demand Data Recovery

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a local organization protecting civil liberties in the digital world, will ask a federal judge to allow lawful Megaupload users to have their files back. A hearing is scheduled for Friday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria,…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Civil Liberties Group Wants Feds to Stop Being So Secretive about Drones

S.F. Civil Liberties Group Wants Feds to Stop Being So Secretive about Drones

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming that the feds are withholding important details about drones -- the unmanned aircraft used in the military --  and under what circumstances public and private entities be allowed…
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News, The Snitch Judge Grants Feds Access to Twitter Accounts as Part of WikiLeaks Investigation

Judge Grants Feds Access to Twitter Accounts as Part of WikiLeaks Investigation

In a major blow to Internet privacy, a district court judge ruled today that federal investigators were allowed to collect private records of three Twitter users as part of their investigation related to WikiLeaks.According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist How to Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition Feature, Courtesy of the EFF

How to Disable Facebook's Facial Recognition Feature, Courtesy of the EFF

We mainly use Facebook as a way to play online Boggle, but the site's recently revealed feature that uses facial recognition to automatically suggest tags in pictures has creeped us out. What's worse, it's automatically enabled for all Facebook users…
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News, The Snitch WikiLeaks Investigation: Electronic Frontier Foundation Fights to Keep Twitter Records Private

WikiLeaks Investigation: Electronic Frontier Foundation Fights to Keep Twitter Records Private

Last month, a lower court ruled against the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, which tried to block the U.S. government from obtaining secret tweets for its WikiLeaks investigation. Now the EFF, which works to protect the people's digital rights, has…
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News, The Snitch Metal Detectors, ID Scans at S.F. Nightclubs Up for Debate

Metal Detectors, ID Scans at S.F. Nightclubs Up for Debate

Can't we have fun without killing each other?San Francisco is considering draconian safety measures at night clubs, including metal detectors and ID scans -- not even Oakland does that!That said, Jocelyn Kane, executive director of the Entertainment Commission, tells SF…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anarchy in the U.S.

Anarchy in the U.S.

At a recent presentation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the audience members got all huffy. The injustices described by the presenters — the surprise backstroke the Obama administration is doing about re-upping the USA PATRIOT Act, for instance…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Panic

Don't Panic

Richard Esguerra and Rainey Reitman are real-life versions of the resistance fighters in The Matrix. We can't vouch for their ability to wear really tight leather or dodge bullets with their minds, but they are very, very literally fighting to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Electronic Frontier Foundation Activists Tell You What Big Brother Can -- and Can't -- Do

Electronic Frontier Foundation Activists Tell You What Big Brother Can -- and Can't -- Do

Richard Esguerra and Rainey Reitman are real-life versions of the resistance fighters in The Matrix. We can't vouch for their ability to wear really tight leather or dodge bullets with their minds, but they are fighting to save reality, humanity,…
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News, The Snitch Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill -- What Is This, Egypt?

Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill -- What Is This, Egypt?

Looking back at the momentous goings on in Egypt of late, there are plenty of takeaways to go around. Here's one: Should the government have the power to sever society from the Internet?  U.S. lawmakers are considering another attempt to…
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Music, All Shook Down Tuesday's Pick: Sita Sings the Blues

Tuesday's Pick: Sita Sings the Blues

​Sita Sings the BluesDelancey Street Auditorium7 p.m., $25-$30Nina Paley is a phoenix. From the flaming wreckage of a truly hellish breakup, the cartoon artist rose resplendent by creating the animated epic Sita Sings the Blues, an astonishingly original film that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Nina Draws the Truth

Nina Draws the Truth

Nina Paley is a phoenix. From the flaming wreckage of a truly hellish breakup, the cartoon artist rose resplendent by creating the animated epic Sita Sings the Blues, an astonishingly original film that weaves Paley's own life into selected events…
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News, The Snitch Disclosing Your Love of Drugs and Porn on Facebook Now Worse Idea than Ever

Disclosing Your Love of Drugs and Porn on Facebook Now Worse Idea than Ever

Remember -- it ain't a secret if it's between you, your friends, and millions of Internet voyeurs. So, your job at the Wienerschnitzel, hobby of cultivating vast quantities of Marijuana, and deep appreciation for the work of John C. Holmes…
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