Sunday, November 13, 2005
Oh, Electronic Frontier Canada, where art thou?
If you've been trying to keep with the Sony BMG music CD "rootkit" controversy, the U.S.-based Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org (of which I used to be a member when I lived in the U.S.) has been doing a good job of covering that as well as a number of other cases related to the areas where technology and civil rights appear to intersect.
Canada does, in fact, have something similar to the EFF -- Electronic Frontier Canada http://efc.ca -- but it seems to be a somewhat stagnant site, with the main page "Current Issues" no more recent than March of 2004, and I'm pretty sure some exciting stuff has happened since then.
Amusingly, the vice-president and treasurer is listed as one Jeff Shallit, Waterloo's own anti-creationist attack professor. So, Jeff, what's up with the EFC? This would seem to be exactly the kind of cause civil rights-minded progressives would want to get behind, but is anything happening there?
Fill us in, dude. The EFF does a heck of a job south of the border. I don't see any reason why Canada needs to take a back seat.