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Robert A. Costner

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Background

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    EFGA
  • Executive Director
    Electronic Frontiers Georgia
  • Consultant and Project Manager
    Server Systems Inc
  • Manager, Operation
    Georgia Cracker Remailer
  • EF-Texas

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Founder
    Electronic Frontiers Georgia
  • CPSR Member
    CPSR Inc
  • Board Member
    CPSR Inc
  • Board Member
    EF-Forums Programming
12 Total References
Web References
MITCHELL KAYE Groups Challenge Georgia ...
www.eff.org, 24 Feb 2001 [cached]
MITCHELL KAYE Groups Challenge Georgia Law Restricting Free Speech in Cyberspace FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 1996 Contacts: Teresa Nelson, ACLU of Georgia, 404-523-6201 Shari Steele, Electronic Frontier Foundation 301-375-8856 Robert Costner, EFGA, 770-512-8746 Mitchell Kaye, 770-998-2399 Emily Whitfield, Nat'l ACLU, 212-944-9800 ATLANTA--The American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontiers Georgia, EFF, Georgia State Representative Mitchell Kaye and others today filed a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction against a Georgia statute restricting free speech in cyberspace.
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"It's clear that no one would want to pass a law that says what this law says, that simply linking from website to website or using a pseudonym is illegal in Georgia and therefore throughout the Internet," said Robert Costner of EFGA.Rep.
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According to Robert Costner of Electronic Frontiers Georgia, many websites include links using trade names or logos as a means of providing information.The EFGA site, he noted, provides a link to the BellSouth web page to assist other Internet users in contacting BellSouth about a recent rate increase request for ISDN telephone service.
Given the new technological context of the Internet and unique "linking" feature of web pages, Costner explained, even this type of grass roots news advisory over the Internet could now be illegal in Georgia.The Plaintiffs The 14 plaintiffs and organizations named in the suit all expressed concern that the law would prohibit them -- at risk of jail or fines -- from using pseudonyms to protect their privacy, communicate sensitive information and defend themselves against harassment if their identities were known on the Net.For instance, the Atlanta Veterans Alliance, a Georgia-based organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered veterans, said the law would risk disclosure of the identity of AVA members who remain in active military service.Such disclosure would likely end their military careers.
Audio Recordings of 1999 EF-Forums Programs at Dragon*Con
www.efga.org, 8 Mar 1999 [cached]
Panelists: Robert Costner, mod. (Executive Director, EFGA), Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator)
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Panelists: Robert Costner, mod.
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Panelists: Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator), Robert Costner (Executive Director, EFGA)
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Robert A. CostnerDirector of EF-Forums Programming
Freedom of Speech on the Internet » Daily Dragon Online
dailydragon.dragoncon.org [cached]
The Electronic Frontiers Forum is the passion of chairperson Robert Costner, who works as a systems consultant in real life, but as a proponent of web rights in his other real life. Outside of Dragon*Con, Costner is in his fourth year of directing Electronic Frontiers Georgia (EFGA), a web civil liberties group which he also co-founded.
McClain, the first EF track panel speaker, worked with Costner on a 1997 court case against the state of Georgia, in which EFGA successfully combatted Georgia's anti-handle legislation.
Dragon*Con Biography: [Robert Costner]
www.dragoncon.org, 16 Feb 2007 [cached]
Robert CostnerDragon*Con Biography: [Robert Costner]
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Robert Costner
Robert 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.
The speaker series was organized by ...
archive.cpsr.org, 15 Feb 2002 [cached]
The speaker series was organized by former CPSR Board member Robert Costner and the group he founded, Electronic Frontiers Georgia (EFGA).
Privacy in Cyberspace: CPSR testimony at Social Security Hearings, Atlanta 1997
Following a public outcry after it made tax records accessible over the Internet, the Social Security Administration held public hearings to learn how to better ensure taxpayer privacy.Public hearings were held in Georgia, California, and numerous other states around the country.At the Atlanta hearings, held in June 1997, CPSR member Robert Costner testified about the importance of new technologies to ensure privacy, and CPSR member Hans Klein testified on the importance of diffusing awareness of privacy to all federal agencies.
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