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|     ,--'.:::::.`-._             | There was a girl who passed me by         |
|    /..:::::::::::..\            | She gave a smile but I was shy            |
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|  || `---'----' _|:::|           | Don't look there no no, go go underground |
|  ||            `;:::|           | But now there's a place to go             |
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|   |  ` |   `    |/::'           | I click my heels and I'm there            |
|   .    v _      |:/   jeremy@   | Underground, underground                  |
|    |  @___@     ||    malcolm   | Everything's happy underground            |
|     \ @@@@@   _/|     .id.au    | You been kicked around                    |
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| It was way back in the year 2000 that I left a stable job at an Australian  |
| commercial law firm, because I wanted to strike out alone and specialize    |
| in an area that I couldn't at my old firm. I started up my own boutique IT  |
| law firm, while simultaneously also managing an IT consultancy that I had   |
| started as a side gig a couple of years earlier. The two businesses         |
| together immediately became my full-time job, even though I had no          |
| certainty that I could make a living out of either of them. As it turned    |
| out, it was the right move for me to have made, and the law practice is     |
| still going strong today under management of my former staff lawyer,        |
| although no longer specialising in IT.                                      |
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| History repeats itself as I leave EFF today to concentrate full-time on my  |
| startup nonprofit, Prostasia Foundation. In my blog post announcing the     |
| formation of Prostasia I explained that I would be reducing my hours along  |
| with some of my work areas at EFF, to devote 25% of my time to Prostasia.   |
| A couple of months down the track, Prostasia has received approval to       |
| operate as a s.501(c)(3) nonprofit, and it has become clear that it will    |
| need more attention to get to the next level. For such a niche nonprofit,   |
| crowdfunding isn't going to raise the funds it needs; I'm going to need to  |
| approach larger donors and foundations individually. On top of the          |
| organization's substantive work and the development of its website,         |
| Prostasia is going to take more than 25% of my time for the next little     |
| while.                                                                      |
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| Child protection is a challenging area to move into, but I remain           |
| convinced that Prostasia brings an important and neglected approach to      |
| this topic. Thankfully, its backers and advisors are as passionate about    |
| it as I am, and it has been gratifying to receive their support and         |
| admiration for the initiative that I am taking. Although I'm also proud of  |
| the work that I've done at EFF, there are a lot of people working on        |
| digital rights issues, but none specializing in its intersections with      |
| child protection. Since child protection is truly the canary in the coal    |
| mine for digital rights, and for civil rights more broadly, this is a       |
| vital niche to fill for both communities. It also seems like it has the     |
| potential to take off; as a (rough and possibly inaccurate) metric of       |
| this, everything I've ever written about this topic on Medium has garnered  |
| views that are one or two orders of magnitude higher than any articles      |
| I've written on EFF's topics there.                                         |
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| So, we'll see how this pans out. I'm quietly confident, but I could use     |
| some good wishes (and donations to our crowdfunding campaign!). Please be   |
| sure to follow Prostasia's progress on Twitter at @ProstasiaInc.            |
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