EFF in the News
Here’s why I think you should consider giving a year-end donation to EFF: this tiny organization manages to rack up victory after victory, year after year, in the defense of your digital rights. Just this year, they succeeded in freeing your smart phone from restrictions against jailbreaking, fought back against copyright trolls shaking down individuals for alleged infringements, and helped you take better control of your privacy on Facebook. Just this month, they scored two additional major victories: they helped convince a federal court to rule that your email is protected by the 4th amendment, and they secured better protection for your cell phone location information. The EFF international team alone does the work of several organizations.
And because the laws are ambiguous, they "can chill legitimize activities exercised by minority groups, human rights organizations, dissidents, protesters. Those activities are essential to democracy," said Katitza Rodriguez of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The latest “set your own price” Humble Indie Bundle has made a ridiculous amount of money not only for the developers, but for the charities Child’s Play and Electronic Frontier Foundation. Cumulatively this year’s indie bundle has made well over a million dollars with over 185,000 purchases, so imagine everyone’s surprise when they realize that the bundle has been upgraded and now includes last year’s Humble Indie Bundle absolutely free!
Thanks to Wikileaks, we now have access to some of the cables sent from the US Embassy in Spain, and they show just how the US gets things done in other countries. Spanish daily El Pais reported on these cables at length and made them front-page news in Spain; for English-speaking readers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a helpful summary.
Katina from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "From fighting fiendish copyright trolls, to freeing your smart phones from restrictions against jailbreaking, to helping you take better control of your privacy on Facebook, EFF works tirelessly for your digital rights. What better way to celebrate than to chronicle a few of our biggest fights in 8-bit style? These breakout victories were only possible thanks to individuals like you, so please consider making a year-end contribution if you haven't yet done so."
But what of those who work hard to protect these tenets so many hold near and dear? In the US the Electronic Frontier Foundation is one such organisation.
It was co-founded by John Perry Barlow, an American poet, essayist, retired cattle rancher, cyberlibertarian, political activist and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead.
Mr Perry Barlow told me that privacy in the world of the internet has been changed forever and that there is a real battle between what companies/governments/institutions know about us and what we know about them.
"Today, there's basically no practical choice that the average Internet user can make that would give them privacy online," said Peter Eckersley, a senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group in San Francisco.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday formally named the members of its new intellectual property litigation team, bringing on board Yahoo’s senior legal director for copyright, and an entertainment attorney from the law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Chicago.
Corynne McSherry is the EFF’s intellectual property director after being at the non-profit for five years. She’ll be working with Senior Staff Attorney Abigail Phillips, who joined EFF from Yahoo! and Staff Attorney Julie Samuels.
Members of the nonprofit digital security and privacy advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) helped Facebook craft the revised policy.
Many other software and hardware providers try to deal with security flaws internally and do not encourage researchers to report issues, Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney at the EFF, said in a blog post Friday. As a result, researchers are often deterred from reporting such issues to companies out of fear of prosecution.
“Well-meaning Internet users are often afraid to tell companies about security flaws they've found — they don't know whether they'll get hearty thanks or slapped with a lawsuit or even criminal prosecution,” blogged Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). "This tension is unfortunate, because when companies learn what needs to be fixed, their services will be better and their users safer.”