Hi, Ghosties! We are very happy you to bear some good news. Our CEO, Robert Knapp, has been nominated for the prominent Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards. Read more in our press release below and feel free to quote us if you want to also share in the joy:
Bucharest, May 24th, 2017. An anonymous Swiss user nominated last night CyberGost’s CEO, Robert Knapp for the prestigious Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards.
The user, nicknamed Greyman, had this laudation for Robert: “He is a pioneer in many ways. The granting of free access for so many people to a good, (meaning secure) VPN service, for privacy in public places. Something (most) of them could not otherwise afford. “
Indeed, even in the recent months, all over the world there were numerous attempts to limit this free access.
Just a week ago the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed a decree introducing new sanctions against Russia last Tuesday. Amongst other restrictions, the decree blocks access to Russian social networking sites VK (VKontakte) and Odnoklassniki. Access will also be blocked to all of the services of search engine Yandex.
UK’s Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online. The Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works. The plans will allow Britain to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet”.
In US, in April, president Donald Trump signed into law a controversial measure repealing online privacy protections established by the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama Administration.
Speaking about CyberGhost’s Knapp seminal contribution, Greymen added: “The talks he gives talks on internet privacy to groups, large and small. The sharing of those talks on social media, like Twitter or YouTube. A wonderful personal contribution to the advancement of internet privacy, for users everywhere. Access being given to those living under repressive regimes, to the internet. That is pioneering. How bloody refreshing!”
EFF established the Pioneer Awards in 1992 to recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of technology. EFF’s 26th Annual Pioneer Awards, will be presented this fall in San Francisco.
Nominees must have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications.
Their contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic or cultural.
This year’s Pioneers will join an esteemed group of past award winners that includes the late visionary activist Aaron Swartz; open source pioneer Limor “Ladyada” Fried; and the documentarian and journalist Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, among many remarkable activists, entrepreneurs, public interest attorneys, and others.
The company secures and anonymizes the online presence of over 13 million users across the globe.
CyberGhost defends privacy as a basic human right and is an active fighter against government censorship throughout the world.
Right now, millions of persons in countries affected by censorship use CyberGhost to regain access to basic services like Google, Facebook, Twitter or Wikipedia.