EFF in the News
As pointed out recently by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a new logging feature introduced into AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) raises many privacy concerns. However, Mac users may not be aware that iChat uses the AIM service.
Despite the modern sheen on the issue, Cindy Cohn, EFF's legal director, sees it as no different than the colonists' fight against general warrants granting British soldiers limitless law enforcement power.
“It's a foundation of this country,” she said. “It appears our federal government has decided in the digital age they don't have to abide by the rules and that's important.”
Public Knowledge (PK), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and U.S. Public Interest Research Group asked the Supreme Court today to review a lower court decision in the case John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng that could have major implications for the first sale doctrine and the ability of libraries to offer foreign-made books on their shelves.
EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF applauds Twitter’s resistance to comply with the demands:
MPAA chairman Chris Dodd told Bloomberg TV that at least now "no one is arguing about whether we ought to deal with these rogue criminal foreign sites that steal American jobs and products," which, he said, is an improvement. He called charges leveled by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that the legislation is un-American "insulting."
At least pending these changes the EFF advises punters to avoid using the latest version of the software, which grants easier access to personal data from various (potentially unfriendly) parties.
"We still recommend that AIM users do not switch to the new version as it introduces important privacy-unfriendly features," a statement by the EFF explains.
EFF Staff Attorney Julie Samuels is inteviewed by Allen Martin about SOPA and PIPA.
Here's a sweet gig: the Electronic Frontier Foundation is soliciting applications for its annual Google Policy Fellowship,"an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and law students to work alongside the international Policy team on projects advancing debate on key public policy issues."
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Today, EFF is once again part of a new band of freedom fighters opposing a similar threat to the Internet: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate. Leading technology companies, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, start-up CEOs, and activists have all spoken out against the bills. Their opposition has rallied an impressive bipartisan group of innovation-friendly legislators to oppose the bills on all fronts. (See CNET's full SOPA coverage, "SOPA copyright bill draws fire.")
To promote awareness of the dangers of SOPA, we’ve launched the FightSOPA Coding Puzzle. For everybody who successfully solves the puzzle, we’ll donate $5 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to fight SOPA.