it’s official — skarlet and i are going to be blogathonning for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. we’re doing a team blog so we can discuss the issues all night and into the next day, to raise awareness as we’re raising funds.
to sponsor us, click that button in the sidebar – the big obvious red one.
why the EFF? there are so many worthy non-profit organizations out there. i’ve picked this one because i’m particularly alarmed by the complacency i’ve seen as regards the infringements on our digital privacy. and there are very powerful, very weathly interests who are very well represented in this area, and the voices of dissent are so easily silenced. and it’s so much more than the fact that the digital content providers see us all as pirates waiting to pounce on their product, or the government wanting to track us through digital image recognition, national ID cards, and carte blanche in invading our online privacy.
right now there are so many other issues distracting us from what’s being done to slowly take away our rights, the rights we treasure. what happens if we ignore this? years from now, when our quality of life has deteriorated, when our ability to enjoy the benefits of technology is rigidly restricted, when it’s open season on our private lives, when big brother is something we shrug off and accept because it’s always been that way, we will regret not standing up and fighting for our rights.
i’m supporting the EFF because it opposes the Orwellian future that the powers that be have in mind for us. they’re good at convincing us it’s for our own good, but rather than listen and just believe, let’s examine the issues.
if you can contribute, even a little, that would be wonderful. and if not, we’re looking to get into some lively debates, so you could support us by showing up and arguing with us — helping us delve into the issues and really understand them from a variety of viewpoints. plus, it’ll help keep us awake.