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Dino Amenduni

Head of New Media, Proforma

Born in 1984, Dino Amenduni is Head of New Media and Communications consultant at Proforma, a communications agency set in Bari (in the south of Italy) that has been running the most successful advertising and communications campaigns in progressive politics for the past decade.
With Proforma, he worked on successful campaigns, both on local and national level, including those of Michele Emiliano (Mayor of Bari - 2009), Nichi Vendola (Puglia Region - 2010) Debora Serracchiani (Friuli Venezia Giulia Region - 2013 ). He also worked on the campaign of current PM Matteo Renzi in the Primaries of 2013. More recently, the agency was in charge of the successful campaign of the National Democratic Party in the 2014 European elections.

Dino is also a contributor for local newspapers of the Espresso Group, writing analysis on politics and political communication, as well as for online outlets like Valigia Blu.
He also teaches political communication and social media marketing all over Italy and he is part of the staff of the International Festival of Journalism in Perugia.

In spring 2013 Dino joined the training program of the U.S. State Department IVLP, traveling in Washington, Minneapolis, Denver and San Diego working on issues related to social entrepreneurship (third sector, nonprofit, Fundraising / Crowdfunding).

In his (very little) spare time he talks about music and collects inspiring quotes on his personal blog.

Dino lives and works in Bari, a beautiful city in the south-east of Italy.
He is the vice-captain of Real Katenaccio, a soccer team in the Bari suburbs - he is also in charge of writing players' ratings after each game in the team's blog.

Ernesto Belisario

Director, Italian Open Government Observatory

Attorney at law (founder and managing partner of e-Lex Law Firm), with more than ten years of practice, Ernesto Belisario focuses his practice on ICT Law (Internet Law, Data protection and privacy Law, Copyright law, E-government, Law 2.0) and Administrative Law.

Ernesto works as a consultant on legal issues of e-government, Open Data and Open Government. He is author of several books and publications and, as trainer and speaker, he is a frequent public speaker both in Italy and abroad. In 2013 he worked as Lead Researcher for the Open Data Barometer (Web Foundation) for Italy.

He’s one of the promoter of Italian Open Government Forum and one of the members of civil society “monitoring group” on the implementation of Italian action plan. He was also co- founder and General Secretary of Italian Institute for Policy Innovation, co-founder and President of the Italian Association for Open Government, General Counsel of the Association Agorà Digitale

His areas of research include new forms of political participation, the impact of Internet on democracy, legal issues of open government, open data and ICT Law (including privacy and copyright).

Paola Bonini

Journalist, Publisher, Media Trainer

Paola Bonini is a Milan-based journalist concerned with culture and new media.

While attending Law School, she worked at Amnesty International's press office; upon graduation she began working in the publishing industry as editor for top Italian publishing houses such as Mondadori, Sellerio, Il Saggiatore and many others.

She is the author of several monographs and she contributed to various magazines and newspapers; in 2003, she co-founded the publishing house No Reply.

As media trainer and copywriter she has collaborated with different communication agencies. Today she is in charge of the Political Communication projects and of the New Media Training Program for the Italian PR agency Hagakure (Dnsee Group); she is directing the first Social media presence project of the City of Milan.

Francesca Bria

Senior Project Lead, Nesta

Francesca Bria is a Nesta Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She is the EU Coordinator of the D-CENT project on direct democracy and social digital currencies and the she is the Principle Investigator of the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe.

Francesca is a Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College Business School in the Innovation Studies Centre- Digital Economy Lab.
She has a background in social science and innovation economics and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck.

Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC).

Francesca has been advising the City of Rome and the Region of Lazio on innovation policy, open technology, and open cities. She is also active in various grassrooots movements advocating for open access, knowledge commons and open, decentralised privacy aware technologies.

Guglielmo Celata

Chief Technology Strategist, Openpolis

Born in Rome, a degree in Physics, Guglielmo Celata is Chief Technology Strategist at OpenPolis, an independent association that promotes open government.

In his own words: "I'm incurably lazy and procrastinator, but only until I find what I'm passionate about. I can convey enthusiasm to those around me and I love to confront with others to dissect the issues, dismantled and reassembled on the basis of a strictly logical thread. I'm excited by the possibilities offered by the collaborative development of open software and hardware.

Fabio Chiusi


Fabio Chiusi is a freelance journalist (Repubblica, L'Espresso, Wired) and blogger (ilNichilista, Chiusi nella rete) who regularly writes about Internet censorship, surveillance and the complex relationship between digital technologies, politics and society.

He is the author of 'Critica della Democrazia Digitale' (Codice, 2014).

Beatrice Costa

Head of Programmes, Action Aid

Since 2004, Beatrice Costa has been working for ActionAid, an international NGO committed to the independent struggle against poverty, where she is currently Head of the Programmes in Italy.

Previously, she also worked on gender issues and women's empowerment coordinating the program for women's rights at ActionAid.
She co-edited (with Elena Sisti) the book "Women rule the world. Insights women to change the economy" for the publishing house Altreconomia

Born in Milan in 1981, Beatrice Costa graduated in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Turin in 2005.
In 2010 she got another degree in Religious Studies at the Institute of Religious Sciences in Novara and then attended the M.A. in Bible and European culture at the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan and the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy.

Alberto Cottica

Economist, Expert on Collaborative Policy

Economist, expert on collaborative public policies and online participation, Alberto works with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the University of Alicante. He also authored a book on the wiki government, called Wikicrazia.

He is committed to make government smarter and more open, using the Internet to tap into the citizenry’s collective intelligence. Today he is also entrepreneuring at Edgeryders.

He has been a reasonably successful rock musician, but he is trying to quit.

Helen Darbishire

Founder and Director, Access Info Europe

Helen is a human rights activist who specialises in the public’s right of access to information, and development of open and participatory democracies.

Passionate about the role of civil society in effecting change, Helen is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network, and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010). She is a founder board member of the pro-transparency organisations Civio (Spain) and Diritto di Sapere (Italy), and a board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Spain.

Helen led access to information activities at the Open Society Foundations (1999-2003) and was a campaigner with Article 19 (London), establishing its programmes in central and eastern Europe. She has advised UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank.

Helen’s degree in Psychology and History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Durham (UK) has nothing and everything to do with her enthusiasm for information, data and the role of new technologies in advancing human rights.

Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Governing Body Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, American University, Washington D.C.

His main areas of research are the philosophy of information, the ethics of information, computer ethics, and the philosophy of technology.

Among his recognitions, he has been awarded a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship by the European University Institute (2015) and the Cátedras de Excelencia Prize by the University Carlos III of Madrid (2014-15). He held the UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics and the Gauss Professorship at the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen.

He is a recipient of the APA's Barwise Prize, the IACAP's Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow.
In 2012, he was Chairman of EU Commission's "Onlife Initiative" and is currently one of the five members of Google’s Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten” (2014).

His most recent books are: The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Ethics of Information (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Philosophy of Information (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (editor, Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Information: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010). (picture courtesy of Tim Muntinga)

Camille François

Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Camille François is a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She specializes in the public policy of cyberwar and cyberpeace, and related issues in surveillance, privacy and robotics.

A Fulbright Fellow, she is also a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. There, she worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on cybersecurity and privacy, and won first prize at the Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 National Challenge in Cyber Policy. She previously worked for Google in Europe, managing cross media market research and key policy and privacy trends.

Camille holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences-Po Paris University, and a Master’s degree in International Security from the Columbia School of Public and International Affairs. She completed her Bachelor at Sciences-Po Paris, with a year as a visiting student at Princeton University, and received legal education at Paris II - Sorbonne Universités.

Camille has been involved in a wide range of free culture advocacy projects and serves as a Digital Advisor for Libraries Without Borders, working on digital literacy and digital inclusion.
She co-organizes the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC).

In France, Camille served two years in the Parliament as a legislative aide.
Her work and opinions have been featured in media such as Scientific American, The Guardian, WIRED and the BBC.

Carola Frediani

Journalist, Effecinque.org

Carola Frediani is a journalist and author.
In 2010 she co-founded Effecinque.org, an agency committed to delivering content, digital products, innovative formats and experiments with social media.

She writes mainly about digital culture, privacy, environment, hacking and hacktivism for L’Espresso, Wired, Il Secolo XIX, Pagina99 and TechPresident.
In the past she has also written extensively for Corriere della Sera and Sky.it, where among other things she worked on the Beautiful Lab project.
Previously she had worked for almost ten years with Franco Carlini in the web journalism agency Totem, in Genova.

In 2012, she wrote "Dentro Anonymous", a travel in the legions of cyberactivism." In June 2014 she published "Deep Web - La Rete oltre Google"

Dymitro Gnap

Investigative Journalist

Dmytro Gnap engaged in investigative journalism for the past five years. Ten years before that worked in television journalism in all positions: from reporter to editor-in-chief. As an investigative journalist he worked on the "Exclamation mark" TV program (TVi-channel). For this program he produced many resonant investigations: “Royal Hunt of Victor Yanokovych”, “Crimean Cedar for President”, “Prosecutros-Rogues” et al. Gnap also was a reporter for the top Ukrainian on-line media “Ukrainska Pravda”. These investigations not only interested the public, but forced the authorities to take appropriate action.

In investigations, Gnap specializes in two subjects: large scale corruption and serious crimes (murder, kidnapping, etc.). He is also one of the activists of the Ukrainian journalist movement “Stop Censorship!” Together with other members of this movement Gnap produces the independent internet broadcast “Hromadske.TV”. He's provided a number of trainings for young investigative journalists through programs with the US Embassy in Ukraine, European Council, MediaNext etc.

Anthony Hamelle

Director, AppliedWorks

Anthony Hamelle is Director at Applied Works, a London-based digital and technology studio that is driven by curiosity and a desire to enlighten.
Working at the forefront of data journalism with The Times or the BBC, helping think tanks and NGOs such as Chatham House or the Mo Ibrahim Foundation tell stories with data, Applied Works has developed a strong expertise around the simplification and narration of complex issues.

A London School of Economics and Political Science graduate in Law, Anthony’s career spans opinion research, public affairs (Havas), social media research (linkfluence) and advertising (BBDO).
An associate lecturer at the Sorbonne University and Sciences Po Paris, he has worked on several public interest (French 2010 Retirement Reform) and political campaigns (Digital Director for Dominique de Villepin 2012).

Júlia Keserű

International Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

Júlia Keserű is the International Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation and oversees its international work. Coming from the Hungarian transparency community, Júlia has been an advocate for open government and an expert on open data issues with a special focus on political finance and corruption. She has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and regularly writes about the challenges and the potential of the global open government movement. Júlia holds a Masters degree from International Studies and studied political sciences, international law, sociology and philosophy at Corvinus University Budapest, Free University Berlin and the College for Social Theories in Budapest.

Stewart Kirkpatrick

Head of Digital, Yes Scotland

Stewart Kirkpatrick is the Head of Digital for Yes Scotland.
Since he became involved in YesScotland its Facebook likes have grown from 5,000 to more than 250,000, Twitter followers from 5,000 to 72,000. YouTube views have grown from 25,000 to 630,000. Website traffic has quadrupled. And he has built a large committed team of online volunteers. He is an expert in targeting key messages to multiple target audiences across all digital platforms using great content. He is also highly skilled at setting up, building and managing teams, as well as effectively engaging with stakeholders. This study by Edinburgh University shows the effectiveness of his work

Previously he was Editor (as well as part-owner and director) of The Caledonian Mercury, Scotland's first truly online national newspaper. Launched on 25 January, 2010, it was read by 150,000 unique users per month during his editorship. Stewart was named "Multimedia Publisher of the Year 2010" in the Regional Press Awards and the Caley Merc was 'Highly Commended' in the UK Newspaper Awards 'Best Digital Service' category - coming joint second with The Guardian and beating the Telegraph and WSJ.com.

He is a leading expert in content strategy, digital marketing and media management.
Previously he was the Content Marketing Director of w00tonomy, part of the Scottish Government's digital roster. He was Editor of scotsman.com from July 2000 to May 2007. In that time traffic has increased tenfold, the site was one of Google News's top 30 sources and it won and was shortlisted for many national and international awards.

The UK Press Gazette has named Stewart as one of the top 50 people shaping online journalism.

Sam Lee

Open Data Specialist, World Bank Group

Sam is an Open Data Specialist with the Open Finances program, which aims to make financial data about the World Bank's activities readily available, re-useable, and useful to the public-at-large and various stakeholder groups. As part of this work, he also works to apply open data principles and practices to help reach project objectives and advance development outcomes- including recent research on the Demand for Open Financial Data.

When he is not geeking out over international development, open data, innovation, and social media, Sam particularly enjoys photography, college football (the kind where there is minimal contact between the foot and the ball), and spending time with his wife and sons.

Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Sam has served as an international policy specialist for the US government, designed and monitored aid-delivery mechanisms in North Korea for a medical relief NGO, and served as a public relations officer for Habitat for Humanity, International & the Jimmy Carter Work Project.

Sam holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers College in New Jersey.

Sergio Maistrello

Journalist, Co-Founder, State of the Net

Sergio Maistrello is a freelance journalist and consultant.
He's been working at the intersection of Internet and society for more than 20 years, helping different kinds of organizations to experiment and adapt to the new digital communications environment.

Sergio teaches Social Media at the Master of Science Communication at Sissa, in Trieste, Italy. He is also the co-founder of the international conference State of the Net.

As an author, he published La parte abitata della Rete (Tecniche Nuove, 2007) e Giornalismo e nuovi media (Apogeo, 2010). His latest work is Fact checking. Dal giornalismo alla rete (Apogeo Sushi, 2013).

Giovanni Menduni

Professor, School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan

Giovanni Menduni teaches at the School of engineering at Polytechnic of Milan.

In his own words: "Spatial data analisys, sensors, visualization, especially for the prevention of natural disasters, they have always been my job. I have often dealt with floods, landslides and earthquakes, but not only.
I developed the environmental sustanaibility and innovation policies of the City of Florence with Mr. Renzi when he was the Mayor, and I cooperated in lot of innovation cases in my country.
My vision is open, based on the sharing of data, research and ideas. No ifs, ands or buts"

Antonella Napolitano

Communications Manager, Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD)

Antonella Napolitano is the communications manager for the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties (CILD), a multi-issue network of 32 NGOs advancing human rights in Italy. From 2010-2015 she was the Europe editor of techPresident. With CILD, she recently co-produced The 19 Million Project, an event that brought together a coalition of journalists, coders, designers, digital strategists, and global citizens, to address the spiraling refugee crisis and finding innovative ways to advance the narrative around the issue. In the past, she served most notably as editor and outreach coordinator for Diritto Di Sapere, an Italian NGO that advocates for a broader access to information in Italy and abroad; as media consultant and volunteers coordinator for an Italian political party; and as community manager for Kublai, a project of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. She also worked at the Consulate of Italy in New York. She is the author of three books (in Italian) on the use : LinkedIn per aziende e professionisti (2015), Facebook e la comunicazione politica (2013) and LinkedIn. La rete per trovare il lavoro dei sogni (2011), and regularly writes about tech and politics for Italian and international outlets.

Antonella holds a master’s in Media Studies from the University of Bologna, and was a research fellow at Vassar College.

Aline Pennisi

Public Policy Analyst, Technical and Scientific Committee OpenCoesione

Aline is an public policy analyst, working at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Interested in experimenting ways to bring the management of democracy back into the public realm, she has been actively promoting open data and civic monitoring projects.

She participates to one of Italy’s major open government initiatives, OpenCoesione.
This open data portal accounts for over hundreds of thousand ongoing projects financed by EU structural funds and targeted national resources, worth approximately 10 billion euros per year. Through the publication of open, detailed and high-quality information on individual projects, OpenCoesione reaches out for citizen engagement.
It is further powered by Monithon, a tool for civic partners and individual citizens to press forward and report on malpractice, but also to collaborate in making all these projects work, by accelerating their completion and understanding how they respond to local demand.

Aline is also vice-president of the Openpolis association, committed to enable free access and understanding of public information on political activities, as well as on public finance.

Fabio Pietrosanti

Co-Founder, Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights

Fabio Pietrosanti has been part of the Italian digital underground scene with the nickname “naif” since 1995. He has been working in digital security since 1998.

Among the founders of the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, he is active in many projects aimed at creating and spreading the use of digital tools to support freedom of expression and transparency.
A member of Transparency International Italy, owner of Tor’s anonymity nodes, Tor2web anonymous publishing nodes, he is also among the founders of the Anonymous Whistleblowing GlobaLeaks Project, used by investigative journalists, citizen activists and public servants for anti-corruption purposes.

Fabio works on technological innovation in the field of whistleblowing, transparency, communication encryption and digital anonymity.
As a veteran of the hacking and free software environment, he participated to many community projects such as Sikurezza.org, s0ftpj, WinstonSmith Project, Metro Olografix and many others.

Professionally he worked as network security manager, senior security advisor, entrepreneur and CTO of a Startup doing mobile voice encryption technologies.

His blog is Infosecurity

Vincent Pons

Co-founder and partner, Liegey Muller Pons; Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

A graduate from MIT and from Ecole Normale Supérieure of Ulm, Vincent Pons is a forthcoming Professor at Harvard Business School and the cofounder of the consulting company LiegeyMullerPons.

He has run several scientific field experiments on political participation and poverty in France, Kenya and India.
His work on electoral mobilization in France served as a theoretical framework for the 2012 national door-to-door canvassing campaign of François Hollande that he supervised with Arthur Muller and Guillaume Liegey.

Marko Rakar

President, Windmill

Marko Rakar (1972) is president of a small Croatian NGO called Windmill. Marko has a lifelong experience in working/writing for media as well as dealing with the media. He combines his media knowledge with new technologies and was one of the earliest internet adopters in Croatia. He is a recognized lecturer and consultant on the subjects of organizing, the internet, new media as well as politics. He has run a number of successful campaigns and races for organizations, parties and independent candidates on presidential, parliament and municipal elections in Croatia, Europe, Asia and the US. His speciality is new and social media, as well as data transparency and open governance. Marko studied Philosophy and Information sciences at the University of Zagreb, speaks English fluently and is regular columnist and author to a number of blogs, web sites, newspapers and magazines in Croatia and internationally.

He was recognized in 2009. by World eGovernment forum as one of the "Top 10 who are changing the world of politics on the internet," recognition which he received for exposing voter list manipulation in Croatia. In 2010 he was arrested, held for questioning and accused of leaking a top secret list of war veterans which includes more then 200.000 people who never participated in the war effort and who draw more then $1.2 billion per year in benefits from Croatian government. In late 2011, Windmill published a list of more then 60.000 Croatian public procurement contracts worth more then $15 billion combined with financial data of suppliers and a number of other information which helped prove and explain how Croatian public procurement process is inefficient, riddled with crime and corruption and in general harmful for Croatian citizen interests. Windmill and Marko are currently working on analysis of the Croatian pension system trying to prove how the private pension funds were used to bail out bad bank loans, as well as a number of other anti-corruption and data transparency projects.

Marko is a member of the board of EAPC (Europan association of political consultants), member of the board of IAPC (International association of political consultants), "School of politics" alumni (by Council of Europe).

Mike Rispoli

Communications Manager, Privacy International

Mike Rispoli is the Communications Manager for Privacy International, a London-based charity committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world. Mike serves as the spokesman for PI and develops strategy for public engagement.
He has appeared on television and radio programs for the BBC, Sky News, and ITV, and has been quoted in several media outlets including the Guardian, Time, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, Bloomberg, Wired, and Mashable.

Before joining PI, Mike was the Campaign and Media Strategist for Access, an international NGO that defends and extends the digital rights of at-risk users around the world. In a past life, Mike was a researcher at Columbia University's Institute for TeleInformation, as well as a political journalist in the US.

Guido Romeo

Co-Founder, Diritto Di Sapere, Data&Business editor, Wired Italy

Guido Romeo is data&business editor of the Italian edition of Wired and coordinator of the iData project of the Fondazione Ahref.
He is co-founder of Diritto di Sapere (Your Right To Know), a non-profit project advocating an Italian FOIA, and founder of Hacks/Hackers Italy in Milan.

He graduated from the University of Bologna and holds a journalism degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme in Lille, France and a masters in communications. In 2004 he was Armenise-Harvard science-writer fellow at the Harvard School of Medicine and winner of the Astra Zeneca award for science communication.

In 2007 he won the Piero Piazzano science and environment reporting award and the Amundsen prize for coverage of climate change. In 2009 he was awarded the Voltolino, Italy’s most prominent prize for science reporting.

For Nòva24, the science and technology insert of Il Sole 24 Ore, he managed Città illuminate (enlightened cities), a series of reports and conferences on development and growth in urban centres investing in innovation and creativity.
He was also producer and co-host on Radio24 of NòvaLab24, the daily programme on research, innovation and creativity.

Riccardo Sabatini

Scientist, entrepreneur

Born in 1981 in Cremona, Italy, Riccardo Sabatini got his B.S. in Physics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Brescia, Italy.

After an internship at the Max-Planck-Institut in Göttingen (Germany), he worked for two years as an entrepreneur with private and public companies, developing two patents on high-tech devices.
In 2006 he started his M.S. in Theoretical Physics at University of Trieste, which he completed "summa cum laude" in 2008. In 2012 he then got his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at SISSA.

Riccardo's research is focused on new material discovery based on numerical modeling at the atomistic scale, a work developed between Switzerland (EPFL) and Italy (SISSA).
As an entrepreneur he is the Co-Director at the Master in Complex Actions, a business school oriented to young scientists.
He also serves as scientific advisor and co-founder of The HUB Trieste, a startup accelerator focused on sustainable and highly innovative business ideas; co-director of the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation, a no-profit activity supporting young researchers around the globe; Chief Research Scientist for Enerlife, a young startup working on new technologies for energy optimization and trading.

In order to fullfill his duties for the Open Source ecosystem, he is also an active developer of the Quantum ESPRESSO project, an open-source code for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale.

In the past he won the 2009 StartCUP FVG competition for the most innovative start-up idea and he organized TEDxTrieste.
More recently, he's been the project manager of FoodCAST, a national research project focus on building quantitative forecasting technologies on commodities markets.

Philip Di Salvo


Philip Di Salvo is a PhD Candidate at Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland).

His fields of interest and research are digital whistleblowing and journalism. He works as web editor for the Italian website of the European Journalism Observatory. As a freelance journalist he writes mainly for Wired Italy.

MEP Marietje Schaake

Dutch Member of the European Parliament

Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeSchaake) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighborhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU´s external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.

Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights.

Tom Steinberg

Founder and Director, mySociety

Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of mySociety, an international non-profit group which aims to help people become more powerful in the civic and democratic parts of their lives, through digital means.

mySociety runs the popular UK transparency websites TheyWorkForYou and WhatDoTheyKnow, and problem-fixing sites FixMyStreet and FixMyTransport.  It also builds open source software to enable international re-use of mySociety’s projects.

Tom’s interest in technology and government comes from an unusual background in both fields. Having worked as a sysadmin and junior think-tank researcher, he became a policy analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit from 2001 to 2003. He is a US/UK citizen and currently lives in Oxford.

In 2007 he co-authored the The Power of Information Review with Ed Mayo and the Strategy Unit, and from 2010-2012 was a member of the UK government’s Public Sector Transparency Board. He’s also proud to be an advisor to Code For America.

Chris Taggart

Co-Founder and CEO, OpenCorporates

Chris Taggart is the co-founder and CEO of OpenCorporates.
Since it launched just 2 years ago, it has leveraged the open data community to grow to by far the largest open database of companies in the world with over 50 million companies in 70 jurisdictions, and is regularly used by journalists, anti-corruption investigators, civil society, even banks and financial institutions.

Now it is tackling the tricky task of mapping the complex and often opaque corporate networks that make up today's global corporations, with surprising results.

Jon Worth

Blogger and consultant

Jon Worth is a Berlin-based blogger and consultant.

His blog is one of the longest running blogs about the European Union, and EU democracy and party politics.
Now a member of the Grüne (Green Party) in Germany, he has previously run web campaigns for Harriet Harman, Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone in the UK.

His current clients include the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority, and he is a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and the University of Maastricht.

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