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This is the most incredible accolade I’ve ever received: I have been honored with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, which “recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and influential contributions to the development of computer-mediated communications and to the empowerment of individuals in using computers and the Internet.” I join the ranks of previous winners, including Tim Berners-Lee, Mitch Kapor, Jimmy Wales, Bruce Sterling, and Linus Torvalds. My fellow winners this year are Yochai Benkler and Bruce Schneier. Talk about exalted company! The awards will be given out at a ceremony chaired by Marc Cuban, at the Emerging Tech conference in San Diego later this month. I’m incredibly thankful to EFF for this honor.