Back by popular demand, we’re hosting a third At Home with EFF event tomorrow at 2 pm (PT)! In addition to our EFF all-stars, we’ll be joined by special guests Şerife Wong, founder of Icarus Salon, and the magical Brad Barton (aka reality thief). As this event coincides with Giving Tuesday, our panels will highlight considerations for nonprofits and mutual aid organizers, including an update on last week’s victory in protecting the .ORG registry from being sold to a private equity firm.
In a stunning victory for nonprofits and NGOs around the world working in the public interest, ICANN today roundly rejected Ethos Capital’s plan to transform the .ORG domain registry into a heavily indebted for-profit entity. This is an important victory that recognizes the registry’s long legacy as a mission-based, non-for-profit entity protecting the interests of thousands of organizations and the people they serve.
We’re glad ICANN listened to the many voices in the nonprofit world urging it not to support the sale of Public Interest Registry, which runs .ORG, to private equity firm Ethos Capital. The proposed buyout was an attempt by domain name industry insiders to profit off of thousands of nonprofits and NGOs around the world. Saying the sale would fundamentally change PIR into an entity bound to serve the interests of its corporate stakeholders with no meaningful plan to protect or serve the .ORG community, ICANN made clear that it saw the proposal for what it was, regardless of Ethos’ claims that nonprofits would continue to have a say in their future. ICANN entrusted to PIR the responsibility to serve the public interest in its operation of the .ORG registry, they wrote, and now ICANN is being asked to transfer that trust to a new entity without a public interest mandate.
Twitter greeted its users with a confusing notification this week. The control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed, it said. The changes will help Twitter continue operating as a free service, it assured. But at what cost?
Twitter has changed what happens when users opt out of the allow additional information sharing with business partners setting in the Personalization and Data part of its site.
The government and law enforcement should not be scanning your photos with face recognition technology. But right now, at least half of Americans are likely in government face recognition databases—often thanks to secretive agreements between state and federal government agencies—without any of us having opted in. Although the majority of Americans are in these databases, it’s nearly impossible to know whether or not your photo has been included. Today, EFF is launching a new project to help fight back: Who Has Your Face.