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Speaker: Kurt Opsahl

Kurt Opsahl is the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a civil society organization that fights for civil liberties in the digital age.

In addition to representing clients on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, Opsahl counsels on EFF projects and initiatives. He is the lead attorney on the Coders’ Rights Project. Before joining EFF, Opsahl worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters, including working on Kelly v. Arribasoft, MGM v. Grokster and CoStar v. LoopNet. For his work responding to government subpoenas, Opsahl is proud to have been called a „rabid dog“ by the Department of Justice. Prior to Perkins, Opsahl was a research fellow to Professor Pamela Samuelson at the U.C. Berkeley School of Information Management & Systems. Opsahl received his law degree from Boalt Hall, and undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Cruz. He co-authored „Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook“. In 2007, Opsahl was named as one of the „Attorneys of the Year“ by California Lawyer magazine for his work on the O’Grady v. Superior Court appeal. In 2014, he was elected to the USENIX Board of Directors and became an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.




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