The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 that aims to support and protect the free speech of media organizations and whistleblowers, has recently started accepting cryptocurrency donations.
Per the organization’s crypto donations page, it is now accepting donations in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Zcash. The page asks users to contact the FPF in case they want to donate in a cryptocurrency that isn’t yet supported, showing it’s willing to open up new wallets.
Notably, accepting crypto donations seemingly pleased the cryptocurrency community. While most of the FPF’s wallets have small balances in them, its Ethereum address has over $550,000, as a crypto-related project dubbed Mainframe donated 1,000 ETH.
A HUGE thank you to @Mainframe_HQ, who is helping kick off our cryptocurrency donation page with a donation of 1000 ETH! We are thrilled @Mainframe_HQ shares our goal of protecting journalists and whistleblowers in the digital age. https://t.co/P8q6aEZJ14— Freedom of the Press (@FreedomofPress) June 18, 2018
Mainframe is set to create a decentralized message routing network. According to its founder Mick Hagen, its network is set to be censorship, surveillance and disruption resistant, with an ultimate goal of leveraging technology to “either save privacy and security, or see it float away as a fleeting memory.”
Through a Medium blog post, the project touted that it made the decision to donate the funds it acquired through a crowdfunding campaign because it has worked closely with journalists, activists, and whistleblowers who are “on the frontlines in this battle.”
Its blog post adds:
“This community donation will support the Foundation’s ongoing efforts in defending press freedom and promoting digital security, as well as help the Foundation to explore the potential to combat censorship and data compromise through decentralized technologies.”
Mainframe is set to seek feedback from the FPF to “better address problems related to privacy, surveillance, and censorship.” The company is set to launch its own initial coin offering (ICO) in 15 days.