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EFF Becomes Omidyar Network Partner

PRESS RELEASE
December 21, 2004

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce that it has been funded by the Omidyar Network, an organization that invests to help catalyze social change. This investment represents a partnership between two groups sharing key values and beliefs, and, ultimately, the goal of making a positive difference in the world.

"EFF's efforts are instrumental in preserving people's civil liberties as they extend to the online world," said Doug Solomon, Vice President of Investments at Omidyar Network. "The Internet, by design, is 'of the people, by the people, for the people,' and innovation depends on it staying that way."

"We hope that this is the beginning of a long and productive relationship," said EFF Director of Development Terri Forman. "Omidyar Network partners are dedicated to empowering innovation through bottom-up efforts. This perspective is very much a part of EFF's values."

Added EFF Executive Director Shari Steele, "We're pleased to join the many excellent groups that have already partnered with Omidyar Network."

About Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network seeks out investments that are "of the people, by the people, for the people." The Network is founded on the simple core belief that every individual has the power to make a difference. The Network exists for one single purpose: So that more and more people discover their own power to make good things happen. Since June 2004, Omidyar Network has funded efforts in a number of areas: microfinance, bottom-up media, open source, intellectual property, and electronic voting.

Contacts:

Terri Forman
Development Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
terri@eff.org

Shari Steele
Executive Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
ssteele@eff.org

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