Since inception, blockchain technology enables users worldwide the ability to access previously restricted services and information. On June 18, 2018, Freedom of the Press Foundation received $540k worth of Ethereum after extending donation options into cryptocurrency.
Crypto and Liberty Collide
Organized in 2012, Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and supporting adversarial journalism through the power of internet transparency and advocacy.
As an organization reliant on the internet’s capability to provide open and free communication across borders, FPF is aligned with the premise of blockchain and its focus on returning control and authority back to its network of users.
Describing their support for blockchain, FPF stated:
“Decentralized technology has great potential to advance the ability of individuals to resist surveillance and censorship.”
$540k in ETH Donated on the First Day
Through a generous initial donation, FPF received 1000 ETH ($540,000 USD) on the first day of accepting cryptocurrency from blockchain startup, Mainframe.
A HUGE thank you to @Mainframe_HQ, who is helping kick off our cryptocurrency donation page with a donation of 1000 ETH! We are thrilled @Mainframe_HQ shares our goal of protecting journalists and whistleblowers in the digital age. https://t.co/P8q6aEZJ14
— Freedom of the Press (@FreedomofPress) June 18, 2018
Mainframe, a decentralized communications blockchain focusing on censorship prevention, was quick to share the $1.4 million raised for charity with FPF – conveying a united vision for freedom of privacy, press, and information.
In a blog post addressing their donation, Mainframe states:
“This donation stems from the mutual goal to fight not only for a free press, but for a free people in a digital age: free from the chains of censorship, free from the tyranny of unchecked surveillance, and free to use our data how we want.”
Mainframe also described their primary effort to serving a similar community of free information advocates:
“We are committed to making the Mainframe network widely available to whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources for use, to provide more private and censorship resistant channels that they can rely on to carry out their sensitive work.”
The natural union of cryptocurrency and freedom of the press and information is what was likely envisioned in the original concepts for blockchain – paving the way for future advancements in bringing together technology and community.
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