Gifts for Good Causes

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If you'd like to get into the true spirit of the holidays, you can give donations to causes this year instead of shiny boxes full of electronic circuitry. Luckily, there are plenty of great organizations and crowdfunding opportunities that will help make the world a more futuristic place.

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Pipe up in comments and tell us what organizations or crowdfunded projects you'd recommend that people donate money to this holiday season. Remember, you can give donations as gifts, if you donate in the name of friends and family. Please focus on organizations that benefit science, education, futurism or science fiction, and use this format:

Name of Organization or Project

Short Description explaining its relevance to science, education, futurism, or scifi.


Link to a place where people can donate

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Annalee Newitz

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The famous nonprofit legal defense fund and activist think tank has worked on everything from defending people sued for piracy by the RIAA, to the case against AT&T when a whistleblower revealed the phone/internet provider was illegally passing customers' private information to the government. They defend hackers, technology innovators, and everyone else who values online freedom, privacy and the right to do what you want with your technology. They live entirely on donations, so consider helping out to make the future safe for online freedom.

Donate to EFF