EDRi member FoeBuD becomes digitalcourage
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Deutsch: EDRi-Mitglied FoeBuD bekommt neuen Namen
EDRi member FoeBuD (Germany) has changed its name to “digitalcourage” on 17 November 2012, on the occasion of the organisation’s 25th anniversary.
The old name had been a quickly constructed satirical acronym – a parody on the bureaucratic and cumbersome language used by the state’s telecommunications authority, which was also the monopoly provider of telecom services, at the time. As FoeBuD developed into a privacy and digital rights organisation active on the national level and beyond, it had become apparent for some time that the obscure name had turned from an in-joke to an obstacle for the group's publicity. Obviously, digitalcourage will continue to mention its (much loved) old name to maintain a link with its history.