Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Geeky progressive bloggers! The EFC needs you!


As you can read in the comments section back here, the folks who originally set up Electronic Frontier Canada just don't have the time to keep it going, which is a shame given the increasing number of issues that fall in the intersection of politics, law, civil rights and new technology.

So perhaps there are some like-minded ProgBloggers who might want to step in and revive that site and its mandate, at least to the extent of contributing new material and keeping it up to date with the latest breaking developments (such as the thoroughly annoying Sony BMG "rootkit" issue. Bastards.)

As for volunteers, well, I'm looking at you, Scruffy Dan. This seems right up your alley, doesn't it? Any (other) takers?

P.S. See that? That's Canadian content for a change. So get off my back, OK? Just get off my back! :-)

JUST TO BE CLEAR: For the time being, I'm not suggesting people get involved to the extent of having elections, selling memberships and so on. For now, I just think it's important to start getting some new and relevant content up there.

I realize that some individual ProgBloggers follow issues like this on their own personal blogs, but I think it's important to have a central site for stuff like this.

And, note, there's nothing to stop conservative bloggers from getting involved here but it's important to recognize that the slant on that site is clearly in a progressive, consumer-oriented direction. So if you're very much pro-big-business, chances are you're not going to have a lot to contribute that fits the mandate of that site.

7 comments:

Jon Dursi said...

With C-60 inching its way towards Parliamentary debate, we really need an EFC. I'll do some reading and try to decide if I have enough time to contribute to the upkeep of the EFC site.

v said...

How do you feel about the Liberals' PATRIOT act? Would it kill you to take a break from making fun of Commander Chimpy and maybe say a word about the biggest rights grab in Canadian history?

Why do you give Paul Martin a free pass when his government proposes Bush-style legislation that would make even Cheney blush? Surely the Liberal PATRIOT act is a bigger issue than this Sony business, no?

PR said...

"And, note, there's nothing to stop conservative bloggers from getting involved here but it's important to recognize that the slant on that site is clearly in a progressive, consumer-oriented direction."

I don't know. The whole "protecting charter rights in the information age" could just as easily be reformulated in a libertarian manner. I'd have no problem supporting the goals of this site.

Jon Dursi said...

Gosh, Peter, that's ever so generous of you.

PR said...

See what I mean about being ingracious?

Jon Dursi said...

You're ever so right, Peter. Reading through comments about Canada's new female black GG, or in the press, or in merchandising, or on mainstream rightwing canadian blogs, the thing that leaps to mind is how gracious, polite, and civil those on the right wing are.

PR said...

Geez, when did you turn into such a snarky guy? You used to be fun. Stop hanging around CC-it might not be too late.