Thursday, April 8, 2010

EFF should celebrate its 20th anniversary by posting 15+ years of paperwork

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a tax-exempt, San Francisco-based nonprofit founded in 1990 that defends the digital rights of consumers and the general public and which spends a significant amount of OPM filing lawsuits against the United States government and large corporations over their lack of disclosure and transparency, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting a hell of a geeky birthday fundraiser.

Sadly, the EFF, which “continues to confront cutting-edge issues” and "makes documents available to the public by putting them on our website," has only three years of its annual reports, zero years of its audited financial statements, and zero years of its IRS Form 990s posted on its website. In other words, the EFF has a lot of work to do in improving its own disclosure and transparency.

Just curious: Did the $66,000 and $88,000 the EFF paid in consulting fees to science fiction author and former EFF employee Cory Doctorow in 2004 and 2005, respectively, cover meals & entertainment?


Nikki Comer said...

Liked your post. Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.

Paul said...

Thanks. Me, too!