ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people’s radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.
The EFF continues to fight for the right to free speech. Our latest campaign revolves around the legal rights of bloggers and citizen journalists. EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit group of passionate people—lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries – who depend on your support to continue successfully defending your digital rights. Litigation is particularly expensive; because two-thirds of our budget comes from individual donors, every contribution is critical to helping EFF fight —and win—more cases.
Display the Blue Ribbon to support the essential human right of free speech, a fundamental building block of free society, affirmed by the U.S. Bill of Rights in 1791 and by the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Know Your Rights and Prepare to Defend Them:
1. You Have the Right to Blog Anonymously.
2. You Have the Right to Keep Sources Confidential.
3. You Have the Right to Make Fair Use of Intellectual Property.
4. You have the Right to Allow Reader’s Comments Without Fear.
5. You Have the Right to Protect Your Server from Government Seizure.
6. You Have the Right to Freely Blog about Elections.
7. You Have the Right to Blog about Your Workplace.
8. You Have the Right to Access as Media.
Know and read more: https://www.eff.org/
EFF ACTION CENTER:
Support Federal Protection for Blogger’s Rights
Join EFF and the Public Participation Project in calling on Congress to support the PETITION Act, strong federal anti-SLAPP legislation. The concept is simple: when a blogger faces a legal threat for legitimate online content, she can file a motion to get the case dismissed quickly. If the case is found to be frivolous in court, she won’t have to pay the legal fees.
Demand a Free and Open Internet
Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom to join a growing movement fighting for rights in the digital world. Join EFF in calling on elected officials to safeguard free expression, privacy, and innovation online.
Defend Innovation: Speak Out Against Software Patents
The patent system is in crisis, and it endangers the future of software development in the United States. Let’s create a system that defends innovation, instead of hindering it.
Don’t Let Congress Use “Cybersecurity” Fears to Erode Digital Rights
Congress is considering legislation that would give companies a free pass to monitor and collect communications, including huge amounts of personal data like your text messages and emails, and share that data with the government and anyone else. All a company has to do is claim its privacy violations were for “cybersecurity purposes.” Tell Congress that they can’t use vaguely-defined “cybersecurity threats” as a shortcut to bypassing the law.
Lawmakers and Demand Transparency!
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a trade agreement currently being negotiated by the United States and eight other countries. Like ACTA, the TPP is being negotiated in secret, and on a fast timetable. We don’t know what’s in the TPP IP chapter, and that’s what worries us. Entertainment industry executives who are members of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee will likely get to see the agreement drafts – again – but the rest of us will be kept in the dark unless we speak up now.
Tell ISPs: Don’t Cut Off Your Users
Five of the top American ISPs have been working with the major media industry groups on a new set of “graduated response” policies. Under the new agreement, unproven accusations of infringement could lead to escalating consequences from users, from “re-education” programs up to bandwidth throttling and account suspensions. Tell AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon to respect their users’ rights, and publicly commit today that they will never terminate a user account as part of a “graduated response” program.
Oppose Congress’ Criminal Streaming Bill
S. 978 is a reckless attempt to attack online streaming by focusing on the “unlawful public performance” area of copyright law. By increasing the criminal penalties for certain online public performances, the bill will impose a chilling effect around the posting and creation of online video. Moreover, it will hamper the pace of innovation as users, websites, and investors cope with the uncertainty of running afoul of one of the more vague sections of copyright law. Act now and tell your Senators to oppose this shortsighted bill!
Tell Cisco: Stop helping China abuse human rights!
Chinese dissident writer Du Daobin is facing the possibility of imprisonment and torture. Urge Cisco Systems to intervene on Mr. Du’s behalf and to stop helping China abuse human rights.
Don’t Let Privacy Law Get Stuck in 1986: Demand a Digital Upgrade to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
If the government wants to track our cell phones, or see what web sites we’ve visited, or rummage through our Gmail, or read our private messages on Facebook, it should be required to go to a judge and get a search warrant based on probable cause.
Don’t Let Congress Order Internet Companies to Spy on You — Block the Data Retention Mandate
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 1981, a bill that would order all of our online service providers to keep new logs about our online activities to help the government identify the web sites we visit and the content we post online. Tell your Representative to oppose this sweeping new “mandatory data retention” proposal, which treats every Internet user like a potential criminal.
Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation
The Internet Blacklist Legislation– known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House – is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill. Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!