EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said BART’s actions constituted an unconstitutional breach of protesters’ First Amendment rights. A blog post on the San Francisco civil rights group’s website likened the subway’s move to Egypt’s decision to cut internet access to quell protests: “Bart Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), that bastion of First Amendment defense (but also, paradoxically, of privacy protection — you get to say whatever you want, just not about me), predictably protested on its Website, likening BART officials to Hosni Mubarak, in reference to the former dictator’s attempt to shut down protests against his government by interfering with the communications network in Egypt.
The attorneys with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Righthaven’s response to their motion for attorney’s fees failed to address the controlling case law, so they’re increasing their fee demand from the original discounted amount of $166,718 to a "full freight" award of $199,250.
Civil liberties organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as well as the hacktivist group known as Anonymous, are now vociferously objecting.
“Reexaminations are often times a tool used to stay ongoing litigation,” said Julie Samuels, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights advocacy group. “It’s much, much cheaper than federal litigation, which on average costs between two and five million dollars.”
"Something you post even in jest could have deep ramifications for your life," said Rainey Reitman, activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
This afternoon, I briefly spoke to Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the potential legal issues raised by the action. EFF is a digital rights advocacy group based in San Francisco.
Jillian York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks about riots in the U.K. and the use of social networking services during the violent demonstrations.
The EFF press release states, “HTTPS protects against numerous Internet security and privacy problems, including the search hijacking on U.S. networks that was revealed by an article published today in New Scientist magazine.” A company called Paxfire has been intercepting and “altering” the internet traffic of various ISP networks.
Last week Berkeley researchers and the EFF announced that ten ISPs were covertly intercepting and sometimes redirecting user search results for additional profit. This week saw a new lawsuit against hardware vendor Paxfire and RCN, with Paxfire denying that they've done anything wrong.