May 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM ET
Reddit is an ongoing source of information, images (bothoffensive and hilarious), activism and spontaneous acts of kindness. The social news site added to itsgrowing CV of Internet contributions with individual donations of up to $7,500 to the ElectronicFrontier Foundation (EFF) by Monday.
The 200-plus donations to EFF were inspired by a questionposted Sunday in the Reddit politics forums: "Whydon't we form an Internet Freedom Association like the NRA has for firearms?"
"Hectorial" was theReddit user who posed the question inreference to the alphabet soup of bills dealing with Internet freedoms -- SOPA, PIPA and most recently, CISPA, the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing andProtection Act, just passed by the House:
The internet and its access topeople nationwide is as useful (and more frequently used) tool of protectingour freedoms as firearms. Why do we not have a group or association to protectit before it is as heavily restricted and regulated as firearms? Those in powerknow and have witnessed the populist organizing power the internet can havewhich is why they are in a rush to try to take control of it.
As EFFpointed out in a blog post thanking Redditors for the contributions, "An astute redditorcommented that the Electronic Frontier Foundation fights privacy threats likeCISPA each day and the public should donateto support the cause. As a result, EFF received over 200 separate donationsover the past 24 hours!"
EFF is working hard to expose the dangersof upcoming "cybersecurity" bills and mobilize the public throughadvocacy campaigns to makeCongress protect our civil liberties. We're also strengtheningConstitutional protections in electronicsearch cases, asking for meaningful corporateresponsibility, exposing internationalpolicies threatening online rights, and so much more.
The Daily Dot took note of the competitive nature of the donations, with contributors one-upping each other about their stated donations in the same thread:
“Donated,” wrote GWConnoisseur, adding a screengrab of a receipt for a $100 donation. Under the field marked “Why I’m Contributing,” GWConnoisseur had written “Because online privacy should be acknowledged as a f***ing right!”
"Clearly, these redditors are particularly generous," noted the Dot's Kevin Collier. "The EFF’s cheapest non-student membership dues are $65. The NRA, meanwhile, offers a flat annual membership for just $35."