Tech In Society - Voice Matters

By Electronic Frontiers Australia

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The War on Maths

The dying days of the 45th Australian Parliament saw another set of terrible laws rushed through without the involvement of digital rights groups, and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen in the 46th Parliament.

We're fed up with the War on Maths, and the #aabill, and data retention, and all the other ham-fisted attempts at regulation the uninformed politicians keep making.

We're too easy to ignore

You might have noticed that politicians don't seem to know much about the Internet, and don't take digital rights seriously. We've steadily lost ground on our rights to privacy, to security, and to ensure that everyone's voice can be heard.

The local tech industry, and digital rights groups like us, keep getting ignored. We can't keep doing the same things we've always done, because we know they don't work.

It's time for a change.

It's time to get organised

We're building a community of like-minded organisations across the Australian tech industry and civil society groups. By standing together we can be far more powerful than a motley collection of lone voices shouting into the void.

We've already shown fellow groups like Digital Rights Watch, the Australian Privacy Foundation, and Future Wise work well together. We have good links to other civil society groups and business and we're adding more every day.

Those who want to take away your rights are organised, and in many cases they're better funded.

Let's even the odds.

What will you do with the money?

We'll be funding a small campaign team to:

  • Write articles on digital rights to highlight the damage done by bad laws, and provide real alternatives.
  • Promote positive policies that support local industry in a way that protects individual rights.
  • Help journalists to understand the issues. Tech is often hard to understand!
  • Share stories from everyday Australians about how technology affects their daily lives to show how important digital rights are in a modern society.

To do a good job, we have to be able to pay for things that cost money, and we also want to compensate people for their time. People can't pay rent with exposure, and while volunteers are lovely, you shouldn't have to be independently wealthy to work on a campaign.

If you're still worried, please contact us and we'll be happy to explain our intentions to you. We understand there are many worthy causes you'd also like to support. This isn't a zero sum game.

Add your voice to the roar!

This campaign is about showing that Australians care about their privacy, their security, and their safety.

We've already secured funding to run our action campaign leading up to the election. Every dollar you add (up to $10k) will be matched by our donor pool.

You can also get involved by spreading the word and making sure that whatever the next government looks like, they won't be able to ignore digital rights any more.


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Electronic Frontiers Australia

Justin Warren

Lyndsey Jackson