John Gilmore

John Gilmore, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is an activist for online freedoms.

He has an extensive technical background in Internet technologies. He was one of the first employees at Sun Microsystems and has worked on many fundamental hardware and software technologies. In addition to EFF, he co-founded the "alt" hierarchy of Usenet news, a successful Internet service provider, the cypherpunks cryptography group, and a company that made money supporting free software.

Through EFF, he has worked for freedom of online expression, fighting cryptography restrictions and censorship. In 1996, while seeking nomination as a trustee of the Internet Society, he said, "EFF's policy on cryptography is pretty much solely my doing. Our stance on censorship and on using market mechanisms rather than regulation is also something I'm proud of."

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