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Remembering Aaron Swartz

It's been a year since Aaron Swartz killed himself. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Parker Higgins has posted a memorial to him that I found quite moving. I miss Aaron a lot.

I've been feeling pretty hopeless about the future lately, and I think a lot of it has been driven by the impending anniversary of Aaron's death. The last couple years were hard ones. Read the rest

EFF 2013 Pioneer Awards: video of Lessig's speech honoring Aaron Swartz

"Each year, EFF's Pioneer Awards ceremony gives the digital civil liberties community a chance to honor the work of those who have bettered our world through remarkable innovation, activism, journalism, or leadership," writes the EFF's Richard Esguerra. This year's awards honored James Love, Aaron Swartz, and Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, and included a powerful keynote by professor Lawrence Lessig and from Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, the partner of the late, young Mr. Swartz. Read the rest

Text-adventure interview with Zork co-creator

Zork co-creators Marc Blank and Dave Lebling are to be awarded the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Pioneer Award, a prestigious prize, and a well-deserved one. It's amazing to think of Zork's creators as just a couple of guys who're still kicking around, doing stuff -- like learning that the authors of Gilgamesh are living down the street and sometimes doing speeches at publishing industry banquets. Wired interviewed Dave Lebling and another Infocom designer for their piece on the story, and have presented the resulting interview as a text-adventure game you have to play in order to read.

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EFF Pioneer Award winners announced

Rebecca from EFF sez, "EFF is proud to announce the winners of this year's Pioneer Awards: hardware hacker Andrew (bunnie) Huang, anti-ACTA activist Jérémie Zimmermann, and the Tor Project -- the organization behind the groundbreaking anonymity tool Tor. These winners have all done truly important work to protect our digital rights. Join us at the award ceremony on September 20 in San Francisco. Read the rest

EFF Pioneer Award nominations are open

Nominations are open for the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual Pioneer Awards, which are given out "to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology." The nominations are open to the general public until August 6.

What does it take to be a Pioneer? There are no specific categories, but nominees must have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications. Their contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic or cultural. This year’s pioneers will join an esteemed group of past award winners that includes World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, security expert Bruce Schneier, open source advocate Mozilla Foundation, and privacy rights activist Beth Givens.

I was privileged to receive the Pioneer Award in 2007, an honor that remains one of my proudest.

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Evoting security researchers at U Michigan root DC's voting machines with ease

Oldsma sez, "DC election officials put a test version of their voting system up in a mock primary and invited white hat attacks. U. Michigan broke it completely within 36 hours. DC officials reply, in a nutshell, 'Well, that's why we asked people to test it.'"

D.C. voting officials knew there might be openings in the upload procedure, said Paul Stenbjorn, director of information services at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.

"It was disappointing that it was as easy as it was for them," he said, "and that we hadn't been more proactive about closing down these known issues."

In the end, Stenbjorn considers the experiment a success. "This was why we had the public examination period," he said. "Obviously, we would have liked a smooth noncontroversial deployment of our new system, but this was a known potential outcome..."

Halderman expected the system to be fairly easy to compromise.

"Web security is a very difficult problem," he said. "Major web sites like Facebook and Twitter regularly suffer from vulnerabilities, and banks lose millions of dollars to online fraud every year. These high-profile sites have greater resources and far more security experience than the municipalities that run elections, and yet they are still constantly having problems. It may someday be possible to build a secure method for voting over the Internet, but in the meantime, such systems should be presumed to be vulnerable based on the limitations of today's security technology."

Michigan researchers hack Washington DC computer voting system

EFF E-Voting

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Hari Prasad, India's evoting researcher, working to save Indian democracy from dirty voting machines

Hari Prasad is one of the winners of this year's Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards; in Prasad's case, the prize was awarded based on his excellent work dissecting the (deeply flawed) electronic voting machines used in India's elections. Prasad was imprisoned by Indian authorities for pointing out the many vulnerabilities he and his colleagues discovered.

Free again, Prasad continues to work for fair and honest elections in India, the world's largest democracy. EFF fellow Jim Tyre has written up Prasad's amazing story in a blog post. Prasad and the other Pioneer winners will receive their awards next Monday, November 8, at a ceremony at San Francisco's 111 Minna Gallery (I'm emceeing).

Even after Prasad was released on bail in late August, he was mostly prevented for a significant period of time from returning to his home, family, and work in Hyderabad. The police in Mumbai had the right to question Prasad every day, and in fact did on most days. Because of the substantial distance between the two cities, returning to Hyderabad for more than a few very short trips was a practical impossibility until early October. During that time, the police repeatedly questioned Prasad about the identity of the anonymous source and little else, and told him that he would be discharged if he revealed the name.

Subsequent to Prasad's release on bail, there have been a number of significant developments. The police have continued their quest to discover the identity of the anonymous source. An engineer and activist from Pune, Mukund Lagoo, was arrested and held without bail.

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EFF Pioneer Awards in San Francisco, Nov 8

I'm coming to San Francisco next month to present the 19th Annual Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards (this year's winners are Stephen Aftergood, James Boyle, Pamela Jones and Groklaw, and Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru -- see here for full announcement). The event's taking place at the 111 Minna Gallery at 7:30 PM, and is preceded by a "VIP event" with the Pioneer Award winners, EFF founders and board members at 6:30 (separate ticket). Funds raised from tickets go to support the EFF's amazing work (as a former employee, I can attest to how far they stretch your dollars), needed now more than ever in this era of increased pressure to surveil, control and censor the Internet.

My appearance at the Pioneer Awards is part of a longer trip that includes three days in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as guest of honor at ICON 35: A Steam Powered Convention of the Future -- they're footing the bill to get me from London to the USA. I'll be doing a post on ICON later, but I wanted to mention them here -- without their support, I couldn't do the EFF event.

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EFF announces Pioneer Award winners: Stephen Aftergood, James Boyle, Pamela Jones and Groklaw, and Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has awarded its annual Pioneer Awards for leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. This year's winners are Stephen Aftergood, James Boyle, Pamela Jones and Groklaw, and Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru, and the awards will be presented in San Francisco at a ceremony at the 111 Minna Gallery on November 8.

I was honored to be one of this year's judges, and I'll be emceeing the awards in San Francisco on the 8th. I hope to see you there as we honor these wonderful activists. The Pioneer Awards are nominated by the public, and awarded by a panel of independent judges. Click through for full bios of the winners. Read the rest

EFF fundraiser/Pioneer Awards Ceremony Oct 22 , San Francisco

Rebecca from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday October 22nd at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco in a fundraiser honoring the 2009 Pioneer Award winners. Awarded every year since 1992, the Pioneer Awards recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. This year's winners include hardware hacker Limor 'Ladyada' Fried, e-voting security researcher Harri Hursti, and public domain advocate Carl Malamud. EFF will also present a 2009 Cooperative Computing Award to Mersenne Research, Inc., Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, for finding a record breaking prime number. Tickets are $60."

I am a previous Pioneer Award recipient and was doubly honored this year to be a Pioneer Judge. Congrats to all the winners on their much-deserved honor!

Join EFF for the 2009 Pioneer Awards fundraiser honoring:

Limor "Ladyada" Fried, Harri Hursti and Carl Malamud

Previously: Nominations open for EFF's Pioneer Award - Boing Boing EFF announces Pioneer Award winners - Boing Boing EFF Pioneer Awards tomorrow night in San Diego at ETech - Boing Boing Nominate for the EFF Pioneer Awards! - Boing Boing Tonight in San Diego: EFF Fundraiser/Pioneer Awards at ETech ... EFF Pioneer award winners announced - Boing Boing Read the rest

BBtv vlog (Xeni): ATT-NSA whistleblower Mark Klein, EFF legal director Cindy Cohn

In 2005, Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician, brought to public attention documents which showed that the National Security Agency had obtained copies of Internet traffic flowing through an AT&T facility in San Francisco and through several other AT&T locations across the country.

This led to public outcry over the US government's warrantless wiretapping program, and a lawsuit against AT&T by the Electronic Frontier Foundation .

At the 2008 EFF Pioneer Awards ceremony during the O'Reilly ETech conference, the EFF honored Klein's whistleblowing efforts.

In this interview at the awards ceremony, Klein and EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn speak to us about efforts to persuade lawmakers not to grant legal immunity to telecoms that may have broken the law while helping the government in anti-terrorism efforts.

Link to BBtv vlog post, with discussion, downloadable video, and more information on the case.

Update: Wired's Threat Level blog posted about this BBtv episode just now, and reminds us...

And just to toot our own horn, although Wired wasn't the first to write about the Klein documents, we did acquire them while they were under court seal (from a party not subject to the gag order) and publish them for geeks of the world to analyze. (Explanation here.)

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EFF Pioneer Awards tomorrow night in San Diego at ETech

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Richard Esguerra sez,

If you live in Southern California or happen to be going to ETech in San Diego, come and hang out at the EFF Pioneer Awards fundraiser on Tuesday night!

This year, the winners are the Mozilla Foundation and its Chairman Mitchell Baker, University of Ottawa Professor Michael Geist, and AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein. Past winners include Linux creator Linus Torvalds, security researcher Bruce Schneier, and Cory Doctorow.

Michael Robertson, the Founder and CEO of MP3.com, Linspire, MP3tunes, and Gizmo5, will keynote the ceremony with his talk: "What to Expect When You're Expecting... To Be Sued".

The awards ceremony is open to the public.

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EFF announces Pioneer Award winners

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the winners of this year's Pioneer Award, given for contributions to online liberty: the Mozilla Foundation and its Chairman Mitchell Baker, University of Ottawa Professor Michael Geist, and AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein. The awards will be given out at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference in San Diego, which starts on March 2.

The award ceremony will be held at 7pm, March 4th at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in conjunction with the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech). Michael Robertson -- founder and CEO of MP3.com, Linspire, MP3Tunes and Gizmo5 -- will give the awards' keynote address: "What to Expect When You're Expecting...To Be Sued."...

The winners of the 17th annual Pioneer Awards were nominated by the public and then chosen by a panel of judges. This year's panel includes Kim Alexander (President and founder, California Voter Foundation), Esther Dyson (Internet court jester and blogger, Release 0.9; founding chairman of ICANN; former chairman of EFF), Mitch Kapor (President, Kapor Enterprises; co-founder and former chairman EFF), Drazen Pantic (Co-director, Location One), Barbara Simons (IBM Research [Retired] and former president ACM), James Tyre, (Co-founder, The Censorware Project; EFF policy fellow) and Jimmy Wales, (Founder, Wikipedia; co-founder, Wikia; chair emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation).

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Nominate for the EFF Pioneer Awards!

It's time again for the EFF Pioneer Award nominations -- for the awards given "to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology." I was honoured to receive one of these last year, and EFF is once again seeking your nominations for this year's recipients.

The awards will be given out in March, at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference in San Diego.

There are no specific categories for the EFF Pioneer Awards, but the following guidelines apply:

1. The nominees must have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications.

2. To be valid, all nominations must contain your reason, however brief, for nominating the individual or organization and a means of contacting the nominee. In addition, while anonymous nominations will be accepted, ideally we'd like to contact the nominating parties in case we need further information.

3. The contribution may be technical, social, economic, or cultural.

4. Nominations may be of individuals, systems, or organizations in the private or public sectors.

5. Nominations are open to all (other than current members of EFF's staff and operating board or this year's award judges), and you may nominate more than one recipient. You may also nominate yourself or your organization.

6. Persons or representatives of organizations receiving an EFF Pioneer Award will be invited to attend the ceremony at EFF's expense.

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Tonight in San Diego: EFF Fundraiser/Pioneer Awards at ETech

If you're in San Diego tonight, come to the EFF Pioneer Awards fundraiser at the O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference. $35 gets you the good karma of contributing to the net's best freedom fighters, booze and dinner, and a chance to hear Fred von Lohmann (the guy who successfully argued the Grokster case in the 9th Circuit) debate HDNet/Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about YouTube and Viacom.

I'm incredibly honored to be one of the three winners accepting a Pioneer tonight -- along with security guru Bruce Schneier and open/free economist Yochai Benkler.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 7:30 - 10:00PM

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Douglas Room, 1 Market Place, San Diego, California

Honoring this year's winners: Yochai Benkler, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Schneier

and featuring a lively debate between

HDNet Chairman and NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban &

Senior EFF Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann on Copyright, YouTube, and the future of Web 2.0 Libations and hors d'oeuvres provided

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EFF fundraiser/Pioneer Awards ceremony at ETECH in San Diego

Next Tuesday, Mar 27, the EFF's throwing a fundraiser at the O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference in San Diego. The event is the presentation of the Pioneer Awards, an award that "recognizes individuals who have made significant and influential contributions to the development of computer-mediated communications or to the empowerment of individuals in using computers and the Internet." I'm a winner this year, as are security expert Bruce Schneier and Yochai "Wealth of Networks" Benkler.

The event features a debate between Mark Cuban, the owner of HDNet, and Fred von Lohmann, EFF's senior IP attorney, about "Copyright, YouTube, and the future of Web 2.0." Cuban has taken a vocal stand against copyright infringement on YouTube, while Fred argued the Grokster case to a victory in the Ninth Circuit on the grounds that hosting companies shouldn't have to assume the burden of policing their users' behavior.

Tickets are $35, with proceeds going to EFF -- the organization that legalized crypto, is fighting the NSA's secret wiretapping, and that is suing Viacom for censoring a political video off YouTube. Admission includes food, beer and wine.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 7:30 - 10:00PM

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Douglas Room, 1 Market Place, San Diego, California

Honoring this year's winners: Yochai Benkler, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Schneier

and featuring a lively debate between

HDNet Chairman and NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban &

Senior EFF Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann on Copyright, YouTube, and the future of Web 2.0 Libations and hors d'oeuvres provided

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EFF Pioneer Award winners: Cory, Schneier, Benkler

This is the most incredible accolade I've ever received: I have been honored with the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, which "recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and influential contributions to the development of computer-mediated communications and to the empowerment of individuals in using computers and the Internet." I join the ranks of previous winners, including Tim Berners-Lee, Mitch Kapor, Jimmy Wales, Bruce Sterling, and Linus Torvalds. My fellow winners this year are Yochai Benkler and Bruce Schneier. Talk about exalted company! The awards will be given out at a ceremony chaired by Marc Cuban, at the Emerging Tech conference in San Diego later this month. I'm incredibly thankful to EFF for this honor.

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