Ask EFF: The Year in Digital Liberties

Presented at DEF CON 13 (2005), July 29, 2005, 6 p.m. (80 minutes)

Get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the computer age. This session will include updates on current EFF issues such as DRM, file-sharing, spyware, the USA-Patriot Act, and bloggers' rights. But over half the session will be given over to question-and-answer, so it's your chance to ask the panelists questions about issues important to you.


  • Seth Schoen - Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Seth Schoen created the position of EFF Staff Technologist, helping other technologists understand the civil liberties implications of their work, EFF staff better understand the underlying technology related to EFF's legal work, and the public understand what the technology products they use really do. Schoen comes to EFF from Linuxcare, where he worked for two years as a senior consultant. While at Linuxcare, Schoen helped create the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card CD-ROM.
  • Kurt Opsahl - Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Kurt Opsahl is a Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation focusing on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law. Before joining EFF, Opsahl worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters, including working on Kelly v. Arribasoft, MGM v. Grokster and CoStar v. LoopNet. For his work responding to government subpoenas, Opsahl is proud to have been called a "rabid dog" by the Department of Justice.
  • Kevin Bankston - Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Kevin Bankston, an attorney specializing in free speech and privacy law, is the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis Fellow for 2003-05. His fellowship project focuses on the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism laws and surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, Kevin was the Justice William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City. At the ACLU, 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.).
  • Wendy Seltzer - Special Projects Coordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Wendy Seltzer is Special Projects Coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and free speech issues. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. Prior to joining EFF, Wendy taught Internet Law as an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University School of Law and practiced intellectual property and technology litigation with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York.
  • Annalee Newitz - Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Annalee Newitz is EFF's Policy Analyst. She writes policy recommendations and white papers, including recent papers on the dangers of EULAs, the problems with anti-spam regimes, and how to blog anonymously. Her special areas of interest are free speech, anonymity, network regulation, and expanding the public domain. The recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship in 2002, she writes a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation and is a contributing editor at Wired magazine.


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