Liberty Memes and the Freedom in Tech Alliance are partnering up to bring you the FITA Liberty Memes Scholarship.
The Freedom in Tech Alliance (FITA) was founded in 2018 to promote liberty through technology and policy and does this through events, educational content, and by propping up future tech leaders.
The ultimate goal of FITA is to shape the culture shared by entrepreneurs, founders, and those working in the technology industry, to once again value freedom of speech principles and free enterprise. In order to have a positive impact on the future of the technology industry we believe it is critical to raise up the next generation of technology leaders who can bring the principles of freedom and liberty to the companies they work for and the companies they found. Political views begin to form in high school and are often solidified during college. We believe it is imperative to give our youth the opportunity to truly grasp the principles of liberty and freedom that they can take forward with them throughout their college years and into their careers. Together with a partner that shares our goals, we are excited to announce the launch of the FITA Liberty Memes Scholarship and the FITA Fellowship.
The Liberty Memes Community Group has raised over $500,000 for charitable causes and has helped many people in need. We have proven that voluntarism works, and now we want to use our community to help take back the technology industry to once again value libertarian & classically liberal principles.
The purpose of this fundraiser is to support a liberty-minded student going into the technology field through their education and prop them up as a future leader in the industry. We want to help future tech leaders who will value 1st amendment principles and free markets, unlike many of the tech leaders we have today.
Funds from this fundraiser will be used to help the recipient of the FITA Liberty Memes Scholarship pay for their tuition and education and can be put towards traditional colleges and universities or technology and coding boot camps, such as General Assembly. The recipient will be selected based on a combination of merit, financial need, and adherence to classically liberal/libertarian principles. The recipient of this scholarship will become accepted into the FITA Fellowship and become a FITA Fellow. As a FITA Fellow, recipients will receive mentorship from, and connections to other business & technology leaders to help shape their careers. Ultimately, the culture of the technology industry of the future is shaped by leaders we prop up today.
Here are the principles that FITA supports that we want to make sure is shared by the scholarship recipient.
1. they’re against the surveillance state
2. they’re pro-free markets in tech (anti enforced net-neutrality, anti-Hawley bill)
3. they believe tech companies should be tolerant to views they don’t agree with, and conservatives and libertarians shouldn’t be discriminated against in the workplace or censored online.
Below are FITA's guiding principles.
I: The Freedom in Tech Alliance believes that the development of new technology should make the world a freer, more tolerant, more open, safer, and more compassionate place. We believe that technology should empower people against tyranny and control, and, as technologists and entrepreneurs, we have a responsibility to build organizations and develop technologies that make it harder, not easier, for the government to trample our human rights. Because of this, we support the development of decentralized networks to prevent others from exerting control over people.
II. The Freedom in Tech Alliance believes that policies should not seek to limit freedom and take power away from the people. We noticed an alarming increase in the popularity of policies that seek to limit freedom and take power away from the people. We aim to limit the government’s control over technology. We are against backdoors and the invasion of people’s privacy and liberty by government agencies and tyrannical powers around the world. We’re against the crony capitalism that endears companies to the state and creates an environment hostile to entrepreneurs and startups struggling to break into the market. We believe in keeping the state and internet separate so that the internet stays free and open.
III. The Freedom in Tech Alliance believes that a culture of tolerance where the free exchange of ideas is encouraged should be the norm. Silicon Valley has become a monolith where only one philosophy is tolerated, and those that don’t share those exact beliefs are cast out as pariahs. We believe that diversity of ideas is just as important as diversity of color. We hold the first amendment in the highest possible regard and work to fight against the culture that encourages the marginalization, belittlement, and active discrimination against those with opposing viewpoints. We are working to create a world that encourages the honest discussion of ideas where those with different outlooks can freely express their beliefs without fear of judgment or discrimination.
(Pictured: FITA, Ron Paul, Liberty Memes, Chip Roy)
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. EIN 83-2803960. All the contributions are tax-deductible.