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EFF Honors Chelsea Manning, an IFEX Leader, And TechDirt's Editor ( 108

An anonymous reader quotes the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning, Techdirt editor and open internet advocate Mike Masnick, and IFEX executive director and global freedom of expression defender Annie Game are the distinguished winners of the 2017 Pioneer Awards, which recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. This year's honorees -- a whistleblower, an editor, and an international freedom of expression activist -- all have worked tirelessly to protect the public's right to know.

The award ceremony will be held the evening of September 14 at Delancey Street's Town Hall Room in San Francisco. The keynote speaker is Emmy-nominated comedy writer Ashley Nicole Black, a correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee who uses her unique comedic style to take on government surveillance, encryption, and freedom of information.

The EFF describes Chelsea Manning as "a network security expert, whistleblower, and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst whose disclosure of classified Iraq war documents exposed human rights abuses and corruption the government kept hidden from the public." Their annoncement also notes that Annie Game has led the IFEX network of 115+ journalism and civil liberties groups around the world for over 10 years, and that Mike Masnick coined the term "The Streisand Effect" -- and is currently being sued by that man who claims he invented email.
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EFF Honors Chelsea Manning, an IFEX Leader, And TechDirt's Editor

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  • by x0ra ( 1249540 ) on Saturday August 19, 2017 @02:42PM (#55048821)
    What are his credentials, beside being able to hide a USB key / burnt CD ? Did he actually report any CVE or provide any exploit ? maybe reported an actual bug ? or any code review ? anything ?
  • by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Saturday August 19, 2017 @03:04PM (#55048913) Journal
    Seriously, whistleblowing and treason can appear similar at times. Both release info on behavior that they have issues with. However, a whistleblower will make sure that classified legal actions are protected. Treason is when classified legal actions are released and was meant to simply harm the nation. Both Manning and Snowden are traitors. Manning never was upset about actions that he released. He was upset that he did not fit into the military. As such, manning simply dumped anything and everything. He is a traitor.
    • by dbIII ( 701233 )
      So what's David Petraeus then?
      How about Oliver North?
      I'm seeing a lot of "one law for my cronies and another for the common man" going on. It should be about crimes against the state and not leaks against co-workers behaving badly.
      • treason IS crimes against the state. Whistle blowing is reporting illegal (or sometimes immoral) actions that others (and might include self) did.
        Snowden is the PERFECT example, since he did BOTH. He whistle blew when he was reporting about the spying on Americans by NSA employees. These were individuals that were up to no good, and NSA was not doing anything to stop it.
        However, he continued and described legal operations the the NSA is SUPPOSED to be doing. That was treason.

        Petraus is NOT treason. He
  • Ashley Nicole Black, a correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee who uses her unique comedic style to take on government surveillance, encryption, and freedom of information.

    Translation: a black woman liberal "performance studies" major who never said jackshit about government surveillance when it was Barak Obama doing it, but who is going to be the keynote speaker at this event because she's the right color, gender, and political affiliation to score us our requisite SJW virtue points, even if she knows fuck-all about technology.

  • A wider perspective (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Seems to be a lot of haters in the US on this one. It's probably worth mentioning, for the sake of balance and from a wider view (I'm not a US citizen), that without Manning US human rights violations would not otherwise have been acknowledged, and "A report written by the Department of Defense a year after the breach found that Manning's document leaks had no significant strategic impact on U.S. war efforts.[209, wikipedia]"

    For US folks, you should be aware that US claims to moral superiority as a justific

  • I just don't get how Manning has become the media darling and receives all the support when someone who really performs the EFF's mission statement - Edward Snowden - still languishes in Russia.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    There's no way Manning could have had any Sexual Reassignment surgery yet - so she's still in possession of her male sexual organs. This is a fact because no SRS surgeon worth a dime will touch a patient until they've completed at least one full year living as a member of the opposite gender, per WPATH.

    When Obama pardoned her she was dishonorably discharged thus meaning that she'd not receive a penny for her surgery even IF the Military Machine had decided to go down that path. Right now that's been revoked

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