This week on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Deeplinks blog, the organization put out a special thank you to redditors and friends for a recent surge in donations. Earlier this week a redditor named Hectorial posted a question to the politics subreddit: “Why don’t we form an Internet Freedom Association like the NRA has for firearms?” There was a massive response to this question, as fellow redditors rushed to educate everyone about the organizations that already exist to promote free speech and prevent censorship on the web. The most notable of these organizations, of course, is the EFF.
The EFF claims they took in over $7,500 from over 200 separate donations over the course of the 24 hours following the post. The EFF used its blog post to thank Reddit and educate newcomers as to the EFF’s mission. From the blog post:
EFF is working hard to expose the dangers of upcoming “cybersecurity” bills and mobilize the public through advocacy campaigns to make Congress protect our civil liberties. We’re also strengthening Constitutional protections in electronic search cases, asking for meaningful corporate responsibility, exposing international policies threatening online rights, and so much more.
The organization responded on Twitter as well:
What do you think? Is the EFF the hero the internet needs now that governments around the world are considering legislation to spy on or censor information online? Is there another organization that is doing a better job? Leave a comment below and let me know.