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EFF and ACLU: Protect Political Speech Online
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 11:16:33 -0400



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From: EFFector list <editor () eff org>
Date: September 3, 2008 9:05:54 AM EDT
To: eff-all () eff org
Subject: [E-B] EFFector 21.30: EFF and ACLU: Protect Political Speech Online
Reply-To: EFFector list <editor () eff org>

EFFector Vol. 21, No. 30  September 3, 2008  editor () eff org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 483rd issue:

* AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS THE MOST "WIRED" ELECTION SEASON TO
DATE, EFF and the ACLU of Northern California strongly
encourage online service providers (OSPs) and content
owners to take special care to safeguard free speech.
Copyright claims, trademark claims, and alleged terms of
use violations can be misused to silence critics and stifle
political dialogue online. Even temporary takedowns can
harm open debate, as political speech depends on the spirit
of the moment and the rapidly evolving arguments of the
participants.

The Internet can continue to revitalize our political lives
-- but only if service providers, content owners, and users
all do their parts. No matter where you stand on the
candidates or the issues, we should all agree on one
principle: No downtime for online free speech!
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/08/election-approaches-do-your-part-protect-political

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EFF Updates

* Computers Seized from Berkeley Activist Space
Even with a warrant, it looks like authorities violated a
federal law designed to protect freedom of the press.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/08/computers-seized

* EFF Urges Copyright Office to Fix Digital Music Mess, but
Carefully
In making new rules, the Copyright Office must think
broadly to avoid spawning more trouble.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/08/eff-urges-copyright-office-fix-digital-music-mess-

* Required Reading for "User-Generated Content" Sites: Io
Group v. Veoh
Scrupulous attention to the DMCA safe harbors can offer
strong protection for user-generated content sites, as
demonstrated by the ruling in a case against the online
video site Veoh.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/08/required-reading-user-generated-content-sites-io-g

* The Secret Room: EFF Designer's Cartoon on Illegal Spying
Watch a time-lapse video of EFF Designer/Activist Hugh
D'Andrade painting a wall-sized political cartoon about the
NSA, AT&T, and illegal government spying.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/08/secret-room-eff-designers-cartoon-illegal-spying

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miniLinks

~ AT&T Throws Blue Dog Party
At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, AT&T threw
a big party for Blue Dog Democrats who backed telecom
immunity.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080826/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_convention_at_t

~ Joe Biden's Pro-RIAA, Pro-FBI Record
The Democratic nominee for Vice President has a history of
uncompromising support for Hollywood, the recording
industry and the intelligence community.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10024163-38.html

~ Comcast Introduces Bandwidth Caps
Customers will be capped at 250 gigabytes per month.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080828-its-official-comcast-starts-250gb-bandwidth-caps-october-1.html

~ Studios Want Interoperable DRM
The big movie studios are joining forces to come up with a
single scheme for DRM copy protection, in order to
encourage greater online sales.
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/26/movie-labels-to-launch-new-open-market-play-anywhere-scheme-as-last-ditch-effort-to-save-drm/

For more miniLinks:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/08/minilinks-2008-09-03

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Announcements

* "Born Digital" Book Talk and Reception in San Francisco
Join EFF and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society in
celebrating the release of Berkman's newest publication,
"Born Digital: Understanding The First Generation of
Digital Natives" -- an exploration of the key issues at the
intersection of new technology and young people, including
privacy, safety, creativity, learning, and civic
engagement. The book talk and reception will take place on
Monday, September 15th at Hotel Vitale on the Embarcadero
-- it's free and open to the public.

For more about the event:
http://www.eff.org/calendar/2008/09/15/born-digital-book-talk-and-reception

* Volunteers Needed for San Francisco's OneWebDay Event!
Monday, September 22nd, is OneWebDay -- a day of action to
defend and support the Internet. In San Francisco, the
Department of Telecommunications and Information Services
is partnering with SFConnect.org to run several OneWebDay
volunteer projects to bridge the digital divide. Teams of
volunteers will be setting up computers in community
technology centers, as well as setting up wireless hardware
to expand free wireless access in parts of the city.

To sign up for the San Francisco OneWebDay Projects:
http://www.sfconnect.org/projects/viewProject.php?_setFlag=specialevent&_clearFlag=course&_mode=search&_submode=simple&_action=search&ixSpecialEvent=36

For more information about OneWebDay events nationwide:
http://onewebday.org/

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Administrivia

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richard () eff org

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