EFF in the News
"The financial blockade is a free speech issue," Trevor Timm, activist and blogger for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld. "The government, realizing they couldn't charge WikiLeaks with a crime for publishing classified information -- because all newspapers do that -- decided to pressure private companies like Amazon, Visa, and MasterCard into banning WikiLeaks.
For these reasons, progressive groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with support from Google and Facebook and, surprisingly, members from both sides of the house, are campaigning for the act to be revised.
An analysis posted online by the EFF last week assuaged a number of browser and privacy experts, but they all said more analysis is needed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is dispatching several staffers to speak at the event, and they've provided a helpful guide to the more interesting sessions to keep an eye on.
"Individual identifiers like IP and MAC addresses are not associated with browsing history, and are only collected for technical troubleshooting," Jon Jenkins, director of Silk development, told the EFF.
But the Electronic Frontier Foundation now says it believes Amazon will provide users with the tools to disentangle themselves.
The digital privacy rights group released a report yesterday analyzing several areas of concern it had with Silk, and how Amazon allayed them.
Google social vice president Vic Gundotra said Google+ will begin allowing people to use pseudonyms. While the Electronic Frontier Foundation declared victory, after having lobbied against Google’s requirement that people use their real names, Gundotra did not actually say when pseudonym support will be enabled.
Representatives from the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation have talked with Amazon officials about the speedy, new cloud-based browser, focusing on what user information will be transmitted via the cloud and shared by the company.
Inspired to learn more about the people behind the advocacy, we turned to EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn for her thoughts on technology, civil rights, and the role the foundation plays.