Fight for the Future
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Fight for the Future (often abbreviated fightfortheftr or FFTF) is a nonprofit advocacy group in the area of digital rights founded in 2011. The group aims to promote causes related to copyright legislation, as well as online privacy and censorship through the use of the Internet.
The organization was founded by Tiffiniy Cheng and Holmes Wilson in October 2011, and is based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Cheng and Wilson were previously involved in Participatory Culture Foundation, a nonprofit in the area of free culture. Initial funding for the organization was provided by Media Democracy Fund.
SOPA and PIPA protests
Fight for the Future was involved in the online protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act in January 2012. The group was involved in coordinating the action in which a number of websites displayed messages advocating against the proposed bills.
Internet Defense League
Fight for the Future has created the Internet Defense League as a means of coordinating possible future protests, similar to the ones it helped organize in January 2012.
Opposition to WCIT-12
Along with AccessNow.org, the group has launched an online campaign opposing the changes proposed at the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications. The organization believes the changes would threaten the openness of the Internet.
Reset the Net
In response to reports of NSA mass surveillance, Fight for the Future called for increased privacy protections on the internet to decrease the efficiency of surveillance efforts. The organization participated in a day of action on June 5, 2014 to protest NSA surveillance.
Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
In the summer of 2016, Fight for the Future teamed up with musician Tom Morello's label Firebrand Records to launch a Rock Against the TPP multi-city tour, featuring concerts, teach-ins, and protests of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality
Dr. David Lowery of the University of Georgia has accused Fight For The Future of being an "astroturf" organization funded by Silicon Valley interests disguised as a grassroots organization, and has documented large donations from what he unfoundedly refers to as shell companies, claiming they represent corporations with vested interest in weakening copyright regulation.[unreliable source]
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