COVID-19 and Online Freedom for #GivingTuesdayNow

On May 5, EFF is joining forces with other nonprofit groups and individuals everywhere for a global day of support called #GivingTuesdayNow. It's a direct response to the unprecedented community and

societal needs created by COVID-19. We have been fortunate to see heroic efforts by people coming together to address the impact of the pandemic, whether as frontline healthcare workers, kind neighbors, or even creative entertainers keeping our isolated spirits up. This unitymade more poignant by our physical distance is how we will be able to heal our world in every sense.

Nonprofit organizations and civil society groups are meant to step up for you where governments cant or wont. That role is especially important as the pandemic continues to affect every individual and industry in ways we do not yet fully comprehend. With physical distancing in place, the Internet is a critical lifeline to health information, our loved ones, and our sanity. Thats why EFF hasnt stopped fighting for even a moment to protect your digital privacy and security, online expression, creative innovation, and access to technology.

In this extraordinary time, were adapting EFFs skills to weigh in on issues like contact tracing, surveillance proposals, and defending encryption. The EFF team fortunately has unique expertise in defending civil liberties while on the Internet! Just days ago, we triumphed in stopping the sale of the worlds .ORG registry to a private equity firm. As a small organization based in San Francisco we are proud of our global impact, but EFF relies on your support to get the job donenow more than ever.

Lets help out however we can. There are numerous ways to support the people and the world around us. On #GivingTuesdayNow, I'm asking for help to ensure the future of Internet freedom stays bright especially in these strange days. We have set an ambitious donation goal of $10,000 by the end of Giving Tuesday Now, and you can help by joining EFF or just spreading the word! Heres some sample language that you can share:

Internet freedom, security, and access are more important today than ever before. Join me in supporting @EFF on #GivingTuesdayNow https://eff.org/GTN

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LivestreamAt Home With EFF: Helping Our Communities Find out more about how EFF is supporting your rights online during the third edition of our At Home With EFF livestream series on Tuesday, May 5 at 2 PM Pacific. You're invited to chat with the EFF team on Twitch, hear the latest in the fight to protect the .ORG registry, and learn how you can support your community through online mutual aid safely. RSVP now at https://eff.org/AtHome.

Learn more about how EFF is defending digital freedom during the pandemic. EFF has a central hub where you can find our work related to the coronavirus at eff.org/COVID-19. We have also compiled our critical thoughts on online rights and the pandemic in a new ebook: EFFs Guide to Digital Rights and the Pandemic. To get the ebook, you can make an optional contribution to support EFFs work, or you can download it at no cost. We released the ebook under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits sharing among users.

As we each reflect on how we can help ourselves and the world, please know that the staff at EFF is grateful to have your support.

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