AMHERST, Massachusetts – A unique digital cryptocurrency asset, the Non-Fungible Token (NFT), will launch Thursday, January 12, in memory of Daniel Ellsberg, one of the nation’s leading political activists and whistleblowers. It will be put up for auction and the proceeds will be donated to UMass. Amherst Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy and the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
The auction will be held at PleasrHouse, New live streaming shows from Please DAO, known for collecting, enhancing, and amplifying culturally significant artifacts. Christian G. Appy, Professor of History at UMass Amherst, has written a biography of Daniel Ellsberg and leads the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy. After ten years as a senior government official, researcher, and consultant, Ellsberg said he distributed his top-secret Pentagon papers in 1971, describing decades of research by American policymakers during the Vietnam War. Exposed deception.
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The revenue from NFT will be freedom of the press foundationaims to protect, defend and enhance public interest journalism in the 21st century, the Ellsberg Initiative is housed within the University. Faculty of Humanities Public education is highlighted as a tool that can inform and help build more just, peaceful and democratic societies.
NFT auctions foster connections between the university and Ellsberg. 2019, UMass Amherst got his paper For the University’s Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center.
What followed was a series of research projects developed by undergraduate and graduate students who used the papers to speak directly to Ellsberg.launch of Ellsberg Archive Project websitea free two-day online international conference called ; “Truth, Dissent, and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg”Create with ; whistlebloweris a five-part podcast produced in collaboration with the GroundTruth Project, led by UMass Amherst alumnus Charles Sennott, reaching nearly 50,000 listeners per episode.
Continuing the Ellsberg legacy, each year the Ellsberg Initiative focuses its programs on issues of critical importance, including US imperialism, whistleblowing, democracy, secrecy and surveillance, and existential threats.
For more information on the Ellsberg Initiative, please visit website.