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Robert Costnerpooh@efga.orgExecutive Director
Freedom of Speech on the Internet » Daily Dragon Online
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]
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.
The speaker series was organized by ...
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.
Audio Recordings of 1999 EF-Forums Programs at Dragon*Con
Panelists: Robert Costner, mod. (Executive Director, EFGA), Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator)
Panelists: Robert Costner
...Panelists: Andy Dustman (Georgia Cracker Remailer operator), Robert Costner (Executive Director, EFGA)
...Robert A. Costner
Director of EF-Forums Programming