EFF in the News
Rainey Reitman, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- a legal firm and nonprofit that defended WikiLeaks against a 2008 lawsuit from Swiss bank Julius Baer -- called the recent backlash a threat to Internet freedom and freedom of speech.
“Let me be clear. Here in the United States of America, WikiLeaks has a fundamental right to publish truthful political information. And equally important, Internet users have a fundamental right to read that information and voice their opinions about it. We live in a society that values freedom of expression and shuns censorship. Unfortunately, those values are only as strong as the will to support them -- a will that seems to be dwindling now in an alarming way,” Reitman said.
Reitman said the case touched on broader issues. “This isn’t just about WikiLeaks. It never was. It’s about the future of the Internet and the future of free speech.”
"Consumers can't expect much privacy in online services like Google, Facebook and Twitter," Rainey Reitman, activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld.
“The pattern of energy usage can show you what appliances were in use, and you can see when somebody is home,” said Lee Tien, the senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). “I think that a lot of [data] analysis is going to happen.”
Richard Esguerra and Rainey Reitman are real-life versions of the resistance fighters in The Matrix.
With the Obama administration failing to honour its commitment to openness, leaks are one of the few means of holding government to account, says David L Sobel.
On Tuesday, the EFF asked a federal judge in Illinois to quash subpoenas issued in the BlazingBucks copyright infringement suit and urged the court to dismiss the case. In the brief, the EFF argued that BlazingBucks' "class action" strategy is "an improper attempt to sidestep the rights of the defendants."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan sided with the government, ruling that because no divulgement of content is being requested — only documents pertaining to the identification of Twitter users — that there is no Constitutional argument.
The ACLU and EFF plan to appeal the ruling.
What would copyright-infringing porn downloaders - and those wrongly accused of being such - do without the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation?
I'll tell you what: They'd get their pants sued off ... and not in a manner that anyone but a copyright troll would consider fair or just.
Now, EFF has more liberated documents than it can handle, so it's seeking volunteers to help look through the document dumps for significant material:
At a debate on net neutrality later in the day, Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation( EFF), and John Bergmayer, staff attorney for Public Knowledge, discussed the issue with moderator Maggie Reardon, a senior writer at CNet.