Dave Maass is a muckraker/noisemaker on EFF's activism team, covering issues related to surveillance, free speech, government transparency, and law enforcement accountability. In addition to deep-dive investigations, Dave coordinates crowdsourced public records campaigns, advocates on state legislation, and compiles The Foilies, EFF's annual tongue-in-cheek awards for outrageous responses to FOIA requests. He sometimes represents EFF in digital rights-themed cosplay at Dragon Con, and he recently edited EFF's first science fiction collection, Pwning Tomorrow. Contact him with questions or information on police technology (e.g. license plate readers, biometric identification), prisoner rights, freedom of information laws, California legislative affairs, or any other inquiry about EFF activism.
Dave is also the supervisor of the terrier duo, Marlowe and Buster. He currently serves on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.
Before joining EFF, Dave wrote for alt weeklies in every state along the southern border, reporting on everything from Texas death row to San Diego Comic-Con. He has moderated dark-horse presidential debates on public access TV; organized digital media on barely legal road rallies; performed spoken word on a British art-rock tour; revealed human-rights abuses in Ghanaian refugee camps; and uncovered embezzlement that ultimately put a New Mexico elected official behind bars. His investigative reporting on incarceration in San Diego County was honored with the Youth Law Center's Loren Warboys Unsung Hero Award and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement's Contribution to Oversight Award. He has also won top honors from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Chapter.
The city council of San Diego created "Dave Maass Day" on February 13, 2013 in sarcastic recognition of his commitment to annoying politicians and filing records requests. He still celebrates it.