[discuss] a donation dilemma?
russell at flora.ca
Tue Jan 14 11:42:30 EST 2003
On Tue, 14 Jan 2003, Bill Traynor wrote:
> Is it:
> Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org) - a purely American group,
> I believe
> Electronic Frontier Canada (www.efc.ca) - a Canadian group, but somewhat
> stagnant, although Jeffrey Shallitt (Vice President & Treasurer) has
> assured me that they are intending to become more active this year
At the moment, I donate yearly to the EFF and will continue to do so.
I may both donate and offer volunteer time to EFC once they are in a
position to be able to accept this offer, and assuming their
interpretation of their mission matches my own.
"Electronic Frontier Canada (EFC) was founded to ensure that the
principles embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
remain protected as new computing, communications, and information
technologies are introduced into Canadian society. "
(The issues they focused on in the past didn't convince me that their
interpretation of their mandate and my own matched.)
EFF may be based out of the USA, but they are doing great work
worldwide. They were involved in the Norway case against one of the
authors of various DVD-CSS decoding software. In the 2001 Canadian
Copyright Consultation process it was an EFF lawyer that authored the EFC
submission which a number of us signed.
Many of the opponents to electronic communications rights, and the
largest anti-rights lobbiest groups, are also based in the USA. In some
cases the "Canadian" groups are simply Canadian re-branding of US
interests, such as the CMPDA:
Anything we can do to help fight the problems in the USA will make
things considerably easier for us in Canada as well.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Any 'hardware assist' for communications, whether it be eye-glasses,
VCR's, or personal computers, must be under the control of the citizen
and not a third party. -- http://www.flora.ca/russell/
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