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Republicans and Dozens of Democrats in House Reauthorize Mass Surveillance Without Reform

A new piece from The Intercept reports that, in a vote of 256 to 164, the US House of Representatives approved a renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702 provisions, forcing a vote in the Senate. Extending … Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR to Host FOIA Training Workshop Featuring LPL

To ensure the integrity of the democratic process, it is vital that citizens must be able to know what their government does in their name.  This is more important now than ever, as government at all levels increasingly pursues opaque … Read more »

Call to Action: With FCC Vote Condemning Net Neutrality to Death, Congress Holds Last Remaining Hope

As we outlined in our most recent net neutrality piece, in spite of overwhelming public support for current net neutrality rules, and the considerable evidence of the grave harms that would result in their absence, the FCC under Chairman … Read more »

Press: In Light of FCC Vote, CCDBR and Allies Will Step Up the Fight for Free and Open Internet

CHICAGO — On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Alliance, held an open forum to discuss the impact of the impending Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR to Host Net Neutrality Forum Ahead of FCC Vote

In light of the considerable impact that the impending FCC vote to reverse its classification of internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers will have on ordinary Chicago residents and Americans across the country, the Chicago Committee to Defend the … Read more »

FCC Plows Ahead with Plans to Scrap Net Neutrality and Endanger Open Internet

According to a new report from Wired, the FCC has unveiled its plans for rescinding the classification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as common carriers, forfeiting the Commission’s ability and obligation to police ISPs for possible violations of … Read more »

FBI Signals Imminent New Push to Fatally Compromise Encryption

According to a new article from Ars Technica, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reaffirmed his support for the Department of Justice’s renewed push to compel tech companies to weaken the encryption they deploy in their commercially available devices, services, … Read more »

Sun-Times: No Warrant, No Surveillance, No Exceptions

This week the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board took a firm stance against warrantless surveillance against American citizens, specifically that which is tolerated under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The legislation, which is under consideration for … Read more »

From Bridgeview to Black Lives Matter, Targets May Change, But the Surveillance Remains the Same

Two new reports released in as many weeks, one by WBEZ and the other by Al Jazeera, vividly illustrate how politically motivated policing is a thread that runs through law enforcement from before the start of the war on … Read more »

Justice Department Opens Felony Prosecution Against Inauguration Protesters Over ACLU Objections

A new article from Al Jazeera reports that the first trial in the sprawling web of inauguration day felony rioting prosecutions has commenced as of this week. Among the group of defendants in this initial case is independent journalist Alexei … Read more »