Donating to the EFF
December 12, 2004
Every year about this time, as I prepare to write a check to the EFF, I have a twinge of guilt. It is, after all, an institution that is predominantly of interest to one of the most privileged segments of our society. Instead of supporting Iraqis bombed out of their houses, or Sudanese refugees, or unemployed Americans, or the environment… I choose to funnel checks to the protector of abstract liberties for technocrats. I always feel apologetic and almost furtive about it.
In the end, I can only justify it because no one else cares. Yes, it’s self-interest on the part of the digerati… but that doesn’t make the Bill of Rights in the age of mechanical reproduction any less important. I can barely make intelligent, well-educated, First Amendment-loving non-techies even understand the issues, much less shell out buckage to fight the forces of Big Media and the police. And other interested parties, like librarians and small music publishers, don’t have massive financial resources to contribute. So I guess I’ll continue to squeamishly write my end of year checks, and follow the stories, and hope that the EFF’s finger in the dike buys us some time… but it’s sad that we have to pay money to wage a small rearguard action on behalf of the Constitution.