All EFF'd Up: Silicon Valley’s Astroturf Privacy Shakedown
My deep dive into the forgotten history of the Electronic Frontier Foundation — Silicon Valley's most successful astroturf group — just dropped in The Baffler (Issue no. 40). EFF has been so successful at masking its corporate mission that even EFF staffers don't realize they work for a corporate front.
EFF is America’s oldest and most influential internet business lobby—an organization that has played a pivotal role in shaping the commercial internet as we know it and, increasingly, hate it. That shitty internet we all inhabit today? That system dominated by giant monopolies, powered by for-profit surveillance and influence, and lacking any democratic oversight? EFF is directly responsible for bringing it into being.
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