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Lobbying is on the list of things to do, along with a lot of other things. As for when? I can't put a date on it.
As for a lawyer, with the budget of £5000 a month, we won't have enough for a retainer. I'd love to do impact litigation and to defend key cases, but unless we find a far more significant source of funding (and yes, we are looking), then it's not going to happen soon.
Let's get the scale of this organisation into perspective. When we start off, there'll be enough money for 1 - 1.5 staff, if that. We have to use that staff in the most cost-effective way possible, which means dealing with the media (who can reach a lot of people) and organising volunteers to campaign (which doesn't cost lots of money).
There will be issues that people think we should deal with but which we won't have the budget or manpower to deal with. There will be laws passed which we don't like. There will hurdles for us to clamber over. We know this, and we'll do our best, and I'm sure there are lots of people who will help in that effort.
We will not, however, be able to do what the EFF does right now and have a bunch of lawyers working for us because we are going to be an order of magnitude smaller. I realise there are lots of people here who are passionate about digital rights, and who may be disappointed that we're not going to do what they think we should be doing. And that's a shame. I wish we had the budget to be starting something bigger, and I wish we could cover every issue, and I wish we could promise to have a lawyer hired by next Thursday, but we don't and we can't.
If we're not going to do what you want us to do - and you will know exactly what that is long before you actually give us any of your money - then the answer is simple. Don't donate.
You know that saying, from every acorn an oak will grow? Well, we're pre-acorn stage now. If you want an oak, give us your support, but more than that, give us the time to grow.
If you want an elm, please feel free to go plant one yourself.Suw Charman, 14 years ago.