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EFF Presents the 26th Annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony

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A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. You may inquire about admission this afternoon by emailing or in person at Delancey Street's Town Hall Room.

On September 14 in San Francisco, we will be celebrating the work of the 2017 Pioneer Award winners: Annie Game, Mike Masnick, and Chelsea Manning. The celebration will include drinks, bytes, and excellent company. Join us!

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Delancey Street's
Town Hall Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

6:00 pm Reception
7:30 pm Awards ceremony

9:00 pm Post-event mingling

We are proud to present awards to this year's winners:

Annie Game
Defender of Global Free Expression

Mike Masnick
First Amendment Champion

Chelsea Manning
Renowned Whistleblower and Transparency Advocate

We are also thrilled to welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Emmy-nominated comedy writer Ashley Nicole Black. Ashley Black is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer and correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Since joining the show, her unique take on policy, politics, and tech has helped make Full Frontal a hit among late-night political comedy. Ashley’s Mr. Robot-channeling crash course segment on government surveillance and encryption took her from Chris Soghoian’s office to a Crypto Harlem party, where she learned how to send secure messages with Signal while never once being offered a drink. Ashley grew up outside of Los Angeles, but it was while attending graduate school in Chicago at Northwestern University that Ashley first attended an improv class at The Second City.  She ended up dropping out of a PhD program to pursue a career in comedy. In 2016 she joined Full Frontal, where she has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.

Tickets are $65 for current EFF members and $75 for general admission.

EFF established the Pioneer Awards in 1992 to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. The awards celebrate those who have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications. Their contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic, or cultural. See a list of past winners.

Special thanks to Airbnb and Ron Reed for supporting EFF and the 2017 Pioneer Awards ceremony. If you or your company are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please contact

September 14, 2017 6:00 PM through 10:00 PM
Delancey Street Town Hall
600 Embarcadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States
Event Fee(s)
Regular Event Ticket $ 75.00
Current EFF Member Event Ticket $ 65.00
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