Electronic Frontiers Georgia (EFGA) was founded in 1995 by Tom Cross, Robert Costner, Chris Farris, and Robbie Honerkamp. Scott M. Jones joined in 1996.
Some key accomplishments during the initial period:
- Sued the state of Georgia along with ACLU-GA (ACLU v. Miller) to oppose a bill that at its broadest reading could have outlawed pseudonyms on the Internet. This effort was successful and the law was enjoined in court.
- Lobbied for a market-based approach to electronic commerce, rather than the "Utah model" which would have put the state in charge of certification agencies. This effort was successful.
- Coordinated opposition to the "State DMCA's", cable-industry laws with unreasonably harsh penalties that would have enabled de-facto state-mandated copyright legislation. This effort was successful.
- Opposed a state-level bill that makes it illegal to film movies in theaters or other venues where movies are being shown. EFGA missed this bill in committee and was unsuccessful in stopping it.
- Hosted several educational talks at Atlanta-area venues as well as "coffee-shop activist" meetings.
- Spawned a successful series of educational talks at the DragonCon Science Fiction Convention known as Electronic Frontiers Forums. This lecture series continues to this day.
Aside from Electronic Frontiers Forums, EFGA became inactive around 2007. Given recent political changes, we are working to re-start the group!
Our Wikipedia page is here.