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FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE EDUCATION FUND

Fight for the Future Edu Fund

Boston, MA   |  https://www.fftfef.org/

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.

Ruling year info

2014

Exe Director

Sarah Roth-Gaudette

Deputy Director

Evan Greer

Main address

PO Box 55071, PMB 95005

Boston, MA 02205 USA

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EIN

45-2852041

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Our programs

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

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The FCC repealed net neutrality, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead.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.

Population(s) Served
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Fight for privacy and digital security––hold tech companies accountable. Pressure tech companies on human rights.

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Engage on issues of content moderation and platform censorship. Prevent overreaching copyright regulations.

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Where we work

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

We've developed a first-of-its-kind tech organizing model — a combination of smart technology, messaging and coalition-building that put the public at the center of the political process — to ignite massive and unprecedented viral response. We're inventive technologists and organizers who can take failing fights and figure out the best strategies to change their course.

Our accomplishments are testament to the notion that with the right approach and adequate support, the public interest can prevail—even over some of the largest and most entrenched lobbies in Washington.

Whether we're winning.

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.

Financials

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FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE EDUCATION FUND

Board of directors
as of 5/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marvin Ammori

Protocol Labs

Yochai Benkler

Harvard Law

Hannah Sassaman

Media Mobilizing Project

Tiffiniy Cheng

FFTFEF Co-founder

Holmes Wilson

FFTFEF Co-founder

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Free Internet, Public Interest Technology, Digital Rights, Free Expression