Members of the Advisory Council are tech, legal, campaigning and political experts who give ORG advice about a range of issues.
The AC is made up of people with differing views that are not necessarily the same as those belonging to ORG. This ensures that our policies are well informed and can help us to clarify what we oppose as well as what we support. ORG has very clear principles that guide our work and no individual member of the AC will influence those principles.
AC members also help us to fundraise, talk to the media about their specialist areas and make introductions to other experts and organisations.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the AC, please contact Jim Killock: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Bernal is a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the University of East Anglia, and specialises in internet privacy and related rights – his book The Internet, Warts and All: Free Speech, Privacy and Truth was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. His areas of research interest include surveillance by both government agencies and corporations, the political use of data and the use (and misuse) of social media: he is a prolific blogger at https://paulbernal.wordpress.com and tweeter as @paulbernalUK.
Pandora/Blake is a queer filmmaker, writer, performer and activist. They are non-binary and use the pronouns they/them. They are an advocate for sex work decriminalisation and labour rights, obscenity law reform, civil liberties and human rights. Their films have won multiple international awards and in 2016, they successfully won a legal appeal to re-open their website after being unjustly targeted by ATVOD. They are an expert on UK obscenity law, and have contributed to Liberal Democrat policy on porn and sex work. For the last two years they have spearheaded campaigning against the age verification requirements in the Digital Economy Act 2016, lobbying to protect privacy and freedom of expression. They are the recipient of a Sexual Freedom Award, and are currently Spokesperson for Backlash, defending freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults in the UK. They crowdfund their political work via Patreon.
Nick (Nicholas) Bohm is a retired solicitor. When in practice in a large City law firm his field was corporate and commercial law with a particular interest in the computer and other technology sectors. In addition, Nick is the General Counsel for the Foundation for Information Policy Research
Heather Brooke is a journalist and writer living in London. She is the author of 'Your Right to Know', a citizens' guide to using the Freedom of Information Act. In May 2008, she won a High Court case against the House of Commons for the full disclosure of MPs' second homes allowances. The ruling resulted in calls for full-scale reform of the Parliamentary expense system. Her book 'The Silent State: How Secrecy & Misinformation is Destroying Democracy' was published in 2010 by Heinemann. Heather was runner-up for the inaugural Paul Foot award for investigative journalism and her project 'Justice by postcode' for The Times was one of the first examples of computer-assisted reporting in the UK. She is a visiting fellow at City University's Department of Journalism and is a consultant and presenter on several Dispatches documentaries for Channel 4. Prior to moving to the UK, Heather was a newspaper reporter covering politics and crime and has just finished writing her first crime novel.
Trevor Callaghan is General Counsel at DeepMind. Trevor was previously a Legal Director at Google, working with a variety of Google legal teams globally across a range of operational and legal issues. Prior to moving in-house, Trevor worked at Slaughter and May, which he joined on qualification in 1998. Trevor is passionate about the benefits of all types of new technology, the development of internet-based services and the principle of free, open access to information.
Richard Clayton has a background in software development, joint-owing the successful 1980s UK software house "Locomotive Software", which developed the system software for Amstrad's CPC Home Computers and the word processing software "LocoScript" for Amstrad's hugely successful PCW machines. In the 1990s he led the team that developed Turnpike, one of the first Windows based Internet access packages. In 1995 Locomotive was sold to Demon Internet, then the largest UK ISP, and Richard worked for Demon on software development and, increasingly, regulatory issues. In 2000 he became a researcher at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and his PhD thesis on "Anonymity and Traceability in Cyberspace" was completed in 2005. He has continued in academia, researching issues around abuse, censorship and cybercrime. He is currently Director of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre.
Tom Coates currently works for Yahoo, promoting social media and social software and scheming up innovative new applications and products. Before that, he ran a small R&D team at BBC Radio & Music Interactive, working to make BBC media navigable, addressable and explorable, finding new models for engagement and annotation. Before that, he worked with UpMyStreet.com developing the geo-coded online community 'UpMyStreet Conversations'. Tom has also worked as Production Editor of TimeOut.com, developed online communities with the crew behind b3ta while working at emap, contributed film reviews to the BBC's films site and written for The Guardian. Photo by Joi.
Alan Cox has been central to the development of the Linux kernel since its early days. He used to maintain the 2.2 branch of the Linux kernel and was the 'second in command' after Linus Torvalds himself, before reducing his involvement to study for an MBA. Alan is a security and IP policy advisor for FIPR. He has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the University of Wales: Trinity St David and an honorary doctorate and fellowship of the University of Swansea for his work on Linux and open source. Photo by Anna Bialkowska.
Alex Cox studied at Wirral Grammar School; Worcester College, Oxford; Bristol University; and UCLA. Alex is a writer, director, actor, author of books and screenplays. He presented the BBC TV series "Moviedrome" 1987 to 1994. His best-known films are 'Sid and Nancy', and 'Repo Man', often credited as one of the first truly independent movies.
George Danezis is a Professor of Security and Privacy Engineering at the Department of Computer Science of University College London, and Head of the Information Security Research Group. He has been working on anonymous communications, privacy enhancing technologies (PET), and traffic analysis since 2000. He has previously been a researcher for Microsoft Research, Cambridge; a visiting fellow at K.U.Leuven (Belgium); and a research associate at the University of Cambridge (UK), where he also completed his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof. R.J. Anderson. His theoretical contributions to the Privacy Technologies field include the established information theoretic and other probabilistic metrics for anonymity and pioneering the study of statistical attacks against anonymity systems. On the practical side he is one of the lead designers of the anonymous mail system Mixminion, as well as Minx, Sphinx, Drac and Hornet; he has worked on the traffic analysis of deployed protocols such as Tor. His current research interests focus around secure communications, high-integirty systems to support privacy, smart grid privacy, peer-to-peer and social network security, as well as the application of machine learning techniques to security problems. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers on these topics in international conferences and journals. He was the co-program chair of ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference in 2011 and 2012, IFCA Financial Cryptography and Data Security in 2011, the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Workshop in 2005 and 2006. He sits on the PET Symposium board and ACM CCS Steering committee and he regularly serves in program committees of leading conferences in the field of privacy and security. He is a fellow of the British Computing Society since 2014. Web page: http://www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/G.Danezis/
Tim Davies is an independent consultant and researcher with a focus on open data, standards and social impact. He was previously open data research lead at the World Wide Web Foundation (2013 - 2015), and a fellow and affiliate of the Harvard Berkman Center. His recent major projects have included development of the Open Contracting Data Standard for procurement transparency, and work on the beneficial ownership data standards to uncover networks of corporate control.
Cory Doctorow is an activist, writer, blogger, public speaker, and a technology person. He evangelises on behalf of the EFF, works on policy research, participates in standards bodies, and works to enlist the support of other organizations in EFF's issues. In a previous life, he was a software entrepreneur, co-founding a company called OpenCola. He is an award-winning science fiction writer, as well as co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing and frequent contributor to Wired Magazine and the O'Reilly Network
Lilian Edwards is Professor of E-Governance at the University of Strathclyde. Her principal research interests are in the law relating to the Internet, the Web and new technologies, with a European and comparative focus.She has co-edited two bestselling collections on Law and the Internet (Hart Publishing, 1997 and 2000 - 3rd edn due 2008) with Charlotte Waelde, and a third collection of essays The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe was published in 2005. Her work in on-line consumer privacy won the Barbara Wellbery Memorial Prize in 2004 for the best solution to the problem of privacy and transglobal data flows. She worked at Strathclyde University from 1986-1988 and Edinburgh University from 1989 to 2006 before moving to become Chair of Internet Law at Southampton from 2006-2008. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law, funded from 2002-2012. She has taught IT, e-commerce and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. She has been a visiting scholar and invited lecturer to universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Latin America and has undertaken consultancy for the the European Parliament, the European commission and McAfee.
Maria Farrell is a writer and speaker based in London and is a former Open Rights Group Director. She has worked on tech policy for InterConnect Communications, The World Bank, ICANN, the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, the UK's Confederation of British Industry and The Law Society of England and Wales. A graduate of University College Dublin, the Dublin Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics, Maria teaches politics and policy on Oxford University’s doctoral programme in cyber security. She has written for The Guardian, Slate, Medium, the Irish Times and Irish Independent. She blogs at www.crookedtimber.org. Twitter: @mariafarrell
Louise Ferguson was the founding chair of ORG (2005), before moving to the Advisory Council in 2010. She is an independent consultant focused on user research for user-centred digital transformation in the private and public sectors. She has worked across a wide array of domains, including banking and insurance, pensions, forex trading, taxation, justice, manufacturing, engineering, construction, distribution, defence, air traffic control, aerospace, broadcasting and professional services. Her publications include Getting By, Not Getting On: Technology in UK workplaces (The Work Foundation) and Touching the State: What does it mean to be a citizen in the 21st century? (Design Council). Louise was previously VP of the UK Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association and was a co-director of its international Voting and Usability Project. She has advised the UK Electoral Commission on the usability of statutory elections. Louise is on the Advisory Council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research. She holds an MSc in Human-Centred Computer Systems from the University of Sussex.
Ben Goldacre is a medical doctor, academic, and writer on evidence based practice, best known for the Bad Science column / book / website.
Wendy M. Grossman is a freelance writer and former full-time musician who writes for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, ZDNet UK, and Scientific American (she has also written for New Scientist, Wired, and many other publications as well as policy reports and research). She is author of six books including net.wars (1998, NYU Press) and From Anarchy to Power: the Net Comes of Age (2001, NUYU Press), and writes a weekly column, net.wars, that appears on www.pelicancrossing.net/netwars. She is founder and former editor of The Skeptic magazine. Her Web site pelicancrossing.net includes an extensive archive of her articles and MP3s.
Edina Harbinja is a researcher and a law lecturer. Her principle areas of research and teaching are related to the legal issues surrounding the Internet and emerging technologies. In her research, Edina explores the application of property, contract law, intellectual property and privacy online. Edina is a pioneer and a recognised expert in post-mortem privacy, i.e. privacy of the deceased individuals. Her research has a policy and multidisciplinary focus and aims to explore different options of regulation of online behaviours and phenomena. She has been a visiting scholar and invited speaker to universities and conferences in the USA, Latin America and Europe, and has undertaken consultancy for the Fundamental Rights Agency. Her research has been cited by legislators, courts and policymakers in the US and Europe as well. Before moving to the UK, she was a youth and human rights activist in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Find her on Twitter at @EdinaRl.
William cofounded Kable Ltd (sold to Guardian New & Media in 2007), Ctrl-Shift Ltd, and Mydex CIC. He was a founding Open Rights Group member, and second chair of the ORG Board. More recently in Bath he has worked on a series of community and arts projects including bringing The Bell Inn and Bath City FC into community ownership.
Julian Huppert is an academic and politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Cambridge 2010-15, and is now the Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, Cambridge. During his time in Parliament, he was particularly involved in technology policy and civil liberties, being made the ISPA Internet Hero 2013 for his work killing the Communications Data Bill. He is a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and was Chair of the Independent Reviewers of DeepMind Health.
Ben Laurie is a software engineer, cryptographer and Director of Security and Transparency at Google. He is a founding director of The Apache Software Foundation, a core team member of OpenSSL, a member of the Shmoo Group, Trustee and Founder-member of FreeBMD, visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory and Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL. Ben also has written several articles, papers and books.
Eric Kind is an independent consultant and expert in surveillance law. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Queen Mary, University London where he teaches on criminal justice and surveillance technologies. Previously, he was Director of Don’t Spy On Us, a UK coalition of NGOs campaigning for reform of the laws and policies regulating investigatory powers in the wake of the Snowden revelations. For five years he was the Deputy Director at Privacy International where he broadly worked on issues related to signals intelligence and human rights. He holds an LLB from the London School of Economics, where he also occasionally teaches. He is on the advisory council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research and a member of the NPCC Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing.
Jason Kitcat has a successful track record of working at the intersection between technology and public policy. He is Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council. Beforehand he was Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the fintech accounting firm Crunch. He was previously the award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. He has a long background in building digital services having been Head of Technology for Netmums, general manager at The Open Knowledge Foundation and before that led his own digital agency for a decade. A former member of staff, Jason was Assistant Executive Director for ORG. In 2007 Jason conducted research on e-voting and e-democracy for ORG, leading our work observing trials of e-voting systems in the UK. He has worked extensively on e-voting issues, including the 2014 analysis of flaws in Estonia’s e-voting systems.
Kevin Marks has been inventing and innovating at the intersection of people, media and computers for over 30 years. With experience working at BBC, Apple, Technorati, Google, Salesforce and a number of startups and standards organisations, he is one of the driving forces behind microformats.org and indieweb.org. He is an advisor to the Open Rights Group and Decentralised Web Fellow at Digital Catapult. He returned to the UK from Silicon Valley in 2017.
Victoria is an intellectual property and media law specialist based in London. She is acknowledged as a leading individual in Digital Media by Chambers & Partners in and her practice was recognized in IP excellence awards for its trade mark law work in 2017. She acts for both claimants and defendants in Patent, Trade Mark and Copyright disputes and is a panelist on various domain name and media arbitration panels. As well as contentious media law work, she provides regular pre-publication advice to various national newspapers and online publishers. She has a particular expertise in the liability of internet intermediaries and website operators. Victoria has extensive heavyweight commercial litigation and arbitration experience, often in an international context and spent most of her career with first tier law firms and is qualified and has practiced in a number of common law jurisdictions, including New York and Hong Kong.
Neil McGovern is the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation which supports the development and distribution of a usable free computer desktop software to people in countries around the world for whom operable computers would otherwise have been unavailable or prohibitively expensive. He has previously been a Debian project leader and a board member of ORG and Software in the Public Interest.
Adam's been involved with ORG, NO2ID and mySociety, since they started. Adam's interests are workable legislation/regulations for the digital age; copyright; and the intersection of civil liberties, technology, privacy, and digital policy. At NO2ID, Adam manages the tech, as well as having been hands-on in the Lords working with opposition and cross-bench peers attempting to neutralize some of the nastier points of the Bill. Adam is a technologist; strategically leading software engineering/development teams, working as he describes it on "people, projects, products, performance, productivity, profits". In Adam's copious spare time he's one of the team that produces Nowhere and London Decompression plus other events around the Europe/London Burning Man community and a variety of other things that spark his interests.
Harry is a digital entrepreneur specialising in public sector technology delivery, with interests in the culture of work, public service, information security, organisational design and governance, diversity and feminism, and privacy and copyright reform. In 2008, Harry founded his company, dxw, to help the public sector address its fundamental challenges around technology delivery and cultural change. dxw works with organisations across the public sector, helping them to learn, improve and deliver. The company is now recognised as a leading supplier of modern, agile, user-centred digital public services to government. In 2018, Harry co-founded dxw cyber with Glyn Wintle to help organisations make similar changes to the way they make their products and services secure. Harry has been a volunteer for the Open Rights Group since its inception, initially as a member of the board before moving to the advisory council in 2018.
Desiree Miloshevic is an International Affairs and Policy Development Advisor for Afilias, operating out of Europe & London. She represents Afilias and is a speaker at many national and international organisations’ meetings and fora, including ICANN, IGF, RIPE, CENTR. Desiree also serves on the Board of Trustees of Internet Society - ISOC (2004-2010), an organisational home of the IETF. Between 2006-2009, she served a Special Adviser to the Chair of the UN Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) on Internet governance and on the board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR). Currently, she is a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-), University of Oxford.
Keith Mitchell currently runs the Internet engineering non-profits the UK Network Operators Forum (UKNOF) and the Domain Name Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC). He founded the UK's first Internet start-up PIPEX, the London Internet Exchange (LINX), and served on the original Boards of Nominet and the RIPE NCC.
Miranda Mowbray's research interests include cyber security and big data ethics. She did industrial research at HP for many years, particularly on computer privacy and security. She has also worked in academia, for example she helped to set up the University of Bristol's PhD programme in Interactive AI. She has given conference / workshop talks on her research in over 15 countries.
Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 20 years. He was one of the co-founders of ORG. Danny is currently the International Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In a previous life, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet which had a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs.
Andy Phippen is a professor of social responsibility in information technology at the Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth. He has worked with the IT sector for over 15 years in a consultative capacity on issues of ethical and social responsibility, with companies such as British Telecom, Google and Facebook. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary enquiries related to the public use of ICT and is widely published in the area. In recent years he has specialised in the use of ICTs by children and young people, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as their attitudes toward privacy and data protection, file sharing and internet safety. He is a research partner with the UK Safer Internet Centre and is a frequent media commentator on children and the Internet.
Milena is an academic and activist who has been involved with the Open Rights Group in one way or another since 2008, including a stint on the Board. Their areas of expertise are in digital and cultural activism, the digital public sphere, the impact of digital rights issues on marginalised groups, and pornography. You can find Milena on Twitter as @elmyra.
Alison Powell is Assistant Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Programme Director of the MSc in Data & Society. Her research examines how people’s values influence the way technology is built. Alison started working with community wireless hacker communities in the early 2000s and now experiments with participatory and public engagement methods to investigate how we generate knowledge about technology, citizenship, and our futures. She directs two projects: VIRT-EU, a Horizon 2020 project examining ethics in practice among Internet of Things developer communities where she is co-investigator, and Understanding Automated Decisions, a university-industry partnership with Projects by IF exploring how to design services to explain how algorithms work, where she is principal investigator. Alison’s published work covers issues of participation, design, policy and access to the evolving internet, from her article “WiFi Publics” published in New Media and Society in 2008 to more recent work on moral and ethical issues in technology design.
Judith Rauhofer is a lecturer in information technology law at the ACHR/SCRIPT centre at the University of Edinburgh specialising in online privacy, data protection and online surveillance, particularly communications data retention. She is a proliferate author of articles and book chapters on these topics and a frequent speaker at conferences. During her previous life as a soliticor, she has also advised many media and new media clients in these areas. Living in the UK as a legal alien, she is forever on a quest to "bring rights home".
Paul Sanders is the founder of The state51 Music Group, an integrated group of established businesses combining technology and creativity with deep music knowledge and experience. It operates across the globe with offices in London, New York, Budapest, Belgrade, Vilnius, Bogota, and Da Nang. The group’s businesses are: OpenIMP, the world’s most advanced supply side music platform; Consolidated Independent, the iconic market leader in managed services for the digital music industry; The state51 Conspiracy, a risk-taking and innovative recorded music company with a global reach.
Noel Sharkey PhD DSc FIET FBCS CITP FRIN FRSA Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics University of Sheffield, co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics http://responsiblerobotics.org and chair elect of the NGO: International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) http://icrac.net. He has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in departments of engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, robotics, ethics, law, art, design and military colleges. He has held research and teaching positions in the US (Yale and Stanford) and the UK (Essex, Exeter and Sheffield). Noel worked in AI/robotics/machine learning and related disciplines for more than 3 decades and is known for his early work on neural computing and genetic algorithms. As well as writing academic articles, he writes for national newspapers and magazines. Noel has created thrilling museum exhibitions and mechanical art installations and he frequently appears in the news media and works in popular tech TV shows (such as head judge of BBC Robot Wars (19 series)). His research since 2006 has focussed on ethical/legal/human rights issues in robot applications in areas such as the military, child care, elder care, policing, autonomous transport, robot crime, medicine/surgery, border control, sex and civil surveillance. A major part of his current work is advocacy (mainly at the United Nations) about the ethical, legal and technical aspects of autonomous weapons systems.
Chris Taggart is the CEO and co-founder of OpenCorporates : The Open Database Of the Corporate World, and founder of OpenlyLocal.com. Originally a journalist and later a magazine publisher, he now works full time in the field of open data, and is on the UK government's Local Public Data Panel, and Mayor of London's Digital Advisory Board.
Leonie Maria Tanczer is Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies at University College London’s (UCL)
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEAPP). Her research focuses on Internet security and is centred on the intersection points of gender, technology, and security. She is currently actively researching technology-facilitated abuse through her G-IoT pilot project which studies the implications of the Internet of Things on victims/survivors of gender-based domestic and sexual violence and was until recently Postdoctoral Research Associate for the UK-wide PETRAS IoT Research Hub. Some of Leonie's prior research projects included studies on the Pirate Party of Austria, gender stereotypes within the hacktivist community, and sexism online. Leonie has also a passion for the analysis of censorship and surveillance and is outspoken about security issues within academia. More information about her work and publications can be found on her
Paul Thompson is a London based internet television & film specialist, having worked for the several large media multinationals. He has also contributed to several areas of Liberal Democrat IT policy, in particular the Digital Economy Act and digital intellectual property issues, and has served as the digital intellectual property lead for their IT & Intellectual Property Policy Working Group.
Michael Veale is a researcher in responsible public sector machine learning at University College London, specialising in the fairness and accountability of data-driven tools in the public sector, as well as the interplay between advanced technologies and data protection law. His research has been cited by international bodies and regulators, in the media, as well as debated in Parliament. He has acted as consultant on machine learning and society for the World Bank, the Royal Society and the British Academy, European Commission, United Nations, and several national governments. Michael is a Fellow at the Centre for Public Impact, an Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, and Visiting Researcher at the BBC DataLab. He tweets at @mikarv.
Dean Whitbread is a writer, artist, campaigner, events and media producer, publisher, English and Art teacher, who still thinks the internet is mostly a good thing. Present: Music publishing, teaching, producing collaborative media, music, art. Past: Founded UK Podcasters Association. Lobbied WIPO and the Houses of Parliament and prevented international TV regulations being applied to podcasts, and citizen podcasters requiring licences. Produced campaign videos for ORG. Previously worked for Amnesty International producing educational materials on Children's Human Rights (2000), raised money to build schools and medical clinics in East Africa (1994), and wallpapered the trees on London's South Bank to raise awareness of deforestation (1984). His first single 'Save the Planet' (1989) on the Green Label, donated proceeds to Greenpeace and the Women's Environmental Network. For more information, see http://deanwhitbread.com/ Twitter: @deanwhitbread
Chris Yiu is an experienced leader in technology and public policy. His work focuses on improving the dialogue between those changing the world with new technologies, and those seeking to respond to it with policy and regulation. Chris is a senior policy fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and was previously a General Manager at Uber. In the past he has held senior roles at a number of public, private and third sector organisations. You can follow him on Twitter @clry2.