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 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 its first two 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 (For press photos, see here and here)

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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 

Pam Cowburn, Communications Director

Pam Cowburn has 17 years' communications experience in the charity, arts and public sectors.

Prior to joining Open Rights Group, she was Head of Communications at Index on Censorship, where she worked on campaigns to promote media and digital freedom of expression in the UK and internationally.

She has also held positions at the children's charity Action for Children, the Central Office of Information and the Society of London Theatre. For media enquiries, please contact Pam on +447749785932,


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 PGP key here

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.

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

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.