SXSW is pleased to support the mission of Electronic Frontier Foundation in direct support of the life and work of Aaron Swartz.
Donations received during SXSW 2013 via the special Razoo portal will help the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other activists in the campaign to reform the antiquated computer crime and copyright laws that were used in the relentless prosecution of digital activist and open source advocate Aaron Swartz. Aaron, facing numerous decades in prison under these draconian statutes for downloading millions of journal articles from an academic database, ultimately took his own life on January 11, 2013. If you are interested in learning more about his life and the causes in which he believed, please attend the special Aaron Swartz Town Hall at SXSW on Friday evening, March 8. This session is free and open to the public -- no badge is required to attend.
When our freedoms in the digital world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before today’s Internet—and has become the leading authority defending online free speech, privacy, and innovation for the public good.
Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, even when that means challenging the US government and major corporations. By mobilizing more than 145,000 concerned citizens through our Action Center, EFF leverages grassroots activism to beat back bad legislation like SOPA and CISPA. In addition to advising policymakers, we work to educate the press and public on crucial rights issues. EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit and we utilize your support to continue fighting for a better digital future. Get more information at EFF’s SXSW 2013 Trade Show booth #340.