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Latin American Community Development Coordinator
David Bogado Yegros is a Paraguay-based journalist with interests in Internet growth in Latin America, telecommunications regulation and digital rights. Since 2007 he has integrated himself into local media, with an internship as radio operator for sports programming. He also studied voice-over, video editing and web design while earning a Bachelor of Science in Communication at the Catholic University of Asunción.
In recent years he was an award-winning blogger, multimedia reporter, producer, and radio co-host, covering politics, current affairs, media, and technology. He was also involved in creating special reports on cybercrime, sports and the Paraguay presidential elections of 2013. Before coming to EFF, he collaborated at TEDIC, a Paraguayan pioneer NGO related to Human Rights defense in the digital field and led a successful campaign against the Data Retention bill called "Pyrawebs," which it was rejected first in the House of Representatives and later in the Senate. Bogado is an op-ed columnist for the news site Ejempla.com on tech and current affairs. Other interests are to improve at playing saxophone, follows his soccer team Club Olimpia, and collecting rock albums.
Vivian creates and maintains websites for EFF. Previously, she worked as a web developer in a technology and design cooperative where she built sites for social change organizations. Some of her other past projects include applying machine learning to birdsong and mapping Oakland campaign finance data. For fun she likes giving haircuts, reading about economics, cooking with friends, and writing to her pen pal.
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Bill is a long time activist, programmer, and cryptography enthusiast. He's been code-slinging server and client-side applications for nearly a decade, and is involved in the free software community as one of the lead developers of SecureDrop, an anonymous document submission platform. He has joined the W3C Web Cryptography Working Group, and is excited to see the web grow as a platform for cryptographic applications. His secondary focus is on server security and maintenance - making sure our services run smoothly for the end user. In addition, he's also interested in broadening accessibility of technologies to communities traditionally overlooked or excluded. He loves hacker spaces and getting together with other techies to tinker, code, share, and build the technological commons. Er spricht auch gern Deutsch!
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Technology Operations Director
Mark Burdett is Technology Operations Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He leads the team of technologists and web developers who develop and maintain the tech infrastructure, websites and online activism tools for all other teams at EFF.
Mark previously served as EFF's senior web developer. Before joining EFF, Mark co-founded a worker-owned technology cooperative providing software development and IT solutions for non-profit organizations, startups, and universities such as MIT and the University of Southern California. Mark also works on media activism projects, builds community wireless networks, jaywalks avidly and, of course, teaches ducks how to program.
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Ben is a recent (Dec. 2014) addition to the sysadmin team. He is trying to automate himself out of a job. When not hacking on EFF stuff, he enjoys hacking on robots and exploring the national and regional parks. Some Ben keywords: mac, python, Belgium, Windsor, East Bay, sudo room, USAP.
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Nate is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s digital civil liberties team. In addition to his focus on free speech and privacy litigation, Nate works on EFF's Who Has Your Back? report and Coders' Rights Project. Nate has projects involving cryptography and the law, automotive privacy, government transparency, hardware hacking rights, anonymous speech, electronic privacy law reform, Freedom of Information Act litigation, and resisting the expansion of the surveillance state. A 2009-2010 EFF Open Government Legal Fellow, Nate spent two years in private practice before returning to his senses and to EFF in 2012. Nate has a B.A. in Anthropology and Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings where he has taught first-year legal writing and moot court. He brews his own beer, has been to India four times, and watches too much Bollywood.
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Prior to joining EFF, Kim was director of student development of an alternative, private high school in San Francisco and worked as assistant director of a French immersion school in Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is ready to get back to her journalistic roots working with EFF’s International Team. In her free time, Kim enjoys running, crafting like Martha, and eating yummy, artisanal cheese.
Andrea came to EFF with years of experience in accounting. Prior to joining EFF, she was an Airline Accounts Specialist for MSAS Cargo International. Before that, she was a Bookkeeper for Spectrel International Corp. She likes to travel almost as much as she enjoys playing with the pets in our office.
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Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography.
The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: "[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn." She was also named in 2006 for "rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online." In 2007 the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. In 2010 the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award and in 2012 the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded her the James Madison Freedom of Information Award.
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Sophia Cope has been a civil liberties attorney for over a decade and has experience in both litigation and policy advocacy. Prior to joining EFF, Sophia spent eight years in Washington, DC. She worked at the Newspaper Association of America on freedom of the press and digital media issues, with a focus on protecting journalists' confidential sources. She advocated for a federal shield law, a warrant-for-content requirement under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and improvements to the Freedom of Information Act. She also wrote a chapter for a book published by the American Bar Association entitled "Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security" and spoke out against NSA surveillance. Prior to NAA, Sophia worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology on a variety of free speech and privacy issues related to the Internet and technology, including the regulation of content on the Internet and broadcast television, and the privacy implications of government identification programs; she also worked on the development and launch of the Global Network Initiative. Before moving to Washington, Sophia litigated at the First Amendment Project in Oakland, California, where she defended an environmental activist against a frivolous lawsuit and a video journalist against a federal subpoena seeking his unpublished footage; she also counseled clients on how to obtain greater access to public records and public meetings. She was an adjunct professor of media law for nearly four years, teaching Washington-area undergraduate communication and journalism students. Sophia is a graduate of Santa Clara University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is proud to call San Diego her hometown.
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Keri is the Operations Assistant at EFF. Her goal in life is to become an eccentric old lady when she grows up. She believes that just like bacon, anything goes with combat boots. When she is not working, she enjoys taking spin classes, watching independent film, writing haiku and playing fetch with her cat. Keri loves anything that is pink and sparkly and squeals like a six year old when she sees a puppy. She is known to wear party dresses, flowers in her hair and yes, combat boots. Keri attended the California State University at Chico where she studied both Psychology and English.
Andrew is a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s civil liberties team. He focuses on EFF’s national security and privacy docket, as well as the Coders' Rights Project. While in law school, Andrew worked at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and the Center for Democracy and Technology. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University. His interests include Boggle and donuts.
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Director of Operations
Joanna Cullom is the Operations Manager at EFF. Prior to coming to EFF, Joanna worked for a private firm as a business consultant creating policy and procedure, establishing benefits as well as specializing in office relocations and restructuring. She has experience working in corporate and non-profit alike, but thoroughly enjoys the progressive non-profit or start up atmospheres best. When she is not working, Joanna enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
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As EFF's Art Director, Hugh D'Andrade helps craft EFF's image by designing our websites, t-shirts, stickers, white papers, as well as the murals that grace our stairwell. Hugh has worked with EFF in various capacities since 2007, and is the artist behind some of EFF's most iconic images. All the work Hugh does for EFF is CC-licensed and can be downloaded, re-used and re-mixed from the EFF Flickr page. When Hugh isn't working for EFF, he creates illustrations for young adult novels, rock posters, magazines, and the occasional gallery wall. You can see more of his work on his personal website.
Alison graduated from Stanford with a degree in English and Philosophy, and is ecstatic to have a job where she can write to do good. Prior to joining EFF, she spent summers working at the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL), where she helped write and edit State Minor Consent Laws: A Summary, 3rd ed., as well as one summer backpacking around Ecuador with only very rudimentary Spanish. She also did some freelance writing on vintage and DIY fashion in San Francisco. Alison is generally pro- reading, chocolate, traveling, baby animals, hiking, Oxford Commas, and EFF and generally anti- mayonnaise, apathy, and DRM.
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Chief Computer Scientist
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 the Let's Encrypt CA, 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.
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 as an advisor to 3D microscopy startup 3scan; on the board of the US branch of the Centre for Effective Altruism; on the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund; and as an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
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Kelly invokes her passion for all things numbers as EFF's Finance Director. Prior to joining the staff, she was a frequent volunteer at EFF events while honing her finance and accounting skills at a large public accounting firm. When her head is not buried deep in spreadsheets, she enjoys puzzles and games of most varieties, and attends local sporting events.
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Richard wielded a keyboard as an EFF Activist for four years, then indulged in his love of video games with the fine folks of Humble Bundle. After a year, he returned to EFF to help raise funds for a better digital future. Richard has yet to retrieve the mystifyingly fabulous Orb of Zot, and he still takes lots of pictures of his cat.
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Senior Staff Attorney
Hanni Fakhoury is a Senior Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberties team, focusing on criminal law. He's represented clients in criminal and civil government investigations, argued in federal court on the constitutionality of surveillance technologies, and written numerous amicus briefs in federal and state courts throughout the country on electronic searches and cybercrime. A frequent speaker and lecturer at domestic and international legal conferences on law enforcement surveillance technologies, Hanni has a particular focus on educating and working with the criminal defense bar. In addition to speaking at numerous criminal defense legal conferences and seminars, he regularly advises other lawyers on electronic surveillance issues in criminal cases, and still represents indigent federal criminal defendants on appeal as a member of the Northern District of California's Criminal Justice Act appellate panel. Regularly interviewed and quoted by news media organizations, including the Associated Press, CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, his writings have been published in the New York Times, Slate and Wired.
Before joining EFF, Hanni was a federal public defender in San Diego where he handled all aspects of criminal litigation including trial and appeal. Hanni graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in political science and an honors degree in history, and received his law degree with distinction from Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of Barristers for his excellence in written and oral advocacy.
Global Policy Analyst
A lifelong geek, Eva misspent her youth working as a Systems Administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF from the US-China Policy Institute, where she researched Chinese energy policy, helped to organize conferences, and attempted to make use of her rudimentary Mandarin skills. Her interests include aerials, rock climbing, opera, and not being paged at 3 o'clock in the morning because the mail server is down.
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At a young age Jeremy was sidetracked from his ultimate goal of protecting digital civil liberties by the allure of building and programming robots, which was the focus of his work in college and grad school. Having worked on drones and autonomous cars he is aware of their potential benefits for society, but is also that much more prepared to guard against the dangers they present to privacy and civil liberties.
Of course, having worked at EFF for nearly a year Jeremy has covered a wide variety of tech topics, including mobile devices, big data, and net neutrality, just to name a few.
A strong believer in never taking the straightforward path to anything, Jeremy went to Caltech for undergrad, then got his PhD in computer science from Stanford University by working on robotics projects with a professor in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley.
Starchy Grant might not know the warm embrace of the sunlight, but at least he keeps the servers running on time. When not securing all the things or replacing the small shell script he replaced himself last year with with a slightly smaller yaml file, he enjoys gaming, ultramarathon running, scuba diving, mountain hugging, and dumb ideas poorly disguised as art.
Civil Liberties Director
David Greene, Senior Staff Attorney and Civil Liberties Director, has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts and is one of the country's leading advocates for and commentators on freedom of expression in the arts. David was a founding member, with David Sobel and Shari Steele, of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, and currently serves on the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee, the steering committee of the Free Expression Network, the governing committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and on advisory boards for several arts and free speech organizations across the country. David is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches classes in First Amendment and media law and an instructor in the journalism department at San Francisco State University. He has written and lectured extensively on many areas of First Amendment Law, including as a contributor to the International Encyclopedia of Censorship. Before joining EFF, David was for twelve years the Executive Director and Lead Staff Counsel for First Amendment Project, where he worked with EFF on numerous cases including Bunner v. DVDCCA. David also previously served as program director of the National Campaign for Freedom of Expression where he was the principal contributor and general editor of the NCFE Quarterly and the principal author of the NCFE Handbook to Understanding, Preparing for and Responding to Challenges to your Freedom of Artistic Expression. He also practiced with the firms Bryan Cave LLP and Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft. He is a 1991 graduate of Duke University School of Law.
David's work has been recognized by California Lawyer magazine as a 2013 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year, and by the SPJ Northern California as the recipient of its 2007 James Madison Freedom of information Award for Legal Counsel. He was also awarded The Hon. Ira A. Brown Adjunct Faculty Award by USF Law School in 2012.
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Analyst, Media Relations Specialist
Karen Gullo is an award-winning writer who has reported on public affairs, business, government, and law for more than a decade. As a reporter for Bloomberg News from 2002 to 2015, Karen broke the story of Google’s legal challenge over FBI national security letters, in addition to writing about court battles over government surveillance, the fight to legalize gay marriage in California, concerns over how social media companies use customers’ confidential information, the Barry Bonds perjury trial, and much more. Before joining Bloomberg, Karen was a reporter for The Associated Press in Washington covering politics—including the 2000 presidential election and the Justice Department—as well as campaign finance and federal contracting practices as a member of an investigative reporting team. Karen is the recipient of national and local journalism awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Award Business Journalism Award and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s excellence in journalism awards. She is a native of Chicago and resides in San Francisco.
Director of Copyright Activism
Parker Higgins is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in issues at the intersection of freedom of speech and copyright, trademark, and patent law. He previously lived and worked in Berlin, Germany.
Parker studied at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where he developed a concentration of "Creativity, Freedom of Speech, and Intellectual Property." While at NYU, he served on the board of the global Students for Free Culture organization and as the president of its NYU chapter.
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Senior Staff Technologist
Jacob works on EFF's Encrypt the Web initiative, encouraging and enabling adoption of HTTPS, STARTTLS, and Forward Secrecy. Previously he worked on Twitter's HTTPS-by-default deployment, antispam efforts, and login security systems. He has also worked at Google doing maps, transit maps, and web performance.
Web Development Team Lead
Max is a technologist and a humanist. He leads the team of web developers who build our sites and activism tools. Before he teamed up with EFF in 2013, he helped organizations like CiviCRM and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition use data to tell stories about their work. He spends his free time playing open-world RPGs, riding cross bikes through the redwoods, and helping small nonprofits with online campaigns.
Mark is a Legislative Analyst for EFF. His issues include user privacy, civil liberties, surveillance law, and "cybersecurity." When not reading legal or legislative documents, Mark can be found reading non-legal and legislative documents, exploring the Bay Area, and riding his bike. He was educated at Reed College, spent a year abroad at the University of Oxford (Wadham College), and concentrated in Political History. The intersection of his concentration with advancing technologies and the law was prevalent throughout his education, and Mark's excited to apply these passions to EFF. Previous to joining EFF, Mark was a Contributor to ArsTechnica, and a Legislative Research Assistant for LexisNexis.
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Media Relations Director and Digital Rights Analyst
Rebecca Jeschke is EFF's Media Relations Director and a Digital Rights Analyst, fielding press requests on a broad range of issues including privacy, free speech, and intellectual property matters. Her media appearances include Fox News, CNN, NPR, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and Harper's Magazine, and she has been a presenter at South by Southwest. Before joining EFF in 2005, Rebecca worked in television and Internet news for more than ten years, including stints as an Internet producer for CBS 5 in San Francisco and as a senior supervising producer for TechTV. She has also been a travel guide editor, an English teacher in the Dominican Republic, and a worker on a "slime line" gutting fish in Alaska. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.
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Senior Membership Advocate
Aaron manages membership operations and public outreach for EFF's Development Team. He started in nonprofit fundraising by managing membership at the New England Aquarium in Boston, and in donor operations at the Perkins School for the Blind. Aaron's interest in human rights and civil liberties crystallised during his years working with visitors at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles' Little Toyko, which educates the public about the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. He still carries the spirit of "gaman" perseverance everywhere he goes. He enjoys 70s and/or artsy foreign horror, cake sculpting, and generally making things out of other things. Nerds 4 Life.
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Amul attended University of California, Berkeley and studied Political Science and Public Policy. While in college, Amul was heavily involved in the largest community service organization on the Berkeley campus and held numerous leadership positions within it.
After attempting to volunteer with the EFF for a long time, he did the next best thing and joined the organization as a staff member in March 2014. Amul has followed issues relating to the interconnect between civil liberties and technology since high school, and became more involved and educated while in college. Prior to the EFF, his adventures included interning at the Lieutenant Governor's Office in the California State Capitol, working as a deputy field organizer on a successful congressional campaign, and as a paralegal for a complex litigation law firm in San Francisco's Financial District. In his free time, Amul enjoys reading, making new friends, and keeping it real.
Adi Kamdar is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in patent, free speech, intermediary liability, and consumer privacy issues. He also coordinates EFF's open access advocacy and helps with student activism. He studied History of Science at Yale University, where he was chapter president and a member of the board of directors of Students for Free Culture. Previously, he interned at EFF, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and with the Open Video Alliance. In his free time, he enjoys improv, music, things that are delicious, and being outdoors.
You can follow Adi on his personal Twitter account at @adikamdar.
Nadia Kayyali is a member of EFF’s activism team. Nadia's work focuses on surveillance, national security policy, and the intersection of criminal justice, racial justice, and digital civil liberties issues. Nadia has been an activist since highschool, when they participated in the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.
Nadia's recent activism has focused on addressing the racial profiling of the Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian community, particularly through curtailing the collaboration of local and federal law enforcement. They have also provided legal support for demonstrators through the National Lawyers Guild and Occupylegal.
Nadia previously served as the 2012 Bill of Rights Defense Committee Legal Fellow where they worked with grassroots groups to restrict the reach of overbroad national security policies. Nadia earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, with a major in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Public Policy. Nadia received a J.D. from UC Hastings, where they served as Community Outreach Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the Student National Vice-President for the National Lawyers Guild. During law school they interned at the ACLU of Northern California and Bay Area Legal Aid.
Nadia currently serves on the board of the National Lawyers Guild S.F. Bay Area chapter and works with Fists Up Legal Collective to provide to provide legal support and community education for the Black Lives Matter actions in the Bay Area.
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Maggie is the Membership Assistant at EFF. After studying Sociology at UCSC, she's truly stoked to be at EFF assisting with operations on the Development Team and helping to get information out about the work of our super skilled teams of techs, activists, and lawyers. She is here to help with questions or supporter concerns, and excited to get to geek out on digital rights issues with all you activists, makers, hackers, and folks passionate about the future of the Internet.
Laura comes to us with an eclectic history of working in various non-profits, and with a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry. Rather than becoming a Woman of The Cloth, she now supports the Good Works of the EFF by keeping the day to day things that the organization needs to keep running, including making sure that staff never runs out of coconut water.
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Senior Staff Attorney
Jennifer Lynch is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and works on open government, transparency and privacy issues in new technologies as part of EFF’s Transparency Project. In addition to government transparency, Jennifer writes and speaks frequently on government surveillance programs, domestic drones, location data, and biometrics. She has written an influential white paper on biometric data collection in immigrant communities and has testified about facial recognition and its Fourth Amendment implications before the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. In Jennifer's transparency work, she successfully sued the Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border Protection to obtain thousands of pages of previously unpublished drone records and the FBI to obtain new and revealing information about its Next Generation Identification face recognition program. Prior to joining EFF, Jennifer was the Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she specialized in privacy and intellectual property issues. Before the Clinic, Jennifer practiced civil litigation with Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco and clerked for Judge A. Howard Matz (now retired) in the Central District of California. She earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from UC Berkeley. She has published academically on identity theft and phishing attacks (20 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 259) and sovereign immunity in civil rights cases (62 Fla. L. Rev. 203) and has been interviewed by major and technical news media, including NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, CNet, Nova, Popular Science, Scientific American, and Ars Technica.
Dave Maass uses transparency and public records to battle against injustice, censorship, and the surveillance state. Before joining EFF, he worked as a writer for altweeklies in every state along the southern border, reporting on everything from San Diego Comic-Con to Texas death row. He has also moderated televised (dark horse) presidential debates; organized digital media on barely legal road rallies; performed spoken word on a British art-rock tour; revealed human-rights abuses in Ghanaian refugee camps; and uncovered embezzlement that ultimately put a New Mexico elected official in jail. He was a recipient of the Youth Law Center's Loren Warboys Unsung Hero Award, NACOLE's Contribution to Oversight Award, and multiple honors from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia for his reporting. In 2013, the city council of San Diego created "Dave Maass Day" in recognition of his talent for annoying politicians and filing endless records requests.
He is also the supervisor of the terrier duo, Marlowe and Buster.
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Senior Global Policy Analyst
Jeremy Malcolm joined EFF's international team in 2014, to lead their work fighting for more balanced intellectual property laws and policies for Internet users and open innovators. His last position was in Malaysia working for the global NGO Consumers International, coordinating its program Consumers in the Digital Age. Jeremy graduated with degrees in Law (with Honours) and Commerce in 1995 from Australia's Murdoch University, and completed his PhD thesis at the same University in 2008 on the topic of Internet governance. Jeremy's background is as an information technology and intellectual property lawyer and IT consultant. He enjoys acting, writing and coding, and his ambitions include writing an original science fiction novel, learning to juggle and learning Japanese (ideally both at once).
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Data Processing Assistant
Tammy is a former elementary teacher who, each year, instilled in her students an introduction to civil liberties and civic responsibility through stories and traditional Civil Rights songs. Though she could no more program her way out of a paper bag, she is thrilled to be doing her part to help EFF in their work. Dilly, a Great Bernard (or St Pyrenees, if you prefer), also contributes to the cause by hauling Tammy outdoors when she thinks she needs a break from entering data.
Corynne McSherry is the Legal Director at EFF, specializing in intellectual property, open access, and free speech issues. Her favorite cases involve defending online fair use, political expression, and the public domain against the assault of copyright maximalists. As a litigator, she has represented Professor Lawrence Lessig, Public.Resource.Org, the Yes Men, and a dancing baby, among others, and one of her first cases at EFF was In re Sony BMG CD Technologies Litigation (aka the "rootkit" case). Her policy work includes leading EFF’s effort to fix copyright (including the successful effort to shut down the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA), promote net neutrality, and promote best practices for online expression. In 2014, she testified before Congress about problems with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Corynne comments regularly on digital rights issues and has been quoted in a variety of outlets, including NPR, CBS News, Fox News, the New York Times, Billboard, the Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. Prior to joining EFF, Corynne was a civil litigator at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP. Corynne has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Ph.D from the University of California at San Diego, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. While in law school, Corynne published Who Owns Academic Work?: Battling for Control of Intellectual Property (Harvard University Press, 2001).
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Madeleine is a legal secretary in the intellectual property group. Prior to joining EFF she worked in practices that represented consumers in complex class action litigation. She has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. from Camberwell College of Art, London.
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Staff Attorney and Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents
Daniel is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Prior to joining EFF, Daniel was a Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. He also practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented technology clients in patent and antitrust litigation. Before that, Daniel was a legal fellow with the Drug Law Reform Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Daniel clerked for Justice Susan Kenny of the Federal Court of Australia and Judge William K. Sessions, III of the U.S. District of Vermont. Daniel has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, an M.A. in philosophy from Rutgers, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Daniel is the author of The Tragicomedy of the Surfer’s Commons (9 Deakin L. Rev. 655) and Conflict and Solidarity: The Legacy of Jeff D. (17 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 499). When he is not working, Daniel can be found surfing at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.
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Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 15 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law, and helped make the UK Parliament more transparent with FaxYourMP. He was EFF's activist from 2005 to 2007, and its international outreach coordinator from 2007-2009. After three years working to protect at-risk online reporters with the Committee to Protect Journalists, he returned to EFF in 2013 to supervise EFF's global strategy. He is also the co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Britain's own digital civil liberties organization.
In a previous life, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet to have a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs. He also coined the term "life hack"; it has been nearly a decade since he was first commissioned to write a book on combating procrastination.
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Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel
Kurt Opsahl is the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition to representing clients on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, Opsahl counsels on EFF projects and initiatives. Opsahl is the lead attorney on the Coders' Rights Project. Before joining EFF, Opsahl worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters, including working on Kelly v. Arribasoft, MGM v. Grokster and CoStar v. LoopNet. For his work responding to government subpoenas, Opsahl is proud to have been called a "rabid dog" by the Department of Justice. Prior to Perkins, Opsahl was a research fellow to Professor Pamela Samuelson at the U.C. Berkeley School of Information Management & Systems. Opsahl received his law degree from Boalt Hall, and undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Cruz. Opsahl co-authored "Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook." In 2007, Opsahl was named as one of the "Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer magazine for his work on the O'Grady v. Superior Court appeal. In 2014, Opsahl was elected to the USENIX Board of Directors.
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Donor Relations Coordinator
Nicole Puller is our Donor Relations Coordinator with a passion for social justice, something she has been pursuing professionally for over a decade. She previously supported a mixed portfolio of individual and institutional grantmaking programs at the Tides Foundation, and before that worked with fiscally sponsored projects at the San Francisco Parks Trust. In her spare time, she enjoys frolicking with baby goats and making pickles.
Cooper has been learning about programming and computer security since he was a young child. Radicalized by the anti-war movement in 2003, he realized that his technology skills could be best used in the service of activism. Since then he has helped found the hackbloc tech activist collective and has done technology work for several non-profits and activist groups including Greenpeace, Adbusters and Radical Designs. He also contributes to a number of open source software projects such as Ethersheet. As a staff technologist at EFF, Cooper works on Privacy Badger and advocates for the privacy and security of Internet users.
Vera is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Prior to joining EFF, Vera practiced at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where she worked primarily in patent litigation, representing clients against trolls. Vera has a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, where she realized too late that she should have gotten a degree in computer science, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In her spare time, Vera loves exploring the wonderful food scene of San Francisco.
Rainey Reitman serves as director of the activism team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is particularly interested in the intersection between personal privacy and technology, particularly social networking privacy, network security, web tracking, government surveillance, and online data brokers. She also works on issues related to financial censorship, free speech, and software patents.
Reitman is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization that defends and supports unique, independent, nonprofit journalistic institutions. She, along with co-founders Daniel Ellsberg, Trevor Timm, and J.P. Barlow, received the 2013 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Journalism.
Reitman is a founder and steering committee member for the Chelsea Manning Support Network, a network of individuals and organizations advocating for the release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Private Chelsea Manning. Additionally, Reitman serves on the board of directors for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a nonprofit whose mission is to organize and support an effective, national grassroots movement to restore civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. She is also a steering committee member of the Internet Defense League, a netroots coalition working to fend off threats to the free and open Web.
Prior to joining EFF, Reitman served as Director of Communications for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit advocacy and education organization promoting consumer privacy. She earned her BA from Bard College in Multidisciplinary Studies: Creative Writing, Russian & Gender Studies.
International Rights Director
Katitza Rodriguez is EFF's international rights director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF's International Program also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright enforcement. She is an advisor to the UN Internet Governance Forum (2009-2010), and a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International. Before joining EFF, Katitza was director of the international privacy program at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C., where amongst other things, she worked on The Privacy and Human Rights Report, an international survey of privacy law and developments. Katitza is well known to many in global civil society and in international policy venues for her work at the U.N. Internet Governance Forum and her pivotal role in the creation and ongoing success of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for which she served as the civil society liaison while at EPIC from 2008 to March 2010. Katitza holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Lima, Peru. Katitza's twitter handle is @txitua. My GPG Fingerprint: BD0F 89CF 5B1B F166 2007 29F5 4A92 A8CA 1354 02DD
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Prior to joining the full-time fight for Internet freedom, Cristina lived and worked in Los Angeles, where she spent several years in the entertainment industry. She credits her lifelong love of writing to growing up in the drizzly Pacific Northwest. If the Internet had a zip code, Cristina would live there, in a house next to Lil Bub's.
Mark is a staff attorney at EFF, focusing primarily on access to information, government secrecy, and national security issues. As part of EFF's Transparency Project, Mark regularly represents EFF in cases under the federal Freedom of Information Act. As a result of his transparency work, tens of thousands of pages of previously secret government documents have been made available to the public. Mark is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In his spare time, he likes doing the New York Times crossword puzzle and cheering for disappointing sports teams.
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Senior Staff Technologist
Seth Schoen has worked at EFF over a decade, creating the Staff Technologist position and helping other technologists understand the civil liberties implications of their work, EFF staff better understand technology related to EFF's legal work, and the public understand what products they use really do. He helped create the LNX-BBC live CD and has researched phenomena including laser printer forensic tracking codes, ISP packet spoofing, and key recovery from computer RAM after a computer has been turned off. He has testified before the U.S. Copyright Office, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and in several courts.
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Stephanie Shattuck was born at a very early age in Austin, Texas. Her first career was in theater, where she was a costume designer and technician, most notably for seven seasons at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has been a legal secretary for over 15 years now and has worked at various law firms in the Bay Area. She spent a year abroad teaching English as a Foreign Language in Barcelona and Istanbul and still loves to travel whenever she can. Stephanie attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Houston.
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Mitch Stoltz is a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on intellectual property. Before joining EFF, Mitch worked on copyright and antitrust litigation, and a bit of lobbying, at Constantine Cannon LLP in Washington DC. Long ago, in an Internet far far away, Mitch was Chief Security Engineer at Netscape Communications and Mozilla.org, where he put out fires and cajoled hackers on three continents. He also interned at the Computer and Communications Industry Association and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Mitch has a JD from Boston University and a BA in Public Policy and Computer Science from Pomona College, where he co-founded the student TV station Studio 47.
Global Policy Analyst
Maira works on EFF's International Team monitoring and advocating around emerging tech policy around the world with a focus on intellectual property and innovation issues. She earned her BA at UC Santa Cruz in Politics and Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies. At UCSC, she was a Fellow and Coordinator for the Global Information Internship Program (GIIP: giip.org), a program that trains undergraduate students to become enterprising tech-literate activists for local to global social justice issues. In 2008, Maira lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a legal researcher and tech intern with Sisters in Islam, a Muslim women's rights organization. Prior to joining EFF, she was a paralegal and legal researcher at a law firm in Los Angeles that was specialized in fighting redevelopment, eminent domain, and unfair government practices.
Noah is a Staff Technologist on the Tech Projects team. He works on the various software the EFF produces and maintains, including but not limited to Privacy Badger.
Before joining EFF Noah was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab as well as a technomancer and free software/culture advocate. An avid game enthusiast, Noah was previously a professional Magic: the Gathering player, and has ascended in nethack four times. He lives in the Mission District of San Francisco with his family of twitterbots.
William is a Technology Generalist at EFF. As a long time member of the free software movement, he has a keen interest in how technology can be used to make society more democratic and participatory. He has previously worked with Free Software Foundation, Public Knowledge, and New America Foundation's Open Internet Tools Project. In his spare time, he is involved in a variety of social justice groups.
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Senior Staff Attorney and Adams Chair for Internet Rights
Lee Tien is a Senior Staff Attorney and the Adams Chair for Internet Rights at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech law, including intersections with intellectual property law and privacy law. Before joining EFF, Lee was a sole practitioner specializing in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. Mr. Tien has published articles on children's sexuality and information technology, anonymity, surveillance, and the First Amendment status of publishing computer software. Lee received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, where he was very active in journalism at the Stanford Daily. After working as a news reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune for a year, Lee went to law school at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley. Lee also did graduate work in the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at UC-Berkeley.
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Jeremy Tribby is an artist native to the Bay Area. He was exposed to Eric Hughes' Cypherpunk Manifesto at an early age, leading to his interest in computers. He recently tumbled out of the startup circus to work on more important problems. You can often find him biking around the East Bay, digging through record bins, teaching ethnomusicology, and occasionally hacking the [redacted].
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Employee Experience Manager
As EFF's Employee Experience Manager, Maggie Utgoff helps make EFF a great place to work. Before joining EFF, Maggie has worked in Human Resources at Hack Reactor, Rally, and Twitter. She was a co-founder at Louder.org where she helped people crowdfund citizen-made advertising. She started her own non-profit that promoted occupational health education and concentrated her work on the mining industry in India. Maggie is passionate about protecting free speech, innovation, and workplace privacy. She loves to write and is extremely proud of her McSweeney's publications.
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Kit is a staff attorney at EFF, working on free speech, net neutrality, copyright, coders' rights, and other issues that relate to freedom of expression and access to knowledge. Kit has worked for years to support the rights of political protesters, journalists, remix artists, and technologists to agitate for social change and to express themselves through their stories and ideas. Prior to joining EFF, Kit led the civil liberties and patent practice areas at the Cyberlaw Clinic, part of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and previously Kit worked at the law firm of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, litigating patent, trademark, and copyright cases in courts across the country.
Kit holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in neuroscience from MIT, a course of study that involved studying brain-computer interfaces and designing cyborgs and artificial bacteria.
Frank Stanton Legal Fellow
Jamie is a Frank Stanton Legal Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she is part of the civil liberties team. Jamie focuses on the First and Fourth Amendment implications of new technologies. Prior to joining EFF, Jamie clerked for Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong in the Northern District of California. Before her clerkship, she was a litigation associate at Paul Hastings LLP and an attorney law clerk at the Alameda County Public Defender. Jamie has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and collecting cool rocks.
Leez, a second-person narrative. You find pleasure in freely-modifiable and redistributable things. While writing your college thesis on the free and open-source software movements, you rebuilt Continuing Education's course-management servers with free and open-source software. You are a social justice advocate that specializes in vehemently arguing why worker-run factories are so rad. Lately you also find pleasure in the ancient art of seafaring, the modern art of flash mobs, and trying to make music emerge from your electronic keyboard.
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Director for International Freedom of Expression
Jillian C. York is EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression and is based in Berlin, Germany. Her work encompasses a broad range of topics, from digital security to the privatization of censorship. At EFF, she works on a number of projects, including Surveillance Self-Defense, Digital Citizen, and OnlineCensorship.org. Jillian's writing has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the New York Times, among others. She is also a regular speaker at global events.
Prior to joining EFF, Jillian worked at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on several projects including the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict. She is the co-founder of the award-winning multilingual blog Talk Morocco, and has volunteered with Global Voices for many years.
In addition to her work at EFF, Jillian is a fellow at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights in Berlin and a founding member of the Deep Lab collective. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices, and on the advisory boards of SMEX and R-Shief.
Jillian holds a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, where—like a surprisingly large number of individuals in her field—she also studied theatre. She alternately resides in the Internet or on an airplane and can often be found blogging or tweeting, as @jilliancyork.
Marlowe and Buster are the most influential terrier mixes in the Internet freedom movement. Working out of EFF's media and activism department, these creatures never roll over for the government, but they will for civil libertarians bearing carrots.