Want to fund my work? Here’s what I’d like, and here’s how you can help.

I’ve had an interesting few years working in open source privacy. I wasn’t expecting this journey would lead to speaking in eight countries, supporting the creation of a core privacy team, writing tens of thousands of words, and picking up a postgraduate qualification.

It’s been a privilege, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun too. At a time when ecosystems are waking up to user protection, this work could not be more timely. I’d love to be able to continue doing it. But right now, I don’t know if I can.

Despite best efforts, and two years of asking, I have not been able to get any organisation to sponsor my work on an ongoing basis. (Some employees of open source companies are adamant I should not be paid for this, despite being paid for it themselves.)

And despite best efforts, I do not have an employer, an institutional affiliation, a partner, or any form of financial support. I live on PayPal donations (help!) and cut price food.

That’s not right.

So, to make public the question I have asked privately for two years: I am looking for an agency within the WordPress and/or Drupal ecosystems to fund 1.5 days a week of my time to work on core, cross-platform, and open source privacy work.

This isn’t for a new project or initiative. This is the work I am doing every day in any case, and have for several years – policy monitoring and evaluation, legal research, conference speaking, core privacy contributions, and building relationships between communities.

It is not a good look, as they say, that privacy is seen as something which is not worth investing in. Nor is it a good use of my time to scrounge for tiny payments from companies which don’t think twice about paying for conference swag and company retreats in the sun.

I want to get on with supporting communities, devising new conference talks, creating a culture of positive respect, and bringing people together. It’s what I do best, and it’s worth paying for.

If you’d like to support my work, get in touch.

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