Ask the EFF -- This Year on the Internet

Presented at HOPE X (2014), July 19, 2014, 11 a.m. (60 minutes)

Hear from lawyers, activists, technologists, and international policy analysts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the nation's premiere digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the computer age. Since HOPE Number Nine, much has happened on the Internet. From Aaron Swartz' tragic death to Edward Snowden's revelations, from TPP to Stop Watching Us, they will put it all in context and answer your questions. This session will include updates on current EFF issues such as their efforts to end mass spying both at home and abroad, their fight against the use of intellectual property claims to shut down free speech and halt innovation, a discussion of their technology projects to protect privacy and speech online, updates on their cases against the NSA, litigation and legislation affecting security research, what EFF is doing to open access to scholarly works, how they're fighting the expansion of the surveillance state, and much more. Half the session will be given over to Q&A, so it's your chance to ask EFF questions about the law and technology issues that are important to you.


  • Eva Galperin
    Eva Galperin is the International Freedom of Expression coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She has worked for the EFF in various capacities for the last five years, applying her political science knowledge and technical background to organizing activism campaigns and doing education and outreach on intellectual property, privacy, and security issues. A lifelong geek, Eva misspent her youth working as a systems administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in political science and international relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF from the U.S.-China Policy Institute, where she researched Chinese energy policy, helped to organize conferences, and attempted to make use of her rudimentary Mandarin skills. Her interests include aerials, rock climbing, opera, and not being paged at three in the morning because the mail server is down.
  • Peter Eckersley
    Peter Eckersley is technology projects director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He keeps his eyes peeled for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users' freedoms - and then looks for ways to fix them. He explains gadgets to lawyers, and lawyers to gadgets. Peter's work at EFF has included privacy and security projects such as Panopticlick, HTTPS Everywhere, SSDI, and the SSL Observatory; helping to launch a movement for open wireless networks; fighting to keep modern computing platforms open; and running the first controlled tests to confirm that Comcast was using forged reset packets to interfere with P2P protocols. He holds a PhD in computer science and law from the University of Melbourne. His research focused on the practicality and desirability of using alternative compensation systems to legalize P2P file sharing and similar distribution tools, while still paying authors and artists for their work.
  • Nate Cardozo
    Nate Cardozo is a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's digital civil liberties team. In addition to his focus on free speech and privacy litigation, Nate works on EFF's "Coders' Rights" project and "Who Has Your Back?" report. A 2009-2010 EFF Open Government Legal Fellow, Nate spent two years in private practice before returning to his senses and to EFF in 2012. Nate has a B.A. in anthropology and politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings where he has taught first-year legal writing and moot court. He brews his own beer, has been to India three times, and watches too much Bollywood.
  • Kurt Opsahl
    Kurt Opsahl is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on civil liberties, free speech, and privacy law. He has counseled numerous computer security researchers on their rights to conduct and discuss research. 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. In 2007, he was named as one of the "Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer Magazine for his work on the O'Grady v. Superior Court appeal, which established the reporter's privilege for online journalists.
  • Adi Kamdar
    Adi Kamdar is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in patent, free speech, intermediary liability, andconsumer privacy issues. He also coordinates EFF's open access advocacy and helps with student activism. Adi studied History of Science at Yale University, where he was chapter president and a member of the board of directors of Students for Free Culture. Previously, he interned at EFF, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and with the Open Video Alliance. In his free time, he enjoys improv, music, things that are delicious, and being outdoors.