Peter Eckersley

Chief Computer Scientist
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Peter Eckersley is Chief Computer Scientist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He leads a team of technologists who watch for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users' freedoms—and then look for ways to fix them. They write code to make the Internet more secure, more open, and safer against surveillance and censorship. They explain gadgets to lawyers and policymakers, and law and policy to gadgets.

Peter's work at EFF has included privacy and security projects such as Let's Encrypt and Certbot, Panopticlick, HTTPS Everywhere, and the SSL Observatory; helping to launch a movement for 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. He is currently leading a new EFF initiative on the policy, strategy and governance questions raised by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

Peter holds a PhD in computer science and law from the University of Melbourne; his research focused on the practicality and desirability of using alternative compensation systems to legalize P2P file sharing and similar distribution tools while still paying authors and artists for their work. His other activities include serving on the boards of the Internet Security Research Group and the US branch of the Centre for Effective Altruism; on the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund; as an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University; and as advisor to 3D microscopy startup 3scan.

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