Senator awarded for achievements in digital rights
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said he is humbled to receive the Electronic Frontiers Australia’s (EFA) inaugural Lifetime Achievement award for services to digital rights at their 20th anniversary celebrations tonight.
Founded in January 1994 to protect and promote the civil liberties of electronic communications systems users, EFA has grown to become the major voice in Australia promoting and advocating for digital freedom, access and privacy.
EFA chair Sean Rintel said the Board agreed there could be no more deserving recipient.
“No-one has worked harder and more consistently in the political field to create both positive rights and to campaign against limits to online personal freedom and security,” he said.
Senator Ludlam has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of individuals in the digital sphere and in December 2013, successfully moved for an inquiry into legislation underpinning surveillance in Australia.
“Law enforcement and intelligence agencies need a warrant to enter our homes. It should be the same to access our telecommunications data,” Mr Ludlam said.
“I congratulate EFA for their determined advocacy for digital rights and look forward to working together on these issues in the years to come.”
- The Greens introduced the “Get a Warrant” bill into the parliament in June 2013
- For more information http://greens.org.au/surveillance
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