“It’s a combination of education and advocacy that lets regular people get involved in these pressing fights for liberty.” – Rainey Reitman, EFF Activism Director
Namecheap’s fifth annual MoveYourDomainDay happens on February 2 this year.
What Is MoveYourDomainDay?
MoveYourDomainDay is an event we created 5 years ago in response to the growing threats against your internet rights.
5 years ago, SOPA surfaced. This proposed bill eroded many of the rights we enjoy online, including the right to privacy, anti-censorship and the right to a free and open internet. Other online service providers, including registrars, supported and backed the proposals.
We, like many good netizens, were mobilized to action by the potentially damaging proposals. The proposals included the taking down of entire domains/websites without any due process, the removal of Safe Harbor liability protection offered by DMCA and more. We, and many others, saw this as the first of many bills setting a dangerous precedent removing the right to internet freedom, the right to an open internet and the right to individual privacy.
Our response was to setup a MoveYourDomainDay. We offered domain transfers into Namecheap at below cost with a large percentage of transfer fees donated to EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to aid in their efforts in fighting for a free and open internet.
EFF have long been advocates of a free, open and accessible to all internet. They defend your rights in a digital world and are tireless in their fight against internet tyranny and the constant attack and erosion of your online rights.
Since 2011, we’ve used MoveYourDomainDay to highlight the constantly changing and growing threat to the open internet we know and love. We’ve successfully raised awareness of other dangerous bills such as PIPA and CISPA, and we’ve invested heavily to promote and fight for a neutral and open internet free of censorship and with respect to your privacy rights.
Knee-jerk reactions by governments, corporations and others worldwide risk shutting down the internet we know, love and use freely as part of our every day lives. Namecheap uses MoveYourDomainDay as a movement to highlight these important issues that should matter to everyone.
For the 5th annual MoveYourDomainDay, we will again be donating $1 for each domain transfer we receive to EFF, adding to the almost $300,000 we’ve donated to date.
Thanks again for all of your support and for joining us in the ongoing fight to protect our online rights.
– Richard Kirkendall, CEO & Founder