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Review for Electronic Frontier Foundation Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Electronic Frontier is the most important advocate in one of the incredibly important but underappreciated causes of today. They fight to ensure our increasingly digital future takes a form most beneficial to society's interests. These decisions are made today primarily in a corporate or government environment, and without the public's attention they can lead us to a state where expressive freedom, privacy, and innovation occur only on their terms. These problems seem remote to most people, but everyone is involved in the digital economy whether or not they are avid internet users. Governments and businesses keep electronic records on everything they are legally allowed to about consumers (and as the NSA wiretapping debacle shows, even beyond the limits of the law and the constitution). EFF pays attention and picks timely issues to fight through litigation and public awareness campaigning. I spent a summer there working as a legal intern, and saw firsthand the foresight and consideration that go into their strategies. EFF's positions are not radical; in fact, their aim is to find the policy that benefits ALL interested parties in the long run, placing our nation's collective interest first. They have led the fight against unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping; they resist attempts by copyright and patentholders to strangle innovation and solidify their monopolies regardless of the cost to expression and innovation; they protect our collective security by defending security researchers again companies trying to hide technological vulnerabilities from the public (while malicious users continue to exploit them); the examples go on, spanning the ever-growing points of contact between technology and our rights as citizens, as authors and inventors, as consumers, and as human beings. Read about their activities at eff.org, and please support this group that defends the rights we are only beginning to discover in this new age (and which future generations will need and appreciate even more). Thanks!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my ability to use a free Internet everyday, use email and store information online knowing that people are fighting to ensure rigorous standards of privacy apply, and in hoping that one day I can enjoy the control over my identity (which is the essence of privacy) that previous generations took for granted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue on their path, which is guided by the collective wisdom borne of endless discussion among the diverse community of EFF, its friends and its members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the brilliant minds that work here always being engaged in rational, forward-thinking discussion about what values to protect in any given situation and how to best accomplish that in the real world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse in intellectual outlook, expertise and perspective, but all open-minded and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make important issues more visible to the general public and pursue more legal cases with the potential to positively influence our laws.

Ways to make it better...

--being completely honest: it couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the public to appreciate the relevance of issues which facially appear technical, and also framing these issues effectively in a long-term picture, so people understand the ultimate ramifications of problems that may be in their nascent stages.

One thing I'd also say is that...

support the EFF!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Volunteer & Legal research, writing, and public advocacy as a summer legal intern.