At 5july.org we note that we received our first Bitcoin donation to support a free Internet on June 12, 2015. Thank you, anonymous donator for you 0.2 BTC!
There is a very readable, informative and well-researched newsletter that the chairman of this foundation always reads when it appears in the mailbox: The EDRi-gram. It is a round-up of news from all over Europe from European Digital Rights, an organization based in Brussels. EDRi defends civil rights in the information society.
5th of July Foundation made a donation to their crowdsourcing campaign today, albeit small since our economy is very limited so far. We believe it is a worthy cause so do not hesitate to give something.
5th of July Foundation considers whistleblowers and independent voices and journalists to be important catalysts for building a free society.
There is now a Kickstarter project to bring Glenn Greenwald to Sweden for an important media conference, together with Peter Sunde of the Pirate Bay and Julia Reda, Member of European Parliament for the Pirate Party (Germany). The topic is internet freedom. Greenwald is, as you may know, the journalist that was chosen by Edward Snowden to be his confidante and messenger.
Today this foundation has pledged 15.000 SEK (Swedish kronor) to bring Glenn Greenwald here. We believe that the media focus this would bring to these issues is exactly what this foundation wishes to promote.
We would urge other actors to contribute in order to make this event possible!
5th of July Foundation nominated Edward Snowden to the Nobel Peace Prize, through its board member professor Love Ekenberg. Snowden did not get it.
Instead he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, also called “the alternative Nobel Peace Prize”. Today on December 1, 2014, he accepted the Prize, at the ceremony that was held in the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm. Not in person of course. We take it as a proof that we were right!
Here is his reaction to the announcement that he would receive the Prize, in late September 2014.
Yes, we have developed a service for Bahnhof called LEX Integrity which permits its customers to create a free account and surf via the VPN servers that are owned and managed by 5th of July Foundation.
Bahnhof will have to log data about their clients from November 24, i.e. what IP-address each client on their network is allocated each time the log on.
When a Bahnhof customer wants to surf via our servers they connect via PPTP. We at the foundation have no idea about who these customers are. We do not have any information about them, no name or address. We just check whether this (for us) unknown surfer should be permitted to connect via our servers.
When they surf via LEX Integrity they share IP addresses out towards the Internet. Many users can have the same address at the same time. As a provider of this service we do not have to retain data. Even if we would have to, there would be no useful information to be had from us.
The Foundation uses its own hardware and own technicians. Bahnhof has no access to our machines, they have no way of knowing what their customers are doing after handing them over to our servers.
We hereby invite other ISP:s to use similar bulk services. Please contact the chairman of the 5th of July Foundation for a quote.
We have already been running more advanced VPN services since summer 2013.
The Foundation also runs a free public safe chat server that is open for anyone to use. You and your friends just have to create accounts and start chatting. Please use OTR encryption.
5th of July Foundation has now received a written and signed confirmation that EU has registered our complaint against the Kingdom of Sweden for enforcing data retention, thereby being in breach of The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, articles 7 and 8, ‘Respect for private and family life’ and ‘Protection of personal data’.
Here is the confirmation letter from EU (PDF) with a case number (in Swedish).
Read about our complaint here: We urge EU to act against Sweden’s illegal data retention!