Pioneer Award Ceremony 2021

Event Description

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Every year, EFF invites the world to the Pioneer Award Ceremony to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in technology. Beginning with nominations from the public, EFF awards Barlow statuettes to both luminary individuals and groups whose contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic, or cultural.

Joining us as this year’s keynote speakers, Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders!

We are proud to present the 2021 award recipients:

Kade Crockford
ACLU Advocate Reining in Government Use of Face Surveillance

Pam Dixon
Champion of Privacy Rights Research

Matt Mitchell
Data Security Trainer Protecting Black Communities

Stream Info

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This event will be recorded and available on our Youtube page. Recordings of previous streams can be found here.

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