Future: Meeting the public
Bits of Freedom has thousands of donors and hundreds of volunteers who help us apply public pressure on policymakers and companies. In 2015, the internet consultation for the new rules for the secret services had a record number of responses, and in 2018 a majority of citizens voted against the law. In 2021, a unique campaign bringing together civil society, academia and industry, interfered with the Ministry of Justice and Security's plans to weaken encryption. And through the same clever use of people and media, we managed to temporarily block a bill in 2021 that would create a third intelligence service.
We want to bring our years of experience in combining public communication and advocacy to Brussels. Many organizations working together within EDRi are in the same boat: we work on European legislation, but from a strong national context and supported by national constituencies. We want to become better at mobilizing those constituencies to influence European developments. To that end, in 2023-2024 we are running a European pilot. The pilot’s focus will be the implementation and enforcement of the new laws governing big online platforms, the DSA and DMA. We will also use the pilot to develop new campaign tooling and infrastructure.