EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has voiced its concerns about ACTA for over a year and is encouraging people around the world to take action against the pact before the European Parliament votes to accept the treaty, a move that is expected within the next few weeks.
Said Jillian York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation: "Once people see how Twitter is implementing this, they will calm down."
...the lawyer that fancied himself the champion mercenary for Big Porn is in some very hot water over the piracy lawsuits - for unlawful invasion of defendants’ privacy and being in contempt of court.
He subpoena’d ISP’s without permission from the court, and was fined by the court - and then didn’t pay. Now the court has slapped him with a $500 a day until he pays up, plus attorney’s fees for Public Citizen and EFF.
...the exemption granted by the Copyright Office is set to expire, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is working to make sure that doesn’t happen. The group has set up a page with information on the situation, and instructions for contacting the U.S. Copyright Office in order to petition that the exemptions be renewed. They also want the exemption expanded to include tablets and video game consoles.
"It's a mixed bag," said Eva Galperin, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil rights group that has long advocated for freedom of expression online. EFF helped to establish Chilling Effects, though it's no longer involved in its operation. Twitter's transparency may help to balance out the danger of suppressing voices, she said.
An explainer from Eva Galperin at the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Twitter's "country-based tweet takedown" news.
But Twitter has taken the unusual step of making DMCA takedown notices public, in partnership with Chilling Effects, a project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and several universities. The site shows 4,410 cease and desist notices dating back to November 2010. While most of 2011 shows daily or near-daily activity, there is just one notice in January 2012, suggesting either that Twitter is suddenly receiving fewer DMCA takedown notices or that the database is not quite up to date. (If we find out from Twitter or Chilling Effects, we'll update the story.)
This is not Google’s version of Siri. It’s a result of the company’s push to use data it collects from you in novel ways that could be helpful, or unsettling.
"That’s not something I want my computer telling me. It’s creepy,” said Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy organization located in San Francisco.
“Google has always collected information. That hasn’t changed,” Opsahl said. “But information that was once siloed will now be co-mingled.”
Rebecca Jeshke, EFF's Media Relations Director, told Ars Technica that the EFF does want to hear from people who've been affected by the Megaupload shutdown. The Pirate Party has contacted the EFF, and the information sharing is part of EFF's efforts to learn more about how the Megaupload shutdown has affected legitmate users.