Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for future lobbying efforts.
The online rights group has fought for a range of Internet-related issues but is well-known for its stance against the Federal Government’s proposed ISP filtering, as well as support for the introduction of an R18+ video games classification.
EFA is aiming to raise $100,000 to fund lobbying activities this year.
“Over the past three years, EFA has operated as a volunteer-run organisation; I and the rest of the EFA Board serve in a purely voluntary capacity,” EFA chair, Nicolas Suzor said in a statement. “In past years and in recent months, we have had the resources to employ people to assist in our campaigns.”
Suzor said the group wanted to bolster its impact as an organisation and is appealing for public donations through the EFA website. Funds will go towards project-based staff, expenses for media campaigns and limited travelling expenses so board members can attend consultation meetings.
The EFA has been a thorn in the side of Australia’s mandatory Internet filtering scheme for the past two years. Last week, Broadband minister, Senator Stephen Conroy accused the organisation of disseminating misleading information to the public about Australia’s Internet filtering plans, which landed the country on Reporters Without Borders’ Internet censorship watch list.
Suzor denied the allegations and labelled the attacks “cowardly”.