Parker Higgins is the Advocacy Director at the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is an artist, activist, and developer whose writing has appeared in Wired, Gizmodo, Techdirt, PBS Media Shift and The New Inquiry, and whose work has been covered in outlets such as Newsweek and NPR.
Parker was previously the Director of Copyright Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he wrote and spoke extensively about the importance of the open Web and its role in resisting censorship and surveillance. He is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an alum of Recurse Center in New York.
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