The award will be given on Nov 8 at San Francisco.
Along with Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru, public domain scholar James Boyle, transparency activist Steven Aftergood, and egal blogger Pamela Jones and Groklaw are the winners of 2010 Pioneer Awards.
"We need strong advocates, educators, and researchers like these to protect our digital rights, and we're proud to honor these four Pioneer Award winners for their important contributions," EFF said.
Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru was send to jail in Aug after he exposed security flaws in India's electronic voting machine with US research lex Halderman. Recently Hari Prasad was released on bail.