EFF in the News
Two people with very different views about what WikiLeaks has been doing engaged in an interesting conversation today during WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook show.
Making the case for increased transparency: John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who argues we're in the midst of an infowar between those who favor transparency and those who think the government needs to keep many things close to the vest.
The judge's actions were hailed by civil liberties groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which celebrated another blow against so-called "copyright trolls," which have levied suits against a number of unnamed defendants in a bid to extract settlements, the EFF has claimed. The EFF had filed an amicus brief in the case.
With the warrantless provisions of the SCA voided, consumers would no longer forfeit their Fourth Amendment rights simply by moving storage to the more flexible and convenient cloud.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with a wide range of public-interest groups of all political persuasions, have argued for many years that SCA and other provisions of the ECPA are sorely in need of congressional update.
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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on US v. Warshack came to what is being called a landmark decision following briefs filed by civil liberties groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). In the briefs, the court was urged that the seizure of email without a warrant represented a violation of the Fourth Amendment rights that apply to postal mail and telephone calls.
John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, tweeted to his followers "The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops." Indeed, the ongoing cyber-skirmishes between secret-revealing WikiLeaks, secret-protecting vigilante th3j35t3r, the armies of Anonymous and powerful financial sites like PayPal have been making the news every day. With founder Julian Assange under relative house arrest in England and his compadres reportedly splitting off to form their own rival 'OpenLeaks' site it might seem that the furor over WikiLeaks is starting to die down. That makes this a perfect moment for the release of "WikiLeaks: The Game.
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.