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Kurt Opsahl

Kurt Opsahl is the deputy executive director and general counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition to representing clients on civil liberties, free speech, and privacy law, he counsels on EFF projects and initiatives. Kurt is the lead attorney on the Coders' Rights Project. Before joining EFF, he worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters. He received his law degree from Boalt Hall, and undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Cruz. Kurt is the co-authored of Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook. In 2007, he was named as one of the "Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer magazine for his work on the O'Grady v. Superior Court appeal. In 2014, he was elected to the USENIX board of directors.


Talks

Ask the EFF: The Year in Digital Civil Liberties

Get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the nation's premiere digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the computer age. This session will include updates on current EFF issues such as:

Congress' EARN-IT legislation (designed to mandate backdoors in encryption);

Van Buren v. U.S., the upcoming Supreme Court case on the CFAA (federal anti-hacking law)

Law and policy for COVID-19 tracking/quarantine/immunity passport apps;

The growing trends to limit government use of facial recognition technology;

as well as updates on EFF's technology projects, cases, and legislation affecting security research, and much more. Half the session will be given over to question-and-answer, so it's your chance to ask EFF questions about the law and technology issues that are important to you.