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Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling (born 1954 in Brownsville, Texas) is an American science fiction author, journalist, editor and critic, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre. He is also the author of non-fiction works like The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992), and Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the next fifty years (2002) – a popular science approach on futurology, reflecting technology, politics and culture of the next 50 years. In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School where he is teaching Summer Intensive Courses on media and design. In 2005, he became "visionary in residence" at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Sterling has written for many magazines, including Newsweek, Fortune, Harper’s, Details, Whole Earth Review, and Wired, where he has been a contributing writer since its conception. Bruce Sterling also initiated various projects like The Dead Media Project, The Viridian Design Movement and Embrace the Decay. Currently he lives in Turin, Italy.


Kate O'Riordan

Kate O’Riordan is Reader in Digital Media at the University of Sussex. Her research examines intersections of digital culture and science and technology, often deploying sexuality and gender as key analytical categories. She is interested in formulating critical language and interventions around biodigital life and the politics of knowledge production around emerging technologies. Books include Queer Online, Human Cloning and the Media, and The Genome Incorporated. She co-directs the Centre for Material Digital Culture at Sussex, and teaches modules on science and the media, and digital culture in the Department of Media Film and Music and at UC Santa Cruz.

Kate has worked on biotechnology, gaming, web cameras, medical imaging, art and digital design. She has also published on gender, sexuality and technology and the ethics of internet research. Current and recent projects include a book on Unreal objects and the technology assessment project EPINET.

She sometimes blogs at https://biodigitallives.wordpress.com/.

Philip Zimmermann

Philip R. Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy, an email encryption software package. Originally designed as a human rights tool, PGP was published for free on the Internet in 1991. This made Zimmermann the target of a three-year criminal investigation, because the government held that US export restrictions for cryptographic software were violated when PGP spread worldwide. Despite the lack of funding, the lack of any paid staff, the lack of a company to stand behind it, and despite government persecution, PGP nonetheless became the most widely used email encryption software in the world. After the government dropped its case in early 1996, Zimmermann founded PGP Inc. That company was acquired by Network Associates Inc (NAI) in 1997. In 2002 PGP was acquired from NAI by a new company called PGP Corporation, where Zimmermann served as special advisor and consultant until its acquisition by Symantec in 2010. Since 2004, his focus has been on secure telephony for the Internet, developing the ZRTP protocol and creating products that use it, including Silent Phone and Zfone. Zimmermann is Co-founder of Silent Circle, a provider of secure communications services.

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Danese Cooper

Distinguished Member, Technical Staff - Open Source, PayPal

Danese has a long history of successfully combining work in social justice and digital inclusion with leading open source advocacy at some of the largest global technology companies.

She joined PayPal as a Distinguished Member, Technical Staff - Open Source as of February 2014. She also runs DaneseWorks, an open source consultancy whose clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Numenta, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia, AutoDesk and if(we) Inc. Prior to founding DaneseWorks she was CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation (home of Wikipedia). Since 1999, she has been involved in developing and evangelizing the Open Source movement and its attached methodologies, including release of some very key open source projects while at Sun Microsystems, such as Apache Tomcat, OpenOffice.org, JXTA.org, NetBeans.org, GridEngine.org, GlassFish, OpenSolaris. At Intel she worked on projects designed to bridge the Digital Divide and fed a growing interest/participation in the Social Software movement. Prior to the dawn of Open Source she enjoyed a long career at proprietary companies including Apple, Microsoft and Symantec. She is also co-editor of the book "Open Sources v2.0" and a reviewing editor of "The Art of Community", both from O'Reilly Media.

Rafael Capurro

Born 1945 in Montevideo (Uruguay). Dr. phil. in Philosophy from Düsseldorf University (1978). Postdoctoral teaching qualification in Ethics from Stuttgart University (1989). Professor emeritus of Information Science and Information Ethics at Stuttgart Media University (1986-2009). Lecturer in Ethics at the University of Stuttgart (1989-2004). Founder and Chair of the International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE, since 1999). Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE, since 2004). Distinguished Researcher at the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa (since 2012). Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan (since 2014). Former member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) to the European Commission (2000-2010). Co-Founder of the Capurro-Fiek-Foundation for Information Ethics.

Selected publications:
Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred, Daniel Nagel (eds.) Digital Whoness. Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld. Frankfurt 2013.
Rafael Capurro - John Holgate (eds.). Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication. Munich 2011.

Website: http://www.capurro.de/home-eng.html

Joanna J. Bryson

Dr Joanna J. Bryson is a Reader at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. She is an Associate Editor for Adaptive Behavior and on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Synthetic Emotions (IJSE); Connection Science and AI & Society.

Joanna’s principle academic passion is understanding human behavior, human culture, and natural intelligence more broadly. Her main methodology for doing this is designing intelligent systems to model and test scientific theories. With her colleagues in Artificial Models of Natural Intelligence, she publishes in cognitive science, anthropology, animal behaviour, cognitive robotics, computer game character AI, philosophy and ethics.

Joanna earned her B.A. in Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago in 1986, her M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh in 1992, her M.Phil. in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at MIT in 2001. Following a research position at Harvard, she came to Bath in 2002. She has also held research fellowship positions at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition, Oxford Department of Anthropology, and (presently) at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Science Research.


Felix Stalder

Felix Stalder is working as a professor of digital culture and network theories at the Zurich University of the Arts, is an independent researcher/organizer with groups such as the Institute for New Cultural Technologies (t0) in Vienna and longtime moderator of the international mailing-list <nettime>. He is engaged with the interdependency of society, culture and technology and does research on network culture, copyright, commonx, privacy, control society and subjectivity.

Last published books: "Deep Search: The Politics of Search Beyond Google" (2009), "Vergessene Zukunft: Radikale Netzkulturen in Europa" (2012), "Cultures and Ethics of Sharing" (2012), "Digital Solidarity" (2013), "Der Autor am Ende der Gutenberg Galaxis" (2014) und "Kultur der Digitalität" (Suhrkamp, 2015).

Blog: felix.openflows.com

Mirjam Kühne

Mirjam Kühne is the Community Builder for RIPE Labs at the RIPE NCC. RIPE Labs is a platform designed by the RIPE NCC for network operators, developers and industry experts to expose, test and discuss innovative Internet-related tools, ideas and analyses that can benefit the RIPE community and RIPE NCC members.

Mirjam re-joined the RIPE NCC in 2009 to set up and maintain RIPE Labs using her extensive professional network. Her work entails collaborating with technical, security and academic representatives and others within the Internet community.

Earlier, Mirjam worked for nine years at the RIPE NCC as part of the senior management and participated in the organisation’s strategic and financial planning. She was responsible for external relations and represented the organisation on an international level. Before that, Mirjam was responsible for developing and managing membership as well as public services for the organisation.

Mirjam has also worked at the Internet Society (ISOC) as Senior Program Manager. She was involved in issues related to technology and public policy, bridging the gap between the technical community and a non-technical audience including government representatives. Mirjam also developed and organised technical workshops primarily in developing countries. One of her tasks was to establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations (ICANN, the RIRs, the IETF, NSRC and others) and regional and local operator communities.

Mirjam obtained a Masters of Computer Science at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.

Louis Pouzin

Louis Pouzin was born in 1931 in France. He invented the datagram (connectionless communication) and he is known as one of internet’s fathers. He graduated from École Polytechnique in Paris.

Louis Pouzin has acquired an international reputation as an expert in computer communications and network techniques. Most of his career has been devoted to the design and implementation of computer systems, such as CTSS, the first large time sharing system at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), or the French CYCLADES computer network and its datagram based packet switching network. His work was used by Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, and others in the development of TCP/IP protocols in the internet.

Besides his capacity in leading teams of top professionals, he is known internationally for his participation in early network standardisation activities within IFIP, ISO and CCITT (now ITU-T), and his numerous publications, many of them have become educational material in network courses. As a lecturer, he is especially appreciated for presenting complex subjects in clear and understandable terms.

He has published more than 80 articles and a book on computer networks and received various awards. Among them: IFIP Silver Core, ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Internet, ISOC Hall of Fame, and Chevalier of Légion d’Honneur. Louis was one of five Internet and Web pioneers awarded with the 1st Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize). On 25th June, 2013, he received his award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

In 2012, he founded with Chantal Lebrument an alternative root company called Open-Root, offering a new business model for the management of top level domain names (TLD), independently from ICANN. TLDs are sold, not rented, and cannot be seized by the US FBI.

Still an activist in the field of internet governance, Louis is a regular in the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), on the side of an internet for people instead of transnational monopolies.

Brigitte Krenn

Brigitte Krenn is head of the Language and Interaction Technologies Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI). She holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics and has been working in Language Technology and Artificial Intelligence for more than 25 years, both in basic and applied research. During that time she has gained experience in various areas of Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence including companion systems such as embodied conversational agents, cognitive agents and multimodal interactive systems; semantic systems including semantic profiling and semantic search; and systems for Ambient Assisted Living in particular technologies to support active, self-determined and socially integrated ageing. In all her work, she is strongly concerned with societal and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Julian Oliver

Julian Oliver is a New Zealander, Critical Engineer and artist based in Berlin. His work and lectures have been presented at many museums, galleries, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, the Chaos Computer Congress, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian has received several awards, most notably the distinguished Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek (with Daniil Vasiliev).

Julian has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, data forensics, creative hacking, computer networking, counter-surveillance, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, video-game development, information visualisation and UNIX/Linux worldwide. He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and is a supporter of, and contributor to, initiatives that promote and reinforce rights in the networked domain.


Jessica Barker

With a background in sociology, psychology and civic design, Dr Jessica Barker specialises in the human side of cyber security. As an independent consultant, Jessica is engaged by FTSE100 companies and central government across the defence, health, financial and retail sectors to advise organisations how they can keep their information safe while getting the most out of it. Her particular specialisms cover governance, strategy and policy, risk and resilience, and learning and development.

In her free time, Jessica is passionate about encouraging young people, particularly young women and girls, to become more engaged with cyber security. She is keen to make cyber security a more engaging and accessible subject to all, and as such makes regular media appearances to discuss current cyber security issues, most recently on Sky News, The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley and Radio 4's Today programme, and has been published in The Sunday Times.

Peter Purgathofer

Peter Purgathofer is associate professor at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology at Vienna University of Technology. His research is focussed around questions of design and technology, with game design and positive impact games as one of the major focus areas. He is coordinator for the media informatics bachelor and master curriculum. He teaches core bachelor courses in informatics and society and in HCI, as well as a number of master level courses on explorative design, gameful design and related areas.

Lars Persen

Lars Persen is pedagogical leader at Scandec Systemer, a deliverer of technology to Norwegian educational institutions. He delivers seminars for school leaders and school owners about leading in technology-rich learning environments and provides tailored professional development with a technological and pedagogical approach to institutions from kindergartens to universities, focusing on innovation and collaboration.

Lars served four years as an officer in the Norwegian armed forces, before he worked as teacher and school leader for 16 years. He has worked in Norwegian state schools and in an international IB-school in Germany. He has a 4 year teacher education and later studied school management.

He has participated in European projects focusing on Education for sustainable development and school leadership and also served on the NMC Horizon Technology Outlook for Scandinavia 2015 advisory board. Lars was recently appointed fellow to the non-for-profit organization Education Fast Forward, a global debating chamber for education progress and strategy.

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Lothar Wolf

Lothar Wolf graduated in Meteorology from the University of Applied Science, Cologne, Germany, and received the M.Sc. degree in computing for commerce and industry from the Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K. He is Competence Area Manager for Data Services with EUMETSAT and responsible for the definition of long term technological strategies, the delta-developments and engineering of all operational multi-mission functions of the EUMETSAT ground segment related to Archive, Data Access and NRT Dissemination, including the supported User Services functions. He represents EUMETSAT in the relevant international bodies and acts as technical contact point for partner organizations in the related fields.


Christian Panigl

Christian Panigl has been involved in the development and operation of the Austrian research network ACOnet since 1986, starting at the University of Technology in Vienna, in the context of RARE and COSINE. In 1992, the whole ACOnet team and their responsibilities moved to the University of Vienna, joining forces with other international networking activities. Christian has been in charge of the Vienna Internet eXchange (www.vix.at) since its creation in 1996. He has been formally leading the ACOnet & Vienna Internet eXchange division at the University of Vienna since 2008. Since 2014 he is board member of ISPA (Internet Service Providers Austria), an organisation which aims to create ideal economic and judicial requirements for the development of the Internet.

Dietrich Liko

Dr. Dietrich Liko has been working at CERN in Geneva for 20 years. His activities ranged from physics analysis in the field of heavy quarks and W boson to technical contributions to data acquisition. In the context of the preparation of the LHC startup, he was leading the Distributed Analysis Project of the ATLAS experiment, which has developed the programs for data analysis on the global grid. Since 2009 he has returned to Austria and heads now the Physics Computing Group at the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The Institute of High Energy Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences participates in the data analysis of large-scale international experiments by means of a global computer network, the Grid. The pioneering work for this kind of data analysis has been done within the scope of the CERN experiments at CERN. In new experiments, such as in the Belle II experiment at the KEK accelerator in Japan, this analysis technique is already the standard procedure by now. In his presentation, an overview of the development is given: The starting point was the first TCP/IP data connection from Austria to CERN. Since then the rapid technological development has revolutionized the analysis technique time and again and as of today it forms the basis of spectacular discoveries, such as the one of the Higgs boson.

Marianne Backes

Marianne Backes is Director of the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) in Luxembourg. After studying political science and international relations in Brussels, she turned her attention to issues of education and in-service training. Realising early the tremendous potential offered by information and communication technologies for the field of humanities and social sciences, she initiated and directed a project which was to result in the development of the European NAvigator digital library (ENA). She is a Senior Adviser to the Luxembourg Government and has been Director of the CVCE since it was established in 2002. She leads a team of researchers and experts building the digital research infrastructure on European integration (CVCE.eu), including enriched data, enhanced publications, and tools and services for data management, analysis, visualisation and representation. She is also the Luxembourg national coordinator for the DARIAH-ERIC consortium, promoting the digital research infrastructure for arts and humanities at European level.

Hannes Kulovits

Hannes Kulovits is currently Head of the Digital Archive at the Austrian State Archives which he joined in October 2010. He is responsible for operations, further development, compliance and certification of the digital long-term repository. The long-term preservation of electronic government records is one of his main concerns, which also leads him to an active involvement in preservation research. His research focus lies on automation of preservation planning activities and policies. He has been involved in a number of projects co-funded by the European Commission including DELOS, DPE, PLANETS, and TIMBUS.

Michael Krieger

Unit Manager Advanced Computing Technologies, RISC Software GmbH

Michael Krieger is working for RISC Software GmbH since 2006. As unit manager of the business unit Advanced Computing Technologies from RISC Software GmbH he is managing the Austrian Grid Development Center since 2008. His R&D activities focus on large-scale distributed computing infrastructures ranging from hardware to operations and shared use of such infrastructures. Together with his team Michael Krieger is responsible for operating a Research and Development Cloud Computing Environment in the JKU Softwarepark Hagenberg, which is used for educational as well as R&D purposes by Austrian researchers and SMEs. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Hagenberg Cloud Computing Association, serves as board member of the European Globus Community Forum and also is Austrian advisor to the council of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe.

Christian Briese

Christian Briese received his diploma (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) both with honours at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria with a focus on geometric modelling based on laser scanning. In 2011 he successfully completed a university course at the Vienna University of Technology on the topic of Executive Management for Engineers. He was working in many projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund and is winner of the Ressel Prize of Vienna University of Technology (2005). Furthermore, in collaboration with several of Austrian’s federal countries and international organisations he is experienced in handling large pilot projects. After his Ph.D. he extended his research to a lot of different areas within the field of geomatics (e.g. radiometric information from LIDAR, hyperspectral imaging, unmanned aerial vehicles, direct georeferencing, etc.).

Since 2001 Christian Briese is researcher at the Vienna University of Technology. In 2003 he was a visiting scientist at the TU Delft, The Netherlands. From 2004 to 2010 he collaborated in the Christian Doppler Laboratory "Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing". From 2010 to 2014 he was additionally employed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection & Virtual Archaeology, Austria. Since 2014 he is managing director of the newly founded EODC - Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring GmbH, Austria.