EFF in the News
The old saying suggests it's better to give than to receive, but the creators of the Humble Indie Bundle don't see why that has to be an either-or proposition. Humble Bundle Inc. has launched the second Humble Indie Bundle promotion, letting gamers not only name their price for a collection of five indie games, but also determine how the money is split between the developers, Child's Play charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the promotion's organizers.
Opinions about online privacy run the gamut, from Google CEO Eric Schmidt to those expressed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Hence my using Dr. Narayanan’s (more from him later) quote, it exposes the problem.
Our official recommendation: buy some games, support great causes, and keep an eye on how much money is raised on the official page. This is a wonderful chance to support indie gaming, Child's Play, and the EFF all in one go, while giving the finger to companies who don't think you can remain profitable without invasive DRM. The Humble Bundle is one of my favorite ways to donate to Child's Play, and it's wonderful that it's growing and continuing.
"Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary," the Electronic Frontier Foundation reminded us earlier this month when Amazon abruptly evicted WikiLeaks from its servers.
PETER ECKERSLEY, SENIOR STAFF TECHNOLOGIST, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION: We actually don't really know who their clients are. So, they may be selling this technology to banks, they may be selling it to online advertising companies, and that's the bigger concern.
MYERS: Peter Eckersley is a technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group that defends people's rights on the internet. He says digital fingerprinting is a violation of every aspect of your privacy.
ECKERSLEY: You should have the right to read what you want in private without someone looking over your shoulder reading along with you. As you pick up a magazine to read it, you don't want the magazine to be reading you.
Marcia Hofmann, an attorney with the civil rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, points out that it's not just corporations trying to shut people up.
"What we're seeing right now are a lot of situations in which people are simply trying to silence speech that they don't like on all sides," she said.
Recently, the Electronic Frontier Foundation was the target of a denial-of-service attack. EFF condemned the anonymous hackers who support WikiLeaks for attacking the websites of Amazon, PayPal, Visa and MasterCard. So, the anonymous hackers turned around and attacked EFF's website.
John Perry Barlow, the founder of a freedom of speech group called the Electronic Frontier Foundation, marked the beginning of the offensive by tweeting: “The first serious info war is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are troops.”
The website, which releases leaked files online, can replicate its data if shut down and doesn’t need a high-profile leader like founder Julian Assange, said John Perry Barlow, co- founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which promotes freedom of information on the Internet.
“As much as I hate to say it, he may be more of a liability than asset at the moment,” Barlow said in an interview. “I am committed to seeing that he gets justice, but WikiLeaks cannot just be the extension of one person who can, as we see, be taken out.”
"Both Google and typical advertisers make fair use of Rosetta Stone's marks. Therefore, Google is not liable for trademark infringement," Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Do Not Track can also be easily adapted to smartphones, tablet PCs and other mobile devices, says Peter Eckersley, senior staff technologist for the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation. "The technology is both technically very simple and very generalizable," he says.