Fast Times at Foothill High

Meet Danny Silverman, teen censorware buster

Silverman's now writing for much bigger fish. In June, a piece on his exploits titled "Censorship High" appeared on the online magazine Salon. That prompted hundreds of e-mails in support, including one reader who was "very impressed," another who called him "brave," and a third who found his writing "cogent, intelligent, succinct and generally, very damn good." One fellow techie wrote, "Don't let the bastards get you down." Computer-Using Educators Inc., an Alameda-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping educators integrate technology into the curriculum at all levels, has asked to reprint his Salon essay in its newsletter.

Silverman hopes to put Foothill High behind him. This fall, he'll enter Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he expects to minor in Internet studies and continue his work in such anti-censorship groups as Electronic Frontier Foundation ( and Peacefire ( And he's currently developing a webzine, Mind.Wire (

Hear Daniel C. Tsang's interview with Danny Silverman at
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