Pioneer Awards Ceremony 2021 Recap: Privacy Defenders Unite

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On September 16, EFF held the 30th Annual Pioneer Award Ceremony, a yearly celebration of our digital heroes. The Barlows this year went to a selection of individuals who have worked to protect privacy in unique, impressive, and successful ways, from the streets of Harlem and Boston to Mumbai. If you missed the awards, you can watch it online. You can also read the full transcript.

EFF’s Executive Director, Cindy Cohn, kicked off the event by pointing out that the world may be changing shape–this is our second online Pioneer Award Ceremony, after all–but EFF was built for change, and we’ve had significant successes over the past year: our fight to keep dangerous scanning software off Apple devices; passing one of the largest state investments in public fiber broadband in U.S. history in California; developing guides to help observe visible and invisible surveillance at protests; our pressure on Amazon Ring, which finally added a variety of protections as well as visibility into its partnerships

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