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Mitchell Baker
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products.
As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products. Mitchell continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the infinite possibilities it presents.
Vint Cerf
Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet", is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, as well as the co-creator of the TCP/IP protocols.
Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf is an Internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet” for his co-invention of TCP/IP. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards that include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Marconi Prize, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Cerf has worked for Google as a Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist since October 2005.
Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow is an author, journalist, and Special Advisor at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of the YA graphic novel IN REAL LIFE, the nonfiction business book INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.
Brewster Kahle
Brewster Kahle is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, as well as a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.
A passionate advocate for public Internet access, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, the largest digital library in the world. Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has developed technologies for information discovery, including the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), and Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web. Kahle is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame and serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge.
Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He founded and Directs the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the forum for technical development of the Web.
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He founded and Directs the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the forum for technical development of the Web. He founded the Web Foundation whose mission is that the WWW serves humanity, and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. Tim is a long-time defender of rights such as privacy, freedom, Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.


Juan Benet
Juan Benet created IPFS, Filecoin, and other open source protocols. He is the founder of Protocol Labs, a company improving how the internet works. He studied Computer Science (Distributed Systems) at Stanford University. Juan is obsessed with Knowledge, Science, and Technology.
Richard Caceres
Internet Archive
Richard joined the Internet Archive in January of 2016 as an engineer on the Books team after running his own startup and freelancing for a variety of clients. He has strong ideals, and is passionate about open, self-hosted and decentralized web technologies.
Constance Choi
Seven Advisory/COALA
Constance is one of the principal drivers of global, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives (www.blockchainworkshops.org and www.coala.global) and her ongoing work is intended to foster sound public policy to allow blockchain technologies to fulfill the great social and economic promise of its technical ingenuity. Her company, Seven Advisory, also supports diverse public and private clients in global regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, and strategic market development for blockchain technologies.
David Dias
Protocol Labs/IPFS
David is a Peer-to-Peer Software Engineer at Protocol Labs. He is building the InterPlanetary File System, which enables the creation of completely distributed applications. He has also contributed to nodesecurity.io and built several modules that enable developers to check for vulnerabilities. He has a Master of Science in Engineering with major in Peer-to-Peer Networks from Technical University of Lisbon.
Kyle Drake
Kyle Drake is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of Neocities. Kyle has contributed to numerous Bitcoin projects (including BitcoinJS), and is currently focusing on defining and building the distributed web.
Primavera De Filippi
Seven Advisory/COALA
Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the CERSA / CNRS / Université Paris II. She is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is investigating the concept of governance-by-design as it relates to distributed online architectures, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc. Primavera holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & IT Services at the World Economic Forum, as well as the founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Network Neutrality, Platform Responsibility and Blockchain Technology (COALA). In addition to her academic research, Primavera acts as a legal expert for Creative Commons and the P2P Foundation.
Wendy Hanamura
Internet Archive
As the Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, Wendy uses her storytelling skills to share the remarkable stories locked in its collections. Previously, as Chief Digital Officer of KCETLink and Link TV, the national nonprofit media network, Wendy led diverse teams producing television series, apps, a semantic platform for global videos, international film contests and documentaries—all in the service of social change. Wendy began her career in journalism at Time magazine. She's reported and produced television content around the world for CBS, World Monitor Television, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation), and PBS.
Mek Karpeles
Internet Archive
Mek (@mekarpeles on GitHub) is a software engineer and citizen of the world dedicated to curating a living map of the universe's knowledge. His philosophies on open access and semantic knowledge systems can be explored at https://michaelkarpeles.com
John Light
John Light is a co-founder of Bitseed, author of Bitcoin: Be Your Own Bank, writer at the okTurtles Foundation, free software advocate and contributor, and advisor to cryptocurrency startups and investors. He organized Blockstack Summit NYC in 2015, founded the Buttonwood SF P2P Cryptocurrency Trading meetup in San Francisco, hosts the P2P Connects Us podcast, and is an avid reader and writer on the topics of peer-to-peer technology, philosophy, and culture. You can find John's website and blockchain ID at www.lightco.in.
Joachim Lohkamp
Joachim is an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. He is obsessed with knowledge, change and innovation. Currently, he is Founder and CEO of Jolocom, a Berlin-based startup building decentralized tools that lets you generate your own digital identity to assist linkage and attribution of data. Besides that Joachim is a connector for Ouishare, currently curating the content for the Decentralization & Blockchain track of the next Ouishare Fest in Paris. Also he organizes GETDcent and is an active member of the Agora Collective in Berlin.
Trent McConaghy
Trent McConaghy is co-inventor of the world's first planetary-scale blockchain database, BigchainDB, and the creators-first IP service, ascribe. Previously, he worked on AI for designing computer chips to help drive Moore's Law.
Greg McMullen
Greg is Chief Policy Officer at ascribe.io and BigchainDB.com. Before joining ascribe, Greg spent five years as a lawyer with one of Canada’s top class action law firms, where he worked on class actions against Facebook and the Government of Canada alleging privacy violations, and against Teranet alleging copyright infringement. Greg is on the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and the author of the BCCLA handbook on laptop and smartphone searches at the Canadian border.
Courtney Mumma
Internet Archive
Courtney joined the Internet Archive in September of 2015 as Program Manager, with a focus on collaborative partnerships, grants management, community development, research initiatives, new services and sustainable innovation in web archives. Her career has been dedicated to building and fortifying the digital cultural heritage preservation sector, helping to build the Archivematica open source digital preservation system and community, as well as several other open source projects.
Max Ogden
The Dat Project
Max Ogden is a software developer and founder of The Dat Project (http://www.wired.com/2014/08/dat/), a grant funded software development non-profit. Max has lead the Dat team to work with data scientists, journalists and civic technologists to develop better tools for sharing datasets online. Prior to starting the Dat Project, Max was a Code for America fellow.
Paige Peterson
Paige is an advocate for open standards, user privacy and decentralized technologies. She received a BFA practicing experimental art with a strong focus on complexity in nature through interactive installations. Her understanding of natural decentralized systems would map rather eloquently to her growing interest in censorship resistant technologies as she started working for mesh networking startup Open Garden and organizing many bitcoin and cryptocurrency events in San Francisco. In early 2014, Paige met Scotland-based company, MaidSafe who are building a peer-to-peer Internet stemming from similar principles within natural systems which were so attractive to her many years prior and she has been working on various communication efforts full-time with MaidSafe since.
Jeff Ubois
Kahle/Austin Foundation
For more than a decade, Jeff has worked as a consultant, foundation program officer, and foundation trustee specializing in media, memory, and digital preservation of cultural materials. Currently based in Chicago, Jeff serves on the boards of Questioncopyright, and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.


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