Electronic Frontier Foundation - October 2003 Charity-of-the-Month

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

If America's founding fathers had anticipated the digital frontier, there would be a clause in the Constitution protecting your rights online, as well.

Instead, a modern group of freedom fighters was necessary to extend the original vision into the digital world.

That's where the Electronic Frontier Foundation comes in.

Just as Patriots fought for liberty and freedom, we fight measures that threaten basic human rights. Only the dominion we defend is the vast wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology that resides online.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is made up of passionate people lawyers, volunteers, and visionaries working in the trenches, battling to protect your rights and the rights of web surfers everywhere. The dedicated people of EFF challenge legislation that threatens to put a price on what is invaluable; to control what must remain boundless.

Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Because being able to share ideas and information is the reason the Web was created in the first place!

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a donor-supported 501(c)(3) membership organization working to protect our fundamental rights in a digital world; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties. For over 12 years, EFF has been providing legal counsel, assistance and education to users of new technologies who get caught on the front line where technology and law collide.

What we do:
Among our various activities, EFF:

- opposes misguided legislation, such as a recent bill that proposes to make the act of peer-to-peer file-sharing even a single song into a felony.

- initiates and defends court cases preserving individuals' rights, such as our recent case in which we represented ReplayTV customers' rights to skip over commercials and record television programs for later viewing using digital video recorders.

- maintains a pro bono database of legal counsel for cases that raise issues of online freedoms, and acts as a referral service for people requesting legal assistance.

- launches global public campaigns like "Let the Music Play" ( which celebrates music and technology, seeking to promote systems that allow music lovers access to their favorite music while compensating artists and copyright holders.

- operates the online EFF Action Center at, facilitating grassroots participation in actions on technology and civil liberties issues.

- introduces leading edge proposals and papers -- we have advised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on consumer privacy rights, the Sentencing Commission on intellectual property, the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) Commission and the National Research Council (NRC) on online censorship, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on encryption, to name a few.

- speaks to reporters, federal agencies, law enforcement organizations, state attorney bar associations, conferences, summits, and university classes on the work that we do and how these groups can become more informed and more positively involved in the progress of the digital age.

- publishes a comprehensive archive of digital civil liberties information at one of the most linked-to websites in the world:

Please see our website at for more information on our important work, and don't forget to check out ways you can help at:

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
454 Shotwell St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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