Fight for the Future is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 whose mission is to ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core. We seek to expand the internet's transformative power for good, to preserve and enhance its capacity to enrich and empower. We envision a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy.
Our goal—always—is to build tech-enhanced campaigns that resonate with millions of people, enabling them to consolidate their power and win historic changes thought to be impossible. In 2012 we organized the largest online protest in history, an internet-wide strike against web censorship which defeated the SOPA and PIPA bills. More recently, our Battle for the Net campaign drove nearly four million people to contact the FCC resulting in the game-changing passage of net neutrality rules (a “First Amendment” for the Internet). Here’s exactly how we did it. Our Reset the Net campaign organized around protecting the privacy of hundreds of million of internet users.
Our accomplishments are testament to the notion that with the right approach and creative activism, the public interest can prevail—even over some of the most entrenched political forces in the world. For more details on these and other accomplishments, check out a timeline of the events leading up to and immediately after the SOPA strike.
Chief Finance Officer
Terri helped to set up Fight for the Future in 2011 and she's returned as our finance and operations brain. She has more than 25 years in finance including nearly 10 with the Participatory Culture Foundation.
Evan directs our campaigns and communications. She’s been organizing hard-hitting campaigns for more than a decade and is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Newsweek, and Time Magazine. Prior to joining, she toured as a professional musician.
Sarah was our Chief Operating Officer for 3 years. Her background includes running a nationwide canvass operation with the Public Interest Network and several cycles of volunteer-driven GOTV campaigns with Moveon PAC and others.
Sarena writes our grants and other fundraising materials. She’s been helping non-profit groups raise money for over 25 years and is thrilled to be doing work that protects her beloved Internet.
Laila was a 2017 Kairos Fellow. Before FFTF, Laila served as CAIR Florida's Government Affairs Director where she led campaigns to protect civil rights and challenge Islamophobia. She leads our work surveillance and data security.
Technology Exchange Fellow
Josh is a Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Fellow. As the former Campaign Director for OpenMedia, Josh is a seasoned digital rights strategist and policy expert. He leads our work on net neutrality.
2018 Kairos Fellow
Jelani is a 2018 Kairos Fellow. Most recently, they've been the Advocacy Coordinator for the Richmond Peace Education Center and a Member Leader with Southerners On New Ground (SONG).
Senior Software Engineer
Ken Mickles is a polyglot programmer who ran his own small development studio for 4 years. He also founded a travel and social networking start-up that was acquired by TripAdvisor and taught programming at a local college.
Director of Product
Prior to joining FFTF, Dayton developed and managed a variety of digital products for companies like EA and Disney / ABC Television Group. He is leading our work to build websites, tech, and online products that can speak to millions.
Joe Thornton is a lifelong internet enthusiast, with a passion for digital rights. He produces our video content, and activates online communities like Reddit around our many campaigns.
Fight for the Future 501(c)4 Board
Advocate for openness and supporter of social entrepeneurs. Director of the Shuttleworth Foundation.
Secretary and Co-Founder
FFTF Education Fund 501(c)3 Board
Internet policy expert. First Amendment Lawyer and Scholar. Ammori Group. Free Press.
Media Reform Activist passing Low-Power FM rules. Policy Director of Media Mobilizing Project. Campaign Director at the Prometheus Radio Project.
Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. Author of The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom.