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Electronic Frontier Foundation Speaks @ CRASH Space [Fighting Back Against DRM]

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About the event - Fighting Back Against DRM

The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) made it illegal to
bypass digital locks or publish methods of doing so. Since then, digital
rights management (DRM) technologies have begun to appear everywhere,
from automobiles to home goods to medical devices. Today, modifying the
software on your slow cooker might be illegal.

The law gives manufacturers ammunition to fight people using their
products in ways they don't approve of. That's wrought havoc on software
hackers as well as unauthorized resellers and repair shops.

At this event, we'll talk about how DRM has impacted the hacker and
tinkerer community, and how the community can fight back.

This event is free and open to the public.
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About the Speaker

Elliot Harmon | ACTIVISM DIRECTOR @ EFF
Elliot is the activism director at EFF. He advocates for free speech and the right to innovate online, with particular emphases on patents, copyright, open access, and Section 230.

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About EFF
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

EFF is a donor-funded US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users.