Staff

Jim Killock, Executive Director

Since joining Open Rights Group in January 2009, Jim has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act, the company Phorm and its plans to snoop on UK users, and against pervasive government Internet surveillance. He is working on data protection and privacy issues, as well as helping ORG to grow in size and breadth. He was named as one of the 50 most influential people on IP issues by Managing IP in 2012. In the same year ORG won Liberty's Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award alongside 38 Degrees, for work on issues from copyright to the Snooper’s Charter.

Since 2009, ORG has doubled its supporter base, budget and workload, and held five activist conferences, ORGCon.

Jim is a trustee of FreeUKGen, the volunteer project to digitise genealogical records, and sits on the Governance Board of CREATe, the UK's research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. He is on the Advisory Council of the Foundation of Information Policy Research.

Before joining ORG, Jim worked as External Communications Co-ordinator of the Green Party. At the Green Party, he promoted campaigns on open source, intellectual property, digital rights and campaigned against the arms and espionage technologist Lockheed Martin's bid for the UK Census. Lockheed Martin have since been prevented from handling UK Census data as part of their contract. He was also a leading figure in the campaign to elect their first party leader, Caroline Lucas MP. He has a blog at http://jim.killock.org.uk/ (For press photos, see here and here)

PGP key available via: pgp.mit.edu

Myles Jackman, Legal Director

Myles Jackman is ORG’s Legal Director. He was the defence solicitor in the landmark R v Peacock case, in 2012, which was seen as a test of the Obscene Publications Act 1959. He also successfully defended Simon Walsh, in another 2012 case, seen as a test of Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. During the latter trial he was the first acting solicitor allowed to live tweet from a British trial. The same year, he was awarded the Junior Lawyer of the Year Excellence Award by the Law Society of England and Wales.

He has a website 

Javier Ruiz Diaz, Policy Director

Javier helps ORG navigate our complex policy landscape, which includes diverse areas such as intellectual property and copyright, surveillance, privacy and data protection, open source innovation, transparency and access to information.

Since joining ORG, Javier has worked on Open Data, including being part of an advisory group to Ministry of Justice on transposition of EU Public Sector Information Directive. He engaged in the UK Data Sharing open policy project at the UK Cabinet Office, where he successfully argued for the introduction of extensive safeguards in the pre-legislative proposals.

Working on Open Data privacy, he co-authored the OGP Open Government Guide chapter on privacy-and-data-protection. in our surveillance work he has authored an in depth report on Snowden leaks, and made many submissions to Parliament.

He has engaged in advocacy at EU and UK level on EU General Data Protection Regulation and e-Privacy and recently contributed to the Open Source aspects of the Digital Strategy of the Council of Barcelona.

Involved at the inception of open access reporting website Indymedia UK in 1999, he has since been active as a journalist, campaigner and radio documentary producer, promoting communication tools for social movements.

At the World Social Forum in Brazil he co-ordinated open hardware and software projects to provide instantaneous interpretation of the event to over a 100,000 participants.

His other interests include applying open source innovation models to the development of renewable energy technologies and open hardware in general.

You can contact Javier via twitter @javierruiz or email javier@openrightsgroup.org PGP key here

Matthew Rice, Scotland Director

Matthew leads on establishing Open Rights Group in debates in Scotland, working with local groups, expanding membership and funding in Scotland and raising the profile of the organisation in Scottish media. He holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London and an LLB from the University of Aberdeen.

Matthew was previously at Privacy International as an Advocacy Officer working with their International Network of partners and developing the Surveillance Industry Index.

You can reach Matthew at matthew@openrightsgroup.org

 

 

Slavka Bielikova, Policy Officer

Slavka started at ORG as an intern and now continues her role as a policy officer.

Slavka has been focusing on privacy and data since she studied for her BA. She built on these studies with an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths where she focused on public perceptions of privacy, and continued working on this subject whilst volunteering with Privacy International.

At ORG, she is responsible for monitoring policy developments in the UK and the EU. She works on various pieces of research on copyright, censorship and data protection. 

You can contact Slavka via email slavka@openrightsgroup.org or Twitter @slavkabielikova.

Ed Johnson-Williams, Campaigner

Ed has been a campaigner at ORG since 2013. He plan, runs, and keeps supporters informed on ORG's campaigns. He speaks to the media and on panels at conferences and events. He also delivers training on digital security and local campaigning.

Before joining ORG, Ed worked as an English teacher and professional skills trainer for the British Council in Egypt.

Ed is on parental leave until mid 2018.

You can find Ed on Twitter as @_edjw or email him at ed@openrightsgroup.org with this PGP Key.

Michael Morel, Campaigner

Michael Morel joined ORG’s team in 2017. He runs ORG’s digital campaigns and supports local ORG groups across the UK.

Before moving to London, Mike worked as a campaigner and media reform advocate in Washington DC, New York City, and his native San Francisco Bay Area. He’s written and blogged about Net Neutrality, political polarisation, and media bias. He holds an MA in Government from Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and BA’s in Political Science and Physical Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Michael is also a recording artist and musician.

You can reach him at mike@openrightsgroup.org with this PGP key.

 

Caitlin Bishop, Campaigns & Communications Officer

Caitlin joined the team in late 2017. Previously she was a Communications Officer at the Cleft Lip and Palate Association. She works on external communications, including social media, and on campaigns including Blocked.

Caitlin has been an ORG supporter since 2013 and is working on a masters in Social and Political Theory.

Please direct press enquiries to caitlin@openrightsgroup.org or +442070961079

 

Lee Maguire, Technical Officer

An internet user since the days of Usenet NNTP-downloads over metered modem connections.

Lee has worked in internet-related postions for more than a decade, over diverse range of industries, from music to finance.

In addition to his work with ORG, Lee also works with public-sector and non-profit organisations on web projects.