New York - Online civil liberties advocates from the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will honor three pioneers of Internet freedom and innovation at the 12th Annual EFF Pioneer Awards on April 2, 2003, at the Empire State Building in New York. The online civil liberties group will honor Amy Goodman for her long-term commitment to freedom of expression; Eben Moglen for campaigning to reformulate copyright, patent, and privacy laws to fit the digital age; and David Sobel for extraordinary efforts to protect privacy and open government.
The Pioneer Awards will take place in conjunction with the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference in New York.
EFF established the Pioneer Awards in 1991 to recognize leaders of the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology.
The award winners are--
Amy Goodman is a longtime journalist, activist, and host of Democracy Now!, a national, listener-sponsored news show committed to broadcasting marginalized voices. A vocal opponent of censorship, Goodman covers controversial issues ranging from Chevron-related murders in Nigeria to the struggle for independence in East Timor and documents the global, grassroots opposition to a U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Goodman's resistance to the attempted takeover of the Pacifica Radio network served as a rally point to force out a hostile board of directors. She and an alliance of media activists broadcast the show daily on the Internet and through a backdoor to Pacifica's satellite while expanding the program to television.
Democracy Now!'s website allows people to stream the show live, search and browse through story archives, and listen to current guest interviews. The website engages the show's audience in gathering, sharing, and acting on the news, which, in Goodman's words, "expands and preserves our public media spaces, which now more than ever are crucial to a vital democracy."
A computer programmer and law professor, Eben Moglen makes the case that freedom on the Internet faces real challenges from self-interested corporations and misguided legislators. He has provided a conceptual framework for another digital world, based on stewardship, rather than ownership of online communications whether on peer-to-peer networks or on the airwaves.
Campaigning ceaselessly to reformulate copyright, patent, and privacy laws for the digital age, his essays and articles stand as powerful and thoughtful works.
Moglen is General Counsel and serves on the board of the Free Software Foundation. He is a Professor of Law and Legal History at the Columbia Law School and was formerly a Law Clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
David Sobel is General Counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and is well regarded in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) community for his tireless efforts to protect open government.
David recently won two of the most significant FOIA decisions in the last several years. In EPIC v. Office of Homeland Security, David defeated the government's motion to dismiss and has been granted discovery to determine whether the Office of Homeland Security is a federal agency subject to the FOIA. In EPIC v. DOD, a case where EPIC sought records concerning the Total Information Awareness (TIA) project, David prevailed against the government's efforts to use trumped-up fee claims to obstruct public access to government information. David continues to work in close association with many other organizations, including the EFF and the ACLU, on important civil liberties issues.
"David, Amy and Eben are doing amazing work to understand how technology can be co-opted, to explain that to the general public, and to fight to get bad laws changed," stated Shari Steele, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We're proud to present them with this year's Pioneer Awards."
The judges for this year's EFF Pioneer Awards were: Herb Brody (Senior Editor, Technology Review), Beth Givens, (Founder and Director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse), Moira Gunn (Host, "Tech Nation," National Public Radio), Donna L. Hoffman (Associate Professor of Management, Vanderbilt University), Peter G. Neumann (Principal Scientist, SRI Intl.; Moderator, ACM Risks Forum), Drazen Pantic (Media & Tech. Director, NYU Center for War, Peace, & the News Media), Barbara Simons (past President, Association for Computing Machinery, & U.C. Berkeley Distinguished Alumnus), and Karen G. Schneider (Technical Director, Shenendehowa Public Library, NY)
The 12th Annual EFF Pioneer Awards ceremony will be held from 7:00 to 9:30pm on April 2, 2003, at the Empire State Building. The ceremony will be held on the 80th floor, just a few floors from the observation deck. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the view.
Members of the press are welcome. Please enter at the West 34th Street entrance next to Strawberry's and bring press identification for security purposes.
Director of Education and Offline Activism
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to support free expression and privacy online. EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains one of the most linked-to websites in the world at https://www.eff.org/