The Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online (BIFSO) was established in early 2011 to continue and broaden the work of the founder, who has been writing anti-censorship software since early 1996. While BIFSO currently focuses on updating and maintaining the popular open-source software known as CGIProxy, the ultimate goal is to support other anti-censorship software projects as well, and to engage in related research. BIFSO differs from other censorship-fighting organizations in its specific focus on software, rather than on legal, political, journalistic, or other aspects of censorship.
BIFSO is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to BIFSO are tax-deductible.
StaffJames Marshall, Founder, Board Member, President, and Technical Director
Hayden Lilien, Chief Operations Officer
BoardJames Marshall, Founder, Board Member, President, and Technical Director
Elise Fried, Board Member and Treasurer
Ken Berman, Board Member
Brittan Heller, Board Member
Chief Operations Officer
Hayden Lilien is the Chief Operations Officer (COO). Prior to joining Berkeley Institute for Free Speech Online she was the Director of Finance and Administration at National Center for Youth Law, a nonprofit that uses the law to advocate for underprivileged youth. She also spent years providing financial, human resources, and operational support to charter schools all over California. Hayden started her career as a Staff Attorney with Wicker, Smith, O'Hara, McCoy, and Ford, P.A.
Alongside her position as COO she is also has a Family Mediation and Counseling practice. Hayden has a B.S. in Finance from University of Florida, a J.D./M.B.A. from Stetson University College of Law and two Mediation Certifications from Northern California Mediation Center and The Center for Understanding in Conflict.
Hayden can be reached at email@example.com
Board Member and Treasurer
With degrees in international politics, humanitarian assistance, documentary filmmaking and anthropology, Elise uses skills gained over decades in the service of BIFSO's outreach, international dissemination, team partnering and fundraising.
She spent years researching topics relevant to BIFSO's stated goals, ultimately producing feature specials for DLF/WDR (Germany) on such topics as Media and Democracy, Privacy and Surveillance, Voting Systems and Democracy.
Her recent contact with formerly imprisoned, newly emigrated Iranian bloggers (in Berlin) confirms the importance of free communication in allowing for legitimate internal political pressure and debate. Along with Peter Kreysler, she won the Ernst Schneider Prize in 2001 (Germany's top award for economic journalism) for the piece "Brilliant Business", about the diamond trade's contribution to both civil war and democracy in Africa. She continues to participate in interdisciplinary think tanks.
Her curiosity, experience and many contacts in the journalistic, humanitarian and anthropological realms certainly aid in the achievement of BIFSO's stated goals.
Elise can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org