Freedom Of The Press Foundation Now Accepts Donations In Multiple Cryptocurrencies

Announcements, News, Now Accepting | June 19, 2018 By:

The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) has announced that it is now accepting donations in multiple cryptocurrencies.

The FPF is 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and defending public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government. Its Board of Directors comprises journalists, activists, and whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Daniel Ellsberg. The FPF is most famous for breaking the WikiLeaks financial blockade and developing SecureDrop, the open-source whistleblower submission system originally co-created by Aaron Swartz.

FPF supporters and cryptocurrency enthusiasts can now donate to the foundation using bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, ethereum, Litecoin, and Zcash. The donations will be used to expand the foundation’s mission of protecting journalists and whistleblowers in the digital age and to investigate the potential use of decentralized technology for combatting censorship and promoting security.

FPF executive director Trevor Timm said the foundation currently has digital wallets available for direct donations, but the aim is to ultimately utilize a payment processor to automatically convert the donations into fiat currency.

To mark its first major crypto gift, the non-profit organization accepted a 1,000-ether donation from blockchain company Mainframe, which is approximately $498,000 USD, at the current market value. Mainframe is a communications platform that combines the desired features of today’s best networking protocols and applications while also maintaining the highest level of security and user ownership. The network aims to be resistant to censorship, surveillance, and disruption.

“The Mainframe team is thrilled to be supporting the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization whose work we all deeply believe in,” said Mick Hagen, Mainframe founder and CEO. “Our community is committed to the protection of freedom, privacy, and digital security, and we are proud to support their mission beyond the contribution being made today — the first of its kind in the rapidly evolving cryptocurrency landscape. Ultimately, we expect the contribution to kickstart an ongoing relationship to preserve these ideals amidst the evolution of the digital landscape.”

“Freedom of the Press Foundation is extremely grateful to Mainframe and their community for the generous support of our work,” Timm said. “We are excited that Mainframe shares our commitment to protecting privacy and free speech and is deeply engaged in furthering those basic human rights through their work.”