UK EFF Pledge

“I will create a standing order of 5 pounds per month to support an organisation that will campaign for digital rights in the UK but only if 1000 other people will too.”
— Danny O’Brien

Danny O’Brien is one of Need To Know the rather cool monthly tech/satirical IT update. He’s suggested that we in the UK need an equivalent of the American Electronic Frontier Foundation to fight for digital freedoms, that’ll include fighting software patents and stopping things like the DMCA from being established over here.

If you’re in the industry, you know the kind of threat these things means to anyone who’s not a corporation – a fiver a month is the equivalent of one jolly good night out per year and instead it could help make our digital lives easier for a long time to come. Danny is a long-running IT commentator and proponent of digital freedoms. He’s got my pledge, along with 424 others in only 5 days and I humbly suggest that he gets yours too. That’ll be my public service announcement for the day, normal service will now resume.

Addition: Dunc points out that the BBC have an article about his now too, cheers Dunc.
Addition: The Guardian Online are carrying an article on this today by Danny O’Brien, I hope many more people continue sign up.

If you’re a geek, you might want to check out the graph of sign-ups – it’s looking a little non-linear, interesting evidence of grassroots support.


  • The OpenTech website now has video and audio of the session in question: