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But not all social platforms were used equally. Jillian York is director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and she says tweets played a limited role in the Arab Spring protests. "This year, we've seen Twitter used primarily to get the word out. People use hashtags to focus around certain topic," she says. So you might see a keyword preceded by a # sign and then follow the link that appears to read all tweets that use that topic. #jan25, for instance, signifies the first major protest in Cairo and was used as a catch-all for Egyptian protests after that.
“The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it,” goes the saying coined by Sun Microsystems coder and EFF founder John Gilmore.
The proposed "anti-piracy" legislation is dangerous and unconstitutional. Congress is contemplating two bills that proponents insist will shut down "rogue foreign websites" bent on wholesale intellectual property infringement. In reality, these bills won't do much to curb online piracy. What they will do is balkanize the Internet, undermine Internet security, and introduce a new, unconstitutional scheme of speech regulation.
In today's ruling, the EFF explains, "The appellate court squarely rejected UMG's assertion that the DMCA safe harbors do not apply to any service that 'displays' or 'distributes' copyrighted material rather than simply 'storing' it. As EFF (with several other public interest groups) pointed out in an amicus brief on which the court expressly relied, every Web hosting service 'displays' and 'distributes' the material that its users upload—that's how the Web works."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in support of Viacom over a parody of a popular online video called “What What (In the Butt).”
Yet, we see time and time again this is not true. With letter writing campaigns from groups such as the EFF, Public Knowledge and Demand Progress having generated hundreds of thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from concerned citizens, the pro-SOPA groups have had to resort to drastic inflation to defend their side. We now have further evidence that such widespread opposition to SOPA is not only growing but accelerating as well. This evidence comes in the form of two We The People petitions on the White House website.
In a "friend of the court" brief filed Monday with the appeals court, the EFF sided in the case with Viacom and the lower court. If Brownmark were to prevail in the appeal, the EFF argues, it would have a "chilling effect" on free speech on the Internet and encourage frivolous lawsuits aimed at squashing the fair use of copyrighted material.
Electronic Frontier Foundation The EFF's mission has never been more important: as laws like SOPA are rammed through Congress, as bloggers around the world are arrested and tortured with the collusion of American network-surveillance companies, and as the FBI's unconstitutional, warrantless use of surveillance technology like GPS bugs comes to light, EFF is poised to be center-stage in the fight for a free and open world with a free and open Internet. —CD
The question is how easily can Android and HTC design around those claims," says Michael Barclay, a fellow at the non-profit privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. "If they can design around it, then they don't even care."