The EFF Pioneer Award is an annual prize by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for people who have made significant contributions to the empowerment of individuals in using computers. Until 1998 it was presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., United States. Thereafter it was presented at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference. In 2007 it was presented at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.
- 1992: Douglas Engelbart, Robert E. Kahn, Tom Jennings, Jim Warren, Andrzej Smereczynski
- 1993: Paul Baran, Vint Cerf, Ward Christensen, Dave Hughes, USENET developers (accepted by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis)
- 1994: Ivan Sutherland, Bill Atkinson, Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, Murray Turoff and Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Lee Felsenstein, and the WELL (the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link)
- 1995: Philip Zimmermann, Anita Borg, Willis Ware
- 1996: Robert Metcalfe, Peter Neumann, Shabbir Safdar and Matt Blaze
- 1997: Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil (special award; posthumous with respect to Antheil), Johan Helsingius, Marc Rotenberg
- 1998: Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Barbara Simons
- 1999: Jon Postel (posthumous award), Drazen Pantic, Simon Davies
- 2000: "Librarians Everywhere" (accepted by Karen G. Schneider), Tim Berners-Lee, Phil Agre
- 2001: Bruce Ennis (posthumous award), Seth Finkelstein, Stephanie Perrin
- 2002: Dan Gillmor, Beth Givens, Jon Johansen and Writers of DeCSS
- 2003: Amy Goodman, Eben Moglen, David Sobel
- 2004: Kim Alexander, David L. Dill, Avi Rubin (for security issues with electronic voting)
- 2005: Mitch Kapor, Edward Felten, Patrick Ball
- 2006: Craigslist, Gigi Sohn, Jimmy Wales
- 2007: Yochai Benkler, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Schneier
- 2008: Mozilla Foundation and its chair Mitchell Baker; Michael Geist; and AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein
- 2009: Limor "Ladyada" Fried, Harri Hursti and Carl Malamud
- 2010: Steven Aftergood, James Boyle, Pamela Jones of the Groklaw website and Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru
- 2011: Ron Wyden, Ian Goldberg, and Nawaat.org
- 2012: Andrew (bunnie) Huang, Jérémie Zimmermann, The Tor Project
- 2013: Aaron Swartz (posthumous award), James Love, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras
- 2014: Frank La Rue, Zoe Lofgren, Trevor Paglen
- 2015: Caspar Bowden (posthumous award), Citizen Lab, Anriette Esterhuysen and the Association for Progressive Communications and Kathy Sierra
- 2016: Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice, data protection activist Max Schrems, the authors of the "Keys Under Doormats" report, and California State Senators Mark Leno and Joel Anderson.
- 2017: Chelsea Manning, Mike Masnick, Annie Game
- 2018: Stephanie Lenz, Joe McNamee (from EDRi), Sarah T. Roberts
- 2019: danah boyd, Oakland Privacy, William Gibson
- 2020: Joy Buolamwini, Dr. Timnit Gebru, Deborah Raji; Danielle Blunt; Open Technology Fund Community
- 2021: Kade Crockford, Pam Dixon, Matt Mitchell
Name change to EFF Awards:
- 2022: Alaa Abd El-Fattah, Digital Defense Fund, Kyle Wiens
- 2022: Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan, Library Freedom Project, Signal Foundation
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- EFF Announces Pioneer Awards 2008
- "EFF Announces 2015 Pioneer Award Winners: Caspar Bowden, Citizen Lab, Anriette Esterhuysen and the Association for Progressive Communications, and Kathy Sierra". Electronic Frontier Foundation. August 26, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
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- "Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Techdirt Founder Mike Masnick, and Free Expression Defender Annie Game Named Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award Winners". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- "Pioneer Awards 2018 | Electronic Frontier Foundation". 21 June 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
- "Pioneer Award Ceremony 2019 | Electronic Frontier Foundation". 15 August 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
- "Pioneer Award Ceremony 2020".
- "Pioneer Award Ceremony 2021".
- "EFF Awards 2022".
- "EFF Awards 2023". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 14 September 2023. Retrieved 19 September 2023.