Awesome Stuff: The Truth About Encryption

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Awesome Stuff is normally about highlighting interesting crowdfunding projects from others, but this week it's time for a little shameless self-promotion, because today is the last day of our campaign to fund Techdirt's encryption reporting! The campaign ends in a few hours, just before 1pm Pacific time.

If you're a Techdirt regular, you know we've been working hard to cover the truth about a debate that is so often distorted by fear-mongering and empty rhetoric. Earlier this week, we released a new explainer video to summarize the subject and explain why it matters so much. Following the tragic attack in Brussels, the response to which is echoing what happened after the Paris attack, we've been keeping tabs on the politicians who are rushing to blame encryption even though the real issue was an intelligence community failure. And we're committed to covering each new legal development between the FBI and Apple, and (as is always Techdirt's policy) to include the full text of court filings and decisions whenever possible, so those who wish to go beyond our analysis can delve in themselves — something we're surprised still isn't the norm on most news websites.

We've had a long list of people step up to express their support for Techdirt and explain why they think our campaign can make a difference, including EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, former CIA operative (and current novelist) Barry Eisler, Media Professor Dan Gillmor and former Senate staffer Jennifer Hoelzer — plus a whole lot of positive comments on the Beacon crowdfunding page.

With your help, we'll be able to keep doing this kind of important reporting on the encryption debate and even expand our coverage. We're also dedicating some of the funding towards spreading the word — purchasing up some of the internet's cheap ad impressions that normally go to spammy banners and replacing them with public messages about encryption and links to our most important stories. We couldn't do any of this without your help, so if you haven't yet backed our project on Beacon, please consider doing so today before it closes. Thanks!

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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Mar 2016 @ 2:09pm

    The last day of our campaign to fund Techdirt's encryption reporting

    You need some way to accept anonymous contributions, like bitcoin. I don't need to wind up on some watch list because I contributed.

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      That One Guy (profile), 27 Mar 2016 @ 10:16am

      Re: The last day of our campaign to fund Techdirt's encryption reporting

      If you're a regular on TD you're probably already on a couple of lists already because of that, what's a few more?

      On a more serious note, check the Insider Shop link on the right, it looks like you can use bitcoins there so if you want you can donate and get something from doing so.

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        Anonymous Coward, 27 Mar 2016 @ 1:10pm

        Re: Re: The last day of our campaign to fund Techdirt's encryption reporting

        If you're a regular on TD you're probably already on a couple of lists already because of that, what's a few more?

        I can still fly. I'd hate to loose that.

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          Anonymous Coward, 27 Mar 2016 @ 3:22pm

          Re: Re: Re: The last day of our campaign to fund Techdirt's encryption reporting

          "I can still fly. I'd hate to loose that."

          Then how would you like a chance to win a free flight to Cuba?

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    cryptocoiner2, 26 Mar 2016 @ 6:38pm

    plus one

    what coward said: such topic and you expect the people to switch on javascript, enable cookies and give my name?

    awesome idea :) but execution a bit retarded:(

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Mar 2016 @ 9:05am

    hehehe I donated anyways... but options to donate with bitcoin would be cool.

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    David r. chavez, 31 Mar 2016 @ 4:12am

    no one reads an empty book.

    Keep up the information information is power that's how Google got so big I was searching for positive information stumbled on your site. you have Arouse my curiosity,Looking forward to your next publication please keep me informed of new issues thank you. David r. Chavez

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