Join us on September 27 as we gather for our annual celebration of Digital Rights activism and this year's winners of the Pioneer Awards: Fair Use Champion Stephanie Lenz, European Digital Rights Leader Joe McNamee and Groundbreaking Content Moderation Researcher Sarah T. Roberts.
This year, EFF will dedicate the annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony to Internet visionary, Grateful Dead lyricist, and EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow who left the analog world on February 7, 2018. Barlow’s ideas extended to fields as diverse as fighting mass surveillance, opposing censorship online, and copyright reform. His dedication to online freedom led to a decades-long movement of Internet activism that shows no sign of stopping. Henceforth, the Pioneer Award will be known as the “Barlow” in recognition of the spirit that ignited EFF and left an indelible mark on this connected world.
The keynote speaker for this year’s awards will be one of Barlow’s many friends, Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg is known for his years of work advocating for government transparency, including his efforts towards releasing the Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg and Barlow also co-founded the Freedom of the Press Foundation. You'd be remiss to miss this, if you'll be in town!