EFF in the News
The comments, which were signed by Public Knowledge, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, were filed as part of the FCC's review of whether and under what circumstances the government should be allowed to cutoff cell service.
"Obviously, it's deplorable and digusting that people were tweeting the name of the rape victim, but that doesn't mean people should be going to jail for, what, at least in the U.S. would be considered free speech," said Trevor Timm of the EFF, in an interview with msnbc.com.
The social news site added to its growing CV of Internet contributions with individual donations of up to $7,500 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) by Monday.
Last week, the controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act passed the House of Representatives. CISPA, which would provide a mechanism for the government and private companies to share information regarding cyberthreats, has the support of hundreds of companies. However, civil liberties organizations including the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ACLU are strongly (and justifiably) opposed to the bill on privacy grounds.
For all the attention given to U.S. law enforcement’s interest in adopting drones, the biggest users turn out to be not police departments, but universities. We learned this last week, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation forced the Federal Aviation Administration to reveal that it had approved 25 universities to fly drones in U.S. airspace.
This week on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Deeplinks blog, the organization put out a special thank you to redditors and friends for a recent surge in donations. Earlier this week a redditor named Hectorial posted a question to the politics subreddit: “Why don’t we form an Internet Freedom Association like the NRA has for firearms?” There was a massive response to this question, as fellow redditors rushed to educate everyone about the organizations that already exist to promote free speech and prevent censorship on the web. The most notable of these organizations, of course, is the EFF.
In the months that followed, the mass-joinder litigation started to gather national press attention. Large ISPs like Time Warner Cable resisted subpoenas. Public advocacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation made it a priority to fight the “trolling” threat. And already overburdened judges struggled with the resulting storm of lawsuits.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers a revealing look at the process ACTA is currently being subjected to, and let’s just say the checks and balances system is being fully represented. As many as five committees are dissecting the treaty, in an effort to determine if ACTA will benefit European Union countries:
"I think it is a very quick timeline," said Jennifer Lynch, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based advocacy group that has sued to compel the FAA to release more information about its plans.
"Rushing to push through applications to fly drones doesn't seem like a good idea," she said.
Following Thursday’s news, the Electronic Frontier Foundation vowed to continue to fight a bill that it claimed would let companies “bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government.”