Stanton McCandlish works as the Chief Communications Officer for the CryptoRights Foundation. As such he is the organization's press manager, public relations lead, publications manager, and co-webmaster. He also participates in mission-critical technical projects, such as leading Project HIGHFIRE's documentation. Stanton's specialities are advocacy, media relations, information management, technology policy analysis and technical writing. Stanton was among the world's first professional online activists, and came to CryptoRights after working on issue campaigns, policy and online communications at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) from 1993 to 2002, where he also ran one of the most-linked-to websites on the Internet. He has written a variety of articles and tutorials, been quoted by most major US news publications on Internet policy issues, and is co-author of the seminal privacy and e-activism handbook Protecting Yourself Online: The Definitive Resource on Safety, Freedom, and Privacy in Cyberspace (with Robert B. Gelman). He also managed production of the updated online editions of Everybody's Guide to the Internet (by Adam Gaffin), including revision, management of multi-language translation, and online distribution. After studying computer science, technical writing and anthropology/linguistics at the University of New Mexico, Stanton did technical consulting there, as well as maintaining an early independent electronic bulletin board system (BBS) and operating a small press publishing operation. Some of his current areas of interest include electronic privacy, unsolicited email issues, free expression online, preservation of fair use of intellectual property, and protection of the public's interest in the development of technical standards.
He likes cats, plays billiards, and lives in not-so-sunny San Francisco.