EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling bullshit on this, and along with Carpathia, MegaUpload's hosting service, they've started MegaRetrieval.com, a new site meant to call attention and serve those affected. There's not much to the site right now, aside from providing a mission statement and an email address for Megaupload refugees to air their grievances. According to Forbes, they're not so much trying to take action in the short term as they are gathering info to see if there's a valid class-action lawsuit to be pursued. But it's the thought that counts, ya know?
Unlike other industries, in tech there is much more confusion about what the language in software patents covers, said Julie Samuels, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"Folks who want to use those patents offensively can take advantage of that confusion," Samuels said.
EFF spokeswoman Rebecca Jeschke said the non-profit foundation is also open to starting a similar arrangement with Cogent. “We're very pleased that both Cogent and Carpathia have agreed not to destroy the users' data for the time being,” she wrote in an e-mailed statement
A number of advocacy groups — including Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Center for Democracy & Technology — had been working to stop the bills for months. But it wasn’t until Google and Wikipedia famously joined the fight that SOPA and PIPA became household words and millions of people were activated to express their opposition.
“EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken from them without warning and that the government has taken no steps to help them,” reads a statement on the project from the EFF Attorney Julie Samuels. ”We think it’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”
“It’s really important that users can see what kind of information they’re sharing and who is getting access to it,” Electronic Frontier Foundation activism coordinator Rainey Reitman said. “It shouldn’t be a guessing game for consumers about what they are broadcasting online.”
The book is called Uncensored, and has been compiled and edited by Hunter Walk and Eric Ries. Both are well known in the tech community, and have managed to gather together a long list of other respected technology writers. The book features posts from an extensive list of people, including our own Sarah Lacy. Some of the other writers include Dave McClure, Fred Wilson, Howard Lindzon, Mark Suster, MG Seigler, and Tim O’Reilly; with many, many others.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers the Panopticlick service that rates the anonymity of your browser. The test shows you the identifiable information provided by your browser and generates a numerical rating that indicates how easy it would be to identify you based solely on your browser's fingerprint.
But the FAA does not publish a complete list of the groups and organizations that have the permits. This has drawn fire from the San Francisco-based digital legal advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The foundation, known better as the EFF, filed a lawsuit in Northern California’s U.S. District Court against the Department of Transportation earlier this month for withholding the names of organizations interested in flying drones in civil airspaceRead more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/30/1818430/faa-delays-new-rules-for-operating.html#storylink=cpy