Cindy Cohn

advocacy, citizenship, featured, internet law, policy

San Francisco, CA



Cindy is the executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to protect civil liberties and freedom online. Cindy has been involved with the organization since 1993 and previously served as its legal director and general counsel. She first became involved in the organization while working on the “Bernstein v. Department of Justice” case, a successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography.

In 2013, Cindy was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. Prior to her involvement with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cindy was a civil litigator in private practice focusing on technology-related cases. She also worked at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

She graduated the University of Michigan Law School and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics.