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EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 18 - EFF Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Animation By Nina Paley


EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 18 - EFF Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Animation By Nina Paley

EFFector Vol. 23, No. 18  July 9, 2010

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

effector: n, Computer Sci. A device for producing a
desired change.

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In our 540th issue:


This week marks EFF's 20th anniversary! To thank you for
your support over these two decades, please enjoy this new
animation created especially for us by celebrated
cartoonist and free culture activist Nina Paley. The short
cartoon highlights some of the reasons why EFF is here:


Fantastic news! Thanks to the efforts of committed allies
and EFF activists in the EU, more than 300 Members of
European Parliament (MEPs) have signed the Written
Declaration opposing the worst parts of ACTA, helping
extend the deadline for obtaining the remaining 69 MEP
signatures to 9 September. This victory gives EU citizens
much-needed time to urge the European Parliament to take a
stand against ACTA -- the infamously secretive effort to
curtail freedom on the Internet worldwide.

Keep the pressure on! Contact your MEP today:

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EFF Updates

* Fight Against Telco Immunity Continues
EFF has filed our reply brief on behalf of the 32 pending
lawsuits in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging
the retroactive immunity provision of the FISA Amendments
Act. The brief explains the chief constitutional problem
with the law: Congress improperly gave the Attorney General
the ability to selectively repeal laws passed to protect
telecommunications customers from surveillance, as well as
removing the protection of the Constitution from their
communications and communications records.

* Stephen Colbert Speaks With EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn

On Monday evening, EFF's Cindy Cohn squared off against
conservative pundit, talk-show host and astronaut Stephen
Tiberius Colbert. In a hard-hitting in-depth interview,
Stephen and Cindy sparred over the most important issues
facing the Internet today, including Hitler jokes, the
Second Amendment, and Beer Cat.

* CFAA Prosecution of Wiseguys Not So Smart
EFF and a coalition of academics and public policy groups
are urging a federal judge to dismiss a criminal indictment
that could give websites extraordinary power to dictate
what behavior becomes a computer crime.

* Don't Turn COPPA Into Age-Verification Mandate
Expanding the age-range for the Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act (COPPA) could drastically change the way
everyone uses the Internet -- not just teenagers.

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~ "Threat of 'Cyberwar' Has Been Hugely Hyped"
Renowned security expert Bruce Schneier counters the heated
rhetoric about cyberwar with a healthy dose of common

~The Twilight Copyright Saga: Forbidden Love and Forbidden
Yale's Christina Mulligan argues that Twilight fans should
be free to remix and remake without facing aggressive

~ ACLU: America Is Riddled with Politically Motivated
A new report documents cases where people were put under
surveillance "for doing little more than peacefully
exercising their First Amendment rights."

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* Sita Sings The Blues: A Benefit Screening Hosted by Nina
Paley on July 20, 2010

Join EFF and the Cartoon Art Museum for a special evening
with Nina Paley as we screen her award-winning animated
feature film "Sita Sings the Blues," described by the
creator as "the greatest breakup story ever told." Paley
animated and produced the film single-handedly over the
course of five years on a home computer, and will be on
hand to take filmgoers behind the scenes.

Nina will also screen three of her Minute Memes, a series
of animated shorts about intellectual freedom, including
the big screen premiere of a new cartoon created by Nina
especially for EFF.

The benefit screening will take place at the Delancey
Street Foundation Screening Room at 600 The Embarcadero,
San Francisco, CA 94107, on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Doors
open at 6:30 PM. Film begins promptly at 7 PM. Advance
tickets may be purchased online for $25 at , or for $30 at the door the
night of the screening. No food or drink is permitted in
the screening room.

* EFF at "The Next HOPE" in NYC 

Join EFF at The Next HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth)
conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.
Keynote speakers include Julian Assange of Wikileaks and
security expert Dan Kaminsky, perhaps best known for
discovering the 2008 DNS cache poisoning vulnerability.
Check out the membership specials at EFF's vendor area
booth, and catch the following talks with EFF Staff
Technologist Seth Schoen: 

Friday, 7/16 at 6 PM 
Tor and Internet Censorship 

Saturday, 7/17 at 11 AM 
Behind the Padlock: HTTPS Ubiquitous and Fragile 

Sunday, 7/18 at 10 AM 
The Need for a Computer Crime Innocence Project 

You can register for The Next HOPE at . Admission to the
conference is $85 online and $100 at the door. For all of
the latest info, keep checking and . You can also subscribe to thenexthope
Twitter feed and join the Hope.Net Facebook page. And to
participate in an ongoing discussion with all sorts of
other people, join the Hope Forums at .

July 16-18, 2010 
The Next HOPE 
The Hotel Pennsylvania 
401 7th Avenue 
New York, NY 10001-3412

* EFF at OSCON in Portland, OR

Visit the EFF booth at OSCON while you peruse the latest in
open source innovation and business!

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Wednesday, July 21
10:00AM - 4:30PM
6:00PM - 7:00PM - Expo Hall Reception

Thursday, July 22
10:00AM - 5:00PM 

Conference organizer O'Reilly Media is offering 20% off
registration for EFF supporters! Please use discount code,
os10s20d, when registering at: 

* Nominate a Pioneer for EFF's 2010 Pioneer Awards!

EFF established the Pioneer Awards to recognize
leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending
freedom and innovation in the realm of information
technology. This is your opportunity to nominate a
deserving individual or group to receive a Pioneer Award
for 2010. The International Pioneer Awards nominations
are open to individuals and organizations from any
country. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges
chosen for their knowledge of the technical, legal,
and social issues associated with information technology.

How to Nominate Someone for a 2010 Pioneer Award:
You may submit as many nominations as you wish! This year
we've made it possible for you to nominate someone
using our online nomination form. We also welcome
nominations via email, but please use one form or email
per nomination. If emailing entries, please submit your
entries via email to We will accept
nominations until August 9, 2010.

Simply tell us:
1. The name of the nominee,
2. The phone number, email address or website by which
the nominee can be reached, and, most important,
3. Why you feel the nominee deserves the award.

Nominee Criteria:
There are no specific categories for the EFF Pioneer
Awards, but the following guidelines apply:

1. The nominees must have contributed substantially
to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of
computer-based communications.

2. To be valid, all nominations must contain your
reason, however brief, for nominating the individual or
organization and a means of contacting the nominee. In
addition, while anonymous nominations will be accepted,
ideally we'd like to contact the nominating parties in
case we need further information.

3. The contribution may be technical, social, economic,
or cultural.

4. Nominations may be of individuals, systems, or
organizations in the private or public sectors.

5. Anyone may nominate a potential Pioneer Award
recipient, and you may nominate more than one
recipient. You may also nominate yourself or your
organization. Please send separate email messages for
each nominee.

6. Anyone can receive a Pioneer Award except:
- current members of EFF's staff
- current members of EFF's operating board
- current Pioneer Award judges
- past Pioneer Award recipients

7. Persons or representatives of organizations receiving
an EFF Pioneer Award will be invited to attend the
ceremony at EFF's expense.

More on the EFF Pioneer Awards:

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* Dream Job Alert! EFF is looking to fill the following

~ Senior Copyright Lawyer

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is seeking a
senior-level copyright attorney. Responsibilities will
include litigation, public speaking, blogging, media
outreach, and legislative and regulatory matters related
to a variety of high technology legal issues.

Qualified candidates will have at least five years
of experience working in copyright law, including an
in-depth knowledge of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(DMCA) sections 512 and 1201. Candidates should also have
significant experience in at least one of the following
specialties: trademark law, trade secret law, and/or
patent law. Litigation experience is required, including
significant experience managing both overall case strategy
and day-to-day projects and deadlines. Candidates should
have good communication skills and an interest in working
with a team of highly motivated lawyers and activists
in a hard-working nonprofit environment. Strong writing
and analytical skills, as well as the ability to be
self-motivated and focused, are essential. Tech savviness
and a familiarity with Internet civil liberties and high
tech public interest issues is strongly preferred. This
position is based in San Francisco.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and
references to

~ Open Government Attorney

EFF is seeking a staff attorney to join its
FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government (FLAG)
Project. Responsibilities will include filing Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) requests and handling follow-up
litigation, public speaking, media outreach, and
legislative and regulatory advocacy, all in connection
with the FOIA and open government issues. The staff
attorney will also directly supervise a deferred associate
or volunteer working on the FLAG Project.

The ideal candidate will possess these qualifications:
- Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, civil
liberties issues involving emerging technologies.
- At least four years of litigation experience, including
significant experience managing cases, overall case
strategy and day-to-day projects and deadlines. Specific
FOIA litigation experience is desirable, but not
- Excellent writing and communications skills, preferably
with a track record of blogging, investigative
reporting, or other similar activity.
- Ability to manage and organize large quantities of
documentary materials.
- Familiarity with basic information technology tools.

Candidates should have good communication skills and
interest in working with a team of highly motivated
lawyers and activists in a hard-working nonprofit
environment. This position is based in San Francisco.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, writing
sample, and references to

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