@Mary Yes - and that makes it all the more difficult to pick and choose which issues to take on! We're only about 35 people, and our international team is just 3...soon to be 4. But yes, I think that our name is growing, both in the US and internationally.
I'm certainly traveling a lot more than I expected! But it's been great, honestly - making connections all over the world is vital for what I do, because I want to ensure that we're not imposing our views, but rather, supporting existing views in the countries in which we work.
Paul also asked a question about the challenges of funding...And I can say that we're really lucky to have an amazing membership base that makes up a large proportion of our funding. We often hold members-only events too - I just did one in NYC last weekend!
@Mary - our patent work is a bit outside my purview, but as I've been following it with interest, I can say that we have a fantastic member of our legal team, Julie Samuels, who's been doing excellent work in that area (https://www.eff.org/related/5460/blog). I think EFF's voice in this space -- particularly in respect to "patent trolls" -- is incredibly valuable.
Regarding the Bill of Privacy Rights, though, I guess I'm just a bit confused about how this could be enforced. Would it be something the sites themselves would have to include as part of their privacy policies?
@Paul - That's a tough one for me to answer too, as I don't really work on intellectual property issues - that's largely our domestic legal team. That said, I believe that our victories help enable innovation in the long term.
@Jillian: Some of EFF’s legal victories affect artists who remix or extract from existing videos. What were the issues in these cases, and how will EFF’s victories benefit video artists and documentary film producers?
@Paul - I'm not sure I'd say they "can't," but they're certainly not at this point. Nearly every foreign government engaging in internet censorship is using Western-made products (some American, some Canadian, some European). It's simply reality at this point.
Nicole - re: a Bill of Privacy Rights - I love the idea. Rebecca MacKinnon (@rmack on Twitter) is doing some great work in this space; her book, Consent of the Networked, comes out early next year and I can't wait to read it.
@jwallace - The leaks demonstrated that there was little oversight and accountability in the creation of such blacklists...the Australian one, for example, included the website of a dentist. That's a problem - it chills speech and affects commerce.
My response to that Paul on that question: I think that the threat comes from corporate spaces as well. Chinese, Kuwaiti, Saudi, Tunisian censorship are all assisted by American companies like Cisco and SmartFilter, for example... Not to mention the rules and regulations on sites like Facebook, which are often stricter than the First Amendment.
@Jillian: Has there been any improvement to the FBI’s online intelligence operations as a result of the exposure of the EFF Intelligence Oversight Board earlier this year? If not, what will change the alarming trends EFF cited then?
@jillian: One question I didn't get to ask on air was about the EFF's suggestion that we create a Bill of Privacy Rights for social network users. Something like this would purportedly provide users The Right to Informed Decision-Making, The Right to Control, and The Right to Leave. Do you see merit in this idea? How would something like this be enforced?
Paul Whyte had a great question awhile back:Do most of the important online issues today still involve clashes between individual rights and government powers, or have they shifted more toward industrial commerce, fraud and protection of consumers’ rights?
@jwallace - What Wikileaks did was leak the blacklists of several countries--including Australia--that were filtering, or planning to filter child pornography, but which had accidentally included other sites in their proposed blacklists.
"Wikileaks weren't amused when they suffered a DDOS attack either, although they'd been quite happy when Anonymous was attacking PayPal in support of them." - did I hear correctly that wikileaks took part in exposing child pornography? if so, wikileaks can do no wrong from my view. and that is tenure!
I think it's very difficult to give blanket approval for US intervention in other nation's networks. We all think of the middle east, but how would we have felt if it had been the CIA interfering in Nicaragua and El Salvador?
@York: Do most of the important online issues today still involve clashes between individual rights and government powers, or have they shifted more toward industrial commerce, fraud and protection of consumers’ rights?
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