The Dervaes Institute is claiming broad ownership rights
over the term "urban homesteading" -- a phrase commonly used
to describe a social movement dedicated to achieving more
self-sufficient, sustainable living in cities. The
Institute managed to register the term as a trademark and
it is now sending takedown requests and warning letters
targeting individuals and organizations that have been
using the term for years. EFF protested the takedown
requests on behalf of our clients in a recent letter,
asserting the Dervaes' legal claims are baseless.
There is an arms race between practical privacy tools and
ubiquitous online tracking, and we fear that the trackers
have powerful techniques that without a substantial change
will almost always allow them to win. Do Not Track creates
a policy mechanism to augment the privacy enhancing
technologies that we currently have. It's a technically
simple proposal: add a header to the messages that browsers
and other HTTP clients send when they fetch web pages. The
header simply requests that webservers not track the user's
behavior. However, there are a number of questions
regarding how tracking is defined, the role of regulation,
and what websites should respect the header. There's a
spectrum of good ways to address each of these issues -
ways to create Do Not Track that can provide users with
meaningful ways to express their preferences.
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Stop by EFF's Booth at the Southern California Linux Expo.
You can attend talks by developers, see what is new for
beginners, and say hello to EFF Membership Director, Aaron
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: February 25-27, 2011
Co-sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this
symposium will unite some of the key figures in the history
of 47 U.S.C. Section 230, widely regarded as the most
important Internet-specific U.S. law.
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Date: March 4, 2011
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien joins a panel discussion
on online advertising privacy at Yale Law School's
Information Society Project's Spring Symposium.
Location: New Haven, CT
Date: March 25-26, 2011
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In addition to advanced technical talks, SOURCE offers
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Location: Boston, MA
Date: April 20, 2011
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Date: June 15-16, 2011
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