Recently the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced the formation of the Electronic Frontier Alliance. According to their press release the purpose of this new organization will be:
Bringing together community and campus organizations across the U.S., the Alliance will serve as an increasingly vital hub for activism and organizing addressing a spectrum of civil liberties and digital rights issues.
Everyone at Voices greatly admires the EFF - who as a San Francisco based digital rights group - has long been on the front lines of battling abusive legal threats and government actions to infringe on online civil liberties.
The EFF may be best known for leading the battle against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) that would have a created a "blacklist" of censored websites. These bills were defeated by an enormous online campaign started by EFF and a handful of other organizations, which culminated in the Internet Blackout on the January 18, 2012.
The Alliance will bring together groups pursuing a range of strategies and tactics—from the open source software community, to student groups hosting teach-ins and documentary screenings. They will be united by five substantive principles:
Free expression: people should be able to speak their minds to whom ever will listen.
Security: technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.
Privacy: technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.
Creativity: technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.
Access to knowledge: curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled.
Voices believes these principles are extremely important, and encourages the EFF and the new member organizations of the Electronic Frontier Alliance to use Voices to help gather and amplify these five points to elected officials - that they are on notice about a growing number of people who care deeply about digital rights.