Awesome Stuff: Want To Make Sure The Internet Stays Open And Free For Innovation?

from the tooting-our-own-horn-a-bit dept

Each week, we post an “awesome stuff” post that looks at a few interesting (and sometimes not so interesting) crowdfunding projects. This week, however, we’re doing our own. On Monday, we launched a crowdfunding campaign to support our coverage of net neutrality. The idea is to let us put more resources towards really digging into every aspect of this battle. We’re a very small team trying to cover a variety of subjects, and we work quite hard at it, but if we can dedicate greater efforts towards this important debate, we’re hoping to really dig deep and look at what’s really happening — beyond just the basic headlines of what’s out there.

TL;DR: Support our net neutrality coverage
and double your impact right now! »

We were able to do that with the SOPA/PIPA fight, but as I mentioned in our last post, doing so meant that we lost big on the advertising side. While that didn’t stop us, we’d rather not have to worry about that, but rather just focus on just getting you the best reporting we can. While we’ve written hundreds of stories on net neutrality, here are a few memorable ones to highlight the kinds of things we want to be able to keep bringing you:

As you can see, we really try to dig deeper, past the straight up headlines to see what else is going on. We can do a lot more of that, but we need to reach our funding goal. We’re off to an amazing start so far, with it getting well over a third of the way funded in less than a week. But there’s still a long way to go, and it needs your help. Please, if you can, look at supporting this project, and sharing it with your friends.

Once again, if you donate now, there are matching funds that we get from a group of donors, meaning that every dollar you give creates twice as much impact. Please consider supporting this effort. We won’t let you down.

Support our net neutrality coverage
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techrebel (profile) says:

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Some transparency would be nice, but I’m not holding my breath. Mike demands transparency from others, but he then runs from serious discussions about his own beliefs. I doubt very much he’ll be upfront about who’s giving him the money here. Transparency and accountability just aren’t in the cards. That’s, sadly, not what Mike does.

Whatever (profile) says:

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My guess (and it’s only my guess, so the usual trolls can back down already) is that you have to look at the usual cast of characters to see what is up.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Lessig’s new PAC as a donor and / or supporter. I could also picture the groups that have had recent highlighting posts (like kickstarter) about net neutrality recently.

The bigger concern here may be more to do with legal. Without transparency, there is no way to know if a post is in whole or in part paid for by a contributor, even as they may be the subject of the story.

A little transparency would go a very long way here. Knowing the two 5K donors and the matching funds group would go a long way to explaining what is actually behind this semi-covert fund raising campaign.

You have to wonder too… Techdirt has been covering this really well without the extra money (so goes the claim), so what does the extra money bring (besides an improved bottom line)?

Mike Masnick (profile) says:

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Better yet, who’s offering the matching grant?

We’ll be revealing that soon. The folks at Beacon are still trying to finalize a few additional matching grants, and after discussing it with them, we agreed to hold off announcing who’s providing the matching grants until they’re finalized so that they’re all on equal footing.

Suffice it to say the “speculation” in these other comments is way, way, way, way off. Ditto for the event sponsors. I’ll ask the two event sponsors (one of which signed on yesterday) if they’re okay with being named at this point, but I know who both of them are, and they’re both entrepreneurs not associated with any large company or any sort of political group. Both are just long-time fans of Techdirt, as is the case with the donors of matching funds.

Mike Masnick (profile) says:

Re: Why not a one-time option below $30?

Is this a Beacon restriction? Personally, I have no desire to read things at Beacon (given that I’ve never heard of them). Can I just spot you $5 or something instead?

It’s how Beacon is set up. If you would like to just give $5, you could sign up for the recurring option and then cancel after the first round is charged. I recognize that’s not all that appealing.

You could also support us via our Insider Shop: though that won’t get funds matched, nor would it count towards hitting our target number in this campaign.

I realize those may be second best options, so I apologize for that, but that’s all we can do at this point.

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