[FRIAM] Fwd: EFFector 21.37: EFF Launches Election Issue Monitoring Site

George Duncan gtduncan at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 09:22:36 EDT 2008


To make sure our votes count ...

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From: EFFector list <editor at eff.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 7:00 AM
Subject: EFFector 21.37: EFF Launches Election Issue Monitoring Site
To: george.duncan at cmu.edu


EFFector Vol. 21, No. 37  October 31, 2008  editor at eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 489th issue:

* EFF LAUNCHED OurVoteLive.org THIS WEEK TO MONITOR
ELECTION PROBLEMS NATIONWIDE AND IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY IN
THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. Published on behalf of the
nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, the website
collects and analyzes voter calls to the 866-OUR-VOTE
hotline, gathering important data about voters' questions,
registration and identification problems, difficulties with
voting machines, and polling place accessibility issues.

In addition to raw incident data, OurVoteLive.org also
features incident maps, nationwide trend information and an
active election issues blog that will highlight important
election incidents as they develop. As part of our defense
of digital rights, EFF is committed to protecting the
electoral process and producing tools that help educate and
inform the public.

For the Our Vote Live website:
http://www.ourvotelive.org/

For the EFF press release about OurVoteLive.org:
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/10/26

* EFF MARKED THE IGNOBLE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DIGITAL
MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT (DMCA) WITH THE RELEASE OF
"UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Ten Years Under the DMCA," a
comprehensive report on the effects of anticircumvention
provisions that ban circumventing digital rights management
(DRM) and other technological protection measures. While
anticircumvention provisions have failed to prevent
"digital piracy," the "Unintended Consequences" have
proliferated wildly, ultimately harming fair use, free
speech, scientific research, and legitimate competition.

For more about the Unintended Consequences report:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/dmca-ten-years-unintended-consequences

For the Freedom to Tinker blog's DMCA retrospective:
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/tags/dmca-week

For Public Knowledge's DMCA retrospective:
http://www.publicknowledge.org/tag/dmca

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EFF Updates

* Coalition Launches Global Network Initiative
Internet companies, including Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft,
have agreed to follow a set of principles on protecting
users' free expression and privacy.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/global-network-initiative

* The Two Best Books About the DMCA
Here's where to turn for in-depth analysis of the DMCA and
its impact on digital culture.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/two-best-books-about-dmca

* Google Book Search Agreement With Authors and Publishers
The massive settlement comes with radically new incentives
for Google and authors and publishers.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/google-reaches-settlement-authors-over-google-book

* Hollywood Menaces DVD Rental Kiosks
Universal threatens Redbox in a shocking attack on the
first sale doctrine.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/hollywood-menaces-dvd-rental-kiosks

* EFF's "Yellow Dots of Mystery" on Instructables
Watch our video to learn about printer tracking dots and
read the step-by-step tutorial for instructions on how to
see them for yourself.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/effs-yellow-dots-mystery-instructables

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miniLinks

~ Court Rules Hash Analysis Is a Fourth Amendment Search
Similar hash analysis searches of an "entire computer"
would require a warrant.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081029-court-rules-hash-analysis-is-a-fourth-amendment-search.html

~ More in UK Wrongly Identified As File Sharers
Surprise, surprise -- investigators in the UK searching for
copyrighted content on peer to peer networks wind up
accusing innocent folks of infringement.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7697898.stm

~ 'Series Of Tubes' Senator Convicted of Corruption
With Senator Ted Stevens' reelection unlikely, CNET's
Declan McCullagh summarizes the history of Stevens' poor
Internet policy decisions as member of the Senate Commerce
Committee.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10076855-38.html

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Announcements

* Special EFF Member Discount on "Take Control Ebooks"

Our friends at TidBITS Publishing are offering all EFF
members a permanent 30% discount on Apple-oriented Take
Control ebooks. Written by some of the top names in the Mac
world, Take Control ebooks strive to be focused, in-depth,
and highly practical. The PDF-based ebooks use carefully
designed layout and typography for easy onscreen reading
and printing, and they include bookmarks, clickable links,
and a "Check for Updates" link that lets readers access
free updates and new editions. Best of all? They're totally
free of DRM.

If you're an EFF member and you'd like to take advantage of
this offer, send an email to membership at eff.org to receive
the discount voucher code.

For the Take Control ebook catalog:
http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/catalog.html

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-- 
George T. Duncan
Professor of Statistics, Emeritus
Heinz School of Public Policy and Management
Carnegie Mellon University
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