Robert CostnerDragon*Con Biography: [Robert Costner]
...Robert CostnerRobert A. Costner
, affectionately known as Pooh Bear is a nationally known figure in defending the U.S. Constitution in cyberliberties matters, and known internationally as a defender of Privacy, Free Speech, and Anonymity.Robert
has stood toe to toe with the Software Publisher's Association
and watched them back down, and finally arrived when the Church of Scientology's attorney's started contacting him.Since 1995, volunteering his time and energy as Executive Director of Electronic Frontiers Georgia (EFGA), of which he is a co-founder, Robert has been working to protect essential civil liberties, representing the interests of netizens, and building the community.
In 1997 EFGA
won a lawsuit against the State of Georgia over the right to do web linking and the right to use nicknames on the net.Robert
has openly opposed many of the policies and statements of the Software Publisher's Association
(SPA), causing the SPA
to back down and change their policies.Robert also works with other groups such as EFF, EF-Texas, CDT, EPIC, CPSR, and VTW.When he has to work for living, Robert is a consultant and project manager for Server Systems.He
does client/server database programming, SQL database, Visual Basic programming, and writes Unix-based back-end code for web pages.Robert
has been involved in all phases of the computer industry, including running a small chain of five computer stores.Hobbies and interests include rock climbing, cooking, computer games, the effect of technology on politics, classic rock 'n roll, movies, slow romantic dancing, and subatomic physics.He
is known to testify before Senate subcommittees, and has had police and Attorney Generals from more than ten states give him a call to see what is going on.Robert also oversees the operation of the Georgia Cracker Remailer, and Redneck nymserver.