Arstechnica: Happy 25th Anniversary fighting the good fight EFF!

Posted by Soledad Vega on Fri, 07/10/2015 - 14:11

Happy 25 years fighting the good fight to the ever-vigilant EFF, and thank you for the ongoing inspiration!

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Arstechnica

On July 10, 1990, the Electronic Frontier Foundation was founded by tech pioneers John Perry Barlow, John Gilmore, and Mitch Kapor. 

In its founding mission statement, published exactly 25 years ago, it announced: "A new world is arising in the vast web of digital, electronic media which connect us… While well-established legal principles and cultural norms give structure and coherence to uses of conventional media like newspapers, books, and telephones, the new digital media do not so easily fit into existing frameworks. Conflicts come about as the law struggles to define its application in a context where fundamental notions of speech, property, and place take profoundly new forms."

Today, the non-profit organization has thousands of members and according to its most recent financial numbers (from 2013) it's financially healthy: it took took in over $4.4 million that year.

Earlier this week, Ars sat down with Cindy Cohn, who took over the big chair at EFF in November 2014, to reflect on the last 25 years.

This interview was edited for clarity and brevity.

Ars: I always describe EFF as a tech legal advocacy organization. How do you describe it to friends or family members who maybe have a vague understanding of what the EFF is?

Cohn: I generally say that we make sure that when you go online, your rights go with you. And that specifically we focus in on your privacy and your free speech rights and on the right to be able to build interesting stuff that other people can use, which the Internet has really enabled.

You know, in terms of impact litigation online, there's the EFF and there’s ACLU—and then there’s the whole rest of the world doing awful things. So we could have 10 more organizations doing what we do and we still wouldn’t be able to keep up.

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