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Fight for the Future

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Rights

Mission: We harness the power of the Internet to channel outrage into action, defending our most basic rights in the digital age. We fight to ensure that technology is a force for empowerment, free expression, and liberation rather than tyranny, corruption, and structural inequality. We are an intentionally small, fierce team of technologists, creatives, and policy experts working to educate and mobilize at an unprecedented scale, achieving victories previously thought to be impossible.

Results: TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS *Developed the strategy and online tools that were used to drive nearly four million comments to the FCC, winning net neutrality, the historic “First Amendment” protection of the Internet. Unleashed the huge backlash to its repeal, keeping trojan horse compromises at bay and helping clear the way for state reinstatement of the rules until their full reinstatement by Congress. *Conceived and coordinated the largest online protest in history, in which over 24 million people and websites were able to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act that would have led to widespread Internet censorship. *Pushed popular services to build secure, privacy-protecting encryption into their products, and when they did, we successfully fought to defend products like the iPhone from misguided mandates for government “backdoors”. *Launched the first major national campaign calling for a federal ban on law enforcement use of facial recognition, prompting bans in four major cities and more on the way. Pushed major concert promoters to commit not to use the technology. *Spearheaded campaigns that resulted in the release of whistleblower Chelsea Manning and helped stop the Trans Pacific Partnership. *Assembled the innovative technology used to contact lawmakers, register to vote, expose FCC fraud, spark multiple investigations, and empower volunteers to organize their own protests. Most recently, we helped the September 2019 Digital Climate Strike organizers use our playbook to recruit 10,000 websites to join in the massive protest, driving nearly 40% of traffic to the site.

Target demographics: We harness the power of the Internet to channel outrage into action, defending our most basic rights in the digital age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: *Spearheaded the movement to make facial recognition technology (FRT) politically toxic. *Launched the first significant blow to the spread of the commercial use of FRT, resulting in its ban at 40+ major music festivals, including SXSW, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonarroo. *Provided air support to anti-FRT organizers resulting in bans in Portland, San Francisco, Boston and a growing number of US cities. *Organized college students to secure FRT bans at more than 60 higher ed institutions, including UCLA. *Got 1,000 musicians to boycott Amazon-sponsored events and partnerships for their role in ICE’s family separation policies. *Launched the first campaign to end Amazon Ring’s practice of giving local law enforcement access to customers’ camera-enabled doorbells. *Forced Amazon to release the full list of 1000+ cities where partnerships exist. *Organized the campaign that prompted Zoom to abandon its plan to limit end-to-end encryption to paid accounts and corporate clients.

Geographic areas served: We work in the US mostly, but sometimes we pitch in to help with fights outside of the US too.

Programs: NET NEUTRALITY The FCC repealed net neutrality, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. The move sparked unprecedented cross-partisan backlash, and our viral BattleForTheNet.com campaign helped harness that Internet outrage and turn it into political power. STOP GROWiNG GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE SURVEILLANCE Fight for privacy and digital security––hold tech companies accountable. Pressure tech companies on human rights. STOP CENSORSHIP Engage on issues of content moderation and platform censorship. Prevent overreaching copyright regulations.

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Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit, tackling essential issues that will shape our communities in the decades to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future does a great job of demystifying issues where technology intersects with civil liberties. Understanding these issues is critical at a time when so many people are relying on technology for work, school, and leisure. It's imperative that we have organizations like Fight for the Future working to protect our privacy, our rights, and educate the public on issues that, for many, remain under the radar because the only people who understand what's going on are literate in tech issues and have a hard time communicating what's happening to the rest of us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future has provided me with valuable information about internet management and policy issues for quite some time now. I find their news letters invaluable in keeping me abreast of issues which might otherwise escape my notice. I believe the people running it are knowledgeable and passionate about transparency and justice. They are active in seeking solutions to problems caused by political machinations and I would recommend them to anyone who has an interest in these matters.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is small in personnel but very active. They are similar to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and make it their mission to ensure that corporations and private industry cannot exploit the internet users of the world for profit and influence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organisation provides succinct and accurate information about internet policy issues, accompanied with action options that are easy to undertake. Their ability to combine information with action has resulted in several significant wins that benefit all internet users - a very large group of people, and not only those in the United States. Given the centralisation of internet governance and power being located in the United States, their efforts have a disproportionate and international impact. Their consistent educational work benefits non-profits as far away as Australia, as they inspire similar models and communications methods. I really rate this group for the effective way their small team operates and how generous and encouraging they are to others working in this space.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is actually and fully on the side of the people. They keep us informed of machinations against digital free speech and other freedoms, and fight with an impressive tenacity. They communicate clearly and frequently, and are deeply invested in their work.

joshman501

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit organization, and I think they are one of the most important organizations of our time. They fight for the future of the internet and they help to keep the internet free and private. Without them, the internet would become a Dystopian Orwellian nightmare of nonstop censorship and spying. This organization fights to stop that and I’m really thankful for the work they do. Please support this non-profit and please help to Fight for the Future!

1 Claire P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always open FFTF's emails because they respect my time, provide me timely and unique information that's relevant to a healthy democracy, and provide concrete ways for me to take action towards solutions. THANK YOU, Fight for the Future!

1 Ellen C.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is one of several organizations I follow. What they all have in common are values - integrity, democracy, and making change, to name a few. FFF is a powerful strike force for changes I believe in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for these guys for over five years now. They've proven that they are in it for the long haul to ensure that the First and Fourth Amendments get respected online. They operate a small yet smart, effective campaign that can put the pressure exactly where it needs to go.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They’re peacefully outsmarting the world’s bullies

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future have been strident in defence or a free and open internet for all of us.
Big Cable and businesses try to monetize and manipulate the internet, and our opinions, for their own gain.
Fight for the future champion our freedom of information. Without that someone else is dictating your thoughts for you.
They're trying to keep the internet open and accessible to us all.
More power to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The most important nonprofit that I contribute to. They do so much impactful work that directly benefits people—of both parties. They are absolutely vital to advocating for and protecting our freedoms and privacy. They've been so effective and successful, and I trust them to continue this great work in the future. They run super lean and very effective with the donations they receive, and they don't spam people with too much email.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its interests in freedom are at the heart and core of what the nation is all about. It's a beacon of justice!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having been a donor for many years now, I value the continued effort this organization puts towards exposing and ending the often overlooked, "dark side of technology". I love technology, but I dislike big government and corporate special interests. These fine folks provide updates that further the movement towards open and transparent technology, as well as government and corporate misdoings. I urge others to no only look into the work they have done, but also join in, donate and volunteer if they can do so. Their work speaks volumes and should be easily seen as valuable towards improving the lives of many citizens, often who would be unable to challenge the organizations themselves.

10/10 would donate again -- Which, I actually do, on a re-occurring basis and suggest you do the same!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future consistently provides me with news about things that matter to me. Specifically, the state of freedom when it comes to the internet. They were my key source when it came to net neutrality being overturned, they’ve kept me posted on how that has impacted the following years, and they keep an eye on big tech in a world becoming more and more connected to it. I understand they also do lobbying directly. They are essential and more people should hear their message!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great book profit helping keep our government honest no matter their political affiliation. There's a lot of fact checking, reporting, and grass root mobilization to help raise awareness for digital freedoms and governmental oversight, while also helping be a whistle blower when things aren't right.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Fight for the Future when they began their campaign for Net Neutrality. It honestly feels so long ago now, but I think it has been about a year? It's incredible how much they have done and how many people they have reached, especially for such a small team. They are currently fighting on multiple fronts to prevent censorship and keep a free and open internet. I hope they get the recognition they deserve for going up against corporations and governmental policies alike.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome non-profit! Making a huge difference and big impact on how many Americans are feeling, keep it up Fight for the Future! Thank you for organizing this movement!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fight For the Future is really fighting for our future! This organization is committed to protecting our privacy and rights in the age of digital information. They fight the big corporations seeking to hoard and control the Internet, which has become a vital communication and information hub, or to use technology to curtail our safety and privacy, as well as the fundamental principles of our democracy, all in the name of greed and power. I am glad this organization exists and has my back, and I hope more and more people join them in fighting such and important battle!

Lion G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is fighting for our rights to freedom of information, freedom of speech, and freedom from control and surveillance from both governments and corporations. They have fought hard for a free internet, instead of a controlled internet, or weakened internet as a money-making "toll" position that the big corporations would like to filter it through. They have rallied millions of people to protest the FCC's attempts to reduce or block corporate takeovers. They are effective, powerful, and friendly to the personal freedoms we value.

Sean P.2

Donor

Rating: 4

FttF is the only non-profit fighting to keep the internet free and safe from government oversight.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FFTF is an incredible advocacy organization fighting for digital rights for all. Whether it's fighting for Net Neutrality, stopping the dangerous EARN IT Act, or advocating for encryption and free speech, FFTF has been there to organize and advocate. I strongly support FFTF and their incredible team.

Mateus F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I greatly admire the folks at Fight for the Future. Since the days of Ajit Pai's criminal net neutrality repeal to protecting our privacy rights, the folk sat FftF are at the forefront of the battle to preserve our rights on the internet, and I greatly appreciate their work.

Katharine P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am inspired by the brains, energy and dedication of this small band. Their accomplishments are impressive and their goals are lofty. We need this kind of vision to carry us into the future. We benefit from their vigilance to make the internet accessible to all and protect freedom of expression.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the work of Fight for the Future for some time and became involved as a donor in March 2016. I continue to be impressed by the team's knowledge of and insight into key internet rights and freedom issues, along with their creativity in bringing these issues to the attention of those who should care most - us, the internet users. But most of all I appreciate that they take that extra step, closing the loop between awareness campaigns and petitions, and the decision-makers who directly influence policy and practice around internet freedom.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of Fight for the Future when co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016. FFTF brings an unprecedented amount of creativity and vision to the intersection of tech and civic engagement. The impact of FFTF's work transcends the beautiful campaigns, real policy changes, and innovative tools they've built - they are weaving each piece together to lay the foundation for an entirely different pathway to civic engagement. They are figuring out - with a sense of creativity and irreverence that is inherently appealing to the millennials driving the internet - how to build a new political system in which everyone is heard & powerful.

Simon Stumpf

Donor

Rating: 5

Fight For The Future is expanding the Internet's transformative power for good by keeping vital technology open and accessible. Through global activations and a network of “Internet Defenders,” this lean, global, and highly-innovative team is ensuring that creative, bottom-up civic engagement transitions to and remains relevant in an increasingly online world. Not only have they mobilized the largest online protests in history, but they have successfully influenced US policy. We at Ashoka have been following Fight for the Future for many years and in 2016 announced the election of co-foudner and co-director Tiffiniy Cheng as an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of her and FFTF's pioneering efforts to develop and champion a new political model with creative participation and openness at its core.

Hannah46

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is an extraordinarily responsive, lean, and impactful team of warriors for our right to communicate. So proud to support them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organizations is really effective, is accountable to its members and is efficient with its use of funds. They have won some huge victories, work well in coalitions and great strategic vision.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Few grassroots groups ever (if any) have chalked up the kinds of historic and crucial public-interest wins in as short of a time as Fight for the Future. They have established freedom on the Internet as an issue worth protecting and have built groundbreaking tech-enabled campaigns to win important protections like net neutrality. Public-interest advocates working on all kinds of issues are better off because of the work FFTF has done.

Namata

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is one of the most effective social change organizations in the world. I've never seen an organization move so quickly to secure major policy victories and mobilize many millions of people. It's truly incredible.

The combination of movement building and software creation for enabling action is unique and unstoppable. They are operating at a level that other organizations can only dream of.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future has been consistently winning victories for free speech and privacy that pundits said were impossible. There is simply no other organization that can do what they do. FFTF organized the largest online protest in history!! And many more groundbreaking actions. Over and over, they make an impact and they win.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is on the leading edge of organizations winning for the internet. A lean, mean, campaigning machine!

2 Jesse23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

*The* leading organization working to protect internet freedom -- critical to making any other social change progress.

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Donor

Rating: 5

FFTF = creative + smart + fearless.
Fighting the good fight for all of us - keep up the good work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked in non-profits making open-source web tools since 2006, with the Participatory Politics Foundation. Even after almost a decade of experience, I am continually surprised by the positive impact of Fight For the Future in the increasingly-important realm of, well, everything-digital. Their operations are top-notch, their campaigns are creative and involving, their web code is open to re-use by other organizations, and they've quickly become an integral part of the privacy and internet freedom communities, working alongside long-established NGO's. I recommend them highly and if net neutrality prevails on our many devices, mobile and computer and yet-to-come, we'll owe them a huge regards in the public sphere.

1 Sean26

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Streaming Netflix or Hulu and didn't want it slowed down by Comcast and other internet access providers? Yup, that was these guys that screamed so loud that the government heard and reversed course on internet "fast lanes." The list goes on and on... mostly acronyms you may have not heard of like SOPA, PIPA, CISA, TPP, CISPA, and a slew of others. All you have to do is search those terms, and BAM! you get why these issues are important. I am just personally thankful that FFTF keeps me updated on the issues, and fights for them, even when I am just too busy doing my own job. They are my own personal superhero fighting bad internet legislation, lobbying organizations, and internet idiocy. In fact they are your superhero too. Did you know you had a superhero? Thank them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Witnessing the work Fight For The Future does has been nothing short of amazing. Their ability to distill complex issues into moving, effective campaigns has helped lead the charge in stopping toxic legislature from being passed. Although I am a board member, their creativity, personal touch, and ability to bring issues to life makes it personally gratifying to be involved as a board member, as well as a participant in their campaigns.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future is a savvy org. They create compelling campaigns in a space that sometimes falls back on dry, pedantic, and/or unrelateable rhetoric.

Keep 'em dropping, FFTF!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fight for the future has been really effective at getting people involved in issues from SOPA, PIPA, network neutrality, encryption, and the TPP. I have called my Federal legislators for the first time using FFTF campaigns which make it easy to do so. It was really exciting when we helped score the Title 2 Network Neutrality. Because FFTF has been so effective at organizing and turning regular people into activists I've been giving them money along with other civil liberties organization such as the ACLU and the EFF.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Fight for the Future (FFTF) has consistently come up with creative ways to use technology to empower activists. In 2014, they led a coalition of nonprofits fighting for strong net neutrality protections, and helped deliver almost a million comments to the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). This, along with almost 3 million other comments, made net neutrality the most commented on issue ever for the FCC. Before this, Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction from 2004 had the crown. FFTF is a surprisingly effective organization when it comes to securing freedoms. They are also generous in terms of helping other nonprofits understand and use technology. After working alongside them, I have a lot of respect for how they operate with honesty and professionalism. They definitely get 5 stars.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Board (which speaks less to bias than my love for the organization), but I think Fight for the Future is unbelievably creative and effective. They understand Internet activism as well as anyone and have been able to engage millions of people on important, if arcane, technology issues and have fought to win several huge victories ensuring a free Internet. They're lean, creative, and effective.