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EFF Special Counsel & Special Advisors

EFF Special Counsel & Special Advisors

EFF Special Counsel

Michael Barclay specializes in the fields of patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark litigation and client counseling, with a particular focus on electronics-related areas. He formerly was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California. Among other cases, Michael worked on the successful First Circuit and Supreme Court appeals in Lotus v. Borland. Before entering the legal field, Michael was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft and at Intel Corporation. He presently serves as an ENE evaluator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Michael received his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1979, and A.B. (Physics) and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Since joining EFF in 2010, Michael has worked on amicus briefs in many important copyright and patent cases. Examples include: Viacom v. YouTube, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, Brownmark Films v. Comedy Partners, UMG v. Veoh (Shelter Capital), and Authors Guild v. Google.

Technology Fellow

Joseph is an EFF Technology Fellow focusing on tools for secure communication and HTTPS security. He is also a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University with the applied cryptography group. His research has spanned a variety of topics in cryptography and security including HTTPS and web security, passwords and authentication, cryptocurrencies, end-to-end encrypted communication tools, and side-channel cryptanalysis. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and BS and MS degrees in computer science and cryptography from Stanford University. He has previously worked as a researcher at Princeton University and as engineer at Google, Yahoo! and Cryptography Research, Inc.

EFF Special Advisor

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

Distinguished Technology Fellow

Peter Eckersley is Director of Research for the Partnership on AI (PAI), and provides advice as a Distinguished Technology Fellow at EFF.

Peter’s AI research interests are broad, and include prior work on measuring progress in the AI ecosystem, figuring out how to translate ethical and safety concerns into mathematical constraints, and setting sound policies around high-stakes machine learning applications such as self-driving vehicles, recidivism prediction, cybersecurity, and military uses of AI.

Prior to joining PAI, Peter was Chief Computer Scientist at EFF, where he led a team of technologists that launched numerous computer security and privacy projects, including Let’s Encrypt and CertbotPanopticlickHTTPS Everywhere; the SSL Observatory; and Privacy Badger. In addition to these projects, Peter and his team also worked on diverse Internet policy issues including campaigning to preserve open wireless networks; fighting to keep modern computing platforms open; helping to start the campaign against the SOPA/PIPA Internet blacklist legislation; and running the first controlled tests to confirm that Comcast was using forged reset packets to interfere with P2P protocols.

EFF Special Counsel

Jon B. Eisenberg, “of counsel” with Horvitz & Levy, has 35 years of experience in appellate litigation.  He is the principal author of the leading treatise on California civil appellate practice, The Rutter Group’s “California Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs.”  He has argued a dozen cases in the California Supreme Court and nearly 100 cases in the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and D.C. Circuit.  In 2011, Mr. Eisenberg received California Lawyer magazine’s “Attorney of the Year” (CLAY) award for his work on Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama, a lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program.  Mr. Eisenberg received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Irvine and his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

EFF Special Counsel

Gwen Hinze is Special Counsel for EFF working with the international team on international intellectual property and Internet policy issues, and International Copyright Fellow at the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at U.C. Berkeley Law School. From 2002-2012 she served variously as EFF’s International Director, International IP Director, and Staff Attorney, where she focused on educating global policy-makers about the need for balanced intellectual property regimes that protect creators, promote access to knowledge, foster technological innovation, and empower digital consumers. She has testified before the U.S. Copyright Office for consumer exemptions to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and been involved in litigating various cases involving the impact of copyright law on innovation, privacy and freedom of expression online. Before EFF, she practiced at international law firm Allens, and worked for the Australian government in public policy and litigation. Gwen is a member of the State Bar of California and holds honors degrees in law and philosophy from Monash University, Australia.

EFF Special Counsel

Marcia Hofmann is now in private practice and was a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she worked on a broad range of civil liberties issues including computer security, electronic privacy, free expression, and copyright. She is also a non-residential fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She tweets about law and technology issues at @marciahofmann.

Marcia focused on computer crime and EFF's Coders' Rights Project, which promotes innovation and protects the rights of curious tinkerers and researchers in their cutting-edge exploration of technology. Before that, Marcia co-founded EFF's open government litigation project. Documents made public though her government transparency work have been reported by the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Fox News, and CNN, among others.

Prior to joining EFF, Marcia was staff counsel and director of the Open Government Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Dayton School of Law

Sina Khanifar
Tech Fellow

Sina is a web developer and an advocate for better technology laws. Starting in 2013, he led the campaign to legalize cell phone unlocking, which culminated in action by both the FCC and Congress. In 2014 he helped lead development of EFF’s open source action center toolset, and has spent much of the last few years building tools to help Internet users reach out to their elected representatives. He continues to work actively on DMCA reform as a board member of the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, and is also the founder of, a group of volunteer developers who helped organize and run a range of campaigns, including many that EFF has actively supported. Sina is also co-founder of OpenSignal and RepeaterStore.

EFF Special Counsel

Thomas E. Moore III has practiced law in Palo Alto continuously since 1984, representing individuals and start-up to mid-size technology companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters.  Tom is a member of Royse Law Firm, PC, which provides sophisticated, yet affordable, legal services to a variety of Silicon Valley clients.  Tom has collaborated with EFF on a variety of projects beginning in January 2000 with the DVD Copy Control Association’s case against Andrew Bunner.  Since then, he has defended the rights of on-line journalists, argued that famous trademarks do not hold a monopoly on ordinary English words and helped to explain how IP addresses can reveal important information about person’s movements and associations.  Most recently, Tom has joined EFF in its efforts to curtail the government’s mass surveillance of the American public.  He is a graduate of Stanford, and he received his law degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Technology Fellow

Roland Shoemaker is a Technology Consultant at EFF working on the free SSL certificate authority Let's Encrypt. When not working on SSL-related subjects he is interested in various aspects of internet infrastructure and security. He is a long time supporter of the open-source movement and contributes to a number of diverse projects, both security related and otherwise, but in his down time, he enjoys tailoring, going to art galleries, and hanging out with kittens.

While originally from Sheffield in North England, Roland now lives in the much warmer and drier Oakland.

EFF Special Counsel

Jim Tyre has been a practicing attorney since 1978, focusing primarily on speech issues. Jim has worked closely with EFF on a wide variety of matters, including Universal City Studios v. Reimerdes, Felten v. RIAA, Auerbach v. ICANN, as well as Jewel v. NSA and First Unitarian Church v. NSA, EFF's cases against the NSA and others on account of the NSA's unlawful domestic spying programs.

Jim is a co-founder of The Censorware Project, which began studying and criticizing censorware in 1997. In 2003, he testified before the Copyright Office, Library of Congress in support of the censorware exemption to the circumvention prohibition of Section 1201(a)(1) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That exemption was one of four granted in the triennial rulemaking proceedings. Jim received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

EFF Special Counsel

Richard Wiebe is a San Francisco lawyer with his own law practice, handling civil appeals as well as trial court litigation on a broad array of topics.  Rick also works as outside counsel with EFF on lawsuits protecting civil liberties and individual rights in the digital world, and has done so since 2001.  These lawsuits address a wide variety of public policy issues, including balancing intellectual property rights with the public interest and freedom of expression, protecting First Amendment rights of individuals and journalists, protecting individual privacy against government surveillance, and protecting voting rights.

Technologist Fellow

Yan is a Technologist Fellow at EFF working on Let's Encrypt, HTTPS Everywhere, and other projects for encrypting the web. She is also a member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

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