EFF filles comments on anonymity and encryption to Human Rights Council rapporteur
Thu 12 Feb 2015, 02:00

In June 2015, the U.N's free speech watchdog, David Kaye, intends to present a new report on anonymity and encryption before the 47 Member States of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. Yesterday, EFF filed comments urging Mr. Kaye to reaffirm the freedom to use encryption technology and to protect the right to speak, access and read information anonymously.  Mr. Kaye’s report could be one of the most significant opportunities to strengthen our fundamental freedoms in the digital age at the international level.

Mr. Kaye’s official title is “Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression”. Special Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme. His mandate is part of the Special Procedures, a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery that contributes to the development of international human rights standards.

New standard enables copyright enforcement violating users’ rights
Thu 13 Apr 2017, 16:20

The World Wide Web today stands at a crossroads, as its standards body, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), considers the demand of big content providers to provide them with the facility to be able to control user devices for ensuring that their content is not copied. This facility is called the Encrypted Media Extension (EME), which enables these companies to put digital rights management (DRM) into the user's browser, whether the user wants it or not, and whether such restrictions are as per the user's local national laws or not.