01.28.21

The Electronic Frontier Foundation ‘Forgets’ Microsoft Monopoly, Focuses on ‘Oligopolies’ (or ‘Big Tech’)

Posted in Apple, EFF, Google, Microsoft at 11:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is not advancing the goals it was renowned for a few years ago or a decade back; it’s worth discussing the reasons

THE decline of the EFF’s integrity was mentioned here a lot over the past couple of years (e.g. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]). It eroded a great deal after the (co)founder and leader had died. The other EFF co-founders, John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor, are still alive. What are their thoughts on the status quo?

“It actively complements Microsoft lobbying and in the area of patents, as noted in the video, the EFF hardly does anything anymore.”The above video is a response to this new post/article from the EFF, perpetuating this ludicrous idea that Microsoft is no longer an issue and we should instead be concerned about “GAFA”. Given that Microsoft’s presence on the Web by far exceeds Apple’s, the inclusion of Apple and exclusion of Microsoft from the ‘shame list’ (“Big Tech”) is a tad suspicious, albeit not atypical. A lot of this “GAFA” stuff can be traced back to Microsoft lobbyists.

Mitch Kapor and John GilmoreIf the EFF is unable to criticise Microsoft and is instead granting awards to Microsoft employees, then the EFF is likely even worse than neutral. It actively complements Microsoft lobbying and in the area of patents, as noted in the video, the EFF hardly does anything anymore. Nothing substantial. That was vastly different a few years ago.

What happened to the EFF?

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