Schneier is widely acclaimed for his criticism and commentary on everything from network security to national security. His insight is particularly important as we learn more and more about the unconstitutional surveillance programs from the National Security Agency and the depth and breadth of data the NSA is collecting on the public.
"EFF is one of the leading organizations fighting the government's unconstitutional spying, marshaling legal and technological expertise to battle surveillance in the courtroom and in Congress," said Schneier. "I'm excited to work together with the board and the staff as we learn more about this spying and how we can shut it down."
Schneier's first bestseller, "Applied Cryptography," was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." He's written a number of other influential books – including "Secrets and Lies" and "Liars and Outliers" – which, along with his monthly newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his "Schneier on Security" blog, have reached hundreds of thousands of people with candid and lucid analysis of security issues. Schneier has also testified to Congress about the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power.
"Bruce is one of America's premiere technologists – the person both experts and the general public turn to when they need answers to tough security questions," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "We are very proud to have him join our Board of Directors to help EFF meet the challenges of the years ahead."
In addition to Schneier, EFF's Board of Directors includes John Perry Barlow, Brian Behlendorf, John Buckman, Lorrie Cranor, David Farber, John Gilmore, Brewster Kahle, Pam Samuelson, Brad Templeton, and Jonathan Zittrain.