Last updated on: 2/22/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Electronic Frontier Foundation Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“Since the adoption and implementation of DREs, substantial errors have occurred during elections, including errors resulting in significant voter disenfranchisement and, in at least one case, the need for an election to be reheld. Additionally, computer scientists nationwide have expressed concern about the security and auditability of DREs.”

Letter to Henry McMaster, Attorney General for the State of South Carolina, July 19, 2004

Description:

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) works in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties in the digital age. The Internet and other communication technologies can herald the most liberating era of human history — or the most regulated and controlled as new threats to our basic rights to free speech, privacy and free and open communications emerge with alarming speed.”

“Electronic Frontier Foundation – Mission,” www.guidestar.org, accessed Feb. 12, 2008

Mission:

“From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 — well before the Internet was on most people’s radar — and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF achieves significant victories on behalf of consumers and the general public. EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations. By mobilizing more than 50,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.”

“About EFF,” www.eff.org, accessed Feb. 12, 2008

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Accurately Capture Voter Intent?
  2. Is Logic and Accuracy Testing an Effective Method of Assuring That Electronic Voting Machines Are Operating Properly before an Election?