It’s just time

Soutenons La Quadrature du Net !

In Europe and elsewhere, societies are in a strange state. Even when not voicing it, many are indignant at social injustice, at the apathy in face of ecological challenges, at the ruling groups, their blind economicism and their colluded interests, at the development of pervasive control and surveillance. Meanwhile, citizens and societal groups develop new capabilities to express themselves and act. Collaborative production and the related contributory economy based on mutual aid develop widely. A speed race is engaged between the construction of a new humanism and the authoritarian regimes to which the collapse of politics could lead us.

La Quadrature du Net defends fundamental rights and freedoms in the digital sphere, in France, in Europe and globally. It promotes capability-building for everyone to make a constructive use of information technology and the Internet. This is but one of the urgent actions that demand your involvment and your support. However, all of the others depend on it. During 5 years, La Quadrature was a shoestring operation with an improvised structure where a permanent staff of two or three had to be active on permanently extended challenges and to interact with an expanding group of volunteers and with each of you who support us. In September 2012, we decided to perennialize and develop La Quadrature du Net, making it an incorporated non-profit. This has enables to expand our (still low paid) staff and to work on making ourselves ready to address new challenges such as:

  • to reform copyright, so that the rights of every person, as citizen and as contributor to creative activities, are, at last, adapted to the digital era,
  • to fight against generalized surveillance that develops in the name of security and of private interests,
  • to enable everyone to be more in control of one’s use of digital tools and of the aims of the related activity.

However, this will turn into a reality only if the support of individual donors grows in proportion, as it started to do at the end of 2012. In our present campaign, we have decided to represent each of your contributions as a “Pi-xel” on a logo that will be filled as they accumulate. This is not just an image, it is for you to build the freedoms and digital capabilities for which we act.

Support La Quadrature du Net

Philippe Aigrain, (volunteer) co-founder and strategy adviser of La Quadrature du Net

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