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 WordPress.com. Passionate about freedom of expression, he has a degree in Law from the University of Glasgow, and is currently undertaking an LLM in Internet Law & Policy. He writes for a variety of publications, as well as his own blog: http://iamsteve.in.
You can find him on Twitter under @stephenemm
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), and he's involved with other scholarly networks such as OURMedia. He has worked with community radio, Indymedia, advocacy groups such as the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), campaigns such as Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS), and UN processes such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Dave Levy works as a consultant for a small Information Technology company based in Canary Wharf, personally 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. While working as part of Sun Microsystems public policy team (2007 - 2008), he evangelised the need and use of open source software and he served on the steering committee of the EU's “Networked European Software and Service Initiative”, one of European Technology Platforms focussed on technology research related to the internet. Dave is a member of the Labour Party, and has held various national and local positions within it; he was part of the ORG's campaign opposing the Digital Economy Bill in 2010. He blogs on technology and politics at his blog. He is also a member of Liberty and Amnesty International.
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 theLighthouse Studio in Brighton focusing on surveillance, censorship & privacy issues and is also responsible for communications strategy and implementation at the P2Pvalue project.
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. The latest project in this area is a guide to safer communication for campaigners called Tech Tools for Activism. There is a fuller biography and summary of his recent projects on the Clearer Channel website , the home of a socially-active media collective based in Manchester.
A 33 year old geek, climber, metalhead, and digital-rights activist from Sheffield. Richard has been an ORG supporter since 2006 and since then has volunteered variously as a copywriter, recruiter, stall-holder, wiki fettler and editer of the erstwhile newsblog (before it became the ‘zine'.) He is an active campaigner on our issues locally. Richard led a campaign against the Digital Economy Bill here; helped to organise a demonstration in support of Paul Chambers during his appeal against his conviction in the Twitter Joke Trial; and campaigned on Richard O’Dwyer’s fight against extradition to the US on copyright infringement charges.
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.
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 me 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: Ryan has participated in Google’s Summer of Code twice for The Perl Foundation and is driving an initiative to make UK case law more accessible and usable for the public.This means he also engages with the technical aspects of ORG’s work from an informed perspective.
James Baster is a freelance developer. He also works on Open Tech Calendar, a wiki calendar of the UK's tech events. The software behind it is open sourced at OpenACalendar. He is based in Edinburgh and is involved in the Scottish tech community.
Alex lives in Edinburgh and works for Mydex Community Interest Company as well as raising Social Investment through Enterprising Scotland Ltd.