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Pioneer 2019

Trailblazing Tech Scholar danah boyd, Groundbreaking Cyberpunk Author William Gibson, and Influential Surveillance Fighters Oakland Privacy Win EFF’s Pioneer Awards

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is honored to announce the winners of its 2019 Pioneer Awards: trailblazing tech scholar danah boyd, groundbreaking cyberpunk author William Gibson, and the influential surveillance-fighting group Oakland Privacy. The ceremony will be held September 12th in San Francisco. The keynote speaker for...
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28th Annual Pioneer Award Ceremony

Every year, EFF opens nominations to the public to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. Their contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic, or cultural. The celebration will include drinks, bytes, and excellent company. Join us...

DragonCon: Georgia's New Voting System-Thumb on the Scale?

Georgia is moving rapidly to upgrade its voting systems, while the purchase process has been plagued by claims of security problems in the new generation of technology, and vendor favoritism. What are the risks to the integrity of our vote and our democracy? Hayley Tsukayama, Keith Watson, TJ Mihill (Moderator)

DragonCon: EU Copyright Articles 13/15/17—What it Means in the USA

The European Union passed directives over stringent opposition requiring nearly all Internet publishers to filter content for copyright violations using automated filters. What are the risks, given that filters often fail or over-censor? Also, how will those outside of Europe be affected? Courtney Lytle, Kurt Opsahl (Moderator), K`Tetch, James Nettles...

DragonCon: Resisting Demands to Search Your Phone While Traveling

What happens if the TSA or CBP demands a password to your device, or biometric login, while you are traveling? Is it legal to refuse, and can you proceed to your destination without having your devices taken from you? What about your Fourth Amendment rights; do you have any while...

DragonCon: Right to be Forgotten in the USA

A simple Google search can pull up damaging information on any individual from decades ago, long after any societal debt has been paid. Should there be a right to be forgotten as a basic human right as EU courts claim, and what about people's right to know especially for public...

DragonCon: #TooSexyForTumblr & Other AI Problems

Tumblr's artificial intelligence filter is blocking lots of false positives and removing beneficial content. What's missing is the balance that human judgment brings. Is this a sign of things to come across all social media platforms, or all Internet content in general? Kurt Opsahl, Erica Portnoy, Jairus Khan (Moderator), James...

DragonCon: So You Want to Work in Public Policy...

People don't go into public policy because they want to be billionaires; they go into public policy because they care and want to make a difference. How does one get started making contributions in this area, and can it really be turned into a financially sustaining career path? Andrew Greenberg...

DragonCon: Bias in Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is becoming ubiquitous in commercial, government, and law enforcement applications, but is well known to identify women and minorities less accurately. Why is this, and what are the risks to individual liberty from mis-identification? Erica Portnoy, Jairus Khan (Moderator), Hayley Tsukayama

DragonCon: Smart IoT Act/IoT Cybersecurity Act

So-called "Internet of Things" devices are infamous for having poor or non- existent security. Is it time for the government to start legislating security requirements? Has the free market failed to respond or create demand for "security as a feature"? Kurt Opsahl (Modertor), Erica Portnoy, Nathan White, Xavier Ashe

DragonCon: STEM Education for Women & Minorities

There's a growing effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and math for women and minorities in what have always been male and white dominated fields. What can we do to help, and are we putting too much pressure on girls and children of color to fulfill our own aspirations for...


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