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Eben Moglen

Professor of Law

Eben Moglen

Professor of Law

Called “a prophet” by The New York Times, Eben Moglen brings the disciplines of law, history, and computer programming together in his work on technological and political freedom for the 21st century. The founder of the Software Freedom Law Center, Moglen trains and mentors lawyers to work for free software, free culture, and the free Net, in the U.S. and around the world. His lectures and speeches on Internet freedom, privacy in the cloud, Edward Snowden, and related subjects have been republished in the The Guardian, broadcast across Australia, and watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers around the Net.

A member of the Columbia Law School faculty since 1987, Moglen teaches English and American legal history and courses on Internet privacy and surveillance, among other things.

Before joining the Law School, Moglen clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld and Justice Thurgood Marshall. He received his B.A., with high honors, from Swarthmore College. While taking his law degree and history Ph.D. at Yale University, he worked as a developer of advanced computer programming languages at IBM. He is the originator of FreedomBox, a technical project using free software to turn ubiquitous inexpensive tiny computers into personal security and privacy appliances, protecting individuals everywhere against spying and abuse online.

American Legal History
Computers, Privacy and the Law
English Legal History
Law and Contemporary Society
Law in the Internet Society