Mainframe Donates Over 1000 ETH to Nonprofits
Mainframe doubles down on commitment to free speech with second round of “Proof of Heart” donations
Press Release – SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — July 31, 2018 — Mainframe, the creator of a censorship-resistant and surveillance-resistant blockchain protocol, announced the beneficiaries of their crowdgift campaign, Proof of Heart: The Human Rights Foundation’s Flashdrives for Freedom, WITNESS, Coincenter, Access Now, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reporters Without Borders and Index on Censorship will receive a combined total of 1020 Ethereum (ETH). With the help of its community donating ETH to a single wallet address, the crowdgift campaign raised $1.4 million USD on behalf of organizations aligned with Mainframe’s mission to promote ideals of privacy and freedom.
“As the world becomes increasingly digital, consumers and the institutions they rely on are forced to ask themselves the question of who should be the masters of their technology, and how. These organizations were chosen for their notable achievements in advancing the fight for the free and secure exchange of information, and their commitment to exploring uses of blockchain technology in their work,” said Mainframe founder and CEO, Mick Hagen. “We’re excited to stand side by side with these organizations that put human rights first.”
Mainframe’s unique combination of cryptography, encryption layers, and network design prevents network data from ever being identified, on send or receive. The company is poised to upend the status quo of unchecked mass surveillance, data collection, and censorship from sovereignties and tech giants. They aim to empower everyone with censorship-resistant and surveillance-resistant channels to solve real-world problems, including for these organizations.
“This vital support will allow HRF to send in a significant amount of news, entertainment, culture, and educational materials to a population of millions who are completely cut off from the internet and brainwashed by the Kim dynasty. To make progress towards a free North Korea, we must help put cracks in the information wall put up by the dictatorship, and give windows to the outside world to North Korean citizens. Mainframe’s support will help us make this possible,” said Human Rights Foundation’s chief strategy officer Alex Gladstein. “The Human Rights Foundation is thrilled to work with Mainframe to be able to expand its work to get internet access to the North Korean people.”
As with several others, Hagen hopes to kickstart an ongoing relationship with HRF to preserve censorship ideals amidst the evolution of the digital landscape. Through education and awareness, Mainframe will coordinate with local groups and citizens, conduct trainings, and provide resources so people are empowered with tools to expose abuses and injustice to the world.
“At WITNESS we help the world’s most vulnerable populations use video and technology to tell their stories and stand up to powerful actors who abuse their fundamental rights. Mainframe’s “Proof of Heart” initiative resonated deeply with us. Their commitment to protecting privacy and freedom of expression are aligned with our belief that these are prerequisites for a vibrant and just civil society,” said Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive director of WITNESS.
Brett Solomon, Executive Director of Access Now, said, “At Access Now, we strongly encourage the tech sector to focus on and support privacy, freedom of expression, and the open internet. We’re so pleased to partner with Mainframe, a company whose principles and priorities reflect this. Their support for us will empower our organization to protect those rights across the world in the digital age.”
In June, Mainframe donated 1000 ETH to the Freedom of the Press Foundation from funds raised through its Proof of Heart campaign. Through the donations and ensuing initiatives, Mainframe is dedicated to strengthening free speech and privacy protections worldwide to continue to positively impact communities, emerging issues, and creative solutions that will shape the future of information security.
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