March 28, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm PDT
Berkeley, CA

Bioneers (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's Cindy Cohn, Cooper Quintin, Mario Trujillo, nash Sheard, and Beryl Lipton will participate.

How to Fight for a Fair and Free Digital Landscape

Join leading figures at EFF for an interactive conversation in which we’ll share information and ideas at the juncture of the environmental, social and digital struggles for a better future. Topics will include: tools to protect environmental defenders from surveillance; legal strategies to combat governmental and corporate tracking and censoring; how researchers and activists can successfully fight for open access to information and data; and more. Let’s talk about what we can do together. Moderated by Cindy Cohn, EFF Executive Director. With: Cooper Quintin, EFF Senior Staff Technologist; Mario Trujillo, EFF Staff Attorney; nash Sheard, Managing Director, Advocacy; and Beryl Lipton, Investigative Researcher.


March 28, 2024
3:00 PM PT


Magnus Museum
Berkeley, CA


Varies, please refer to event registration

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From Bioneers:

As Bioneers rolls into our 35th-anniversary conference, decisive majorities of Americans support progressive policies, from serious climate action and environmental protections to strengthening democracy, taxing corporations and the rich, living wage jobs, abortion rights, racial justice, affordable healthcare, gun safety and more.

But we’re already in overtime. The driving question is whether we have sufficient time to make the transformational change necessary to begin to heal and regenerate people and planet.

We need to connect and scale the constellation of brilliant social movements to reach critical mass and enact the kinds of breakthrough systemic solutions we’ve cultivated here at Bioneers for decades as they’ve matured, spread, and gotten ready for prime time.

Never has it been more vital that we come together. We’ll share what we’ve learned, link arms, nourish our hearts and vision, and align ourselves to prevail for the long haul. We invite you to connect with the Bioneers community of leadership in this time when we’re all called upon to be leaders.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

About the Speakers:

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.

Cooper Quintin is a security researcher and senior public interest technologist with the EFF Threat Lab. and board member of Open Archive. He has worked on projects including Privacy Badger, Canary Watch, and analysis of state sponsored malware campaigns such as Dark Caracal. Cooper has given talks about security research at prestigious security conferences including Black Hat, DEFCON, Enigma Conference, and ReCon about issues ranging from IMSI Catcher detection to fem tech privacy issues to newly discovered APTs. He has also been published or quoted in publications including: The New York Times, Reuters, NPR, CNN, and Al Jazeera.

F. Mario Trujillo is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberties team, where he focuses on the Fourth Amendment and privacy rights. He is also part of the Coders' Rights Project. Prior to joining EFF, Mario was an attorney at the privacy law firm ZwillGen and clerked for a federal magistrate judge on the southern border. Before law school, Mario worked as a technology policy reporter at The Hill newspaper. Mario holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated from the University of New Mexico with degrees in journalism and philosophy.

nash Sheard, Managing Director for Advocacy, works to assure the EFF's work is impactful, collaborative, and innovative. Before joining our executive team, nash led EFF's grassroots, student, and community organizing efforts as the Director of EFF's Organizing team. As Organizing Director, nash supported member organizations of the Electronic Frontier Alliance in educating their neighbors on digital-privacy best practices and advocating for privacy and innovation-protecting policy and legislation.

Beryl Lipton, Investigative Researcher, focuses her work on government transparency, law enforcement surveillance technology, and other uses of technology by government actors. She has extensive experience using Freedom of Information laws and large-scale public records campaigns in her research. At EFF, Beryl supports the Atlas of Surveillance, The Foilies, The Catalog of Carceral Surveillance, among other projects. She enjoys teaching others about the strengths and limitations of public records laws and discussing the potential and real harms of the surveillance state.

More about the Bioneers Conference

Since 1990, the Bioneers conference has served as a trellis on which this visionary and diverse movement of movements has grown and co-evolved around authentic “solve-the-whole problem” solutions. This historic shift to become an ecologically literate and just civilization heralds a Declaration of Interdependence.

Never has it been more vital that we come together around the council fire. We’ll share what we’ve learned, nourish our hearts and vision, link arms, and align ourselves to prevail for the long haul.

Especially in these darkest of times, we come together to celebrate. Our salvation lies in community and solidarity. It’s times like these when the nobility of the human soul swells to meet the moment. As the legendary songwriter and lead guitarist for The Band Robbie Robertson put it, “Get your heart beating in the right direction, that’s when you make a real connection.”

We invite you to get your heart beating in the right direction at Bioneers. Come connect with the Bioneers community of leadership in this time when we’re all called upon to be leaders. The best way to predict the future is to create it. See you at Bioneers 2024! Keep the faith…

This event is organized not by EFF, but by Bioneers.

Original Sea Star Image by Laurent Formery, courtesy of Evident’s Image of the Year Competition