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USPS Gets Hit With Lawsuit Over Social Media Snooping

Lawsuit filed over USPS surveillance. The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is suing over a secretive social media surveillance program conducted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). As Reason noted in the August/September 2021 issue, USPS has been running an Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), in which U.S. Postal Inspection...
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The US Postal Service sued for alleged massive spying program

Surveillance is all around us, the EFF alleges. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a lawsuit aimed at obtaining more information about what could be a massive alleged spying programme by the US Postal Service. The EFF’s lawsuit, filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the District...
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EFF sues U.S. Postal Service for records about covert social media spying program

The service looked through people’s posts prior to street protests. This statement was originally published on eff.org on 27 July 2021. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and its inspection agency seeking records about a covert program to secretly comb through online posts of social media users before street protests, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users.
ScienceNature.com

The distribution of common-variant effect sizes

The genetic effect-size distribution of a disease describes the number of risk variants, the range of their effect sizes and sample sizes that will be required to discover them. Accurate estimation has been a challenge. Here I propose Fourier Mixture Regression (FMR), validating that it accurately estimates real and simulated effect-size distributions. Applied to summary statistics for ten diseases (average \(N_{\textrm{eff}} = 169,000\)), FMR estimates that 100,000–1,000,000 cases will be required for genome-wide significant SNPs to explain 50% of SNP heritability. In such large studies, genome-wide significance becomes increasingly conservative, and less stringent thresholds achieve high true positive rates if confounding is controlled. Across traits, polygenicity varies, but the range of their effect sizes is similar. Compared with effect sizes in the top 10% of heritability, including most discovered thus far, those in the bottom 10–50% are orders of magnitude smaller and more numerous, spanning a large fraction of the genome.
PoliticsElectronic Frontier Foundations

EFF v. USPS - Social media monitoring (iCOP)

The Postal Service has secretly combed through the online expression of social media users, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users. EFF filed a Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) suit to learn more about the program. On April 21, 2021, Yahoo News reported that the...
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Top 20 Richest Countries in Africa

Africa suffered its worst recession in more than 50 years in 2020 due to the COVID–19 pandemic, as its GDP declined by 2.1 per cent. But it is expected to increase by 3.4 per cent in 2021. Across the regions, East Africa seems to be the most resilient region, thanks to less reliance on primary commodities and greater diversification. It enjoyed 5.3 percent growth in 2019 and an estimated 0.7 percent growth in 2020. In 2021, the growth of real GDP is projected at 3.0 percent, and in 2022, 5.6 percent.
Congress & Courtsoc-breeze.com

EFF: Tell Congress to pass The Safe Connections Act

We depend on our cell phones to keep us connected to our friends, family, support systems, doctors, schools, and everything else in our increasingly connected world. Many of us first get our phones as part of a family plan, with at least one study putting the percentage of Americans in their 20s and 30s still on their parents’ family plan at more than half. But when you are on a family plan, the person in charge of that plan can access a lot of information about you. If that person is abusive, that information can become dangerous.
TV SeriesPolygon

Quite simply, the new Supergirl will eff you UP

I don’t think many folks knew what to expect from Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, DC’s Supergirl miniseries from Tom King and Bilquis Evely. Superlative art, of course; I’ll read anything Evely does, no questions asked. But was Supergirl really the right character for one of Tom King’s characteristic moody character explorations, like Vision, Batman, Rorschach, or Mister Miracle?
InternetElectronic Frontier Foundations

EFF at 30: Freeing the Internet, with Net Neutrality Pioneer Gigi Sohn

To commemorate the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 30th anniversary, we present EFF30 Fireside Chats. This limited series of livestreamed conversations looks back at some of the biggest issues in internet history and their effects on the modern web. To celebrate 30 years of defending online freedom, EFF held a candid live...
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EFF Calls Out Governments for Use of Invasive Surveillance Tools

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is sounding the alarm about state-sponsored malware and surveillance programs. The warning comes after a damning report on the NSO Group, which has sold surveillance software to multiple governments. That software has then been found installed on consumer smartphones, which suggests that governments are using the tech to monitor citizens (both at home and abroad) without the knowledge of those people.
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EFF Sues U.S. Postal Service For Records About Covert Social Media Spying Program

Service Looked Through People’s Posts Prior to Street Protests. Washington D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and its inspection agency seeking records about a covert program to secretly comb through online posts of social media users before street protests, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users.
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Eff. Just.... Eff.

Whenever I see certain family members, I get the same question without fail:. I always answer with something like “They’re actually not that bad, just have 90% of their guys hurt” or “Ugh, I know, but I love them and I’m no bandwagon fan” or “Yeah but how good is.
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FESBC grant helps Mackenzie mill maximize wood fibre

Close to $615,000 in funding awarded to East Fraser Fiber Co. Ltd. (EFF) by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) is helping to support jobs in Mackenzie, B.C., and in the recovery of close to 30,000 cubic metres of low- quality fibre that otherwise would not have been used. Extracting as much useable fibre from a block, and not burning it at roadside, allows for significant greenhouse gas emissions to be avoided, contributing to meeting British Columbia’s and Canada’s climate change targets.
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