WHAT ARE THE EFF AWARDS?
For over thirty years, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has presented awards recognizing key leaders and organizations advancing innovation and championing digital rights. The EFF Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people working toward a better future for technology users, both in the public eye and behind the scenes. Past winners include Chelsea Manning, Mike Masnick, The Citizen Lab, Senator Ron Wyden, Craigslist, and more.
The festivities begin with special guest host Cory Doctorow—the renowned science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger. Join us to celebrate this year's honorees with drinks, bytes, and excellent company. You'll hear from incredible individuals, have the opportunity to meet with other EFF supporters, and enjoy a variety of appetizers and drinks.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
EFF is pleased to welcome all members of the digital rights community, supporters, and friends to this annual award ceremony.
- Do you care about free speech?
- Do you care about privacy?
- Do you care about innovation, fair use, copyright, patent trolls, transparency, or government surveillance?
- Do you think technology should work for us, instead of big corporate shareholders?
- Do you care about how social media and our digital lives affect our democracy?
- Are you a student interested in cyber law, tech for good, or public interest technology?
- Are you an activist who cares about movement building in the digital age?
- Do you like good food and drinks and meeting cool people?
Then come meet your fellow travelers and hear a few interesting speeches.
We are proud to present awards to this year's winners:
ALEXANDRA ASANOVNA ELBAKYAN
EFF Award for Access to Scientific Knowledge
LIBRARY FREEDOM PROJECT
EFF Award for Information Democracy
EFF Award for Communications Privacy
EFF Award Ceremony
Thursday, September 14th, 2023
6:30 PM to 10 PM Pacific
The Lodge at The Regency Center
1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
General Admission: $55 | Current EFF Members: $45 | Students: $35
6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Award Ceremony
8:30 PM Post-event Mingling
Special thanks to Electric Capital, No Starch Press, and Ron Reed for sponsoring the EFF Awards.
Sponsorships ensure EFF can continue hosting events like this to help build community among digital rights supporters. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring EFF events, please contact Tierney Hamilton.
More About the 2023 EFF Award Winners
Kazakhstani computer programmer Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub in 2011 to provide free and unrestricted access to all scientific knowledge. Launched as a tool for providing quick access to articles from scientific journals, Sci-Hub has grown a database of more than 88.3 million research articles and books freely accessible for anyone to read and download; much of this knowledge otherwise would be hidden behind paywalls. Sci-Hub is used by millions of students, researchers, medical professionals, journalists, inventors, and curious people all over the world, many of whom provide feedback saying they are grateful for this access to knowledge. Some medical professionals have said Sci-Hub helps save human lives; some students have said they wouldn't be able to complete their education without Sci-Hub's help. Through Sci-Hub, Elbakyan has strived to shatter academic publishing’s monopoly-like mechanisms in which publishers charge high prices even though authors of articles in academic journals receive no payment. She has been targeted by many lawsuits and government actions, and Sci-Hub is blocked in some countries, yet she still stands tall for the idea that restricting access to information and knowledge violates human rights.
Library Freedom Project is radically rethinking the library professional organization by creating a network of values-driven librarian-activists taking action together to build information democracy. LFP offers trainings, resources, and community building for librarians on issues of privacy, surveillance, intellectual freedom, labor rights, power, technology, and more—helping create safer, more private spaces for library patrons to feed their minds and express themselves. Their work is informed by a social justice, feminist, anti-racist approach, and they believe in the combined power of long-term collective organizing and short-term, immediate harm reduction.
Since 2013, with the release of the unified app and the game-changing Signal Protocol, Signal has set the bar for private digital communications. With its flagship product, Signal Messenger, Signal provides real communications privacy, offering easy-to-use technology that refuses the surveillance business model on which the tech industry is built. To ensure that the public doesn't have to take Signal's word for it, Signal publishes their code and documentation openly, and licenses their core privacy technology to allow others to add privacy to their own products. Signal is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ensuring that investors and market pressure never provides an incentive to weaken privacy in the name of money and growth. This allows Signal to stand firm against growing international legislative pressure to weaken online privacy, making it clear that end-to-end encryption either works for everyone or is broken for everyone—there is no half measure.
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