Cory Doctorow is Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group of passionate people dedicated to protecting constitutional rights and advocating on behalf of free expression in the digital age. He works on policy research, participates in standards bodies, and works to enlist the support of other organizations in EFF’s issues.
He is one of the creators of modern interactive journalism, invented a self-serve online ad sales system that eliminates virtually all sales costs, and has served as an Internet business consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and many Internet entrepreneurs.
Before becoming a full-time writer and editor, Miller operated a small limousine service in the Baltimore/Washington area and wrote freelance part-time. “I never intended to make writing and editing a full-time profession,” he says. “It was purely accidental. There are many more talented editors and writers out of work who could easily replace me. I still keep one limousine in my driveway just in case my bosses ever figure this out.”
Eben Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his “long, dark period” in New Haven. He began working as a professional computer programmer in 1973, at the age of fourteen. Before and during law school, from 1979-1984, he was a designer and developer of advanced computer programming languages (VSAPL, APL2, Pascal) at IBM’s Santa Teresa Laboratory and Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
After law school he was a law clerk to Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School–and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel-Aviv University and the University of Virginia–since 1987. From 1991-1994 he represented Philip R. Zimmerman, the author of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) in connection with a potential criminal prosecution by the United States Government.
Since 1993 he has served without fee as General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation, and has represented numerous clients in the free software world. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.
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