September 16, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm PDT

Every year, EFF invites the world to the Pioneer Award Ceremony to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in technology. Beginning with nominations from the public, EFF awards Barlow statuettes to both luminary individuals and groups whose contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic, or cultural. You can view more information on this year's winners here. Join us!


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Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific Time

We are proud to present the 2021 award recipients:

Kade Crockford
ACLU Advocate Reining in Government Use of Face Surveillance
Pam Dixon
Champion of Privacy Rights Research
Matt Mitchell
Data Security Trainer Protecting Black Communities

And joining us as this year's keynote speaker, Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders!

Special thanks to our sponsors: No Starch Press; Ridder, Costa & Johnstone; and Ron Reed for supporting EFF and the 2021 Pioneer Award Ceremony. If you or your company are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please contact Nicole Puller.

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