EFF in the News
This afternoon, I briefly spoke to Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the potential legal issues raised by the action. EFF is a digital rights advocacy group based in San Francisco.
Jillian York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks about riots in the U.K. and the use of social networking services during the violent demonstrations.
The EFF press release states, “HTTPS protects against numerous Internet security and privacy problems, including the search hijacking on U.S. networks that was revealed by an article published today in New Scientist magazine.” A company called Paxfire has been intercepting and “altering” the internet traffic of various ISP networks.
Last week Berkeley researchers and the EFF announced that ten ISPs were covertly intercepting and sometimes redirecting user search results for additional profit. This week saw a new lawsuit against hardware vendor Paxfire and RCN, with Paxfire denying that they've done anything wrong.
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.