Mitch Altman – hacker and inventor, known for inventing TV-B-Gone, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places. He co-founded of a successful Silicon Valley startup and did pioneering work in Virtual Reality. He is an author and teacher, and goes around the world giving talks and workshops. Mitch promotes hackerspaces, open source hardware, and mentors others wherever he goes. He is a co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, and is President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.
Mirko Boehm – Free Software and Open Source advocate. KDE Desktop contributor since 1997 (including several years on the KDE e.V. Board). Visiting lecturer and researcher at the Technical University of Berlin, a fellowship representative in the FSFE general assembly and a Qt-certified specialist and trainer. At the Open Invention Network, Mirko is responsible for the Linux system definition. Founder and CEO of Endocode, an employee-owned company providing professional IT services with a focus on Open Source technologies.
Nick Briz – new_media artist, educator (SAIC, Marwen, www), organizer (GLI.TC/H, NO-MEDIA). Lives in Chicago and works on digital literacy + ecology, netizen rights, glitch art, net art, remix. Critically obsessed with Internet. Independent and commercial (Branger_Briz) artist, whose works have been shown internationally (FILE Media Arts Festival, the Images Festival, the Museum of Moving Image, the Tate, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago). Published in VICE, Rhizome.org, Fast Company, El Mundo, Neural.
Ariele Elia – Department Coordinator for the newly launched MFA Fashion Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Curator or co-curator of: „Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits,” „Fashion and Technology,” „Black Fashion Designers”. Lecturer at Oxford, NYU, Eyebeam, the University of Rhode Island. Author: “The Wardrobe of the Modern Athlete: Activewear in the 1930s” and “Ocean Exploration: Fashion from the Deep.” M.A. in Fashion and Textile: History, Theory, and Museum Practices from FIT. B.A. in Art History from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Damir Filipovic – Director for Digital Economy at DIGITALEUROPE. Previously worked in the Ministry of Communication and NRA in Croatia. Damir also worked for Deutsche Telekom and Telekom Austria, heading network planning department, public and regulatory affairs and wholesale business activities. He was also involved in supporting Telekom Austria in spectrum issues, environment, health and m-commerce. EU Technology and Regulatory Policy manager at Samsung, responsible for issues related to digital economy and product and technology.
Anikó Grad-Gyenge – associate professor at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest and a copyright advisor at ProArt. Vicepresident of the Hungarian ALAI Group and Hungarian Copyright Forum Association. Chief editor of Infocommunication and Law, member of the Hungarian Copyright Expert Board. Aniko holds degrees in both law and musicology.
Till Jaeger – Certified Copyright and Media Law Attorney and a partner at JBB Rechtsanwaelte. Co-founder of the Institute for Legal Aspects of Free & Open Source Software (ifrOSS). Till represented the gpl-violations.org project in several lawsuits to enforce the GPL and was a member of the Committee C in the GPLv3 drafting. Co-author: Open Source Software – Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen der Freien Software, 4th ed. Munich 2016.
Till Kreutzer – lawyer (attorney-at-law), legal scholar (PhD) and writer. He is co–founder and publisher of iRights.info, a non-profit information portal on copyright in the digital world for consumers and creators, awarded – inter alia – with the Grimme-Online-Award 2006. He is also an entrepreneur and founder and managing partner of the iRights.Lab, an independent think tank on strategies for the digital world and the law firm iRights.Law. (photo: Jana Pofalla)
James Love – Director of Knowledge Ecology International. His work focuses on the production, management and access to knowledge resources as well as aspects of competition policy. This includes work on the financing of R&D, intellectual property rights, prices for and access to new medical technologies, as well as related topics for other knowledge goods including software, other copyrighted works, and data. He is working on proposals to expand the production of knowledge as a public good.
Diego Naranjo – Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi since 2014. Advocates for the protection of citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms online in the fields of data protection, surveillance and copyright. Member of the expert group on digital rights created by the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda. Co-author of the Council of Europe’s Study DGI31 Human Rights Violations Online, prepared by EDRi. Twitter: @DNBSevilla
Ryan Merkley – experienced non-profit leader, advocate, and campaigner for openness and collaboration. As CEO of Creative Commons, Ryan has driven the organization’s focus towards a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. This has led to a renewed global movement, and significant growth in CC’s impact and reach, celebrating 1.2 billion licensed works in 2016. Read the 2016 State of the Commons report. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanmerkley Linkedin: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/ryanmerkley (photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC-BY)
Aaron Perzanowski – Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in intellectual property, telecommunications, and innovation. He previously served as the Microsoft Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. His research addresses topics ranging from digital copyright to deceptive advertising to creative norms within the tattoo industry. He is the author of The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy (MIT Press 2016) and Creativity Without Law (NYU Press 2017) (with Kate Darling).
Magdalena Płonka – designer (Academy of Art Łódź), lecturer in CSR in design (MSKPU). Considered one of the most influential women in Poland (PANI magazine, 1999). Author: „Ethics in Fashion – CSR in textile industry” and other publications for PAH and Polska Zielona Sieć. Member of Business Ethics Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Development. Expert witness (fashion design and costumology). Doctoral candidate at IADE Creative University in Lisbon (http://www.ethicsinfashion.com)
Joanna Porayska – second-year student at International School of Costume and Fashion Design and CKP Warsaw, where she studies clothing design. She is as well one of the scribers at FashionBiznes.pl, ocassionaly writes for Magazyn.Allegro.pl and Kobieta.Gazeta.pl. Joanna is strongly into digital painting and computer graphics. In her free time she creates alternative clothing.
Aleksandra Przegalińska – researches consequences of introducing AI to people’s social and professional sphere as well as wearables and human/bot interaction. Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. In 2011 she worked as the Chairman of Media Regulation Working Party at the Council of European Union in Brussels. In 2012 she participated in research on identity in virtual reality, with particular emphasis on Second Life. (photo: Albert Zawada GW)
Krisztina Rozgonyi – senior media, telecommunication and IP regulatory and legal/policy consultant. Assistant Professor with the Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab (University of Vienna). She works with e.g., ITU/UN, Council of Europe, European Commission, World Bank InfoDev and BBC MA as senior adviser on media freedom, spectrum policy and copyright legal frameworks re: digital audiovisual archives. She holds a doctoral degree in Law and State Sciences and an MA in Communication Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest), as well as an MBA (CEU).
Krishna Ravi Srinivas – STI Program affiliate at RIS. He has been a visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania on a Fulbright Fellowship, He has published extensively on intellectual property rights, climate change and technology transfer, open source innovation and traditional knowledge. He has been/is part of research projects funded by the EC, ERC, FAO and UNESCO. http://ris.academia.edu/KrishnaRaviSrinivas, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=290086
Katarzyna Szymielewicz – lawyer specialised in human rights and technology. Co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation – a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of contemporary forms of surveillance. Vice-president of European Digital Rights – a coalition of 33 privacy and civil rights organisations. Board member of Tactical Technology Collective and Amnesty International (Poland). Graduate of the University of Warsaw (Law) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Development Studies). A member of Ashoka – international network of social entrepreneurs.
Jérémie Zimmermann – – co-founder of Hacking with Care, aiming at bringing care for hackers-activists and Hackers ethics and tools for caregivers. Co-founder (and coordinator/spokesperson/campaigner for 7 years until 2014) of La Quadrature du Net, defending freedoms online, in France and in the EU.(photo: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung@flickr, CC-BY-SA).