Every year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation brings grim tidings to the brave hackers and entrepreneurs of Emerging Tech: government-mandated DRM, copyright expansionism, global Internet censorship, warrantless surveillance.
And that’s just the fun stuff.
This year, for a change, EFF lawyers and activists host a panel where they put on their rose-tinted spectacles, and describe in detail our best case scenarios: near-future technology that will help you defend your rights, real world policy initiatives that could help save the Net, and techniques and tricks that you can bake into your work now that will help preserve all our freedoms, for now and for good.
The EFF’s team of IP, privacy, free speech, open government and global affairs experts will be at hand to spell out what we’re fighting for, and how to get there from here.
From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 – well before the Internet was on most people’s radar – and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.
Cindy Cohn is the Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as its General Counsel. She is responsible for overseeing the EFF’s overall legal strategy and supervising EFF’s 9 staff attorneys. Ms. Cohn first became involved with the EFF in 1995, when the EFF asked her to serve as the lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2006 for “rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online.” In 2007 the Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America.
Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney specializing in free speech and privacy law, is one of the key lawyers working on EFF’s ongoing AT&T warrantless wiretapping case. Before joining EFF, Kevin litigated Internet-related free speech cases, including First Amendment challenges to both the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Edelman v. N2H2, Inc.) and a federal statute regulating Internet speech in public libraries (American Library Association v. U.S.). He has spent much of the last few months advising and informing members of Congress of the dangers of blanket retroactive immunity for telecommunication companies.
Emily A. Berger is currently on staff at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as an Intellectual Property Fellow. She is a registered patent attorney and currently leading EFF’s Patent Busting Project in addition to working with creators, innovators, and consumers in a variety of matters involving fair use, free speech, and reverse engineering.
Tim Jones joined the EFF full-time in November 2007 after four years of work at the intersection of politics and technology. In 2003, he was part of the Dean For America internet team, managing web communications for the campaign’s New Hampshire wing. In 2004, he co-founded the political consulting firm EchoDitto.