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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Mission: The corporation was formed to perform the following activies:1) to educate the general public regarding new forms of technology including, but not limited to, digital, computing and communications technology;2) to educate the general public and foster discussion and public policy analysis regarding the relationship between technology and society;3) to educate the general public and foster discussion and public policy analysis regarding the legal and social issues raised by existing and new technology;4) to conduct scientific research in the public interest to develop and expand existing technology in order to make existing advances in digital, computing and communications technology more accessible to the general public, and to make the results of such research available to the public on a non-discriminatory basis; and 5) to conduct litigation in the public interest in order to preserve and protect the human and civil rights of those using or involved with technology, including, but no

Programs: Educated the public regarding new forms of technology, fostered discussion and public policy analysis regarding the legal and social issues raised by technology, and conducted litigation in the public interest to preserve human and civil rights.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The vindictive review by http://greatnonprofits.org/users/profile/8579 / MyWikiBiz is to be disregarded as part of a vendetta-motivated attack by a disreputable biz - a scammer. Google MyWikiBiz for more info. E.g. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/16793247/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/idea-paid-entries-roils-wikipedia/

They do excellent, nay, groundbreaking work - supporting tools like https://panopticlick.eff.org/

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

The EFF is staffed by dedicated people who are very effective in preserving our rights online. They have succeeded in preventing widespread government surveillance and in keeping the infrastructure of the Internet open to innovation. Contrary to the negative review here, they are *not* anti-copyright. Rather, they advocate for sensible intellectual property policies that benefit both copyright holders and consumers of content.

2 Michael119

Donor

Rating: 3

[I've chosen to remove my review until I've given the EFF time to respond to my questions about the changes in their financial efficiency over the last 12 months.]

Review from CharityNavigator

Thad M.

Donor

Rating: 4

This organization is unique in its goals and entirely successful in the interplay between stating goals and executing effective programs towards those goals. I feel that my donations are extremely well placed with EFF.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Very smart, very effective. They fight for your online rights and privacy. They even have free software such as HTTPS Everywhere

Review from CharityNavigator

3 MyWikiBiz

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

An organization that advocates for the outright theft of licensed creative capital is suspicious in my book. Then when you learn that less than 50% of their inbound revenues actually get spent on program services -- that's reprehensible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EFF fights to protect your civil liberties online and in the digital world in ways the average Joe hasn't thought of yet. They are remarkably effective, especially considering they operate with a skeleton crew of about 30 staffers; and considering a huge chunk of their time and money goes into litigation, extremely well-managed to boot.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks at the EFF are extremely hard working and what they are working on is vitally important to our civil liberties. They may not get nearly as much press as some of the other non-profits but their work touches our daily lives in a very positive way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Electronic Frontier is the most important advocate in one of the incredibly important but underappreciated causes of today. They fight to ensure our increasingly digital future takes a form most beneficial to society's interests. These decisions are made today primarily in a corporate or government environment, and without the public's attention they can lead us to a state where expressive freedom, privacy, and innovation occur only on their terms. These problems seem remote to most people, but everyone is involved in the digital economy whether or not they are avid internet users. Governments and businesses keep electronic records on everything they are legally allowed to about consumers (and as the NSA wiretapping debacle shows, even beyond the limits of the law and the constitution). EFF pays attention and picks timely issues to fight through litigation and public awareness campaigning. I spent a summer there working as a legal intern, and saw firsthand the foresight and consideration that go into their strategies. EFF's positions are not radical; in fact, their aim is to find the policy that benefits ALL interested parties in the long run, placing our nation's collective interest first. They have led the fight against unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping; they resist attempts by copyright and patentholders to strangle innovation and solidify their monopolies regardless of the cost to expression and innovation; they protect our collective security by defending security researchers again companies trying to hide technological vulnerabilities from the public (while malicious users continue to exploit them); the examples go on, spanning the ever-growing points of contact between technology and our rights as citizens, as authors and inventors, as consumers, and as human beings. Read about their activities at eff.org, and please support this group that defends the rights we are only beginning to discover in this new age (and which future generations will need and appreciate even more). Thanks!