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Directors

The Board of Directors oversees Open Rights Group's work, which includes staffing, fundraising and responsibility for policy.

Owen Blacker

Owen Blacker

Owen runs a technical team at an ad agency by day and by night works for a handful of Internet-related groups pressing for social and political change. In addition, Owen is a director of the Open Rights Group, having been a founding member of the advisory council, he helped found NO2ID and FaxYourMP and used to co-ordinate Stand.org.uk. He can usually be found wasting what he laughably calls "free time" as a moderator for Twitter's British English localisation and contributing to the Wikipedia projects, which might explain why he still hasn't got round to making himself a website, though he does now have a poorly-maintained blog.

James Cronin

James Cronin

James is a technologist. He has worked on the UK Internet scene since before the web was invented as developer, systems administrator, technical director or CTO for a number of top UK ISPs, service providers and media companies. James is recognized as an e-democracy pioneer having co-founded the UK's most successful e-democracy project, volunteer-run service: FaxYourMP. He is the co-founder of mySociety.org and TheyWorkForYou.com and serves as the Chairman and director of their parent registered charity: UK Citizens Online Democracy. James has been active in numerous multi award-winning online campaigning organisations, such as the anti internet snooping bill project: Stand. He volunteers for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and is a board member of the NO2ID campaign. Currently for a day job James is Executive Director and Chief Architect of the e-commerce software as a service company, Venda, which he co-founded. Here he provides market leading on-demand, global e-commerce capabilities on a fully managed basis to more than 200 of the world's most significant and successful retailers. For fun, he runs the UK's finest boutique chocolate shop, Paul A Young Fine Chocolates, with his business partner.

John Elliott

John Elliott

John is an information security / governance, risk and compliance specialist. He is interested in the intersection of information security with information law and in particular how information security is regulated. He works in payment security and maintains an archive of regulatory action related to data breaches at BreachWatch.

Maria Farrell

Maria Farrell

Maria Farrell is an Internet policy development specialist. She worked for many years in policy development and corporate affairs at ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. You can find out more about her here.

Ben Laurie

Ben Laurie

Ben is one of the UK's foremost experts in security. He is the Director of Security for The Bunker Secure Hosting, where he has worked since 1984 and is responsible for security, cryptography and network design. He is the author of Apache-SSL, the global number one open source secure internet web server, and is a core team member of OpenSSL, the world’s most widely used cryptographic library. He is co-author of Apache: The Definitive Guide, is a founding Director of Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and the Head of the ASF Security Team.

Harry Metcalfe

Harry Metcalfe

Harry is a web geek and entrepreneur. He created TellThemWhatYouThink.org, a site that automatically aggregates central government consultation documents. His company, The Dextrous Web, helps public sector organisations to get things right on the web. They have worked with a variety of clients including The Cabinet Office, The Department of Health and Guardian News & Media.. He has been involved with the Open Rights Group since its inception. He has a particular interest in making public sector information discoverable and resuable, fighting for copyright reform, making public consultation more transparent and accountable and strengthening the Freedom of Information Act.

Alec Muffett

Alec Muffett

Alec Muffett is a technologist, blogger and all-round geek. He is a computer and network security consultant who has been working in that field almost constantly since 1988. Find out more about him here

Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps is a technologist, writer and digital rights advocate. He is an independent consultant on open source policy and practice as well as a director at the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organisation responsible for stewardship of the Open Source Definition and the canonical list of open source licenses. He was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow. Find more at his Wild Webmink page

Milena Popova

Milena Popova

Mili is an economist and political scientist by education, technology manager by profession and campaigner for digital rights, equality and diversity by persuasion. She is passionate about ensuring that the digital rights message reaches the widest possible audience, as well as about building sustainable organisations and inclusive communities. She has been a contributor to ORGZine since its inception in December 2010. She also blogs on a wide range of issues at milenapopova.eu and tweets as @elmyra.