Mike Godwin

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Mike Godwin (born October 26, 1956) is an American attorney and author. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as the creator of the Internet adage Godwin's Law. As of 2007, he is the Legal Coordinator and General Counsel of Wikimedia Foundation.


  • I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 or 20 years from now she will come to me and say, 'Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet?'.
    • Luncheon speech given at technology conference, "New Media Technology: True Innovations or Electric Fork?" on February 13, 1996.
  • And whenever you think about the First Amendment, the first thing you should remember is that it was designed by the Framers of the Constitution to protect offensive speech and offensive speakers. After all, no one ever tries to ban the other kind.

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