Prior to working as Systems Development Officer at ORG, Jason was ORG's Acting Assistant Executive Director for three months. Previously Jason was Head of Technology at Netmums, a leading grassroots parenting site. Jason is a Green councillor on Brighton & Hove City Council, and Cabinet Member for Finance. Jason has done research for ORG on voting, e-voting and e-democracy, having worked part-time for ORG as e-voting co-ordinator in 2007. On this subject he regularly speaks at conferences and is quoted in the media. He has worked with online communities since the early 1990s and has founded or co-founded a number of technology related companies. Jason blogs at jasonkitcat.com
Before Florian joined ORG he worked for a PR agency in Germany, before moving to London to join the League Against Cruel Sports in 2005. In the League's campaigns team he organised events and competitions to raise public awareness and also initiated the League's e-campaign. At ORG Florian worked on the copyright campaign, both on UK and European level, focussing on the Digital Economy Bill and ACTA.
Despite his love for rhythm and business, working in record labels and recording artist management left Michael disillusioned with the music industry. He's now putting his law degree and cultural enthusiasm to better use in civil society. Michael admires and, increasingly, exhibits many geek characteristics. Michael is now pursuing his amibition to become a chef.
Katerina is working on her PhD at the School of Law of King 's College London, researching on the application of the freedom of expression and EC competition law rules to the issue of network neutrality. She holds a BA in law and an LL.M. degree and has previously worked for the DG INFSO of the European Commission and the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in all aspects of ICT law and policy.
Katie got involved with politics whilst at university, and after giving two years to the NUS, she now does "real world politics" with the Liberal Democrats, Power2010 and various other grassroots organisations. She joined Open Rights Group as a supporter in 2008 and spends a large chunk of her spare time enthusing about civil liberties, freedom and human rights at anyone prepared to listen.
Before joining Open Rights Group Becky was the managing editor, and then technology director and technology commissioning editor for www.openDemocracy.net. During her time there she established the China environment website www.chinadialogue.net, along with editor Isabel Hilton. As a writer and commentator, she covers the global politics of technology, open source, and intellectual property rights. She writes a weekly technology column for the New Statesman and has also written for The Guardian, Index on Censorship, Dazed & Confused and The Face. Becky continues to contribute as a member of our Advisory Council.
Suw Charman is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK's best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.
Nishma joined us from a background of grassroots activism, specifically digital advocacy. An ardent 'internationalist', having grown up in numerous countries, Nishma is curious about the diversity of people who take part in technology and loves building strong networks. As a feminist, she is trying to dissuade the myth that technology is male-driven and work towards a much more female-friendly organisation. With a long term interest in civil rights, community organising and geekery, Nishma took on her role at Open Rights Group as the perfect mixture.
Ben joined the Open Rights Group on a part-time basis, to help with campaigns and research. He has worked on legal, political and policy aspects of the information society for several years. Most recently he was a policy advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament, working on Europe's Digital Agenda. Previously Bendert worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the Netherlands. Ben holds a degree in law, specialising in Information Law.