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

Congrats! But now you can never leave the country…

David Scott July 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!

Narkor July 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 L July 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.

S July 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!

Stuke July 2, 2013 3:04 AM

I should congratulate Mr. Schneier, but instead I will say that “it’s about bloody time!”

Clive Robinson July 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,

arnim July 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!

Andy July 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 Chicago July 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 l July 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.

fuchikoma July 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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