[A2k] Cofounder of La Quadrature du Net Jérémie Zimmermann rewarded with an EFF Pioneer Award

La Quadrature du Net jz at laquadrature.net
Thu Sep 20 05:34:34 PDT 2012


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Cofounder of La Quadrature du Net Jérémie Zimmermann rewarded with an EFF Pioneer Award

*** Tonight at 7:45pm PST (4:45am CET), Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of La Quadrature du Net will receive his 2012 Pioneer Award [1] from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) at a ceremony in the Project One Gallery in San Francisco. The whole team of La Quadrature du Net thanks EFF and congratulates Jérémie. ***

The EFF Pioneer Award were set up in 1993 "to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology". Besides Jérémie Zimmermann, this year awards go to the Tor project [2], a key software infrastructure for anonymity on the Internet and to Andrew (bunnie) Huang [3], a key software and hardware hacker, with major achievements in interoperability and technological arts. The 2012 awards bring together three facets of the Internet and digital world that we stand for: democracy and political activism, the ability of collaborative projects to design major infrastructures, and the individual empowerment, here in the gaming and artistic domain.

The EFF states: "[Jérémie] Zimmermann has been instrumental in the fight against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a far-reaching international treaty that would curtail many Internet freedoms in favor of extremist intellectual property protectionism. Zimmermann has worked tirelessly to spread the word about ACTA and the ways in which it would put a chokehold on Internet and digital rights. This July, after years of secretive negotiations, ACTA was defeated in the European Parliament. Zimmermann has also worked on numerous other technology policy topics, including freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of telecommunications, and online privacy."

Jérémie shares his prize with all of the volunteers and anonymous citizens who have contributed to La Quadrature du Net achievements or relayed its ideas and proposals. There are difficult struggles and exciting opportunities for a free Internet ahead of us. You can help La Quadrature du Net to be up to its responsibilities in the years to come, either in participating in its actions [4] or in supporting its efforts [5].

* References *

1. https://www.laquadrature.net/en/eff-hardware-hacker-anti-acta-activist-and-groundbreaking-anonymity-group-win-eff-pioneer-awards
2. https://www.torproject.org/
3. http://www.bunniestudios.com/
4. http://www.laquadrature.net/en/how-to-participate
5. https://support.laquadrature.net/

** About la Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. 

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net

** Press contact and press room **

Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675


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