Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking” has been published with Princeton University Press. It is available for purchase and you can download a copy and learn more about the book here. She is currently working on a new book on Anonymous: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: From 4chan Lolcats to Anonymous Everywhere for Verso. She has given numerous talks on hackers, digital activism,open source production and intellectual property law.
Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology in the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on social movements, internet activism, and global communication. He is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009), and co-editor (with Ching Kwan Lee) of Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (2007). For more about his work, see: http://www.asc.upenn.edu/gyang/
Clare Birchall is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of North American Studies, King’s College London. She is author of Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory. She is also one of the editors of the online journal Culture Machine and part of the team behind Living Books and Liquid Books. Her recent work is on secrecy and transparency in the digital age.
Tim Jordan is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, leading development of analysis of digital culture across two departments, Culture, Media and Creative Industries and Digital Humanities. Tim has been involved in analysis of the social and cultural meaning of the internet and cyberspace since the mid-1990s. He is currently working on a book for Pluto Press on the politics of information and on the idea of ‘being in the zone’ among surfers and computer programmers. His recent work has been about communication and the internet, published in Internet, Society, Culture; communicative practices before and after the internet (Bloomsbury 2013) and has previously published: Hacking: (Polity 2008), Cyberpower (Routledge 1999) and, with Paul Taylor, Hacktivism and Cyberwars (Routledge 2004).
Joss Hands is Reader in Media and Critical Theory and Director of ARCMedia (Anglia Research Centre in Media and Culture) at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His research focuses on politics, activism and digital media. He has recently co-edited a special issue of Culture Machine on ‘Platform Politics’ and is author of ‘@ is For Activism: Dissent Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture’.
Paolo Gerbaudo is lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at King’s College London. His current research focuses on the use of new media and social media by social movements and emerging digital parties. He is the author of Tweets and the Streets (2012), a book analysing social media activism in the popular protest wave of 2011, from the Arab Spring, to the indignados and Occupy Wall Street. He has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, where he worked under the supervision of professor Nick Couldry. He has previously taught at Middlesex University and the American University in Cairo. He is currently writing a book about the culture of the movements of the squares, from the indignados and Occupy, to the 2013 protests in Turkey and Brazil.
Smári McCarthy is an information activist, free software developer and author. He has worked globally on issues of democratic participation, information security, access to information, civil liberties, and social and economic justice. He invented Liquid Democracy in 2007, worked with Wikileaks in 2009-2010, and is a core developer of Mailpile. He co-founded the International Modern Media Institute (IMMI), the Shadow Parliament Project, the Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society, the Constitutional Analysis Support Project (CAST) and the Icelandic Pirate Party. He currently works at ThoughtWorks on defending the free Internet.
David M. Berry is Reader in Media and Communication in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex and affiliated researcher at IMK, University of Oslo. He is author of Critical Theory and the Digital (2014), The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age (2011), Copy, Rip Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source (2008), co-author of New Aesthetic, New Anxieties (2012), and editor of Understanding Digital Humanities (2012) and Life in Code and Software (2012). He tweets at @berrydm on Twitter.
Eugenia Siapera is a member of the Communications Faculty at Dublin City University. Her areas of research interest include: Social Media, Journalism, Political Theory, Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity and Media. Recent articles have appeared in New Media and Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Information Polity. Her recently published books include: Cultural Diversity and Global Media: The Mediation of Difference, Wiley, 2010. and Understanding New Media, Sage, 2011.
Sam Carlisle is an electronic engineer, community organizer, civic media expert, and entrepreneur. He establishes technical infrastructure and social patterns that enable collaboration and participation, facilitates and inspires teams, and creates and promotes the use of civic media and disruptive technologies ? from 3D printers to etherpads to apps for direct action. Sam is the co-founder of Sukey.org, a platform to keep demonstrators safe, mobile, and informed. He founded OccupyLSX tech, is a key contributor to Cryptoparty, and has been known to go all-in on initiatives like Hurricane Hackers. A longtime member of the London Hackspace, Sam repairs and hacks everything he owns, and helps others become empowered by and involved with maker culture. He has a BEng with honors from Durham University, and is a member of the Institution ofEngineering and Technology (IET).
Zach Blas is an artist, writer, and curator whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is the creator of Facial Weaponization Suite and the art group Queer Technologies, a founding member of The Public School Durham, and a PhD candidate at Duke University in the Literature Program. Currently, he is a resident at The White Building in London.
Miriyam Aouragh is Leverhulme fellow at Communication And Media Research Institute at the university of Westminster, London. She pursued a PhD at the University of Amsterdam. During this period (2001-2007) she studied the implications of the internet as it was first (Web 1.0) introduced in Palestine. With a Rubicon (NWO) grant she embarked on postdoctoral research at the Oxford Internet Institute (UK), focusing on the political role of new internet developments (Web 2.0) for grassroots activism in Lebanon and Palestine. In 2013 she was awarded a Leverhulme fellowship to develop a critical study of new media in the context of revolution and counter-revolution in the Arab World. Her work is published in several books and journals including her own monograph Palestine Online (IB Tauris 2011). Her next book is about cyber imperialism.
Sebastian Kubitschko is a PhD candidate in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a research associate at the University of Bremen’s Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI). His research investigates the efforts of the Chaos Computer Club – Europe’s oldest and one of the world’s largest hacker collectives – to shift the boundaries of the political. The project focuses on the role information and communication technologies and infrastructures play in (civic) struggles for (political) influence. Sebastian holds degrees from the Free University of Berlin, the University of Melbourne and has been a visiting PhD student at the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences. He is European editor of Arena Magazine.
Stephen Reid is a freelance digital consultant working with social change organisations. He first got involved in activism through the Camp for Climate Action (aka Climate Camp). In October 2010, he co-founded UK Uncut. Since then, he has spent two years working at the new economics foundation where he helped to set up the New Economy Organisers Network and has been involved with The Intruders, Move Your Money, No Dash for Gas and the office of Caroline Lucas MP. Stephen is a board member of Greenpeace UK and now sits on the advisory group for the New Economy Organisers Network.
Fidele Vlavo researches digital culture with a focus on activism and politics, gender and hacking, and art and performance. Her recent work examines online activism, providing discursive frameworks for the analysis of cyberspace as a site for protest. Fidele is currently working on a project retracing the emergence of electronic civil disobedience. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London.
Marta G. Franco (Acampada Sol’s Social Networking Comisson & Catorce.cc) is a activist based in Madrid. She wo a grassroots newspaper, and researches digital culture with a focus on online communities within the collective Catorce.cc (http://catorce.cc/). In 2004 she started participating in Indymedia Madiaq (the node for South Europe and North Africa) and since then she has been involved in several activist or hacktivist projects related to journalism, feminism, autonomism and free culture. She participates in the Social Networking Committee that was created in the occupation of Sol Square in 2011, which is still contributing to communication strategies for several collectives and assemblies related to the 15M movement.
Kirsten Forkert is a researcher and activist, and researches the politics of cultural work and education. She completed a PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, under the supervision of Professor Angela McRobbie. Her PhD thesis explored the conditions experienced by freelance artists in London and Berlin and serves as the basis for her first book, ‘Artistic Lives’ (Ashgate Publishers, 2013). She has also published on media art, activism, and the globalisation of education.
Lee Salter is lecturer in media and communication at the University of Sussex, a film maker and activist, his research in this area has focused on the notion of communicative action in technologically mediated environments and how it can be understood in the context of critical political economy and theories of the state. He is the author of Digital Journalism, the writer and co-producer of Secret City and has published on digital activism in a broad range of journals and books.