July 26, 2020 - 10:00am PDT
HOPE 2020

Meet the EFA: A Discussion on Grassroots Organizing for Digital Privacy, Security, Free Expression, Creativity, and Access to Knowledge

Founded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA) is a grassroots network of community and campus organizations across the United States. Join representatives from the EFF, and EFA affiliated groups, for this panel discussion on community-based tech advocacy, and working within your community to educate and empower neighbors in the fight for data privacy and digital rights.


nash (EFF): nash leads EFF's grassroots, student, and community organizing efforts. As the lead coordinator of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, nash works to support the Alliance's member organizations in educating their neighbors on digital-privacy best practices, and advocating for privacy and innovation protecting policy and legislation.


Emilie St-Pierre (Future Ada): Emilie St-Pierre is the Security Ambassador for Future Ada, a Spokane-based non-profit advocating for diversity and inclusion in STEAM. For the past six years, she has used her experience as an offensive security professional to provide privacy and security education within her community. Through her work with Future Ada, she has established free regular workshops and one-on-one technical support to the public. Emilie's focus has been to provide these workshops and services to underrepresented members of the public.

Freddy Martinez (Lucy Parsons Labs): Freddy Martinez is a technologist and expert on surveillance. He was previously a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation. During his fellowship, he worked on democratizing access to public records requests with a focus on police accountability and transparency. A long-time Chicagoan, his focus for the future include issues around cell phone privacy, working with marginalized communities, and the intersection of digital rights and activism.

Abi Hassen (BMLP): Abi Hassen is an attorney, technologist, and co-founder of the Black Movement-Law Project (BMLP), a legal support rapid response group that grew out of the uprisings in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere. He is currently a partner at O'Neill and Hassen LLP; a law practice focused on indigent criminal defense. Prior to his current work, he was the Mass Defense Coordinator at the National Lawyers Guild. Abi has also worked as a political campaign manager and strategist, union organizer, and community organizer. Abi conducts training, speaks, and writes on topics of race, technology, (in)justice, and the law.

Elliot (Cypurr Collective): Elliot is a motion artist and creative coder who works in interactive, fabrication, and large scale immersive experiences. Elliot blends visual work with an interest in mutual aid, security, and privacy online. Based in Brooklyn.


Sunday, July 26
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