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Free software and public scrutiny
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[[!meta title="Who are you helping when donating to Tails?"]]
[[!meta date="2012-11-56 12:34:56 +0100"]]
[[!tag announce]]
Tails is being distributed free of charge because we strongly believe in
[free software being more secure](/doc/about/trust#free_software), but
also because we think that **being safe while using computers should
come for no money**. Unfortunately, Tails couldn't stay alive if we had
no money as developing Tails and maintaining our infrastructure [[has a
cost|doc/about/finances]].
We rely solely on donations from individuals and supporting
organizations to keep Tails updated and getting better every version.
That's why we need your help!
So if you find Tails useful, please consider [[donating
money|contribute/how/donate]] or [[contributing some of your time and
skills|contribute]] to keep Tails alive and getting always better.
Donations to Tails are tax-deducible both in the US and in Europe.
In October 2014, Tails was being used by more than 11 500 people
[[daily|support/faq#boot_statistics]]. The profile of Tor and Tails
users is very diverse. This diversity makes the anonymity provided by
those tools stronger for everyone as it makes it harder to target and
identify a specific type of users. From the many contacts that we have
with organizations working on the ground, we know that Tails has been
used by:
- **Journalists wanting to protect themselves or their sources.**
- [Reporters Without Borders](https://rsf.org/) is an organization that promotes
and defends freedom of information, freedom of the press, and has
consultant status at the United Nations. RWB [advertises the use of
Tails](https://www.wefightcensorship.org/article/tails-amnesic-incognito-live-systemhtml.html)
for journalists to fight censorship and protect their sources.
RWB uses Tails in their training sessions world-wide.
- [According to Laura Poitras, Glen Greenwald, and Barton Gellman](https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/blog/2014/04/help-support-little-known-privacy-tool-has-been-critical-journalists-reporting-nsa),
Tails has been an essential tool to work on the Snowden's document and
report on the NSA spying. In a recent [article for The Intercept](https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/10/28/smuggling-snowden-secrets/),
Micah Lee gives many details on how Tails helped them starting working together.
- [Fahad Desmukh](http://desmukh.com/), a freelance journalist based
in Pakistan always has a Tails USB handy: "I can use it whenever I
may need to and I especially make sure to keep it with me when
travelling. Pakistan really isn't the safest place for journalists
so thanks to the Tails team for an amazing tool."
- [Jean-Marc Manach](http://jean-marc.manach.net/), a journalist
based in France and specialized in online privacy said that "war
reporters have to buy helmets, bullet-proof vests and rent armored
cars; journalists using the Internet for their investigations are
much luckier: to be as secured as war reporters, they only have to
download Tails, burn it on a CD, install it on a SD card, and
learn the basics of information and communication security, and
it's free!"
- **Human-right defenders organizing in repressive contexts.**
- Tails has been used in combination with [Martus](https://www.martus.org/), an information
system used to report on human rights abuses, to allow [Tibetan
communities in exile](http://benetech.org/2014/01/07/a-rat-in-the-registry-the-case-for-martus-on-tails/) to protect themselves from targeted malware attacks.
- **Democracy defenders facing dictatorships.**
- The [National Democratic Institute](https://www.ndi.org/), a Washington-based
democracy support organization that works in more than 70
countries around the world, has used Tails to [help human rights
defenders to communicate
securely](http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/lab4_).
For instance, NDI used Tails to created a [data collection system in Belarus](http://cryptome.org/2014/07/tails-belarus-elections.pdf)
to help opposition forces to collect, store and manage voter information.
- **Citizens facing national emergencies.**
In the last years, we noticed that the use of Tor and Tails
systematically peaks when countries face national emergencies. Even
if Tails represents a small amount of the global Tor usage, it is
advertised by the Tor Project as the safest platform to protect from
strong adversaries.
- In [Starting a revolution with
technology](http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/06/17/mesh.technology.revolution/),
Slim Amamou, Tunisian blogger and former Secretary of State for Sport
and Youth, explains that Tor "was vital to get information and share it"
during the Tunisian revolution of 2011, because social media pages sharing
information about the protests were "systematically censored so you could
not access them without censorship circumvention tools".
- Between January 25, the day the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 began,
and January 27 2011, the number of [Tor users in
Egypt](https://blog.torproject.org/blog/recent-events-egypt) was
multiplied at least by 4. On January 27, the Egyptian goverment
decided to halt Internet access accross the country.
- Between March 19 and March 31, the number of [Tor users in
Turkey](https://metrics.torproject.org/users.html?graph=userstats-relay-country&start=2014-03-01&end=2014-04-01&country=tr&events=off#userstats-relay-country)
was multiplied by 3
as a direct response to the growing Internet censorship in the
country: on 20 March 2014, access to Twitter was blocked in
Turkey, and on 27 March 2014 access to YouTube was blocked.
- **Domestic violence survivors escaping from their abusers.**
- The Tor Project has been working with organizations fighting
against domestic violence such as [NNEDV](http://nnedv.org/), [Transition House](http://www.transitionhouse.org/), and
[Emerge](http://www.emergedv.com/) to help survivors escape digital surveillance from their
abuser and report on their situation. As [domestic abuse goes
digital](http://betaboston.com/news/2014/05/07/as-domestic-abuse-goes-digital-shelters-turn-to-counter-surveillance-with-tor/), circumvention tools like Tor and Tails end up as one of
the only options.
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