I've Joined the EFF Board

I'm now on the board of directors of the EFF.

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM • 37 Comments


Poster of Brucedom Currently Being Tracked by the NSAJuly 1, 2013 2:51 PM

Congrats! But now you can never leave the country...

David ScottJuly 1, 2013 6:46 PM

This is OUTSTANDING, Bruce. I have been supporting them (with time AND funds) for a couple of years now and I can't overstate the value of their work. I am elated that you're on board and at the helm!

NarkorJuly 1, 2013 8:26 PM

EFF these days seems to be more interested in defending copyright infringement than it does any other rights in the digital frontier. They've been very quiet about issues related to privacy, tracking, and surveillance - but seem to be very active in defending anyone who runs a locker or torrent site distributing the latest movies, music, or TV shows.

Natanael LJuly 1, 2013 8:38 PM

Narkor: As far as I can tell, it's just the media that only report on those topics. EFF is active in more areas as well.

SomeoneJuly 1, 2013 8:54 PM


You may want to check its active lawsuits, such as Jewel vs. NSA.

SJuly 2, 2013 2:07 AM

Congratulations! I wish success you on behalf of every living being in the world! The EFF is needed now more than ever!

StukeJuly 2, 2013 3:04 AM

I should congratulate Mr. Schneier, but instead I will say that "it's about bloody time!"

Clive RobinsonJuly 2, 2013 4:17 AM

@ Narkor,

    EFF these days seems to be more interested in defending copyright infringement than it does any other rights in the digital frontier.

That's a "false reality" problem of the way some journalists and other commentators work.

Amongst other diverse activities the EFF also bash Patent Trolls, which is an activity that should become a national sport like duck hunting (except it should be compulsory for all able bodied citizens, have no closed season and use much much large caliber weapons supplied Pro-bono ;-)

They have just had most of the claims on one patent struck out via a re-examination,


arnimJuly 2, 2013 4:29 AM

No no no folks, it's not "Congrats" but "Thanks". This will cost Bruce business and reputation. Lots of companies will refuse to do business with EFF members. There was this news snipped some days ago, that Snowden shouldn't have gotten his NSA clearance just for the EFF sticker on his laptop. It will cost him reputation because he's not technically neutral anymore. Lots of media outlets won't introduce him anymore with "Renowned Security Expert Bruce Schneier" but with "EFF activist Bruce Schneier".

I don't think this was an easy decision for Bruce, but it's great to see him take a stand on the right side. So with a lot of respect I have to say: Thank you very much!

AndyJuly 2, 2013 6:18 AM

Bruce's involvement will also likely raise the credibility of the EFF. Perhaps this will continue a transition from "activist group" to "respected authority".

Neil in ChicagoJuly 2, 2013 1:22 PM

Yes. Not "congratulations, Bruce", but "congratulations, EFF; thank you, Bruce".
The EFF Origin Story is one of my all-time favorite real-life sf stories.

Chris lJuly 2, 2013 2:47 PM

EFF wrote a very well reasoned amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Nelson v. NASA, which was very much about privacy and government overreach.

fuchikomaJuly 5, 2013 3:14 PM

Congrats. I love the EFF - I put them up there with the ACLU in terms of protecting personal liberties. Your books raise the curtain on a lot of BS that would erode the same, so this sounds like a fantastic combo.

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