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EFF Presents the 29th Annual Pioneer Award Ceremony

We are proud to present the 2020 award recipients:

Joy Buolamwini, Dr. Timnit Gebru, Deborah Raji:
Artificial Intelligence and Racial Bias Experts

Danielle Blunt:
Sex Worker Activist & Tech Policy and Content Moderation Researcher

Open Technology Fund Community:
The Community Fighting for Global Internet Freedom

And joining us as this year's keynote speaker, Cyrus Farivar!

Every year, EFF invites the world to the Pioneer Award Ceremony to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. Beginning with nominations from the public, EFF awards Barlow statuettes to both luminary individuals and groups whose contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic, or cultural. You can view more information on this year's winners here. During EFF’s 30th anniversary year—and an extraordinary time for humanity—our virtual celebration will stream live at 4:30 pm PT beginning with a DJ set from Redstickman. Join us!

EFF Livestream on Twitch
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Musical Introduction: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PT
Pioneer Award Ceremony: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PT

This event is live and free with an optional $10 donation!

Please RSVP to let us know you can make it. Want to support EFF's work? Pitch in an optional $10 donation when you register, or just check out brand new EFF30 gear and donate at

EFF Livestream on Twitch (Twitch Privacy Policy)
Simulcasts: Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube Live.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Dropbox; No Starch Press; Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP; and Ron Reed for supporting EFF and the 2020 Pioneer Award Ceremony. If you or your company are interested in learning more about sponsorship, please contact Nicole Puller.

The award ceremony will be live-captioned and a transcription of the stream will be available post-event. A recording will also be available after the program on YouTube.

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