EFF Pioneer Awards: Chelsea Manning, Annie Game… And Me
from the neat dept
So here’s a bit of nice news. Yesterday EFF announced this year’s Pioneer Award winners, and they included Chelsea Manning, Annie Game… and me. I’m humbled to win the award — but especially to be included with Chelsea and Annie, both of whom have gone to amazing lengths, and often sacrificed tremendous amounts, to do what they believe in to help make the world a better place. I just write about stuff. If you read Techdirt, you probably know about Chelsea Manning already — we’ve certainly written about her, what she’s done for this country, and the travesty of the charges and punishment she faced. Frankly, it’s a joke to put me in a list with Chelsea Manning. We don’t belong in the same conversation, let alone getting the same award. As for Annie Game — you might not know the name, but she’s a force to be reckoned with as well. She runs IFEX, which is on the front lines around the globe — especially in repressive authoritarian-led countries — fighting to protect a press that has few legal protections and standing up for free expression and access to information in very real and tangible ways (and sometimes in dangerous environments). I aspire to do work that will someday put me on a level with the things both Chelsea and Annie have done — but in the meantime, I’m happy to share this award with them.
If you have not been, the Pioneer Awards event is always a blast, so if you’re in the area on September 14th, please consider coming out to the ceremony. Tickets help support EFF, and I think we all know just how much amazing work EFF has done over the years.