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Electronic Frontier Foundation, Inc.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.

aka EFF   |   San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.eff.org

Mission

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF is an essential champion of user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development, and has been since our founding in 1990. Our staff of nearly 100—including lawyers, activists and technologists—works to ensure that our rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our reliance on technology grows worldwide. EFF works on issues at the local, state, federal, and international levels. We are supported by over 30,000 members worldwide.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Ms. Cindy Cohn

Main address

815 Eddy St.

San Francisco, CA 94109 USA

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EIN

04-3091431

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. EFF's mission is to ensure that technology supports freedom, justice, and innovation for all people of the world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Free Speech Online

EFF fights for free expression offered by new technology—overcoming the legal, structural, and corporate obstacles blocking people around the world from speaking their minds and accessing information and ideas. We should be able to use new technologies to publish our ideas; criticize those in power; gather and report the news; and make, adapt, and share creative works. These rights are especially important for those in vulnerable communities, who must be able to safely meet, grow, and make themselves heard without being silenced or drowned out by the powerful.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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At EFF, we believe that together we can create a future where our rights not only follow us online but are even enhanced by new technology. The activists, lawyers, and technologists on EFF’s staff fight every day for a better future and against the kinds of dystopias best left to speculative fiction. In courts, legislatures, and corporate boardrooms, we make sure that users’ needs are heard.

EFF is an essential champion of user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development, and has been since our founding in 1990. Our staff of nearly 100—including lawyers, activists and technologists–works to ensure that our rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our reliance on technology grows worldwide. EFF works on issues at the local, state, federal, and international levels, and was supported by nearly 39,000 members in 2021. Nearly 20% of our members live outside of the US.

Issue Areas

Free Speech Online
EFF fights for free expression offered by new technology—overcoming the legal, structural, and corporate obstacles blocking people around the world from speaking their minds and accessing information and ideas. We should be able to use new technologies to publish our ideas; criticize those in power; gather and report the news; and make, adapt, and share creative works. These rights are especially important for those in vulnerable communities, who must be able to safely meet, grow, and make themselves heard without being silenced or drowned out by the powerful.

Digital Privacy
EFF’s approach to privacy enables autonomy, anonymity, security, and the right to a life free from prying eyes. This allows for free association and expression, while also taking into account legitimate law enforcement concerns. National and local governments must put legal checks in place to prevent abuse of state powers, and international bodies should consider how a changing technological environment shapes security agencies’ best practices.

Creativity & Innovation
EFF works to protect and strengthen fair use, innovation, open access, net neutrality, and your freedom to tinker. We challenge patent and copyright trolls in public and in court; argue in Congress for more balanced copyright and patent laws; and urge governments, funders, and educational institutions to adopt open access policies so established players do not silence the next generation of creators. Our digital future depends on our ability to access, use, and build on both information and technology.

Transparency
EFF holds governments accountable to the public through federal and state freedom of information laws, the courtroom, and our megaphone. EFF showcases technologies and policies that help the transparency process, such as tools that make it easier to file and track public records requests, websites dedicated to whistleblowing, or open government initiatives to improve access to information.

International
EFF's international team advocates for privacy, free speech, and an open internet in international venues and around the world. We expose mass and unwarranted surveillance and educate unlawfully targeted users on how to protect themselves and their colleagues. EFF uses individual cases to highlight the effect of technology on human rights and defend technologists from persecution and detention wherever they live.

Security
Computer security—and the lack of it—is a fundamental issue that underpins much of how the internet does and doesn't function. EFF works on a wide range of security issues, including standing up for encryption both in the U.S. and internationally, deploying cryptographic protocols, like HTTPS Everywhere and Certbot; offering legal assistance to researchers through our Coders' Rights Project; delivering practical security advice to activists through the Surveillance Self-Defense project; informing city residents

See our Annual Reports at https://www.eff.org/about/annual-reports-and-financials

Financials

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Electronic Frontier Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2023
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Board chair

Pamela Samuelson

Professor of Law and Information Management, and Co-Director, Center for Law and Technology, University of California at Berkeley

Brewster Kahle

Brian Behlendorf

Anil Dash

Glitch

Sarah Deutsch

David Farber

Keio University

Bruce Schneier

Gigi Sohn

GEORGETOWN LAW INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY LAW & POLICY

Shari Steele

James Vasile

Open Tech Strategies

Jonathan Zittrain

Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government