Although the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) may be well-known in the digital world of 2014, the nonprofit watchdog group was advocating and defending digital rights before the Internet was a blip on the radar for most Americans. EFF was founded in 1990 in response to an outdated understanding of how a citizen's digital civil liberties should be regarded by authorities, when they were regarded at all. Since it first started more than two decades ago, EFF has progressed from a handful of concerned technologists willing to fund legal cases they saw as abusive to civil liberties to a team of policy analysts, activists, technologists, and lawyers able to take on the fight themselves. Some of the issues EFF is involved in are also the issues most likely to be at the top of a newsfeed -- particularly its ongoing work challenging the National Security Agency (NSA) in its mass collection of phone metadata.
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