Gerard Alberts teaches History of Digital Cultures and Social Aspects of Science at the University of Amsterdam. A Mathematics graduate with a PhD Cum Laude in History (University of Amsterdam), Gerard has been project leader of Software for Europe, a European Science Foundation project studying the history of software in the context of the Cold War. He is a member of the editorial board of Annals of the History of Computing and editor in chief of the Springer series History of Computing.
Together, Gerard Alberts and Ruth Oldenziel edited and introduced the book “Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes” (London: Springer, 2014), bringing together fascinating stories of hacker culture in various European countries, East, Central, and West, at the end of the Cold War. The book traces the user practices of chopping games in Warsaw, hacking software in Athens, creating chaos in Hamburg, producing demos in Turku, and partying with computing in Zagreb and Amsterdam. In contrast with efforts to frame hacking as a criminal activity, in these histories playfulness stands out as a characteristic of hacker cultures.
Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. He was one of the founders of the fast-growing new discipline of security economics and has made many technical contributions, having been a pioneer of peer-to-peer systems, hardware tamper-resistance and API security. He was one of the inventors of the Serpent block cipher, a finalist for the Advanced Encryption Standard. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Physics, and wrote the definitive textbook “Security Engineering — A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems”.
Julian Assange is best known as the founder and public face of WikiLeaks, the Internet-based publishing organisation which makes headlines around the world by releasing suppressed information about corporate, government and military corruption and misconduct.
While Assange has been in the press since 1991, WikiLeaks began making front page headlines from 2007 with its corruption reports. In 2010, WikiLeaks became a household name with the release of a video suppressed by the US military, which showed a US Army helicopter attacking and killing civilians in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists. Since its founding in 2006, WikiLeaks has published several million documents. Its best-known publication sets were the Afghan and Iraqi War Logs which removed the fog of misinformation surrounding those conflicts; and the US Diplomatic Cables, which exposed to the public the candid assessments made by US diplomats of regimes and leaders around the world. The release of these cables strengthened the hands of anti-corruption fighters in countries all around the world, including in Tunisia, where the “Arab Spring” began.
But their release also severely embarrassed the US Government, and WikiLeaks has felt the consequences of this perceived humiliation ever since. The US has aggressively, but ultimately unsuccessfully, attempted to shut down WikiLeaks and silence its founder, Julian Assange.
Assange and WikiLeaks have, in the words of 60 Minutes “Rattled the worlds of journalism, diplomacy, and national security.”
In 2012 Assange co-authored the book Cypherpunks about the encroaching mass surveillance of the internet. When Edward Snowden, the former NSA intelligence contractor, revealed the detail and extent of mass US government surveillance, WikiLeaks stepped in with legal and logistical advice and successfully helped him avoid US extradition and gain political asylum.
Assange is a subtle political thinker and an audacious dissident in the digital age. He was a pioneer of the internet and helped bring it to Australia in the early 1990s. He believes that the first value to emerge from the new global civilisation of the digital age is the right to communicate: to receive and transmit information across boundaries. He asserts that the truth should be available to all. He believes passionately in the transparency of power that “the citizenry has a right to scrutinize the state”, especially a state which “hides behind cloaks of security and opaqueness.”
- Amnesty International UK: New Media Award (2009 UK)
- Sam Adams Associates: Award for Integrity in Intelligence (2009 USA)
- Le Monde: Man of the Year (2010 France)
- Sydney Peace Foundation: Gold Medal for “exceptional courage and initiative in the pursuit of human rights” (2011 Australia)
- Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011 UK)
- Voltaire Award of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties (2011 Australia)
- Voice of the West Award (2011 Spain)
- Walkley’s Award for Most Outstanding Contribution To Journalism (2011 Australia)
- Co-recipient of the 2012 FPP Peace Prize
- The Newsweek Daily Beast Digital Power Index: Revolutionary First Place (2012 USA)
- Yoko Ono Courage Award (2013 USA)
- Global Exchange Annual Human Rights Award: “People’s Choice” (2013 USA) honoured alongside Noam Chomsky.
James Bamford is an American bestselling author, journalist, and documentary producer. He is widely noted for his writing about the United States intelligence agencies, especially the highly secretive National Security Agency. A profile in The New Yorker called him “the NSA’s chief chronicler.” His most recent book, “The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America”, became a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Washington Post as one of “the Best Books of the Year.” It is the third in a trilogy by Bamford on the NSA, following “The Puzzle Palace” (1982) and “Body of Secrets” (2001), also New York Times bestsellers.
Throughout the 1990s, Bamford served as the Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” where he won a number of journalism awards for his coverage of national security issues. In 2005, he released “A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and The Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies”, an examination of the intelligence community from the attacks of September 11 to the war in Iraq; it was also a bestseller.
Bamford has taught at the University of California, Berkeley as a distinguished visiting professor and has written for the New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harpers, Rolling Stone, Wired, and many other publications. In 2006, he won the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the highest honor in the magazine industry, for his writing in Rolling Stone on the war in Iraq. This past September he wrote a cover story for Wired magazine based on his three days in Moscow hanging out with fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. He writes and produces documentaries for PBS, including “The Spy Factory”, based on his most recent book which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. He is currently working on a new documentary for PBS on cyberwarfare, scheduled to air next January.
Michel Banabila is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila’s career kicked off with his album VoizNoiz (2000), which received international critical acclaim. He worked in Holland, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain and Belgium. Banabila has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies.
Besides making albums and musical scores, Banabila works with theatre, dance and visual art on more conceptual artistic projects. He builds a database with samples; uses the city environment as a recording studio, collects fragments of spoken texts, which he composes into soundscapes and audio/visual installations and performances. Using recordings of speech in several languages Banabila experiments with the tonality of words and the “sound system” of languages.
Lowell Bergman is Director of the Investigative Reporting Program at University of California, Berkeley and holds the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series “Frontline”. Bergman co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in 1977. Soon after, he joined ABC News, where he became Director of Investigative Reporting and a producer at “20/20”. In 1983, Bergman joined “60 Minutes”, where over the course of 14 years he produced more than 50 segments. His investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the Academy Award-nominated feature film “The Insider”.
In 2004, Bergman received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times for “A Dangerous Business,” which detailed a foundry company’s safety and environmental violations. He has also received numerous Emmys, six Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver and golden Baton awards, three Peabodys, a Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ top journalism award and many others.
London-born Anne Cadwallader trained as a journalist in Britain before joining BBC Northern Ireland in 1981, covering the conflict on both sides of the border in Ireland. She has since been Political Correspondent in Dublin and Northern Editor in Belfast for The Irish Press Group and has also worked for The Irish Echo (New York). The Christian Science Monitor (Boston) and Reuters covering the Irish peace process.
She has been a freelance radio, television and newspaper freelance for many Irish and international media companies and wrote “Holy Cross: The Untold Story” (Brehon Press) in 2004. In 2009, she quit journalism to become a Case Workers with The Pat Finucane Centre in Armagh and authored “Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland” (Mercier Press 2013) a best-selling book based on research carried out by the Centre.
Eileen Chubb was one of the Bupa 7 whistleblowers who reported widespread abuse at a care home for the elderly. This was the first ever PIDA case and she has campaigned for whistleblowers to be protected ever since. She founded the charity Compassion In Care which exposes abuse in care homes and has worked undercover in over 300 homes.
Chubb works closely with the media, including on the recent Panorama documentary, “Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed”, and a joint investigation with Private Eye into the Care Quality Commission who claimed to have closed 100 bad homes when they had only closed two.
Chubb is the author of “Beyond the Façade” which tells the story of first PIDA case, and has contributed to the book “Here We Stand”. She is co-founder of the Whistler and a general troublemaker.
Davide Dormino, born in 1973, is an Italian sculptor. His works are both in private collections worldwide and public spaces. In 2011, he created the monument for the victims of Port au Prince’s earthquake in Haiti, commissioned by the United Nations.
Beatrice Edwards is the Executive Director of GAP (Government Accountability Project), as well as their International Program Director. She heads GAP’s efforts to defend whistleblowers in Congress, the media and the courts, drawing on her 30 years’ experience working on labor issues, anti-corruption measures and public-service reforms within both domestic and international frameworks. Before joining GAP, she managed the International Financial Institutions (IFI) Project for Public Services International, a Global Union Federation for public sector labor unions, where she monitored IFI loans to Latin American and Caribbean governments for compliance with international labor standards and anti-corruption mandates.
Edwards also served as a Senior Specialist for Social and Economic Affairs at the Organization of American States (OAS), and managed the OAS Multinational Education for Work Project in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University.
Ben Emmerson QC
Ben Emmerson QC is an international lawyer, specialising in European human rights law, public international law and international criminal law. He was a founder member of Matrix Chambers and has 25 years’ experience litigating before international courts and tribunals including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Within the UK he is a deputy High Court Judge, a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.
Bernd Fix is a German hacker and Computer Security Expert. He joined the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in 1986 and was later one of the spokespersons of the CCC (1987-1989) and contributor for the “Hacker Bible 2”.
His work on computer security focussed on computer virus research. In 1987 he devised a method to neutralize the Vienna Virus; this event marks the first documented antivirus software ever written. One of his research viruses for IBM mainframe computers was allegedly stolen by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (Federal Intelligence Service in Germany) in 1988 to be used in attacks against East Block and NATO mainframe computer systems in the so-called “Project Rahab”.
After the death of his friend Wau Holland (co-founder of the Chaos Computer Club) in 2001, Fix helped to establish the Wau Holland Foundation and serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors ever since.
Best-selling author and broadcaster, Laura Flanders is the Strong Local Economies Fellow at Yes! Magazine and a contributing writer to The Nation. She hosts “The Laura Flanders Show” on GRITtv, an independent channel for in-depth interviews with forward thinking people, which she founded in 2008. Flanders is the author of The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007) as well as the editor of several books including “At the Tea Party…” and “The W. Effect”.
Founding host of the daily call-in program “Your Call” on public radio, KALW in San Francisco, Flanders’ nationally-syndicated “Laura Flanders Show” aired on Air America Radio from 2004-2008.
She appears regularly on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher and others, and has served as a substitute host for PBS veteran, Bill Moyers. For more information, go to GRITtv.org or facebook.com/grittv or follow her on Twitter @GRITlaura.
Nicky Hager is an author and investigative journalist. His six books about politics, intelligence, war and public relations include “Secret Power”, on signals intelligence and the Echelon system, and “Other People’s Wars”, a ten-year history of New Zealand intelligence and military operations in Afghanistan and the war on terror. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Sarah Harrison is a journalist at WikiLeaks, the Internet-based publishing organisation which makes headlines around the world by releasing suppressed information about corporate, government and military corruption and misconduct. She is also the Acting Director of the Courage Foundation, an international organisation that fundraises for the legal and public defence of journalistic sources and campaigns for the protection of truthtellers and the public’s right to know generally.
Harrison gained international recognition when she took a flight with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and remained with him for months in Russia whilst working as part of the WikiLeaks team that rescued him from U.S. persecution and advised on his asylum application to Russia. Though a British citizen, Harrison is in effective exile following her courageous work with Snowden, due to the U.K.’s extremely broad anti-terror laws.
Formerly with the Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Harrison joined WikiLeaks in 2010, before the publication of the Afghan War Diary. Since then, she has worked on WikiLeaks’ publications, including the U.S. diplomatic cables, The Iraq War Logs and The Spyfiles which detail the global surveillance industry, amongst many others.
Harrison is an expert in media affairs, from source protection to politically controversial publishing. Through her journalistic work at WikiLeaks and having worked with some of the world’s most prominent dissidents and information activists, she is particularly knowledgeable in issues surrounding whistleblowing, freedom of information, surveillance and asylum.
Seymour M. Hersh is in his fifth decade as an investigative reporter. He began his career as a police reporter in Chicago and, after army service, worked for United Press International and the Associated Press, for which he spent two years covering the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. He left journalism to serve as press secretary and speech writer for senator Eugene McCarthy’s antiwar presidential campaign against President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.
In 1970, as a freelance journalist, he won a number of major journalism prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize and the first of what would be five George Polk awards, for his series of newspaper articles about the My Lai massacre in south Vietnam, in which American troops slaughtered more than five hundred Vietnamese civilians. He joined the New York Times’ Washington bureau in 1972 and over the next few years won more than a dozen prizes for his reporting on a series of Nixon administration scandals, including the secret bombing of Cambodia, Henry Kissinger’s wiretapping of his own aides, CIA abuses against the Allende government in Chile, and the CIA’s domestic spying on antiwar protesters in America.
Hersh began writing on national security affairs for the New Yorker magazine in 1993 and was an early critic of President Bush’s worldwide war on terror. He won more prizes in 2004 for his reporting on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, and has written most recently about the Obama administration’s foreign policy for the London Review of Books.
Charles Lewis is a Professor of Journalism and the founding Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. A former ABC News and CBS News “60 Minutes” producer, he founded the award-winning Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the first global network of premier investigative reporters to develop and publish online multimedia exposés across borders.
He is the author of “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity” (2014), and the co-author of five Center books: “The Buying of the President” (1996), “The Buying of the Congress” (1998), “The Buying of the President 2000, The Cheating of America” (2001), and “The Buying of the President 2004”, a New York Times bestseller.
He was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, and in 2004, he was given the PEN USA First Amendment award “for expanding the reach of investigative journalism, for his courage in going after a story regardless of whose toes he steps on, and for boldly exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of the press.” In 2009, the Encyclopedia of Journalism called him “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I.”
Professor Lialina graduated from Moscow State University as journalist, and quickly became one of the leading net.art pioneers, working as a net artist and animated GIF model, exploring and pioneering art in new and emerging media. She writes on Digital Folklore, New Media and Vernacular Web.
She is the co-founder of Geocities Research Institute, and leader of the New Media programme at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart.
Kadir van Lohuizen
Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands, 1963) is an award winning photographer who has covered conflicts and social issues around the world. In 2004 he revisited Angola, Sierra Leone and the DR of Congo to portray the diamond industry, from the mines to the consumer markets in the west. Exhibitions were shown in Europe, the USA, and in the mining areas of Congo, Angola and Sierra Leone.
The photo book “Diamond Matters, the diamond industry” was published by Mets & Schilt (Holland), Dewi Lewis (UK) and Umbrage editions (USA) and awarded the prestigious Dutch Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for best reporting on the developing world. The project was also won a World Press Photo Award. In 2000 and 2002 he was a jury member of the World Press Photo contest and is currently on the supervisory board of the World Press Photo foundation. Kadir initiated a photo project together with Stanley Greene and six other photographers on the issue of violence against women in the world. In 2006 he launched a magazine “Katrina – An Unnatural Disaster” and has made several trips to the USA to document the aftermath of the storm. In summer 2010, to mark the fifth commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, Kadir exhibited images in a truck-exhibition that drove from Houston to New Orleans, in collaboration with Stanley Greene.
From 2011 to 2012, Kadir created Via PanAm; a striking visual investigation on migration in the Americas. In 12-months, he travelled along the Pan American Highway from Terra del Fuego in Patagonia to Deadhorse in Northern Alaska. A unique social documentary cross platform media project, made initially as an interactive application for the iPad, it became a travelling interactive multimedia exhibition, installation and book by 2013.
Kadir is a frequent lecturer and photography teacher; he’s a member and co-founder of NOOR picture agency and foundation and is based in Amsterdam.
Director (and Founder) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gavin MacFadyen has worked on over 50 investigative television programmes for PBS Frontline, Granada Television’s World in Action, the BBC’s Fine Cut, Panorama, The Money Programme and 24 Hours, and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
He has researched and produced stories on child labour, pollution and despoliation of the environment, torture of political prisoners, neo-Nazis in Britain, Contra murders in Nicaragua, UK industrial accidents, Chinese criminal organisations, a history of the CIA, maritime piracy, election frauds in South America, mines in South Africa, as well as Frank Sinatra and organised crime.
He is motivated by a strong commitment to the principles of social justice, human rights, free speech, whistleblowing and the protection of the environment.
The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is committed to the education and training of journalists, editors and researchers towards critical in-depth reporting and defence of the public interest. It provides and facilitates the education of the public and the community in the craft, culture and methodology of journalism, for the benefit of public integrity, accountability and an informed body politic. CIJ offers practical expertise and in-depth research resources for journalists, researchers, non-governmental organisations, graduate students and others interested in high standards of factual accuracy, fairness, ethics and professionalism.
CIJ has been training and providing resources to reporters, researchers, NGOs, activists and the community for eleven years. It publishes the Logan Handbooks, organises annual summer schools, produces one of the world’s only investigative film festivals, and provides regular and bespoke training programs on company documents, data scraping and analysis, covert recording, and information security all over the world. The CIJ offers particular assistance to those working in difficult environments where freedom of the press is under threat and where reporting can be a dangerous occupation.
Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK’s MI5 in the 1990s, before leaving to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the British spy agencies. She is now a writer, media commentator, political campaigner, and international public speaker on a variety of related issues: the war on terrorism, the war on whistleblowers, the war on drugs, and the war on the internet.
She is also the European director of LEAP and the author of “Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5 and the David Shayler Affair”.
Annie has an MA (Hons) Classics from Cambridge University.
Jean-Marc Manach is a self-taught journalist who has investigated on theiInternet since the late 90s. He has written numerous information security manuals explaining how to protect ones sources and communications, worked with WikiLeaks on the SpyFiles and wrote two books about privacy and the surveillance society, and another about Amesys, the french company who designed and sold a “massive” internet surveillance system for former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
In 2013, prior to Snowden’s coming out, he co-authored a documentary, “A Counter History of the Internet”, featuring several internet freedom fighters including Julian Assange, John Perry Barlow, Rickard Falkvinge, Eben Moglen, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Bruce Schneier and Richard Stallman.
In 2014, he was among those who received a Datajournalism Award for The Migrant Files, a project wich revealed that, since 2000, more than 23 000 migrants died trying to seek refuge in Europe.
Gavin Millar QC
Gavin Millar defends in all types of media law cases, specialising in production orders under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and cases concerning the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. He advised the Guardian on its Snowden coverage in 2013. He acts for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in its Strasbourg challenge to the use of such coercive and covert state powers against journalists.
He has represented a number of journalists and media organisations the subject of covert investigations under RIPA. He is Chair of the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths College and co-author of “Media Law and Human Rights” (OUP). He is currently writing “The Law and Regulation of Newsgathering” to be published by OUP next year.
David Mirza Ahmad
David has over 10 years of experience in the information security business. He started his professional experience as a founding member of Security Focus, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. David also moderated the Bugtraq mailing list, a historically important forum for discussion of security vulnerabilities, for over four years.
He has spoken at Black Hat, Can Sec West, AusCERT and numerous other security conferences, as well as made contributions to books, magazines and other publications. David also participated in a NIAC working group on behalf of Symantec to develop the first version of the CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) model and served as editor for the Attack Trends section of IEEE Security & Privacy for over three years.
Paul Moreira leads a TV press agency : “Premières Lignes”, based in Paris. His agency produces “Cash Investigation”, a major investigative for France 2, first public channel. Premières Lignes was at the root of the Lux Leaks revelations. Their investigative film was first broadcast on “Cash Investigation” and met a huge public rating success on a prime time slot.
Premières Lignes then helped ICIJ on working on the Luxembourg Tax Rulings. This story is still unfolding and has had major political impact in France and Europe. Paul Moreira specialized on investigating in conflict situations. His film about confessionnal strife in Iraq, “Agony of a Nation”, was awarded best documentary at Festival International de Télévision de Monte-Carlo and best investigative documentary at Festival International du Grand Reportage d’Actualité. He has also worked on digital monitoring of Syrian activists and embezzlement in Afghanistan. Before creating Premières Lignes, Paul Moreira was head of the investigative department in Canal Plus. He led a program called “90 minutes”. For TV and newspapers alike, he covered Iraq, Syria, Libya, Israel, Palestine, the Egyptian revolution, Kurds inTurkey, the Romanian revolution, Nicaragua, Cuba, Brazil, the zapatist uprising in Mexico, East Timor, Cambodia. As a young journalist, he started his carrer in 1987 in TF1’s investigative talk show “Droit de réponse”. In 2007, he published a book about the way the public relations shape reality and define the agenda of journalism : “Les Nouvelles Censures”.
In 2008, he published « Travailler à en mourir », a book about the labor related suicides in French enterprises. He completed two master’s degree. One in political anthropology (University of Paris V, 1986) and one in journalism, specialised in the Anglo-saxon world (University of Paris III – CFJ, 1987).
He was born in Lisbon in 1961.
Media artist Geert Mul has been exploring, for almost 20 years, the possibilities of generating visual poetry by re-combining images from collections and databases in videos, photographs and installations. He received the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award 2010 for his entire oeuvre.
Mul studied at the Academy of the Arts at Arnhem from 1985 until 1990 where he eventually specialised in computer animation. From 1990 till 1993 he travelled various countries such as Mexico and the USA and lived in Tokyo, Japan. The audio and video recordings made during these journeys were later exhibited in Dutch art spaces. To become financially independent, Mul, in the mid- 90’s, started to create video screenings combined with pop music for a Rotterdam discotheque, which marks his first steps as a VJ performer. These events grew into interactive video and audio installations and commissioned works in a variety of settings: museums, pop-festivals, and public-space.
Intuitively and by means of exemplary research Mul is designing a data-based methodology of acquiring ‘ knowledge’ in the form of experiences, associations and visual poetry, trough intuitive and playful interaction with a databases and archives. Mul regards the database as a way to perceive things; a databased perception, which defines contemporary culture at large.
Between 2003 and 2013 Mul produced over 15 commissioned interactive installations in public spaces among which the Netherlands Photo Museum, several schools and the Middelburg city hall.
In 2010 Geert Mul won the prestigious Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre.
Andy Müller-Maguhn is a member of the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club. Having been a member since 1986, he was appointed as a spokesman for the club in 1990, and later served on its board until 2012.
In an election in autumn 2000, he was voted in as an at-large director of ICANN, which made him jointly responsible with 18 other directors for the worldwide development of guidelines and the decision of structural questions for the Internet structure. His term lasted two years, and from June 2002 to June 2004, he operated as an honorary board member of the European Digital Rights Institution (EDRI), an umbrella organization for European NGOs which campaigns for human rights in the digital age.
In 1995, Müller-Maguhn founded the “Datenreisebüro” (‘Data Travel Agency’), since 2002 based in a Berlin office. Besides organising the Chaos Computer Club and hosting an electronic archive, the Datenreisebüro organises workshops which train system administrators in data protection and data security. Workshops are also held in order to create policies and structures which make data protection easier to achieve. Müller-Maguhn has also helped at several of Hackers on Planet Earth conferences.
Dr. Caroline Nevejan is a senior researcher with the Participatory Systems Initiative at Delft University of Technology. With colleagues, she studies parameters for a new design paradigm, which will allow people to accept responsibility in complex network environments. Working with a variety of clients from the energy sector, food sector, crisis management, and more, the group creates scenarios, serious games, simulations and emulations with stakeholders for designing large distributed participatory systems.
Specializing in artistic and design research, Caroline Nevejan particularly focuses on how people are witness and bear witness to each other in today’s globalized and mediated societies. Her research takes place in interdisciplinary context, working with artists, practitioners, scientists and academics from a variety of disciplines. In 2007 she obtained her PhD “Presence and the Design of Trust”.
Before this, Nevejan was founder/director of OrO (Educational Research and Development) at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, founder/director of Waag Society and program director at Paradiso. Here she organized network events (including the Galactic Hacker Party) since the 1980’s. Since 2007 Caroline Nevejan is a crown member and vice chair of the Dutch Council for Culture and the Arts.
Carly Nyst is the Legal Director of Privacy International, a London-based NGO dedicated to fighting unlawful surveillance and promoting the right to privacy around the world. Carly directs Privacy International’s public interest litigation and leads the organisation’s advocacy in regional and international human rights mechanisms, where Privacy International advocates for stronger protections for privacy and personal data.
Carly is an Australian-qualified human rights lawyer, and was previously the Legal Adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Visiting Scholar at the Colombia Law School’s Human Rights Institute.
Paul O’Connor, a Peace & Conflict Studies graduate of the University of Ulster and native of Derry is Director of the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC). The Centre, which has offices in Derry, Armagh and Dublin, is named after a prominent lawyer who was assassinated by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989.
Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted in parliament that security forces colluded in the murder. The PFC provides advice and advocacy to over 200 families bereaved as a result of the conflict on the island of Ireland and has been involved in extensive research over the years on declassified British government documents. Paul is a regular commentator in the media on policing, collusion and dealing with the legacy of the conflict.
Ruth Oldenziel (PhD Yale) is professor at Eindhoven University of Technology; a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich; and regular commentator on U.S. politics. Her publications include books and articles in American, gender, and technology studies – her most recent “Consumers, Tinkerers, Rebels: The People Who Shaped Europe” (Palgrave, 2013) co-authored with Mikael Hård.
She edited and introduced the book “Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes” (Springer, 2014) with Gerard Alberts, bringing together fascinating stories of hacker culture in various European countries, East, Central, and West, at the end of the Cold War. The book traces the user practices of chopping games in Warsaw, hacking software in Athens, creating chaos in Hamburg, producing demos in Turku, and partying with computing in Zagreb and Amsterdam. In contrast with efforts to frame hacking as a criminal activity, in these histories playfulness stands out as a characteristic of hacker cultures.
John Pilger has been a war correspondent, author and film-maker. Australian-born, he is only one of two to win British journalism’s highest award twice. His documentary films have won television Academy Awards in the UK and the US. His epic 1979 investigation “Cambodia Year Zero” is ranked by the British Film Institute as one of the ten most important documentaries of the 20th century. “Death of a Nation”, filmed secretly in East Timor, had a similar worldwide impact in 1994.
Pilger’s books include “Heroes”, “Distant Voices”, “Hidden Agendas”, “The New Rulers of the World” and “Freedom Next Time”. He is a recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia’s international human rights award, “for fearless challenges to censorship in any form”.
Laura Poitras, the first journalist with whom former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden established contact and shared secret NSA files, has been honoured for her investigative work as both print journalist and documentary film maker. For stories about Snowden’s revelations of the vast warrantless surveillance conducted by the NSA against Americans and citizens of other countries, she was awarded a Pulitzer Price in 2014 and, along with Snowden, a 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. She also received a George Polk award for stories about Snowden’s revelations.
Poitras’s work as a documentary filmmaker and investigative reporter brought her international recognition years before her work on Snowden’s revelations. Her 2006 film, “My Country, My Country,” the first in a trilogy of films about post-9/11 America, was nominated for an Academy Award. The second film, “The Oath,” was nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 2012, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, the MacArthur Foundation award that is commonly referred to as the genius award.
Her 2014 documentary film Citizenfour, the third film in her trilogy about post 9/11 America, has been lauded internationally since it premiered in October at the New York Film Festival. It documents Snowden’s secret first face-to-face encounter with Poitras and Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill in Hong Kong in June 2013 as he explained his decision to collect and make public documentation what he considered out-of-control and unconstitutional worldwide surveillance activities by NSA.
After being detained and having her computer and other equipment taken by U.S. government agents at airports dozens of times when she returned home to the United States, Poitras moved to Berlin, where she is based now.
Currently living between Berlin and Cologne, Angela Richter studied theatre directing with Jürgen Flimm at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg, and from 1996 to 2000 was a member of the Hamburg based artist group “Akademie Isotrop”. Since 2001 she works as a director. In 2006 she founded the Fleet Street Theatre in Hamburg, which she ran until 2010 and she is currently one of the four house directors at the Cologne National Theatre.
For her writing and staging of the play “Der Fall Esra”, which is based on the legal case of banning the novel “Esra” by the jewish-german author Maxim Biller, she was given the Rolf-Mares Theatre Award for Best Play of the Year in 2009. In recent years, Richter has worked with such digital activists as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and in 2012 premiered her piece “Assassinate Assange”, which is a work in progress and was shown in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Vienna. Since then, the director not only visited regularly the WikiLeaks founder in London, but has engaged in panel discussions and in various print media including Der Spiegel, Artmagazine Monopol, Interview Magazine, Revue Magazine for the Next Society for internet activists and hacktivists.
In the season 2014/15, Richter has scheduled a large scale project in co-production with the WDRFernsehen dealing with the life and work of Digital Dissidents and Whistleblowers.
Susan Schuppli is an artist and writer based in London. She is Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths where she received her doctorate in 2009. Previously she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program after completing her MFA at the University of California San Diego. Her research practice examines media artefacts that emerge out of sites of contemporary conflict and political violence.
Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include HKW, Casino Luxembourg, Extra City Antwerp, Stroom Den Haag, Shanghai Biennale, and Bildmuseet, Sweden. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness: Forensic Media and the Production of Evidence (MIT Press, 2015), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary.
Karin Spaink writes about health, politics and technology. She was sued by Scientology for almost ten years over publishing excerpts of their higher level courses (and won). She co-founded the Dutch digital rights organisation Bits of Freedom, which she chaired for 7 years, and was the chair of the Dutch Big Brother Awards for 10 years. Between 2001 and 2005, she advised the OSCE Freedom of the Media Bureau on matters relating to the internet.
Currently, she is writing a book about the development of the public internet in the Netherlands.
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.
Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Both an artist and a researcher, Yann Toma is the lifelong President of Ouest-Lumière and an artist-observer within UNO where he sits as an entrepreneurial artist.
By salvaging material from former electric power company Ouest-Lumière in the early 1990’s, he has appropriated a symbolic network, an industrial infrastructure which he turned into his research territory and the very matter of his activity. He focuses on collaborations with industrials, political scientists and philosophers.
His artistic work features in many collections, including that of the Centre Pompidou, and entered the inventory of the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in 2007.
As a Professor of Visual Arts at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne university where he impulses, within the CERAP, the Art & Flux research field which acts as much as an observatory of both theoretical and critical research as a laboratory of artistic experimentation and production.
Sander Venema is an experienced web developer and programmer. He has been developing highly-secure websites for certain high-profile clients, whistleblowers and non-profit organisations. He has a strong interest in open-source and free software, privacy-related topics, data retention, RFID chips, cryptography, and privacy protection, and followed the developments on the subjects of surveillance, SIGINT and intelligence in general closely for the last couple of years.
He is also the founder of Asteroid Interactive, a web design & development company based in The Netherlands, offering bespoke secure platforms for people with high security and privacy needs, next to other web design & development, and application development. He has been giving training sessions and workshops to teach people in various organisations (companies and non-profits) about how to implement measures to defend against corporate and government espionage, surveillance, tracking, profiling, information and identity theft, and the practical secure operation of information security tools.
An avid pilot, and writer about topics concerning civil and human rights and privacy protection.
Maria Xynou is a privacy and surveillance researcher at the Tactical Technology Collective in Berlin. Previously, she worked in India as a surveillance researcher with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), where she investigated surveillance in the country and helped coordinate numerous multi-stakeholder round table meetings for the discussion of draft privacy legislation. Maria has interned with Privacy International and with the Parliament of Greece, and holds a MSc in Security Studies from the University College London (UCL).
Jérémie is a hacker, in the primary sense of a technology enthusiast who likes to understand it, not be captured by it and make it work better, not a criminal. He is the co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. As such, LaQuadrature du Net engages in public-policy debates concerning, for instance, freedom of expression, copyright, regulation of telecommunications and online privacy.
Jérémie was awarded the 2012 Pioneer Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), for “ha[ving] been instrumental in the fight against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a far-reaching international treaty that would curtail many Internet freedoms in favor of extremist intellectual property protectionism.”
PA TO THE DIRECTOR:
PA TO THE PRODUCER:
RESEARCH AND ADMIN:
HELPERS AND LOGISTICS:
Sarah Van der Gucht and the volunteer team
Juliet Ferguson, Minal Da Gama Rose, Marina Calland
LIAISON AND PROOF READING:
Four Coleman Getty
with special thanks to WikiLeaks, Chaos Computer Club, Wau Holland Foundation, Thoughtworks, Simon Vans-Colina, Goldsmiths University and the Barbican Events team