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  • Advocacy groups plan day of protest against NSA surveillance

    A group of activist groups and Internet companies are planning a coordinated protest of U.S. National Security Agency surveillance on Feb. 11, with the hope that millions of people will join them.

    Written by Grant Gross10 Jan. 14 17:21
  • Aaron's Law would revamp computer fraud penalties

    Two U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prevent the Department of Justice from prosecuting people for violating terms of service for Web-based products, website notices or employment agreements under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

    Written by Grant Gross20 June 13 20:13
  • NetChoice: California privacy bills are bad for Internet

    E-commerce trade group NetChoice takes aim at state legislation -- and at open access and privacy advocates -- in the newest list of bills it deems would be awful for the Internet.

    Written by Grant Gross16 May 13 16:55
  • Court orders names to be withheld before release of Aaron Swartz records

    A U.S. federal court has modified a protective order to allow disclosure of the court records of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, but ruled that names and other personal identifying information of those involved in his arrest and prosecution should be redacted.

    Written by John Ribeiro14 May 13 06:30
  • Megaupload's lawyers: DOJ's charges have no basis in law

    The U.S. Department of Justice's copyright infringement case against file storage service Megaupload is "prosecutorial overreach" based on a misreading of U.S. law, the site's lawyers argue in a white paper released Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross07 May 13 16:37
  • Activists decry computer crime proposal

    A proposal in the U.S. Congress to strengthen the penalties in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a "giant leap in the wrong direction" for digital rights activists calling for changes in the law after the suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz earlier this year.

    Written by Grant Gross26 March 13 19:59
  • Lawmakers: Tougher computer hacking laws may be needed

    The U.S. Congress may need to create stiffer penalties for criminal computer hacking to deter the growing number of attacks on U.S. government agencies and businesses, some lawmakers said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross13 March 13 18:56
  • Lessig, Demand Progress support investigation of Swartz prosecutor

    Demand Progress, the tech activist group founded by the late Aaron Swartz, and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig have called on supporters to press the U.S. Congress to investigate Swartz's prosecuting attorney and to pass a law to decriminalize the type of hacking he was charged with.

    Written by Grant Gross17 Jan. 13 16:02
  • Senators push for changes in cybercrime law

    The main U.S. law targeting cybercrime may need to be changed because it has allowed law enforcement agencies to target people who simply violate websites' terms of service or their employers' computer use policies, two senators said Wednesday.

    Written by Grant Gross08 Sept. 11 04:05
  • Internet activist charged with hacking into MIT network

    The cofounder of online news site Reddit has been charged with computer intrusion, fraud and data theft for allegedly stealing 4.8 million documents from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology network, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

    Written by Grant Gross20 July 11 06:43
  • Internet trade group wants changes in copyright bill

    New U.S. legislation intended to shut down foreign websites that infringe copyrights would cause major headaches because it would allow copyright holders to target legitimate Web services with "thousands" of court orders, an e-commerce trade group said.

    Written by Grant Gross19 May 11 05:50
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