Stories about USA

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

24 July 2014

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

Although unlikely, should Russia’s decryption project succeed, it could endanger millions of Internet users whose interest in online anonymity is far from nefarious.

13 February 2014

Web We Want Contest: Cartoonists Fight Back!

The Web We Want initiative challenged artists everywhere to produce cartoons on the topic of NSA surveillance, in support of #TheDayWeFightBack -- here are the winners!

29 January 2014

Coursera Blocked in Syria — by US Sanctions [UPDATE]

The US federal government that has forced Coursera and other Massive Online Open Course providers to block access for users in sanctioned countries such as Syria and Iran.

31 December 2013

2013 in Review: A Fireside Chat with EFF's Jillian York and Eva Galperin

NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.

16 September 2013

US Power and the Not-So-Democratic Global Internet

The US government has a disproportionately large influence on global Internet policy. What if these policies don't work for the rest of the world?

10 September 2013

How the NSA is Tampering with Encrypted Communications (and how to fight back)

New leaks show that the NSA has gone to extraordinary lengths to secretly undermine secure communications infrastructure online. EFF security experts explain what this means for users and what you can do to keep your online communications private.

9 September 2013

Minister Wins Damages Against Zambian Gossip Website

In a US court, Zambia's Deputy Commerce Minister has won a lawsuit against Zambian gossip site Kachepa360. Critics fear that citizen media sites reporting on government activities may soon face similar challenges.

8 July 2013

Why Would Edward Snowden Want to Go to Ecuador?

The future of Edward Snowden is uncertain. The young American is reportedly sheltered in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, and he has requested asylum from 20 countries. Although it remains unknown where he will go from here, many wonder: Why might Snowden want to go to a country like Ecuador, where restrictions on press freedom appear to be on the rise?

14 June 2013

Everyone's Rights are at Stake: Global Reach of US Surveillance Programs

Last week's revelations about phone and Internet surveillance programs run by the US government's National Security Agency (NSA) sent shock waves throughout the United States and the western media, but also around the globe. While in the US, many privacy-minded lawmakers and even digital rights advocates used the news as an opportunity to demand better protections for Americans' online privacy, Internet users worldwide were left wondering how to protect their own data in the face of these threats.