September 14, 2023 - 6:30pm PDT
San Francisco

For over thirty years, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has presented awards recognizing key leaders and organizations advancing innovation and championing digital rights. The EFF Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people working toward a better future for technology users, both in the public eye and behind the scenes.

EFF is pleased to welcome all members of the digital rights community, supporters, and friends to this annual award ceremony. The festivities begin with special guest host Cory Doctorow—the renowned science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger. Join us to celebrate this year's honorees with drinks, bytes, and excellent company.

We are proud to present awards to this year's winners:

EFF Award for Access to Scientific Knowledge

EFF Award for Information Democracy

EFF Award for Communications Privacy

EFF Award Ceremony
Thursday, September 14th, 2023
6:30 PM to 10 PM Pacific
The Lodge at The Regency Center
1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

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General Admission: $55 | Current EFF Members: $45 | Students: $35

Event Schedule:
6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Award Ceremony
8:30 PM Post-event Mingling

Special thanks to Electric Capital, No Starch Press, and Ron Reed for sponsoring the EFF Awards.

Sponsorships ensure EFF can continue hosting events like this to help build community among digital rights supporters. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring EFF events, please contact Tierney Hamilton.

More About the 2023 EFF Award Winners

Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan

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Kazakhstani computer programmer Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub in 2011 to provide free and unrestricted access to all scientific knowledge. Launched as a tool for providing quick access to articles from scientific journals, Sci-Hub has grown a database of more than 88.3 million research articles and books freely accessible for anyone to read and download; much of this knowledge otherwise would be hidden behind paywalls. Sci-Hub is used by millions of students, researchers, medical professionals, journalists, inventors, and curious people all over the world, many of whom provide feedback saying they are grateful for this access to knowledge. Some medical professionals have said Sci-Hub helps save human lives; some students have said they wouldn't be able to complete their education without Sci-Hub's help. Through Sci-Hub, Elbakyan has strived to shatter academic publishing’s monopoly-like mechanisms in which publishers charge high prices even though authors of articles in academic journals receive no payment. She has been targeted by many lawsuits and government actions, and Sci-Hub is blocked in some countries, yet she still stands tall for the idea that restricting access to information and knowledge violates human rights.

Library Freedom Project

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Library Freedom Project is radically rethinking the library professional organization by creating a network of values-driven librarian-activists taking action together to build information democracy. LFP offers trainings, resources, and community building for librarians on issues of privacy, surveillance, intellectual freedom, labor rights, power, technology, and more—helping create safer, more private spaces for library patrons to feed their minds and express themselves. Their work is informed by a social justice, feminist, anti-racist approach, and they believe in the combined power of long-term collective organizing and short-term, immediate harm reduction.

Signal Foundation

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Since 2013, with the release of the unified app and the game-changing Signal Protocol, Signal has set the bar for private digital communications. With its flagship product, Signal Messenger, Signal provides real communications privacy, offering easy-to-use technology that refuses the surveillance business model on which the tech industry is built. To ensure that the public doesn't have to take Signal's word for it, Signal publishes their code and documentation openly, and licenses their core privacy technology to allow others to add privacy to their own products. Signal is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ensuring that investors and market pressure never provides an incentive to weaken privacy in the name of money and growth. This allows Signal to stand firm against growing international legislative pressure to weaken online privacy, making it clear that end-to-end encryption either works for everyone or is broken for everyone—there is no half measure.

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