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EFFector - Volume 16, Issue 27 - Stop the MPAA's Broadcast Flag!

EFFector       Vol. 16, No. 27       October 11, 2003

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424

In the 266th Issue of EFFector:


Stop the MPAA's Broadcast Flag!

Hollywood is at it again, trying to control the design of new digital technologies. If the motion picture studios have their way, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will force manufacturers to include Hollywood-approved "content protection" technology in all future televisions.

Fair use, innovation and competition will suffer. What's more, the "broadcast flag" technology that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has proposed is so weak that it will do nothing to stem Internet redistribution of television programs. Rather than thwart copyright infringement, the broadcast flag will harm the legitimate interests of consumers, innovators and researchers.

The FCC has promised a ruling before the end of October. We need you to tell the FCC that we don't want "broadcast flag" regulations that will hurt competition, consumers and innovators.

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EFF Expands San Francisco Staff

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week announced it has hired three staff members to support its mission of protecting and promoting civil liberties in the digital realm.

EFF hired the following people, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Kathy Ahn has joined EFF as the organization's webmaster. She is making EFF's website and online archives more uniform and accessible. Before EFF, she worked as a web developer for companies including Business 2.0, Covalent Technologies, and GeoCities. She attended computer science courses at the University of San Francisco and has a B.A. in English from University of Southern California.
  • Chris Palmer has joined EFF as the system administrator. He is fixing EFF's systems, network, and other nagging staff concerns. Prior to EFF, he worked as a systems administrator and software programmer for ISPs and web application development shops in Minneapolis and San Francisco. He holds a B.A. degree in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.
  • Donna Wentworth has joined EFF as a web writer and activist. She is editor of the EFFector newsletter and writing text for EFF web pages. A founding staff member of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, she wrote and edited "The Filter," the Berkman Center's highly regarded electronic newsletter on emerging developments in Internet law and policy. She co-edited the "Weblogs at Harvard Law" weblog and provided editorial input for the Chilling Effects and GrepLaw projects. She also created and writes "Copyfight: The Politics of IP," a weblog exploring intellectual property politics and issues. Wentworth graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Colby College and later completed coursework in English Literature and Critical Theory at Georgetown University.

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EFF Co-Founder Mitch Kapor Honored by CPSR

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) honors Mitch Kapor, Internet pioneer and philanthropist, with its 2003 Norbert Wiener Award. The Award will be presented at a dinner in conjunction with CPSR's 2003 annual conference, "Getting The Technology You Deserve: Community Participation In Regional Cable Franchise Policy," on October 25, 2003 in Seattle, Washington.

"Mitch has long been a role model for anyone seeking to succeed in the cut-throat world of high tech business without sacrificing integrity and conscience," said CPSR President Nathaniel Borenstein. "There are too few people who even attempt to combine these two kinds of contribution, and even fewer who succeed. Mitch Kapor is the best role model I know of for bright young engineers and scientists seeking to make a positive difference in the world."

EFF members are invited to attend the dinner at the CPSR member rate.

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Deep Links

Deep Links features noteworthy news items from around the Internet.


Staff Calendar

For a complete listing of EFF speaking engagements (with locations and times), please visit the EFF calendar.

  • October 20 - Wendy Seltzer will speak at ISPCon Santa Clara, CA. - 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. "ISPs: Carriers or Nannies?"
  • October 24 - Lee Tien will speak at BayNet, San Francisco Public Library San Francisco, CA. - 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

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