About EFF-Austin

Mission Statement

EFF-Austin advocates establishment and protection of digital rights and defense of the wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology. We promote the right of all citizens to communicate and share information without unreasonable constraint. We also advocate the fundamental right to explore, tinker, create, and innovate along the frontier of emerging technologies.

About EFF-Austin

EFF-Austin is an independent nonprofit civil liberties organization concerned with emerging frontiers where technology meets society. We are a group of visionary technologists, legal professionals, academics, political activists and concerned citizens who work to protect digital rights and educate the public about emerging technologies and their implications.

Similar to our namesake, the national Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), “the dominion we defend is the vast wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology that resides online.”

EFF-Austin was originally formed in 1991 with the intention that it would become the first chapter of the national Electronic Frontier Foundation. However, EFF decided not to become a chapters organization, and EFF-Austin became a separately-incorporated, independent nonprofit organization focusing on cyber liberties, digital rights, and emerging technologies.

An audio history of EFF-Austin (and why we’re not formally connected to the national EFF) is available here.

Website: EFF-Austin
Email: info at effaustin.org


  • President: Jon Lebkowsky
  • Treasurer: Chris Boyd
  • Board of Directors

  • Heather Barfield, Austin Creative Alliance
  • Chris Boyd, Midas GreenTech
  • Ed Cavazos [@EdCavazos], Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
  • Andrew Donoho [@adonoho], Donoho Design Group, LLC; Technology Strategist
  • Mike Gagne, Global Escalations Manager, Community Operations at Facebook
  • Jon Lebkowsky [@jonl], CEO, Polycot Associates
  • Kathy Mitchell, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Kevin Welch, Mathematician/Game Programmer
  • Board of Advisors

  • Anna Kozminski, Software Product Manager, National Instruments
  • Adina Levin, VP Products at Socialtext
  • Doug Barnes, Attorney at Barnes Legal
  • Silona Bonewald
  • Jim Butler, Manager, Creative Industries Development, City of Austin Economic Development Dept., Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs
  • Smoot Carl-Mitchell, Systems Networking Consultant
  • Scott Davis, Netgate / pfSense
  • Brian Combs, Founder and CEO, Ionadas Local
  • Gene Crick, Executive Director, Telecommunity Resource Center
  • Cory Doctorow, Author
  • Maggie Duval, The Futures Lab
  • Gregory Foster [@gregoryfoster], Computer Geek
  • Mike Godwin, Attorney
  • Frieda Gress
  • Jordan Hatcher, Student, UT-Law
  • Michael Hathaway
  • Matt Henry, Attorney, McCollough|Henry, PC
  • Steve Jackson, Steve Jackson Games
  • Lar Kaufman, Consultant
  • Brad King, President, Demon Press
  • Donna Kidwell
  • Anna Kozminski, National Instruments
  • Jeff Kramer, Director of Technology, Tech Lead at HP Helion
  • Will Kreth, Director – Interactive Content & Customer Experience, Time Warner Cable, Austin
  • Sherry Lesikar, Project Manager, State of Texas
  • Richard MacKinnon, LESS Networks and Austin Wireless City
  • Scott McCollough, Telecommunications Attorney
  • Gloria Meraz, Director of Communications, Texas Library Association
  • David Nunez, MIT Media Lab
  • Ken Olthoff, NSA
  • Carlos Ovalle, Academic, UT School of Information
  • John Quarterman, Quarterman Creations
  • Jim Robinson, Director of Operations, Webshots.com
  • Mynor Rodriguez, Briefing Attorney – 13th Court of Appeals
  • Matt Sanders, Director of Operations, Polycot Consulting L.L.C.
  • David Smith
  • Bruce Sterling, Author
  • Sandy Stone, Independent Arts and Crafts Professional
  • Stephen Torrence [@storrence]
  • Don Turnbull, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Information, University of Texas
  • Rich Vázquez, CISA, CISSP
  • Nathan Wilcox, Vox Media
  • Randy Zagar, Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Texas at Austin