EFF member 2014

2014 members circle

I joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation this year. I agree with their mission, to protect the Internet against encroachment on the rights of free speech, fair use, innovation, PRIVACY, and transparency.I didn’t join for the swag, though I got a nifty t-shirt and bumper sticker out of the deal. I joined because I dread the disappearance of net neutrality and the NSA collecting all sorts of information “just because” they can. I have been an advocate (although mostly silent) for “cyber rights” since the early days (1996 era) of Wired magazine and their anti Clipper call to action (see here) The laws that were written before the Internet Age are not able to adapt to the changes that technology brought about in the use of electronic information. The world changed in the blink of an eye.

That’s why I have installed and use the TOR Browser Bundle, as well as other strong encryption technologies like BoxCryptor for securing cloud storage. If you want to see some interesting and eye-opening reasons to use TOR, look here.

I am, frankly, poor. I am a full-time student and part-time employee, not to mention a family man, so my time and funds available for advocacy work are limited. The EFF makes it possible for me to have a small, recurring donation in order to do my part for something that I believe in. Once I make a few adjustments to my personal finances, I’ll also be making a recurring donation to the TOR project as well. I don’t want anyone all up in my personal business, even though I have nothing to hide. It’sMY business, not yours. That’s why I use the Mac version of GPG (Gnu Privacy Guard, an open-source implementation of Pretty Good Privacy/PGP) to digitally sign my outgoing email. Someday, I hope that the use of encrypted email gets to be a common occurrence, rather than a novelty.

To that end, I have attached my PGP public key. Please feel free to use it if you are inclined toward improved privacy. FAE403F4.asc


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