My iPhone and AT&T Sin Tax
When I bought my first iPhone a year ago, I made a donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a sort of sin tax. An indulgence for an indulgence. An attempt to counteract giving money to a company that has colluded illegally with the U.S. government to spy on its own citizens, has plans to try to filter the entire internet for copyright violations, and has generally shown itself to be an enemy to personal liberty and privacy.
But boy do I like my iPhone.
Since I just purchased an iPhone 3G and hence have extended my contract for another two years, I've extended my donation to the EFF to match my monthly bill to AT&T for the duration. It's hardly the most laudable option — if I were really going to stick to my guns I'd forgo the iPhone and AT&T entirely — but it is my compromise.
Certainly I'm happy to bask in any encouragement and handjobs you'd like to extend, but mostly I'm mentioning it as a challenge to other AT&T subscribers. If you can afford it, please consider making some sort of donation to the EFF. Even a one-time donation will help bolster an organization that has a long history of fighting for our rights online against attacks from profit-addled interests. By giving companies like AT&T our money we're funding in part a fight against ourselves; a donation to the EFF tips the odds back towards even.
Plus you get a hat.
• Talking About AT&T's Internet Filtering on AT&T's The Hugh Thompson Show
• AT&T: Use of P2P software is grounds for service termination
• Interview with AT&T's "Filter the Internet" Exec
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