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EFFector Vol. 16, No. 27 October 11, 2003 [email protected]

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation ISSN 1062-9424
In the 266th Issue of EFFector:

* Action Alert: Stop the MPAA's Broadcast Flag!
* EFF Expands San Francisco Staff
* EFF Co-Founder Mitch Kapor Honored by CPSR
* Deep Links (8): Silly Wabbit, RFIDs Are for Kids!
* Staff Calendar: 10.20.03 - Wendy Seltzer speaks at ISPCon, Santa Clara,
CA; 10.24.03 - Lee Tien speaks at BayNet, San Francisco, CA
* Administrivia

For more information on EFF activities & alerts:
<http://www.eff.org/>

To join EFF or make an additional donation:
<https://secure.eff.org/>

EFF is a member-supported nonprofit. Please sign up as a member today!

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* Stop the MPAA's Broadcast Flag!

Hollywood is at it again, trying to control the design of new digital
technologies. If the motion picture studios have their way, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) will force manufacturers to include
Hollywood-approved "content protection" technology in all future televisions.
Fair use, innovation and competition will suffer. What's more, the "broadcast
flag" technology that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has
proposed is so weak that it will do nothing to stem Internet redistribution of
television programs. Rather than thwart copyright infringement, the broadcast
flag will harm the legitimate interests of consumers, innovators and
researchers.

The FCC has promised a ruling before the end of October. We need you to tell
the FCC that we don't want "broadcast flag" regulations that will hurt
competition, consumers and innovators.

Make your voice heard with the EFF Action Center:
<http://action.eff.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=2801>

Become an EFF member today:
<https://secure.eff.org/>


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* EFF Expands San Francisco Staff

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week announced it
has hired three staff members to support its mission of protecting and promoting
civil liberties in the digital realm.

EFF hired the following people, listed in alphabetical order:

* Kathy Ahn has joined EFF as the organization's webmaster. She is making EFF's
website and online archives more uniform and accessible. Before EFF, she worked
as a web developer for companies including Business 2.0, Covalent Technologies,
and GeoCities. She attended computer science courses at the University of San
Francisco and has a B.A. in English from University of Southern California.

* Chris Palmer has joined EFF as the system administrator. He is fixing EFF's
systems, network, and other nagging staff concerns. Prior to EFF, he worked
as a systems administrator and software programmer for ISPs and web application
development shops in Minneapolis and San Francisco. He holds a B.A. degree in
Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.

* Donna Wentworth has joined EFF as a web writer and activist. She is editor of
the EFFector newsletter and writing text for EFF web pages. A founding staff
member of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, she
wrote and edited "The Filter," the Berkman Center's highly regarded electronic
newsletter on emerging developments in Internet law and policy. She co-edited
the "Weblogs at Harvard Law" weblog and provided editorial input for the
Chilling Effects and GrepLaw projects. She also created and writes "Copyfight:
The Politics of IP," a weblog exploring intellectual property politics and
issues. Wentworth graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Colby
College and later completed coursework in English Literature and Critical Theory
at Georgetown University.

For this release:
<http://www.eff.org/contact/20031006_eff_pr.php>

Bio of Kathy Ahn:
<http://www.eff.org/homes/ahn.php>

Bio of Chris Palmer:
<http://www.eff.org/homes/palmer.php>

Bio of Donna Wentworth:
<http://www.eff.org/homes/wentworth.php>

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* EFF Co-Founder Mitch Kapor Honored by CPSR

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) honors Mitch Kapor,
Internet pioneer and philanthropist, with its 2003 Norbert Wiener Award. The
Award will be presented at a dinner in conjunction with CPSR's 2003 annual
conference, "Getting The Technology You Deserve: Community Participation In
Regional Cable Franchise Policy," on October 25, 2003 in Seattle, Washington.

"Mitch has long been a role model for anyone seeking to succeed in the
cut-throat world of high tech business without sacrificing integrity and
conscience," said CPSR President Nathaniel Borenstein. "There are too few
people who even attempt to combine these two kinds of contribution, and even
fewer who succeed. Mitch Kapor is the best role model I know of for bright
young engineers and scientists seeking to make a positive difference in the
world."

EFF members are invited to attend the dinner at the CPSR member rate.

Links:
CPSR conference website:
<http://www.cpsr.org/conferences/annmtg03/index.html>

Dinner registration:
<https://secure.privaterra.org/cpsr/am2003.html>

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* Deep Links
Deep Links features noteworthy news items from around the Internet.

~ Silly Wabbit, RFIDs Are for Kids!
A U.S. company is launching an initiative to implant RFID chips in Mexican
children:
<http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/031001/15410_1.html>

~ Software CEOs Stump in D.C.
Executives from Adobe, Microsoft and other monster software companies were in
Washington this week to argue against DMCA reform and legislation that supports
open-source:
<http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-5088617.html>

~ Intuit Apologizes for Flawed Antipiracy Measures on Turbotax
"You told us that you want the flexibility to install and use TurboTax on
multiple computers, and we heard you, loud and clear":
<http://news.com.com/2100-1046_3-5088604.html>

~ FBI to Reporters: "Oops, We Did It Again"
It must be national "Apologize to People You Abuse" week. The FBI has issued
an apology for trying to intimidate 13 news organizations into turning over
notes on conversations with a computer hacker:
<http://www.eff.org/cgi/tiny?urlID=18>

~ Music Business "Stuck in Past"
But that won't matter as soon as they drag us back there with 'em, right?:
<http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/main_news.cfm?NewsID=7048>

~ Peer-to-Peer Defense Fund
Downhillbattle.org's Peer-to-Peer Defense Fund "lets you donate money directly
to one of the individuals or families being sued by the record companies":
<http://www.downhillbattle.org/defense/>


~ SunnComm Won't Use DMCA to Sue Grad Student
After thinking things though, SunnComm decided it won't sue a Princeton grad
student for publishing a paper revealing that its CD copy protection can be
broken simply by holding down the "Shift" key:
<http://news.com.com/2100-1027-5089448.html>

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* Staff Calendar
For a complete listing of EFF speaking engagements (with
locations and times), please visit:
<http://www.eff.org/calendar/>

~ October 20 -
Wendy Seltzer will speak at ISPCon
Santa Clara, CA.
- 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. "ISPs: Carriers or Nannies?"
<http://www.ispcon.com/fall2003/attend-sessionlist.asp?CS_ID=976>

~ October 24 -
Lee Tien will speak at BayNet, San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco, CA.
- 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

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* Administrivia

EFFector is published by:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation
454 Shotwell Street
San Francisco CA 94110-1914 USA
+1 415 436 9333 (voice)
+1 415 436 9993 (fax)
http://www.eff.org/

Editor:
Donna Wentworth, Web Writer/Activist
[email protected]

To Join EFF online, or make an additional donation, go to:
<https://secure.eff.org/>

Membership & donation queries:
[email protected]

General EFF, legal, policy or online resources queries:
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Reproduction of this publication in electronic media is
encouraged. Signed articles do not necessarily represent the
views of EFF. To reproduce signed articles individually, please
contact the authors for their express permission. Press releases
and EFF announcements & articles may be reproduced individually
at will.



You can also get the latest issue of EFFector via the Web at:
<http://www.eff.org/effector/current.html>
 
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