Supporter Council

Andy Pepperdine

Andy first gained a maths degree from Manchester, then joined IBM, Hursley working on Pl/I compilers. 11 years later to Norway and Norsk Data and more compilers. 11 more years and on to Inmos which quickly turned into ST-micro, and yet more compilers etc. Andy is now retired and is involved as a volunteer at the U3A in Bath, where he ran a number of Cryptoparty sessions to teach members of the U3A about digital rights and encryption.

Arne Hintz

Arne is a Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University where he conducts research on communication policy, citizen media, and technological change. He is Chair of the Community Communication Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

He has worked with community radio, Indymedia and advocacy groups such as the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).

Chris Pinchen

Chris Pinchen is co-founder of the Chokepoint Project, a non-profit organisation that collects, analyses and reports on data relating to network neutrality and civil rights in the digital domain. He is currently a resident at the Lighthouse Studio in Brighton focusing on surveillance, censorship & privacy issues and is also responsible for communications strategy and implementation at the P2Pvalue project.

Blog: cataspanglish / Twitter: @cataspanglish / PGP: 0x2C3196C5


Dave Levy

Dave Levy works as a consultant for a Information Technology company based in Canary Wharf, performing IT Strategy and Security engagements for large corporates. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and member of the Chartered Management Institute. He served on the steering committee of the EU's “Networked European Software and Service Initiative”.

Dave is a member of the Labour Party, and has held various national and local positions within it. Read his blog.

Francis Clarke

Francis is a digital communications specialist passionate about the role digital technology can play in improving people’s lives. He set up Open Rights Group Birmingham in 2015 to protect people’s digital rights and to help the public fully realise their digital potential.

You can find him on Twitter @francisclarke discussing politics and innovation. Francis also runs the Bournville Social Media Surgery, where he helps local people and community groups get the most from digital technology.

Iain R. Learmonth

Iain is an Internet engineering researcher at the University of Aberdeen. He is interested in keeping the Internet a place where everyone's bytes are treated equally and the behaviour of boxes between you and your destination, from simple routers to complicated content filtering sytsems, is as transparent as possible. In his free time he is an amateur radio enthusiast and a contributor to the Debian project.

Twitter: @iainlearmonth / GPG: 0x56FF9EA4E9846C49

Mick Fuzz / Chesterman

Mick is a trainer and documentation writer focusing on Free Software solutions to website and media production. Much of this work has a home on FLOSS Manuals.  He has been active in the area of media rights and community computing since the late nineties working with the Undercurrents and Indymedia media activist networks. 

There is a fuller biography and summary of his recent projects on the Clearer Channel website.

Richard King

Richard manages ORG's technical projects and supports our community of technical volunteers. He joined ORG in 2006, founded the first local group in Sheffield in 2012 and was appointed to the Supporter Council in the same year, before joining the staff in 2014. He lives in Tromsø, Norway, and works remotely thanks to the wonders of the internet.

Richard has worked as a senior engineer specialising in the design and integration of complex, high-technology systems; a software consultant in the UK higher-education sector; and an analyst and Scrum product-owner designing student management systems for further education colleges. 

Twitter: @graphiclunarkid GPG public key

Stephen McLeod Blythe

Stephen has been lurking around the dark recesses of the web since getting a hold of a dial-up modem in the 90s. He is currently a Happiness Engineer for He writes for a variety of publications, as well as his own blog:

You can find him on Twitter under @stephenemm

 Ryan Jendoubi

Ryan has been an ORG supporter since before the organisation was officially founded. Ryan studied politics (and Japanese) at undergrad and finished a law conversion course in Bristol, giving him a good appreciation of the social and legal aspects of ORG’s campaign issues.

Ryan is also an active user and developer of open source software and open data resources.