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.
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.
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.
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.
Fight for the Future is an extraordinarily responsive, lean, and impactful team of warriors for our right to communicate. So proud to support them!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fight for the Future is on the leading edge of organizations winning for the internet. A lean, mean, campaigning machine!
*The* leading organization working to protect internet freedom -- critical to making any other social change progress.
FFTF = creative + smart + fearless.
Fighting the good fight for all of us - keep up the good work!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.