Heading into 2023, humanity is at a crossroads.
The Internet has given more people a voice than ever before, but with our online infrastructure increasingly privatized and controlled by a small handful of giant companies, freedom of expression has never been more imperiled. Authoritarians and violent bigots are mobilizing online. Governments and lobbyists are funding sophisticated disinformation campaigns. Opportunistic politicians across the political divide are seizing on the moment, often proposing regulations that would do more harm than good.
Meanwhile, corporate and government surveillance is spiraling out of control. In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, law enforcement agencies are already weaponizing corporate data collection to enforce draconian anti-abortion policies. Police in San Francisco just pushed for approval to use a killer robot. Retail stores around the world are experimenting with facial recognition surveillance. Libraries’ rights to own and preserve surveillance-free digital books are eroding. Governments are using advanced spyware attacks to target journalists and human rights activists. Artificial intelligence systems are going mainstream, while questions abound about ethics, bias, and impact on society.
Our most basic human rights are more precarious than ever before. And the pace of new threats seems to accelerate daily. But Fight for the Future has remained steadfast amidst the chaos, uncompromising and undistracted from our core mission. And despite the uphill battle, we’ve won some massive victories in the last year, from beating back dangerous bills like the EARN IT Act to defeating Apple’s misguided phone-scanning plan to getting the IRS to stop its use of facial recognition.
This page is long, but you should read it. We’re a small organization with a modest budget, but we pack a punch and we’ve got the receipts. Here we explain the impact that Fight for the Future had in 2022 and lay out some of our top priorities for 2023. Our work is only possible with your support, so please sign up today to become a monthly sustainer, or consider making a year-end gift.
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