EFF in the News
In what was hailed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a ‘landmark report,’ La Rue’s report also declared that disconnecting individuals from the Internet goes against international law.
Both have received the EFF Pioneer Award (Kahn in 1992, Cerf in 1993)...
The bulk of the money will go to the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation, which will get $700,000 and $1 million, respectively.
The report was championed by U.S.-based privacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT).
While privacy issues are not explicitly addressed in the current agreement, their rising importance is yet another element of the digital future of books – and one that Google or any competitor will have to address, says Rebecca Jeschke, spokesperson for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.
“We need to make sure the privacy we had in physical reading doesn’t get lost as we move into the digital era,” she says, noting that the ability to track behavior and habits “is extraordinarily detailed, from margin notes to chapters skipped and ideas shared.”
Whether it’s Google Books or an e-reader, she adds, “this is the next big horizon that will have to be negotiated.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation, patrons of online civil liberties, today launched the Tor Challenge, a project aimed at protecting the anonymity of internet users. Tor is a volunteer system that consists of servers spread across the globe, and a downloadable software that enables access to the network.
If there is one organisation that I hold in very high regard and have a lot of respect for, it's the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF formed after a US Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games' office, back in 1990, which owned the Illuminati Online BBS and later the IO.com domain. As Slashdot reports, the IO.com domain has been sold, and all email, shell, and homepage services will be transferred.
Jillian York, who researches digital human rights in the Middle East and was recently appointed Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said YouTube performs pretty well when it comes to making these calls.
“Generally, I’ve found that YouTube does a good job at keeping graphic violence up when there’s context,” she said. “I’ve helped activists at times get their videos back up on YouTube,” York recounted, “by going through the appeals process and adding context.”
“We’ll definitely be pushing for people to write and pick up the phone, call their lawmakers and express their support when the time is right.” said Rebecca Jeschke, Media Relations Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading privacy-rights group, objects that it would give the government greater ability to use National Security Letters to get data about whom people communicate with online, without a subpoena.