EFF in the News
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.
If you value the privacy of your IM conversations, do not upgrade to the new preview version of AOL Instant Messenger.
That’s the word from privacy rights advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) after the discovery that AOL is storing more logs of communications on its servers and because the company is scanning all private IMs for URLs to pre-fetch them from its servers.
Digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is advising users of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) not to upgrade to the next version of the instant messaging application because its features expose them to privacy risks.