EFF in the News
The Humble Indie Bundle 3 brings in a record $2.1 million in revenue. In an effort to promote the indie games market, the developers behind the latest Indie Bundle bring together titles such as Braid, Machinarium, Cogs, Crayon Physics Deluxe, and others along with charity organizations Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
According to a report released by researchers at the International Computer Science Institute and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, some ISPs are working with a company to redirect users to directly to the website instead of taking them to a search results page.
Because the Hotz case involved legitimate uses of the PlayStation 3, it isn't really comparable to the South Africa case, said Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Last week we directed your attention to new findings by some Berkeley researchers and the EFF that shows that ten ISPs are using hardware to intercept and sometimes redirect user search results for additional profit.
"This interception and alteration of search traffic is not just your average privacy problem," says Peter Eckersley at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based internet advocacy group that helped the Berkeley team investigate the ISPs. "This is a deep violation of users' trust and expectations about how the internet is supposed to function."
You’ll help out some great charities (the EFF and Child’s Play) and/or support indie developers and/or throw some cash to the HIB’s organizers. And for your trouble (and money) you’ll be rewarded with an excellent package of indie games.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), several recent research studies have revealed that “some or all traffic to major search engines, including Bing, Yahoo! and (sometimes) Google, is being directed to mysterious third party proxies.”
Thus far it has collected $2 million, with the proceeds spread across indie game developers are charities like Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
A post written by the research team and published on the blog of civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation last week stated, "When looking up brand names such as "apple," "dell," "groupon," and "wsj," the affiliate programs direct the queries to the corresponding brands' websites or to search assistance pages instead of providing the intended search engine results page."
Groups joining with the Electronic Privacy Information Center include the American Library Association's Washington office, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, the Center for Media and Democracy, Consumer Action, the Consumer Federation of America, the Cyber Privacy Project, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Liberty Coalition, OMBWatch, OpenTheGovernment.org, Patient Privacy Rights, Privacy Activism, the Privacy Journal, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the Privacy Rights Now Coalition.