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Cindy Cohn

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Cindy Cohn
Cohn smiling to the camera
Cindy Cohn photographed in Berkeley, California, in 2014
United States
EducationBachelor of Arts/Science, The University of Iowa

Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Michigan

London School of Economics

Cindy Cohn is an American civil liberties attorney specializing in Internet law. She represented Daniel J. Bernstein and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Bernstein v. United States.


She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan.[1]

Law Career[edit]

In 1997 Cohn was recognized by California Lawyer Magazine as one of the "Lawyers of the Year" for her work. After serving for 15 years as legal director and general counsel[2] for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, she became its executive director in 2015.[3][4]

In addition to Bernstein, some of Cohn's significant cases include Hepting v. AT&T (class action against AT&T for collaborating with the National Security Agency program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications), In re Sony BMG Tech. litigation (class action against Sony BMG for placing dangerous digital rights management (DRM) on customers' computers), OPG v. Diebold (Diebold was held liable for sending out unfounded cease and desist notices to internet service providers (ISPs) in an effort to stop public discussion of the flaws in its electronic voting machines), and DVD CCA v. Bunner[5] (representing Andrew Bunner against the DVD Copy Control Association defending his right to republish a computer program that he found republished elsewhere on the Internet).[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2006 Cohn was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. In November 2018, she was featured among "America's Top 50 Women In Tech" by Forbes.[6] Cohn also serves on the board of directors of the nonprofits Human Rights Advocates and the Verified Voting Foundation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Cindy Cohn". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  2. ^ "Cindy Cohn". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Cindy Cohn to become EFF's new executive director in 2015". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Cindy Cohn". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  5. ^ Electronic Frontier Foundation (September 2005). "DVD-CCA v. Bunner and DVD-CCA v. Pavlovich". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Cindy Cohn". Forbes.

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