EFF in the News
A bill of rights sends a message to sites about what their users expect. With enough momentum, it can give user-focused commercial open-source projects an opportunity to distinguish themselves by adopting the rights — and highlight the sites who aren’t willing to. It’s also a way of providing input in the ongoing debates about legislation and regulation. And just as importantly, the discussions around a bill of rights are a great opportunity for education and debate about what kind of online society we want to create.
There’s already been a lot of excellent work towards a Social Network Users Bill of Rights from Jack Lerner, Lisa Borodkin, Mark Sullivan, EFF, the Madrid Declaration, free-association.net, OpenSocialWeb, John Battelle, Duncan Work, and others.
That document will be drafted collaboratively over the four day period, building on points made by here at SFGate by Jack Lerner and Lisa Borodkin, as well as by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and PC World. The process will encompass transparent in-person debate, online input and a final vote on the proposed language, to be published by CFP organizers.
The nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation took up Augusto's case. The group's Fred Von Lohmann says the Copyright Act is very clear: "If you own a copy of a book or CD or any other copyrighted work that was lawfully made, you have the right to dispose of that as you see fit."
Then, in early 2010, Jeff Rosen at Wolfire Studios (another independent developer, behind the game Lugaru) put together a package of five titles -- World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru and Penumbra:Overture -- that would be put up for sale under the title of "The Humble Indie Bundle". Purchasers were invited to choose how much they wanted to pay, and all the proceeds were distributed between the developers and a pair of charities -- Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, with the split being chosen by the purchaser. Within a week, the package raised $1 million from 116,000 purchasers, and $325,000 was donated to charity.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization dedicated entirely to "champion(ing) the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights" has taken on Augusto's case. And just when you thought buying used CDs from a local record store was the safe bet... think again.
A coalition of 10 advocacy organizations including the Center for Digital Democracy, Electronic Frontier Foundation and World Privacy Forum also weighed in. Those groups said they favored a system that would allow marketers to collect non-sensitive information by default, but would also require them to obtain explicit consent to keep the data for longer than 24 hours.
Marc Hoffman, a senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Intelligencer anonymous freedom of speech has been legally established for “a long time” and is at its highest point when “someone is criticizing the work of a public official.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is also opposed to the ruling made in Blizzard’s favor, and they have posted a lengthy discourse describing why on their site. Basically, this case will determine the enforceability of all those EULAs that you just click through without reading, and whether or not you own the program you purchased, or just a license to use it.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of the Nation's Capital, and Public Citizen filed amicus briefs on Wednesday in three suits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
According to an Electronic Frontier Foundation computer scientist, Peter Eckersley, modern browsers have been designed to send Web sites a slew of seemingly innocuous information such as operating system and screen-size information.
By collating and combing this information, then comparing it against other users' browsers--which Eckersley called "browser fingerprinting"--the data can be personally identifiable. He went on to add that this discovery would have "implications" for both privacy policies and technical designs for browsers.