Five to watch

These issues are in EFF’s cross hairs. They should be on your radar screen too.  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 8, 2006

Anonymity
Browsing the Internet incognito is something you might take for granted. You shouldn’t. EFF’s Tor software project facilitates anonymous online communication.

Intellectual property
Mash-ups. Remixes. File-sharing. They exist. But their legality is dubious at best. A balance can be struck, however, between the public’s rights and those of copyright holders. The EFF will continue to be in the thick of the debate over fair use, P2P, and digital-rights management.

Data mining
If the Justice Department subpoenaing Google’s search records doesn’t bother you, the NSA’s apparently unfettered access to telecom data and e-mails should. EFF is waiting to learn more about the extent of it all, but don’t be surprised to see them in a courtroom soon.

Blogging
You have a blog. Hell, everyone you know does. Do you know your rights and risks? The EFF has published an extensive and exhaustive Legal Guide for Bloggers at http://www.eff.org.

Electronic voting
They’re controversial and problematic, but they’re only going to become more widely used. How can we be sure e-voting machines are accurate? Through legislation, litigation, and advocacy; EFF is on the case.

  Topics: News Features , Elections and Voting, Politics, U.S. Department of Justice
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