User:Benjamin Mako Hill/SF

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Seth Finkelstein, in Boston in early 2004

Seth Finkelstein is an American computer programmer and activist, and one of the founders of the Censorware Project (CWP), who has worked to raise public awareness of the dangers he perceived as being posed by popular content-control software to communication.

Finkelstein was the unnamed inside source for the CWP, providing the information for a number of breaking news articles from 1996 to 2000 about content-control software lists and practices, notably "Censor's Sensibility", published in Time Magazine in August, 1997.[1]

In 2001, he was one of the recipients of the EFF Pioneer Award for his contributions "to decrypt and expose to public scrutiny the secret contents of the most popular censorware blacklists."[2]

Finkelstein received a DMCA exemption from the United States Copyright Office for reverse engineering content-control software.[3] Finkelstein was also an early programming consultant for the popular Numerical Recipes books,[4] and occasionally contributes journalistic pieces within his own blog, to user contributed sites,[5] as well as other media such as newspapers.[6] He said, "What we are learning about the Internet is that it reflects life and that the Internet is not -- contrary to what some people might think -- more sexual than people are in general.[7]


  1. ^ Seth Finkelstein's EFF Pioneer Award
  2. ^ Lee, Jennifer (July 19, 2001). "Cracking the Code of Online Censorship". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-03.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Saita, Anne (February 2003). "DMCA Opponents Target Change". Information Security Magazine. 
  4. ^ Press, William H (1988). "Numerical Recipes in C" (PDF). Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 2006-10-03.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Finkelstein, Seth (May 11 2003). ""Klingon Language Interpreter" Urban Legend". Kuro5hin. Retrieved 2006-09-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Finkelstein, Seth (September 28 2006). ""I'm On Wikipedia, Get Me Out of Here". Guardian. Retrieved 2006-09-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Ackerman, Elise (Nov 13 2003). "Study: About 1 Percent of Web Pages Have Sexually Explicit Material". Mercury News. Retrieved 2006-11-14.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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