EFF: Dangerous Decision in Oracle v. Google on APIs

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Application Programming Interfaces (API) are, generally speaking, specifications that allow programs to communicate with each other. (…) the freedom to reimplement and extend existing APIs has been the key to competition and progress in both hardware and software development (…) by ensuring that competitors could challenge established players and advance the state of the art. (1)

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EFF: Dutch government proposes cyberattacks against everyone

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Dutch Government Proposes Cyberattacks Against… Everyone

EFF – October 22, 2012
By Eva Galperin and Katitza Rodriguez and Peter Eckersley

Last week, the Dutch Minister of Safety and Justice asked the Parliament of the Netherlands1 to pass a law allowing police to obtain warrants to do the following:

  • Install malware on targets’ private computers
  • Conduct remote searches on local and foreign computers to collect evidence
  • Delete data on remote computers in order to disable the accessibility of “illegal files.” Continue reading