Hi everyone! I wish I knew how to express how happy I am that EFF chose to recognize our work on Groklaw with this award.
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I also wish I could be there with all of you to enjoy it to the full, but circumstances crossed my path. But if the heart counts, though, I'm there. Hey, Cory! Hey, Jaime! Hey, EFF! Hey everybody.
The reason this award is so special to me is because it recognizes what some miss, that what we were trying to accomplish with Groklaw was something no one had ever tried before, a new kind of journalistic endeavor plus a kind of distributed knowledge-gathering, and that it's a group effort.
I absolutely could not do Groklaw by myself. We have thousands of volunteers all over the world who help out with constancy, year in and year out.
Here's how it started. I was very aware as a paralegal that lawyers are in the caboose, generally, when it comes to technology. Not all of them. And it's not their fault altogether, most of them being stuck in Windows, for one thing. My hope is that the Free and Open Source Software community will help liberate them over time by offering alternative specialty legal applications for them. Hint. Hint.
I also knew from reading Slashdot that most geeks had no clue how the US legal system works. And reading some court decisions convinced me that judges were not deeply understanding the technology they were being asked to rule on.
How wonderful would it be, I thought, if you could put the two communities together, and each explained to the other how their world works? Might that result in cooperation and better court decisions over time? What if I started with just explaining to the techies how the system works, so that they could explain the technology to me, and then I could translate what they said into language lawyers would understand? So I tried consciously to be that bridge. And then everybody showed up, rolled up their sleeves and contributed what they knew.
Open source in action but in a new field.
And you know what? Trying to do something no one has ever done before is a little bit scary and a little bit thrilling at the same time, and when it works, as it did with Groklaw, it's a once in a lifetime joy, without a doubt the most creatively satisfying work I've ever done.
We had so much fun.
So thank you for recognizing our goal and that it's a group effort. It has been quite a long slog for us at Groklaw, day in and day out, year in and year out, and it feels so great to know that others you respect actually understand and appreciate what you're doing.
So this award is very meaningful to us at Groklaw, and when I first heard about it, I got goosebumps. If you were trying to make me happy, you succeeded.
So thank you, EFF very much for this award.