Oct 202014

Daniel Tay reports: For better or for worse, Korea is one of the world’s most connected nations, with about 85 percent of their population on the internet as of last year. Local KakaoTalk users – who make up three-quarters of the almost 50 million monthly active users – recently found out the downside when the government announced a crackdown on [...]

Oct 102014

Andy Greenberg reports: Lawyers for Ross Ulbricht have spent the last two months shifting the focus from their client, charged with creating the billion-dollar drug market the Silk Road, and putting it onto the potential illegality of the FBI’s investigation. Now the judge in that case has spoken, and it’s clear she intends to put [...]

Oct 092014

To everyone’s great disappointment, the Ninth Circuit decided at the last minute that it would not livestream oral arguments in EFF’s case about National Security Letters.  If you were on Twitter, you had some great live-tweeting going on. Audio of the hearing was made available last night on the court’s website. Maria Dinzeo of Courthouse News [...]

Oct 072014

Joseph Ax of Reuters reports: An Albanian man who pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge can withdraw his plea after the U.S. government disclosed it monitored his communications without a warrant, a federal judge in Brooklyn has ruled, likely setting up a rare constitutional challenge to the controversial practice. U.S. District Judge John Gleeson said [...]

Oct 072014

Ben Lee, Vice-President, Legal at Twitter writes: As part of our latest transparency report released in July, we described how we were being prohibited from reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government. Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service [...]