EFF’S 15th anniversary: celebrate freedom

Lynne Kiesling

This week marks the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 15th anniversary. EFF is a tireless warrior for preserving and enhancing freedom as communication and information technology evolves.

Cory Doctorow has a Boing Boing post discussing EFF’s activities over the past 15 years:

This week marks the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 15th anniversary — a decade and a half of changing bad laws, creating good court decisions, and building a technological civil liberties movement that now comprises dozens of organizations, activity all over the world, and millions of geeks with a burgeoning consciousness that the Internet isn’t free because of its nature: it’s been kept free by the struggles of activists and users who have fought back the forces of repression who would have tamed it and crimped it and rendered it little more than an AOL-1.0-style toy.

EFF is holding a commemorative blog-a-thon. Contribute your tales!

I have no activism story to tell, other than our continuing financial support of EFF. But as communication technology has evolved and become a more pervasive and valued dimension of my daily life, I treasure the freedom of online privacy, to blog, and to be free from government surveillance. These freedoms have brought about a flourishing of content, of substance, of culture, of community (and yeah, a flourishing of dreck, but that’s what filters are for, and it’s a small cost if it gets us all the other stuff).

For me, the freedoms that EFF fights to protect are a crucial set of rights in the fundamental property rights that allow free and responsible people to live together in civil society.

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Lynne Kiesling

Your Intrepid Economist spent the last two evenings partaking of the musical plenitude of Chicago. Wednesday was a long-overdue evening at our almost-neighborhood hangout the Green Mill to hear Kurt Elling and “the band”, the Laurence Hobgood Trio. We try to go every Wednesday they’re in town, but my life is often too crazy to allow such luxury. This time we had what Kurt called the “Laurence Hobgood memorial seats”, right at his elbow, which is good because I like to watch him play.

But this week was double decadence, because Thursday evening we packed a picnic and went to Millennium Park to hear the same cast of characters with John Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, and Mark Murphy for an evening of jazz scat, vocalese and story-telling. The rain held off, the breeze off of the lake was lovely, and the music was great. Good acoustics too. Kurt even sang one of my favorite crazy old songs, “Home Cookin'”.

I can recommend the new CD Crazy World from the Laurence Hobgood Trio, which I bought from Laurence on Wednesday. If you like subtle, elegant, melodic, crisp jazz, this CD is for you. You should also note that if you’re an audiophile, like this style of jazz, and visiting Chicago, going to the ProMusica shop on Clark Street will make you very happy. And needless to say, if you are in Chicago you should visit the Green Mill. Especially on Wednesdays and Mondays (when Patricia Barber usually plays).