Lifeboat News #138


Lifeboat News

This issue published on 01/01/14. Copyright 2014 Lifeboat Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Edward Snowden Named 2013 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award Winner

The Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award is annually bestowed upon a respected scientist or public figure who has warned of a future fraught with dangers and encouraged measures to prevent them.
The 2013 Lifeboat Foundation Guardian Award has been given to Edward Snowden in recognition of his quest to get the U.S. government to be transparent about the surveillance it is engaging of its citizens. It is worth noting that no government is being transparent in how it does surveillance so this issue is relevant to all countries.
While it is unusual to honor someone that the U.S. government has targeted for life imprisonment (or worse), it is worth noting that thanks to Snowden's revelations, many mainstream companies are now concerned about surveillance being done in secret. For example, AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo just wrote an open letter to the U.S. President and members of Congress that said, "We urge the U.S. to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."
As a large and diverse organization, the Lifeboat Foundation has taken the middle ground in the surveillance debate believing that our balanced SecurityPreserver program that includes both surveillance and sousveillance is the best way to handle the threat of existential threats that will soon be in the hands of small groups of people. Our David Brin's "The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?" is a good description of what we hope to achieve.
Of course, many of our members are against surveillance and some probably think the U.S. government is not being invasive enough with its surveillance. But without knowledge of what the U.S. government is doing, it is impossible for its citizens to debate the best possible course of action.
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Bitcoin Endowment Fund

We now accept CryptogenicBullion donations at CryptogenicBullion address 5oLifeboWAFaRG4fVmEJ496fcVVWJxeA8E.
We now accept litecoin donations at litecoin address LLifeboa1cgY6hYsXaKGyvm3Ljdvzw5Kam.
We now accept noblecoin donations at noblecoin address 9oLifebo6JbiuowUFAKwBabtk57KshghqJ.
We now accept peercoin donations at peercoin address PLifeboaA22NFkqFggp7w4BQyL5ZSrRVPV.
We now accept solarcoin donations at solarcoin address 8LifebofoNzP96v4n9XzDkenhshburAEYg.
Josh Zerlan, Chief Operating Officer at Butterfly Labs, donated 25 bitcoins worth about $20,000 to our Bitcoin Endowment Fund. Brian Cartmell then generously doubled this donation to $40,000 worth of bitcoins.
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Bitcoin Expo 2014

Bitcoin Expo 2014 will be held April 11-13, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our David Bailey, Vitalik Buterin, Anthony Di Iorio, Stuart Hoegner, Charles Hoskinson, Adam B. Levine, Jonathan Mohan, Stephanie Murphy, Elizabeth Ploshay, and Jeffrey Tucker will be speaking/participating.
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Bob Freeman joins our blog team with the post "Hydrogen Space Launch" at
Steve Fuller joins our blog team with the post "The fork on the road for Homo Futura" at
Recent interesting blog posts include:
"Call for Contributors: The Prospect of Immortality — Fifty Years Later (Ed. Charles Tandy Ph.D.)" by Franco Cortese at
"Minimally Invasive Medical Technology — For the betterment of the human condition" by Clyde DeSouza at
"What If the Third World is in Outer Space?" by Steve Fuller at
"'Now for the long term' by Sir John Beddington & Lord Rees" by Farooq Khan at
"The Seven Fallacies of Aging" by Marios Kyriazis at
"Sexuality, Evolution and the Abolition of Aging" by Marios Kyriazis at
"The Future of the Internet!" by Cadell Last at
"Google's Anti-Facial Recognition Policy for Glass is Deadly" by B.J. Murphy at
"Technology Changes Everything, Including How You Read" by B.J. Murphy at
"A Techno-Ramadan Proposal" by B.J. Murphy at
"Do unemployed people age faster?" by Avi Roy at
"The seven deadly sins of health and science reporting" by Avi Roy at
"WikiLeaks Gets Bulk of Donation Via Bitcoin and LiteCoin" by Seb at


Watch "Can We Live Forever?" by our Cadell Last at

Growing Membership

Recent donations/pledges we have received since our last newsletter:
Brian Cartmell: $114,459.88 (136.30462399 bitcoins), Josh Zerlan: $20,000 (25 bitcoins), Greg Smith: $16,400 (10m HYPAY), Peter Drake: $308.40 (0.2 bitcoins + 30 peercoins), Anonymous: $261.03 (including 0.21827971 bitcoins + .01 litecoins + 5,000 noblecoins + 0.16 peercoins), James Blodgett: $250, Fredrick Park: $167.70 (0.26 bitcoins), Luis Carlos Reyes Hernandez: $100, Paul Melnyk: $100, Michael Dickey: $85, John Ratnaswamy: $85, Sergio M.L. Tarrero: $85, Philippe Van Nedervelde: $85, Kenneth P. Weiss: $85, Sander Rabin: $82, Chris Haley: $74.52 (3.14159265 litecoins), Jason Curby: $67 (150,000 noblecoins), Pua Pyland: $50 (.06785 bitcoins), Tihamer 'Tee' Toth-Fejel: $50, J. Broadbent: $25, Matthew L. McGuirl: $25, Frank Sudia: $20, James B. Allen: $10 (0.01204805 bitcoins), Rebecca R. Cooper: $10, Thomas Dolphin: $10, Alexander Macrae: $10, Aaron Mayzes: $10, Philip Morehead: $10, Roland Schiefer: $10, Benjamin T. Solomon: $10, Ryan Witt: $10, Kimberly Botham: $5, Epic Junk Box: $1, and Nick Gogerty: 1,025 solarcoins.
Our Join Us page at now allows you to pay for your membership anywhere from monthly to every ten years.