The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that they are launching the Electronic Frontier Alliance to bring together diverse groups of activists and organizations. The idea is for the Alliance to be a central “hub” of information and activity in the fight for digital rights and civil liberties. It is encouraging to see that they are reaching out to a broad range of ideologically diverse groups – from BLM to the Tea Party. Any organization that champions free speech and digital rights must do so for all groups regardless of political affiliation.
“The Alliance will bring together groups pursuing a range of strategies and tactics—from hacker spaces crowdsourcing the open source development of software tools, to student groups hosting teach-ins and documentary screenings.”
To join the group an organization must affirm 5 fundamental principles:
free expression: people should be able to speak their minds to whomever will listen.
security: technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.
privacy: technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.
creativity: technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.
access to knowledge: curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled
These principles are the bedrock of a free and open internet and society. Give the EFF whatever support you can. They deserve it.