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2023 EFF Awards Ceremony

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We are proud to present this year's winners:

Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan
EFF Award for Access to Scientific Knowledge

Library Freedom Project
EFF Award for Information Democracy

Signal Foundation
EFF Award for Communications Privacy

For over thirty years, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has recognized leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in technology. The EFF Awards—previously known as the Pioneer Awards—celebrate the accomplishments of people working toward a better future for technology users, both in the public eye and behind the scenes.

The festivities begin with special guest host Cory Doctorow—the renowned science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger. Join us to celebrate this year's honorees with drinks, bytes, and excellent company.

Thursday, September 14th, 2023
6:30 PM to 10 PM Pacific
The Lodge at The Regency Center
1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Event Schedule:
6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Award Ceremony
8:30 PM Post-event Mingling

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$55 general admission • $45 for EFF members • $35 for Students

Special thanks to Electric Capital, No Starch Press, and Ron Reed for sponsoring the EFF Awards.

Sponsorships ensure EFF can continue hosting events like this to help build community among digital rights supporters. If you or your company are interested in learning more about sponsoring EFF events, please contact Tierney Hamilton.

COVID-19 Precautions:
Guests are strongly encouraged to monitor their own health and to stay home if sick or experiencing symptoms of illness. If you wish to take a COVID-19 test, a limited supply of them will be available at the door, first come, first serve. Mask use is welcome, but not required. EFF will monitor Bay Area official channels for guidance on the latest safety rules and best practices.

The Lodge at The Regency Center, 1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109, is easily accessible by public transportation. Muni bus lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 19, 38, 42, 47, and 49 all stop within a few blocks of the facility. Parking: There are several public and private parking lots in the vicinity of The Regency Lodge. There is also limited street parking.

If you require an ADA accessible entrance or cannot use the stairs at the 1290 Sutter Street entrance, staff will escort you to the nearby 1270 Sutter St. accessible entrance. The main event space is wheelchair accessible, on low pile carpeted floor. Lively music will be playing, and the award ceremony speakers will be using a microphone, so louder volumes are expected.

EFF is committed to improving accessibility for our events. If you will be attending in-person and need accommodations, or have accessibility questions prior to the event, please contact If you require an ASL interpreter, please contact us by August 28th.

During the event, please ask any EFF staff for assistance.

Dress as you feel whether it's festive, formal, or casual! Our audience wears everything from gowns to hoodies.

The celebration will include small bites and desserts, as well as a hosted bar with wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages! Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food options will be available.

EFF is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, and all participants are encouraged to view our full Event Expectations.

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September 14, 2023 from  6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
The Lodge at The Regency Center
1290 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
Event Fee (Enter Ticket Quantity Below)
General Admission $55.00
EFF Member Ticket $45.00
Student Ticket $35.00