Cindy Cohn Dave Maass
Cindy Cohn, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s legal director at the forefront of trying to dismantle the National Security Agency’s domestic spying apparatus long before Edward Snowden became a household name, has been named the digital rights group’s executive director.
Cohn’s elevation, effective in April, is part of a major management overhaul to the San Francisco-based group whose budget has blossomed from $1 million annually in 1999 to about $9 million this year, the group announced Wednesday. Cohn, who has been litigating the constitutionality of the NSA’s electronic eavesdropping since 2006, succeeds Shari Steele, the EFF’s top executive the past 14 years.
“Cindy is one of the smartest lawyers I’ve ever known, and a great strategist,” EFF co-founder John Gilmore said in a statement. “Cindy truly understands what makes EFF successful, and we’re thrilled she will lead the organization.”
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