Benjamin Knight works with X-Lab and co-fellow Pia Mancini on creating a scalable collective delibe...More
Benjamin Knight works with X-Lab and co-fellow Pia Mancini on creating a scalable collective deliberation and decision making platform for all levels of participatory democracy. Benjamin is a co-founder of Loomio, an online tool for collaborative decision-making built by a team of open-source developers, facilitators and activists in New Zealand. He has an academic background in the evolution of collective intelligence, a practical background in grassroots community organizing, and a passion for the potential of technology to spur positive social change.
Carolina Rossini works with X-Lab on understanding the policy environments impacting the implementa...More
Carolina Rossini works with X-Lab on understanding the policy environments impacting the implementation of the Commotion Project, as well as Internet Governance issues. Carolina is the Vice President for International Rights and Strategy at Public Knowledge. Carolina has more than 13 years of experience in international law, negotiations of transactions, and policy, with a specific focus on internet, telecom, intellectual property, and human rights. Alongside her work at Public Knowledge, she is a Global Partners Digital International Associate and an advisory board member to various organizations with focus on free culture and digital rights.
Derek Khanna works with X-Lab on copyright reform. Derek, one of Forbes 30 under 30″ for law ...More
Derek Khanna works with X-Lab on copyright reform. Derek, one of Forbes 30 under 30" for law and policy, has worked on congressional and presidential campaigns, and is the author of a widely praised Republican National Committee report on reforming copyright policy. A thought leader on intellectual property rights and copyright, he ran an ultimately successful campaign to legalize phone unlocking in 2013 and 2014.
Dr. Traci Morris is the Director of Arizona State University’s American Indian Policy Institu...More
Dr Traci Morris
Dr. Traci Morris is the Director of Arizona State University's American Indian Policy Institute and a member of the Chickasaw nation of Oklahoma. Her work and research focuses on the digital divide (or divides), digital inclusion, internet use, and development of broadband in Indian Country and she has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris has worked with Native American Tribes, tribal businesses, native American non profits, native media makers, and artists and galleries.
Georgeta Dragoiu works with X-Lab as a Strategic Advisor. A communications and political strategist...More
Georgeta Dragoiu works with X-Lab as a Strategic Advisor. A communications and political strategist, Georgeta is Managing Director of MDC Strategies where she advises private, non-profit and government leaders. In 2012, she worked with the Obama Campaign to create and execute a metrics-driven GOTV and digital media strategy to increase Cuban-American voter turnout in Miami, helping the President win a historic level of support from that community in his reelection. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Kennedy School, she has also provided analysis for the State Department on updating export controls for the Internet age.
Griffin Boyce works with X-Lab on Satori and Batou to create secure distribution of circumvention t...More
Griffin Boyce works with X-Lab on Satori and Batou to create secure distribution of circumvention technologies and to increase internet usability for those using accessibility devices. Previously, Griffin worked on the Commotion Wireless Project at the Open Technology Institute, and is currently an independent contractor with Tor.
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works wit...More
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is a founder of Open Source for America, one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010, and was voted one of the FedScoop 50 for industry leadership. He is an active member of the Military Open Source working group, the SIIA Software Division Board, the Board of Directors for the Public Sector Innovation Group, the Open Technology Fund Advisory Council, New America’s California Civic Innovation Project Advisory Council, and the CivicCommons Board of Advisors.
Humza Jilani is a proud Houstonian and a senior at Harvard College studying Social Studies with a s...More
Humza Jilani is a proud Houstonian and a senior at Harvard College studying Social Studies with a secondary in Islamic Studies. His research explores the role of historical media networks, both online and offline, in fomenting political violence. He is excited to tackle the online disinformation epidemic and the civil liberties implications of emerging technologies.
James Losey works with X-Lab on researching issues related to the control of communications, digita...More
James Losey works with X-Lab on researching issues related to the control of communications, digital craftsmanship, and internet freedom. James is a doctoral candidate with the School of International Studies and the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. He has worked with New America’s Open Technology Institute since 2009 on a variety of information policies, and was Google Policy Fellow with the Global Network Initiative as well as a Consortium on Media Policy Studies fellow. In addition to his doctoral research at Stockholm University he is a 2014-2015 affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Jeff Landale is X-Lab’s Executive Assistant. Before joining X-Lab, Jeff researched telecommun...More
Jeff Landale is X-Lab's Executive Assistant. Before joining X-Lab, Jeff researched telecommunications companies' human rights policies, worked on social media campaigns for digital rights issues, and was the Assistant Project Manager on the RightsCon Silicon Valley 2014 with Access. He has also written on alternative education movements in the United States and elsewhere.
Josh King works with X-Lab on the global implementation of the Commotion Wireless project. He is th...More
Josh King works with X-Lab on the global implementation of the Commotion Wireless project. He is the Lead Technologist at the Open Technology Institute, where he develops and implements free and open source software and hardware, evaluates and interprets a wide range of published information on future trends for telecommunications and media, and supports the research infrastructure of an open Internet.
Karl Grindal is a policy analyst and information security researcher who works with X-Lab on cyberse...More
Karl Grindal is a policy analyst and information security researcher who works with X-Lab on cybersecurity policy. Karl is the Executive Director of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, a nonprofit research institution. He also serves as the Director of Research at Intelligent Cyber Research, a start-up policy and global intelligence company. He previously worked as a Senior Analyst at Delta Risk LLC, a cybersecurity consulting firm, where he consulted on strategy, education, and innovation policies for the DoD and DHS..
Lorelei Kelly is the founder or director of five projects in Washington, D.C. with the purpose of s...More
Lorelei Kelly is the founder or director of five projects in Washington, D.C. with the purpose of systemlevel change in the information architecture between Congress and American citizens. She is piloting * Smart Congress **, to discover how open data, disruptive technology and transparency changes benefit evidence based decision making in legislatures. Lorelei is a civilmilitary expert and a guiding principle of her work is how we build shared, resilient governance in an era of digital communications and distributed power. She taught at Stanford University's Center on Conflict and Negotiation, then built "Security for a New Century" a study group for the House and Senate. Lorelei attended the Air Command and Staff College of the US Air Force. She is the coauthor of 2 books, and many articles, all free and available online
Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She...More
Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television an d radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and live - blogged the Scooter Libby trial. She is best known for weedy analysis of legal documents on counterterrorism programs. She won the 2009 Hillman Award for blog journalism.
Pia Mancini works with X-Lab and co-Fellow Benjamin Knight on creating a scalable collective delibe...More
Pia Mancini works with X-Lab and co-Fellow Benjamin Knight on creating a scalable collective deliberation and decision making platform for all levels of participatory democracy. Pia is the Co-Founder of Democracy OS. A political scientist by training, Pia is co-founder and director of Net Democracy. She is also a peer and co-founder of The Net Party, President of arteBA's Young Committee.
X-Lab is directed by Sascha Meinrath, the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State Universit...More
X-Lab is directed by Sascha Meinrath, the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State University. Sascha is a renowned technology policy expert and is internationally recognized for his work over the past two decades as a community internet pioneer, social entrepreneur, and angel investor. He was elected as an Ashoka Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012, and has been named to the “TIME Tech 40” as one of the most influential figures in technology, to the “Top 100” in Newsweek's Digital Power Index, and is a recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy. Sascha is a regular columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and is widely published in both academic and media outlets, including Critical Studies in Media Communications, International Journal of Communications, Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Journal of Internet Law, Journal for Community Informatics, IEEE Internet Computing Magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Time Magazine, Politico, Slate, The Guardian, and many others.
Prior to founding X-Lab, Sascha was Vice-President of the New America Foundation, where he founded the Open Technology Institute in 2008 and built it into one of the largest public interest tech policy organizations in Washington, DC. He also founded the Commotion Wireless Project, which works around the globe to strengthen communities by providing tools to build their own local communications infrastructures, and co-founded Measurement Lab (M-Lab), a global online platform for researchers to deploy Internet measurement tools that empower the public and key decision-makers with useful information about broadband connectivity. Since 2004, he has also hosted the biannual International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN).
Sascha has been a vocal public intellectual and a leading voice calling for accountability over the governmental spying programs, and is at the forefront of DC policy debates over how Congress and the White House should rein in the cybersecurity-industrial complex. He serves as a board member for the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition; Brave New Software Foundation; Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Acorn Active Media Foundation; and Freedom to Connect Foundation. He is also a member of the advisory councils for the Alliance for Affordable Internet, the Calyx Institute, FreedomBox Foundation, Loomio, and the Open Internet Tools Project. Sascha’s research focuses on distributed communications, Digital Feudalism, Digital Craftsmanship, telecommunications and spectrum policy, cybersecurity and privacy, and disruptive technology, and is a testament to his lifelong commitment to promoting social and economic justice -- values he embraced while attending a rough inner-city school in New Haven, Connecticut.
The son of an immigrant from Brazil, Sascha has a five year-old daughter who is both a vivacious kindergartener and budding Internet Freedom fighter.
Sean Vitka works with X-Lab on surveillance reform. Sean is also a Senior Fellow with Demand Progre...More
Sean Vitka works with X-Lab on surveillance reform. Sean is also a Senior Fellow with Demand Progress. Prior to this, he was the legislative counsel for Credo Action and the federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, where he successfully pushed for open, transparent government. Sean is a co-founder of the Civil Liberties Coalition, one of the largest coalitions in the United States calling for an end to mass government surveillance
Steven Mansour provides training and support to scientists, non-profits and community groups throug...More
Steven Mansour provides training and support to scientists, non-profits and community groups throughout Latin America since 2004. He has given Linux & Open Source Software workshops in Cuba, and works closely with the Fundación Canguro in Colombia, developing knowledge transfer strategies for doctors and researchers working with premature & low birth weight (LBW) infants. He was Director of Technology & Partnerships at the World Association of Young Scientists, a UNESCO project to support young scientists and early-career researchers. Steven worked closely with the McGill University Health Center, the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine and the Alberta Children's Hospital to develop social research and e-learning tools for professors and students in Mother-Child research. His work on Internet privacy and security has been featured in international media.
Victor Pickard is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the Universit...More
Victor Pickard is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he taught media studies at NYU and the University of Virginia, and he worked on media policy in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Research Fellow at the media reform organization Free Press, and at the public policy think tank the New America Foundation, and as a Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Diane Watson. He has published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters on the history and political economy of media institutions and media reform activism. He frequently speaks to the press about current policy debates and his op-eds have appeared in news outlets like The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Atlantic. He is the editor (with Robert McChesney) of Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights, and the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy.
Stephanie Taylor is the Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and the Progr...More
Stephanie Taylor is the Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and the Progressive Change Institute (PCI), where she has empowered the activism of one million grassroots members, supported over 1,500 candidates as they run for office, and helped raise over $38 million in small-dollar donations for Democratic and progressive candidates and campaigns. She has served as a chief strategist on dozens of labor, advocacy, and political campaigns, and has pioneered the development of new technology to provide support to local, state, and federal candidates at scale. She is a frequent commentator in the news, and has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, American Prospect, and others. She is also the author of a children’s book I Can Change Everything (Strong Arm Press, 2019). Dr. Taylor started her career as a union organizer in Appalachia. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in American history from Georgetown, where she wrote a dissertation on citizenship and the U.S. labor movement. She lives in Washington DC and Pennsylvania, and is the mother of three girls.
Joseph is a mechanical engineering student at McGill University specializing in backend programming ...More
Joseph is a mechanical engineering student at McGill University specializing in backend programming and app development. Joseph works on broadband maps for Canada with the XLab.