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.