EFF in the News
Civil liberties groups, on the other hand, remain steadfastly opposed to legal authorization for such broad information-sharing. The American Library Association, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the libertarian-leaning TechFreedom, and other groups launched a "Stop Cyber Spying" campaign yesterday -- complete with a write-your-congresscritter-via-Twitter app -- and over 670,000 people have signed an anti-CISPA Web petition.
Julie Samuels, a staff lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said in a statement that the patent system was sometimes used to cause harm to inventors and companies, but this new agreement could curb that. ”Twitter’s I.P.A. gives those companies and inventors a powerful tool to take a system that’s broken and make it work for them, which in turn will benefit us all,” Ms. Samuels said.
It's no secret that software patents can cause great harm for inventors, companies, and innovation," said Julie Samuels, staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Twitter's IPA gives those companies and inventors a powerful tool to take a system that's broken and make it work for them, which in turn will benefit us all."
The CDT has joined forces with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups to launch a weeklong informational campaign about CISPA which began Monday.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging the public to take part in a Twitter protest directed at their lawmakers.
You can access EFF's online interactive tool to find your representatives and their Twitter handles. The campaign will use the hashtags #CongressTMI and #CISPA.
"It seems that the FTC and other regulators around the world weren't able to assess the full scope of the problem without [this withheld information] and may have closed their investigations prematurely," Katitza Rodriguez, the international rights director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Ars on Monday, adding that the technical information was "critical to a proper assessment of what [Google] did."
CDT, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press and other groups, is leading a week of protests against the cybersecurity bill.
Organisations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Sunlight Foundation and Avaaz.org have all voiced their concerns about the extent to which the government would be able to monitor private information.
The rules, proposed by the open source software project Mozilla, privacy advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Jonathan Mayer, a researcher at Stanford University, surfaced at a meeting organized by the World Wide Web Consortium, a standard setting group.
Napolitano's comments also troubled Dan Auerbach, staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group that lobbies to protect the privacy and civil liberties of people using the Internet.
"We all support having an environment where these cyber threats can't happen," he said. But he fears some proactive efforts -- such as shutting down a computer network that crooks have infiltrated -- might harm others who legitimately use the same network.
"When I hear proactive effort, it makes me cringe a little bit because it makes me wonder what the mechanism is going to be," Auerbach said.