EFF in the News
With the Obama administration failing to honour its commitment to openness, leaks are one of the few means of holding government to account, says David L Sobel.
On Tuesday, the EFF asked a federal judge in Illinois to quash subpoenas issued in the BlazingBucks copyright infringement suit and urged the court to dismiss the case. In the brief, the EFF argued that BlazingBucks' "class action" strategy is "an improper attempt to sidestep the rights of the defendants."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan sided with the government, ruling that because no divulgement of content is being requested — only documents pertaining to the identification of Twitter users — that there is no Constitutional argument.
The ACLU and EFF plan to appeal the ruling.
What would copyright-infringing porn downloaders - and those wrongly accused of being such - do without the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation?
I'll tell you what: They'd get their pants sued off ... and not in a manner that anyone but a copyright troll would consider fair or just.
Now, EFF has more liberated documents than it can handle, so it's seeking volunteers to help look through the document dumps for significant material:
At a debate on net neutrality later in the day, Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation( EFF), and John Bergmayer, staff attorney for Public Knowledge, discussed the issue with moderator Maggie Reardon, a senior writer at CNet.
In his article WikiLeaks and the Urge to Classify [The Net Effect, Index on Censorship, March 2011], The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s David Sobel points out that a political environment failing to be open sets itself up for others to force transparency by revealing classified information to the public — often by illegal means.
These are just some of the findings of an Electronic Frontier Foundation study of nearly 2,500 pages of FBI documents from 2001 to 2008. The documents report violations of the rules governing FBI investigations to the Intelligence Oversight Board -- a commission charged with overseeing the Intelligence Community's compliance with the Constitution and other applicable laws.
When Barack Obama took office as president in January 2009, he identified transparency as one of the highest priorities on his agenda for change. Writing in the current issue of Index on Censorship, David L Sobel, senior counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the US, suggests that the president's early promises remain unfulfilled. He argues that, with the US government's failure to deliver on its commitment to openness, leaks are one of the few means of holding government to account.
The three users, American computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum; Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic parliament; and Rop Gonggrijp, a Dutch computer programmer, were supported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).