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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

EFF is a new organization dedicated to making sure that constitutional rights are maintained in cyberspace and that public policies are established that guarantee free and open telecommunications.

To this end, they have created a membership organization, a quarterly newsletter, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter and a computer-based conferencing system on issues of freedom, privacy, security, and legislation.

They have also started to provide financial and legal assistance in key cases where they feel innocent people have been wronged due to government and law enforcement's ignorance about how telecommunications work. The most widely reported case they are involved in is the Secret Service's raid on Steve Jackson Games in Austin, Texas. The company was apparently raided and had all of its computers and office equipment confiscated because one of its employees was once a member of the The Legion of Doom. EFF is now providing financial support to Steve Jackson Games for its lawsuit against the Secret Service.

If you would like to get a copy of their newsletter and membership information, write at the address below. If you are on the Internet, you can have their electronic journal delivered free to your mailbox. Just send a message to:

The EFF Computer Conference is accessible via The W.E.L.L. (go eff).

(G. Branwyn)



Electronic Frontier Foundation
155 Second St.
Cambridge, MA 02141

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The EFF To Open A Forum On Compuserve

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has concluded an agreement with Compuserve, one of the largest private computer networks, to open a forum devoted to EFF civil liberties issues, networking technologies, and online cultures. The forum, The Electronic Frontier, is expected to be up and running by mid-October.

For some time now, our various materials and documents have been available as a section of the Telecom Forum on CIS, thanks to the work and dedication of Scott Loftesness. By taking this step and opening our own forum, we hope to increase the visibility of the EFF on Compuserve and expand the amount of material we can offer to this large group of networkers who may or may not have access to the Internet.

We'll be reporting on this development in more detail as work on the forum goes forward.

- from "Effector Online,"
Sept. 20, 1991

Membership In The Electronic Frontier Foundation

In order to continue the work already begun and to expand our efforts and activities into other realms of the electronic frontier, we need the financial support of individuals and organizations.

If you support our goals and our work, you can show that support by becoming a member now. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, EFFector, our bi-weekly electronic newsletter, EFFector Online (if you have an electronic address that can be reached through the Net), and special releases and other notices on our activities. But because we believe that support should be freely given, you can receive these things even if you do not elect to become a member.

Your membership/donation is fully tax deductible.

Our memberships are $20.00 per year for students, $40.00 per year for regular members. You may, of course, donate more if you wish.

Our privacy policy: The Electronic Frontier Foundation will never, under any circumstances, sell any part of its membership list. We will, from time to time, share this list with other non-profit organizations whose work we determine to be in line with our goals. But with us, member privacy is the default. This means that you must actively grant us permission to share your name with other groups. If you do not grant explicit permission, we assume that you do not wish your membership disclosed to any group for any reason.

Scientific American's September Issue To Be Sent To All EFF Members

The September 1991 "Scientific American" ("Communications, Computers, and Networks") must surely represent the most complete collection of articles and commentary on all aspects of networking to date. As such we feel strongly that it should be made available to as many people as possible. Because of this, we have purchased a large number of copies of this issue that we will be using for various purposes over the coming year. The first use will be to deliver a free copy of to all our members. We are expecting the magazines to be delivered to us at the end of next week and they will go out to our members soon after. We realize that many of our members may already have a copy of their own, but if so we trust that they will use this extra copy to educate and enlighten someone else to the issues and potential of networking.


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