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2012 EFF Pioneer Award Winners Revealed

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the one-way-ticket-to-terror-watch-list dept.

Electronic Frontier Foundation 19

An anonymous reader writes "In 2012, EFF Pioneer Award winners are Hardware Hacker Andrew (bunnie) Huang, Anti-ACTA Activist and La Quadrature du Net cofounder Jérémie Zimmermann, and Groundbreaking Anonymity Group Tor. '"Every year, our Pioneer Awards celebrate those who have made a difference for digital freedom. We are extraordinarily proud of this year's winners and their unflagging dedication to protecting the rights of technology users around the world," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "Whether it's your right to reverse engineer a game console, or to avoid the interference of overbroad IP enforcement, or to block websites or governments from tracking your every online move, these winners are working hard to protect our online freedom."' The 21st edition of the annual EFF Pioneer Awards ceremony will take place September 20 in San Francisco."

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Pioneering... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41168059)

comment here.

First-past-the-post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41168269)


I hope you like walking (5, Funny)

schwit1 (797399) | about 2 years ago | (#41168307)

All winners have been automatically added to our complimentary no-fly and terrorists watch lists.


Re:I hope you like walking (3)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41168943)

You joke but a lot of developers of cryptography/anonymity software are given a hard time at every TSA checkpoint - most famously, Moxie Marlinspike who had all his electronics confiscated.

Re:I hope you like walking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41169007)

I think that was by CBP at the border, prior to entry into the US.

Re:I hope you like walking (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41169053)

I remember it was on arrival so it likely was the CBP rather than the TSA in that case.

Re:I hope you like walking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41169031)

No, lots of internet blowhards get hassled. I know tons of developers working on cryptography in companies like IBM and they never get hassled.

Re:I hope you like walking (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41169131)

How curious, I wonder why the cryptographers empowering the public get hassled and the ones working for The Man don't...

Re:I hope you like walking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41169421)

Yeah because IBM and other conpanies' research into cryptography is clearly never used by those projects. No, they came up with it all by themselves. Again, internet blowhards get hassled. The vast majority of people doing cryptographic research, 99.9% most likely, do not.

Re:I hope you like walking (1)

Pav (4298) | about 2 years ago | (#41186511)

You're just jealous you aren't getting your manfeel. ;) Don't worry... you will if/when you have something worthwhile to say.

Security, encryption etc... requires a special kind of braindamage - it's like the rest of I.T except worse. I'm glad ANYONE with some knowledge can maintain eye contact let alone communicate semi-effectively with the public.

And Mr a/c... as far as being a "blowhard" - you'd better hope people don't write you off as one if you're pulled aside by the TSA and they get excited about the pen knife you forgot was in your bag. It doesn't seem like it would take much of a misunderstanding for someone to disappear* for a long time these days, and entraping blowhards seems to be the new sport.

* - I was going to provide links to one of the many "terrorist plots" that were revealed to be obviously ridiculous delusions of jumpy security people (see "The Power of Nightmares" [] for some early examples) but after a hard search the few online links I found made things sound like those involved escaped on a technicality. I guess all those letdowns don't make the news leaving the impression of a multitude of foiled terror plots, and that's leaving aside the shady entrapment and peer pressure that has been going on recently to make those other blowhards look like terrorists.

EFF (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41168625)

EFF = Emaciated Faggots Foundation?

No paywall here (1, Informative)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 2 years ago | (#41168751)

Re:No paywall here (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41168925)

That's great but you posted it under the wrong article.

Re:No paywall here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41169693)

That's great but you posted it under the wrong article.

No, he posted to the correct article. Now go back to beating off to Bill Gates [] you homo.

Misplaced acronyms (1)

TDyl (862130) | about 2 years ago | (#41168761)

So "Groundbreaking Anonymity Group Tor" menas Tor is actually a 'gag' - so much for freedom of speech.

Re:Misplaced acronyms (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41169665)

At least it wasn't the Mainstream Anonymity System Totally Untraceable Routing Backers Association TOR

Re:Misplaced acronyms (1)

TDyl (862130) | about 2 years ago | (#41170071)

and the missing "E" would be?

Congrats Bunnie! (1)

ptorrone (638660) | about 2 years ago | (#41170375)

Bunnie is a hero to hardware hackers, this is great!

LQDN / Zimmerman (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41173429)

Well-deserved for La Quadrature and Jérémie Zimmermann - they have indeed been instrumental in the defeat of ACTA by (1) providing full and up-to-date information and (2) all their efforts to 'rally the troops'.

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