Pat Cahalan March 9, 2007 4:10 PM

Hey, that’s pretty cool.

Of course, now if you get a comparable award from the ACLU you’re going to wind up on a “must watch” list somewhere.

Oh, I forgot, you’ve written crypto algorithms that could potentially be used by terrorist, you’re already on that list.

Anyway, congrats!

kyb March 9, 2007 4:56 PM

Maybe if you get enough of these sorts of things then policy makers will actually listen to you and other experts when creating security policy. Perhaps I expect too much.

quincunx March 9, 2007 6:31 PM

I just hope that you work out the contradictions in your security policies, and are ready to accept the full implications of your own work.

Criticisms aside, Congrats!

Phill Hallam-Baker March 10, 2007 7:35 AM

The list is (almost) complete nonsense. There is personal influence and there is corporate influence.

More than half the list is representing corporate influence which is really not the same thing as personal influence. Google has influence, Microsoft has influence but ascribing that influence to individuals misses the mark entirely.

At the other end of the scale there are the hot startups and VC firms lumped in to make the place look trendy.

Then there is the curious placement of Bruce above Sir Tim B-L and Vint Cerf. Tim has spent a lot of time working to be influential on the Internet. He has an entire 200 member company, 100 employee organization dedicated to promoting the Tim vision of the Web. As far as personal influence on the Internet itself goes nobody is going to touch him.

As far as influence goes by far the most significant person onthe Web is Kos. He is the kingmaker for the Democratic party.

If the list was realistic Bruce would probably be around the same place. But such lists are inevitably bunk unless they are compiled by the people who are actually influential.

So here is a better way to do it. Send a questionaire out to the top ten people you consider most influential asking them for the top ten most influential people on their work. Then send out questionaires to everyone who appears on those lists. Continue the process until the list converges.

clvrmnky March 10, 2007 8:51 AM

Congrats. I don’t know much about Benkler, but both you and Doctorow help keep us honest.

I’m being serious here. I paraphrase the both of you all the time when trying to disabuse folks of their crazy ideas about property, security and culture.

Bambi March 10, 2007 11:11 AM

Fantastic and well deserved.

I found out about this from Cory Doctorow and was very excited for all three of you!

Well done as always! Congrats!

RC March 11, 2007 8:18 AM

So you rank above the inventer of the internet, but below DVD-Jon and a somewhat obscure blogger? It is an interesting list, but it doesn’t seem to correspond to reality.

Reretired March 11, 2007 12:49 PM

Congratulations, hope there’s $ involved. I also want to thank you for your rational approach to the very difficult issues involving security and privacy. Thank you for introducing me to the “slightly paranoid” ‘blog. It takes courage to tell the emperior the truth about his new clothes.

Ben March 12, 2007 9:48 AM

Congratulations. I did notice that they included Doctorow’s Hugo Nominations but ignored yours.


Spider March 12, 2007 10:35 AM

Are you sure this is a legit award?

Take a look at the registration payment page. Its hilarious. It certainly looks like its a paypal phishing scam.

Just enter a description of why you want to send the EEF money and the amount!

Take a look at the source, and you’ll find an interesting javascript function that seems to indicate that they’ll accept a lower “business” or “premier” fee if you are from china.

But as you are already able to set the item and its price, You can just give yourself the discount and maintain allegiance with your country.

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