Featured Speakers

Brewster Kahle
Founder, Internet Archive

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, 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, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 38 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software that form our cultural heritage, working with more than 1000 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

He first called builders to "Lock the Web Open" using decentralized technologies in 2015, and continues to write about, experiment, cajole, and cheer on those creating decentralized systems we can trust.

Cory Doctorow
Special Advisor, Electronic Frontier Foundation

   Cory Doctorow is an author, journalist, and Special Advisor at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing  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.


Emily Jacobi
Founder, Executive Director, Digital Democracy
Jennifer Stisa Granick
Surveillance and Cybersecurity Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Jennifer Granick fights for civil liberties in an age of massive surveillance and powerful digital technology. As the surveillance and cybersecurity counsel with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, she litigates, speaks, and writes about privacy, security, technology, and constitutional rights. Granick is the author of the book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What To Do About It, published by Cambridge Press and winner of the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. 

Granick spent much of her career helping create Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. From 2001 to 2007, she was executive director of CIS and founded the Cyberlaw Clinic, where she supervised students in working on some of the most important cyberlaw cases that took place during her tenure. For example, she was the primary crafter of a 2006 exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allows mobile telephone owners to legally circumvent the firmware locking their device to a single carrier. From 2012 to 2017, Granick was civil liberties director specializing in and teaching surveillance law, cybersecurity, encryption policy, and the Fourth Amendment. In that capacity, she has published widely on U.S. government surveillance practices and helped educate judges and congressional staffers on these issues. Granick also served as the civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation from 2007 to 2010.

Earlier in her career, Granick spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. Granick’s work is well-known in privacy and security circles. Her keynote, “Lifecycle of the Revolution” for the 2015 Black Hat USA security conference electrified and depressed the audience in equal measure. In March of 2016, she received Duo Security’s Women in Security Academic Award for her expertise in the field as well as her direction and guidance for young women in the security industry. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has called Granick an “NBA all-star of surveillance law.”

Joseph Poon
Co-author, Lightning Network, Plasma

Joseph Poon is co-author of the Lightning Network and Plasma. His
current areas of research involve blockchain scalability mechanisms,
inter-blockchain interaction, and cryptoeconomic incentives around gift

Juan Benet
Founder, IPFS

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.

Mitchell Baker
Chairperson, Mozilla Foundation & Corp

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.

Primavera De Filippi
Researcher & Faculty Associate, CERSA/CNRS and Berkman-Klein Center / Harvard

Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA). Her fields of interest focus on legal challenges raised by decentralized technologies, their potential to design new governance models and participatory decision-making, and the concept of governance-by-design. Her book, “Blockchain and the Law,” was published in 2018 by Harvard University Press (co-authored with Aaron Wright).


Adrian Gropper
Chief Technology Officer, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation

Adrian Gropper, MD is CTO of the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights Foundation where he brings training as an engineer from MIT (ME ‘74) and physician from Harvard Medical School (MD ‘78) followed by a career as a medical device entrepreneur including launch of AMICAS, a major radiology PACS business, out of MGH. More recently, his paper won a prize at ONC’s 2016 Blockchain Health competition. His current project, HIE of One Trustee, uses public blockchains, standards and open source software to enable patient-controlled independent health records that can last a lifetime. He is active in blockchain standards development for identity, credentials, and reputation.

Policies and practices about control of patient health records is a growing issue for clinical, research, and economic reasons. It directly impacts the work of HHS to implement the interoperability mandates of the 21st Century CURES Act, the work of NIH to implement the All of US research initiative, the CMS API into the Medicare records, and the VA systems APIs with private-sector EHRs and health information exchanges. Patient health records are also the essential feedstock for machine learning and artificial intelligence in medicine as in this very short talk to the 40th reunion class at Harvard Medical School .

Agnes Cameron
Research Assistant, MIT media lab

Agnes Cameron is a master’s student in the Viral Communications group at the MIT media lab. Her work is focussed on distributed forms of co-operation, and self-organisation in network systems. Her background is originally in Electronic and Information Engineering.

AliReza Firoozi
Technical Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Evan (AliReza) Firoozi is a former student activist and journalist who was imprisoned by the Iranian government for more than a year, six months of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has collaborated with several organizations and universities to translate to Farsi technical articles and applications related to internet security, privacy, and anti-censorship. While simultaneously pursuing his education in Computer Science, Evan currently works at NetFreedom Pioneers on the development and implementation of Toosheh/Knapsack, a service and application focused on the distribution of data through satellite connection.

Althea Allen
Head of Ecosystem Growth, OmiseGO

Althea loves a good positive sum game. She helps to guide growth strategy at OmiseGO, a fintech company building the free and fully public OMG network for scalable, decentralized asset exchange secured by the Ethereum blockchain, with a special focus on incentive alignment across the crypto ecosystem.

Amandine Le Pape
Founder, Matrix

Amandine is the co-founder of, a unique initiative aiming to democratise secure online communication and solve the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email, and brings the power back to the user on choosing who they trust with their data and how they want to communicate. It defines a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releases open source reference implementations of the protocol. Amandine is also Head of Operation and Products for New Vector, the company behind Riot (, an open source, secure and interoperable collaboration tool built on Matrix. She previously set up and led product management for the Unified Communications line of business within Amdocs and has more than 10 years of experience in mobile services and telecommunications. Amandine has a degree in telecommunications engineering from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Electronique de Lyon as well as an EMBA from ESC Rennes.


Amit Elazari
Doctoral Law Candidate, Berkeley Law, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Grantee, MICS Program (I-School)

Amit is a doctoral law candidate at UC Berkeley School of Law and a Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Grantee. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from her LL.M. in IDC, Israel following the submission of a research thesis in the field of intellectual property law and standard-form contracts and she holds an LL.B. and a B.A. in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from IDC, Israel. Her work has been published in leading technology law journals, presented in conferences such as IPSC, RSA, Usenix Enigma, BsidesLV, BsidesSF, ESCAR, DEF CON-Skytalks, Black Hat and Women in Cybersecurity, and featured in leading news sites such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian and the Verge. Additionally, Amit teaches at UC Berkeley’s School of Information Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) program and serves as the submissions editor of BTLJ, the world’s leading Tech Law Journal. On 2018, Amit was granted a CLTC grant for her work on private ordering regulating information security.

Amy James
Co-Founder, Open Index Protocol &

Amy James is the co-lead author of Open Index Protocol, a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and co-founder of where she serves as strategist, writer, speaker and advocate for artists. She has previously worked for nonprofit arts organizations, political campaigns and as an independent writer/director. How blockchain will benefit creators, audiences & the web is the most exciting story she’s ever told.


Andre Garzia
TechSpeaker, Mozilla

Andre is a Mozilla TechSpeaker focused on decentralization technologies and is an active member of the Secure Scuttlebutt community. In the recent years he published books about Firefox OS and managed a Web Literacy program in vulnerable neighborhoods of Rio. He is a firm believer in empowerment through technological experimentation. His home is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he lives with his wife, cats and more IoT boards than he can ever put into use.

Andrea Lundquist
Founder, Executive Director, NonplusUltra, Ghost Ship Halloween

Andrea is an accomplished event planner with success in large-scale operations and logistics management, with a flair for the creative.  Founding partner for NonplusUltra.  Co-founder and Executive Director of Ghost Ship Halloween. Andrea loves the arts and entertainment and has chosen to focus her talents to help create events and work with organizations to bring people together. 

Andrés Cuervo
Software Engineer, WebXR Artist

Andrés Cuervo is a web VR/AR/XR artist, developer, & human-computer-interaction researcher. Their work focuses on usability, accessibility, generative design, and pushing the boundaries of narratives through new technologies.

Andrew Osheroff
Software Developer, Independent

Andrew is a freelance software developer based in Seattle. He’s primarily focused on building tools for empowering knowledge workers, using decentralized storage systems. Previously, he worked on the Fuchsia operating system team at Google, and was the lead developer of the Binder project, a cloud service for creating reproducible environments for hosting Jupyter notebooks (now a part of the Jupyter ecosystem). Andrew also actively contributes to multiple open-source projects, including Idyll and Dat.

Andros Wong
Software engineer, Coil

Andros is currently a software engineer at Coil, where he works on the flat rate monetization product across different platforms/devices and building Codius, Coil’s open hosting protocol. Previously he was a software engineer at Ripple.

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés
Software Developer and Researcher, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés is a free software developer and researcher. He holds a 5 years CS/Eng degree and a Master in Research in Computer Science. He is currently developing his PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, funded by an institutional scholarship, and working for the awesome P2P Models project. His research aims to provide decentralized governance tools for Commons-Based Peer Production communities. In the past, he was a core part of the technical team of the P2Pvalue European research project. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Surrey, the University of Westminster and Kozminski University. His experience developing decentralized web tools includes Teem, SwellRT and, using technologies such as Blockchain and IPFS. Recent related work also include the proposal a framework for decentralized applications using IPFS and Blockchain and the design and development of, a project that aims to disintermediate and open scientific publication. 


Aya Miyaguchi
Executive Director, Ethereum Foundation


Ben Sharafian
Chief of Technology, Co-founder, Coil

Ben is CTO and Co-Founder at Coil, a startup that aims to fix monetization on the Web. In addition to Web Monetization, Ben has contributed to the design and implementation of Interledger, an interoperability protocol for money. Before Coil, Ben worked as an engineer at Ripple.


Benedict Lau
Contributor, Toronto Mesh

Benedict is an engineer working on mobile software and mesh networks. He is a contributor and organizer at Toronto Mesh, currently focused on meshing with single-board computers and building deployment tools and literacy around peer-to-peer applications.

Bill Mar
Founder, EOS dApp Store

Implementer of BIOS, DOS, WinCE, Windows for embedded devices

Founded Special Computing, integrating thousands of embedded platforms

Microsoft MVP (embedded) for 12 years

Microprocessor Reference Platform Design, training, and certification

Organizer of Community groups (Makers of Phoenix with 3000+ members)

Founded EOSdAppStore to accelerate adoption of distributed applications

Callil Capuozzo
Designer, General Trademark

Callil Capuozzo is a designer at General Trademark, an educator at the School of Visual Arts and a researcher at New Computer Working Group. He is interested in building creative tools through collaboration with artists, scientists and engineers.


Camelon Baker
Senior Engineer, NetFreedom Pioneers

Camelon Baker currently works as the Senior Engineer at NetFreedom Pioneers. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of NFP’s primary project: Toosheh, an offline technology that distributes content through satellite datacasting. Camelon has been a computer engineer for the past 20 years. 

Caroline Sinders
Design Researcher/Artist

Caroline Sinders is a design researcher and artist working in open source, machine learning, protest, and emotional data. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a masters from New York University in interactive technology. Caroline is the principal designer and founder of Convocation Design + Research, and has held residencies with the International Center of Photography, Eyebeam, the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry and the Yerba Buena Arts Center. Her work has been shown MoMA PS1, Pioneer Works, B4bel4b Gallery, Babycastles, the Weird Reality Festival, and Internet Yami Ichi. Her written work and research has appeared Fast Co, Vice, Fusion News, Slate, as well as others.

Cecilia Maundu
Broadcast Journalist, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Cecilia Mwende Maundu is broadcast journalist working for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, which is the state broadcaster in Kenya. Cecilia is also a filmmaker with her interest being documentary filmmaking. Ms Maundu is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she did a Bachelor of Arts and later proceeded to do master of Arts in communication at the same university. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in communication Studies at Moi University in Kenya. 

Ms Maundu is an independent digital security consultant and runs an independent digital security firm. She trains people, in particular women, journalists’ human rights defenders and members of the LGBT community how to stay safe online where they are the most vulnerable. Cecilia is on the quest to make sure that even the most vulnerable feel safe online. She is also a User experience expert (UX), and leads trainings on collecting feedback and evaluates how effective online security tools are. All this in creating a holistic approach to digital security. Cecilia is addicted to everything on digital security!


Charles Broskoski
Charles Broskoski is co-founder of, an online platform for collaborative research and creative thinking. Prior to working on, he worked as an artist in New York City.


Charles Lehner
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Charles builds and maintains applications on Secure Scuttlebutt, with a focus on integrating external systems and protocols into the platform; current projects include git-ssb, ssb-npm-registry, and patchfoo.

Chris Riley
Director of Public Policy, Mozilla

Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla, working to advance the open internet through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.

Chris Chrysostom
Software engineer, Medici Ventures

Chris Chryosostom is a senior software engineer at Medici Ventures on the DeSoto project. His experience developing software ranges from inventory management and finance applications to distributed supply chain systems. His current interest is making property rights visible by recording them on blockchain.

Chris Gebhardt
Software Researcher, The InfoCentral Project

Chris Gebhardt is a software researcher with diverse tech background and specialization in distributed systems and databases. In the last couple years, he's been working on formalizing a comprehensive architecture for decentralized information systems and dynamic software environments to make best use of them. He is especially passionate about how decentralized technologies can make the internet more civil, collaborative, and community-oriented.

Christina Bowen
Digital Life Collective

Christina is the Digital Life Collective's lead mapper and knowledge ecologist, tracing the transformation of information to knowledge in human systems the way an ecologist follows the movement of sunlight energy or nitrogen through a wetland. A collaborative researcher and network catalyst, she uses her experience in ecology, land-use planning (human ecology) and research to illuminate the context - the knowledge ecosystem - of a given problem or endeavor. She works with the people of that ecosystem to translate big-picture systems thinking into the nuts and bolts of strategic actions using critical thinking, skillful dialog and functional design. She is currently focused on a map supporting the decentralized web community.


Christopher Allen
Rebuilding the Web of Trust


Christopher Allen is an entrepreneur, technologist, and educator who specializes in collaboration, security, and trust. As a pioneer in internet cryptography, he’s initiated cross-industry collaborations and created industry standards that influence the entire internet. He worked with Netscape to develop SSL and co-authored the IETF TLS internet draft that is now at the heart of all secure commerce on the World Wide Web. Though he’s worked within numerous privacy and security sectors, Christopher’s recent emphasis has been on engines of trust such as blockchain, smart contracts, and smart signatures, in particular decentralized self-sovereign identity. Christopher has been a digital civil liberties and human-rights privacy advisor, mobile developer, startup consultant, MBA faculty, and social web strategy consultant. He served as Principle Architect at Blockstream.

Dan Taeyoung
Designer, Teacher, Columbia University GSAPP

Dan Taeyoung dreams of, and builds, infrastructures for care, cybernetic architecture, ethical pedagogy, and warm cooperatives. He is interested in the intersection of architecture, technology, and cooperative community. 

He teaches on architectural representation and experimental design tools as an adjunct professor at Columbia University GSAPP. He is a founding member of Prime Produce, a non-profit member cooperative for social good, a member of NYC REIC, an activist/anti-displacement real estate cooperative working to create community land trusts and permanently affordable commercial space, and a founding member of Soft Surplus, an intentional learning collective based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Daniel Erasmus
Founder and Director, Digital Thinking Network

As founder and Director of the Digital Thinking Network (DTN), Daniel uses big data analysis and in-person interviews to help us understand the future. For more than 20 years, the DTN has facilitated more than a 100 leadership, innovation and scenario planning sessions on four continents, leading to groundbreaking strategic initiatives as well as breakthrough innovation.  

DTN—together with AI/ big data analytics—anticipated the 2014 Oil Price Collapse (in 2012) leading to a $50 billion merger in the Oil Field Sector. Additionally DTN helped to anticipate the global financial crisis in early 2006 for a global bank, well as the rise of solar for large asset holders ($500B+).  DTN's work in information technology includes: for Vodafone, DTN scenarios anticipated the rise of 802.11 in 2000, the significant delay in 3G take up, the dot-com collapse; for Telenor new emerging market business models which led to its expansion in Pakistan, and well as new frameworks for mobile internet provision.

DTN leadership group conceived, planned and led transformational processes for the top 100 leaders in the oil field sector; as well as transforming the Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands; we helped to create the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam, and helpd strategize the Netherlands' groundbreaking China Strategy; Climate Change Initiative; etc. 

As input to these processes, the DTN draws on a unique network of “remarkable people” and has conducted more than 1000 high level multi-hour video interviews with global thought leaders, from inventors of the Internet Vint Cerf & Bob Kahn; entrepreneurial pioneer of mobile payments, Takeshi Natsuno, and founder of Rakuten, Shinnosuke Honjo; to Nobel Laureates George Akerlof and James Mirrlees; to author of Limits to Growth, Jorgen Randers; climate scientist and NASA Goddard Head, Jim Hansen; to CEO of SWIFT, Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO of TCS, Natarajan Chandrasekaran; to one of the sushi masters of the Emperor of Japan, Eiji Sato-Oyakata and HRH Price Carlos de Bourbon de Parne, etc.

DTN's Director, Daniel Erasmus has written three books.  He is  a visiting Professor at the Ashridge Business School and has been a Fellow of the Rotterdam School of Management, where he taught leadership, innovation and thinking about the future. 

Over the last two decades, the DTN has worked with private and public sector clients including Central Banks, Royal Dutch Shell, Rabobank, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes,  Telenor,  Vodafone, Sanoma, Nokia, Mitsubishi Sumitomo Insurance Group, the City Rotterdam, 2020 Vision for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Information Economy in 2020+ for Ministry of Economic Affairs, Structure of the Netherlands in 2020+ for Ministry of Spatial Planning, and 2030 Global Futures for the Government of France.

Danielle Robinson
Co-Executive Director, Code for Science & Society

Danielle Robinson is Co-Executive Director of Code for Science & Society, where she works to open create inclusive public access to information through decentralized technologies. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in 2016. She was a 2016 Mozilla Fellow for Science, where she ran in Working Open Workshops around the world and explored decentralized data archiving as a DataRescue strategy.


Danny O'Brien
International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 20 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law, and helped make the UK Parliament more transparent with FaxYourMP.  He was EFF's activist from 2005 to 2007, and its international outreach coordinator from 2007-2009. After three years working to protect at-risk online reporters with the Committee to Protect Journalists, he returned to EFF in 2013 to supervise EFF's global strategy. He is also the co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Britain's own digital civil liberties organization.

In a previous life, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet to have a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs. He also coined the term "life hack."

It has been over a decade since he was first commissioned to write a book on combating procrastination


David Irvine
Founder & CEO, Maidsafe

David has in excess of 23 years experience in IT and 15 years running companies. He is the designer of one of the World’s largest private networks (Saudi Aramco, over $300M). He is an experienced Project Manager and has been involved in start up businesses since 1995 and has provided business consultancy to corporates and SMEs in many sectors. He has presented technology at Google (Seattle), British Computer Society (Christmas Lecture) and many others. He has spent many years as a lifeboat Helmsman and is a keen sailor when time permits. David is also a published author on papers in the fields of complex networking, distributed computing and cryptography related technologies. His is the author of 30 patent applications in the field of computer networking.


David Dias
Peer-to-Peer Software Engineer, IPFS

David is a Peer-to-Peer Software Engineer at <a href="">Protocol Labs</a>. He is building the InterPlanetary File System, which enables the creation of completely distributed applications. He has also contributed to <a href=""></a> 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.


Dawn Walker
Environmental Data & Governance Initiative

Dawn Walker is a PhD student at the University of Toronto focused on
participatory design tactics for grassroots environmental monitoring
civic technologies. Based in Toronto, she has organized workshops on
mesh networking and decentralized technologies with Toronto Mesh. As a
member of EDGI and Data Together, she imagines possibilities for more
just and resilient environmental and climate data.

Devon Read James
Co-Founder, Open Index Protocol &

Devon Read James is the inventor of Open Index Protocol (OIP), a blockchain specification for an open and permissionless database, and CEO of, where you can find anything published to the Open Index. He has worked for Apple and Sony, deployed twice overseas as a US Marine infantryman, contributed to Emmy & Oscar winners as a post-production artist, and co-founded a small design/manufacture/import business. He is obsessed with how decentralized technology can make the web more open, transparent and trustworthy.


Dietrich Ayala
Developer, Mozilla

Dietrich Ayala is a developer advocate at Mozilla, the non-profit makers of the Firefox web browser, where he's been working for internet freedom and shipping open source software to hundreds of millions of people for over a decade.

Dimitri De Jonghe
Co-Founder, Head of Research, BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol

Dr. Dimitri De Jonghe is a cross-domain protocol researcher. After finishing his PhD on micro-electronics and machine learning, he co-founded a series of blockchain startups: ascribe [power to creators] and BigchainDB [a blockchain database], and Ocean Protocol [a public network for data and AI marketplaces]. Currently, Dimitri is heading research at Ocean Protocol on public intelligence networks. He is also a co-chair of the W3C Interledger community, a blockchain interoperability protocol.


Dina Carabas
Development Partnerships, Web3 Foundation

Dina is a member of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. She is helping to launch the Polkadot protocol and other technologies that build the base for decentralized applications. Previously, she served on the management board of Parity Technologies where she helped to build the organization and operations.

She obtained her Masters of Engineering and Business degree from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and she worked for 5 years with McKinsey & Company where she advised a variety of global companies in strategy, organizational development and operations.

Dmitri Vitaliev
Founder and Director,

Dmitri is the founder and director of with fifteen years experience working on digital security and privacy technology with civil society organizations. He has led and participated in missions to over 40 countries, and is a recognized expert on technology training and organizational security. He is the author of the Digital Security and Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual and was a founding member and coordinator of the NGO-in-a-Box Security Edition project. Since 2011, Dmitri has lead the team and its various projects.

Dominic Tarr
Founder, Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Scuttlebutt was created by Dominic Tarr, a Node.js developer with more than 600 modules published on npm and who lives on a self-steering sailboat in New Zealand. It is here, from the need for offline connection with the outside word, Scuttlebutt emerged.

Duke Crawford
Creator, human ai

Duke Crawford figured out how to sync audio with GIF. He syncs GIF with audio visual wiki context at and thinks GIF can learn to host an attention economy where players own the game.

email: twitter: @dukecrawford.

Duncan Krostue
Western Governors University, Student of Marketing

Duncan is an artist from Kalamazoo, Michigan who has recently traveled to NYC and Tokyo to meet with other cryptoartists in real life. After selling a tokenized print of an illustrated parody on stage at the actual first auction of visual art made for the blockchain, he became inspired to found to be the world's first decentralized open-submission museum of cryptoart for any blockchain.

       As a direct result of being empowered by publishing in someone else’s system, this independent artist felt compelled to forge a collection of his own which is not as exclusive in theme but aims to reflect best practices in greater indologies of decentralization and consensus. Growing from the understanding for the root word of token being “to teach,” this telegram user assists artists all over the globe to participate in other the various community based cryptoart “games” which have launched in 2018.

Having accrued enough reputation and body of knowledge from all the odd jobs which made this outlier specialized he was selected by EverdreamSoft to curate the Memorychain and OasisMining collections in Book of Orbs. He began with updating the two Japanese whitepapers into one solid plan, drawing an action plan together with other compatible projects.

As a curator this visionary has launched a word of mouth only cryptoarto collection whose mechanisms push the boundaries of experience by inverting most of the rules. As a student in Marketing at Western Governors University this entrepreneur learned that a successful endeavor is based on giving the market the service it needs. Contrary to all the tokenized games to be announced since mid-2017, his “Proof of Parody” offers a novel upgrade to the joystick battle genre.

Duy Huynh
Founder, Ninja

Duy is the founder of Ninja, an anonymous peer-to-peer exchange, more casually known as the crypto version of Craigslist.  Prior to that, Duy was the founder of Autonomous, which creates smart office products based on AI and Robotics technologies.

Offline, Duy lives in NYC and enjoys boxing, cycling, and bagels.

Eugeniu Rusu
Developer, Jolocom

Eugeniu is a full stack developer at Jolocom. His passion lies in Self sovereign identity systems and architectures. He designed the architecture of both the Jolocom protocol and smart wallet application. His experience stretches from blockchain technology (Ethereum, IPFS) to React, Redux, Reflux, Express, among others. Eugeniu is leading also Jolocom in the Horizon 2020 initiative named AGILE of the EU, building an adaptive IOT gateway for managing devices and visualizing data in real time and exporting data to cloud providers and personal data stores.

Fennie Wang
Cofounder, ixo Network

Fennie is a lawyer turned entrepreneur in the blockchain field, as cofounder of ixo, which is a blockchain protocol for scaling impact measurement and tokenizing any project’s impact data into digital assets that can be funded, traded or exchanged.

Fennie is a US-qualified securities lawyer, who practiced in New York and London. When not working on ixo, she is involved in legal advocacy for the emergent token economy, as an advisor to New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim and the New York City Economic Development Corporation on blockchain affairs, as well as working group coordinator at COALA, a cross-disciplinary blockchain technology policy group.

She started her career at JPMorgan. In between Wall Street and law school, she founded a legal services non-profit in Uganda. She holds a law degree from Columbia, and degrees in business and legal studies from Berkeley.

Feross Aboukhadjeh
Founder, WebTorrent

Feross is building WebTorrent , the first torrent client that works on the web in the browser. He is bringing P2P to the masses with accessible, WebRTC-based P2P protocols.


Fredrik Harrysson
CTO, Parity Technologies

Over the course of 15+ years, Fredrik has worked in everything from freelance web development to fintech, working in most popular languages from PHP to Haskell. Prior to joining Parity, he was co-founder and CTO of several startups. As CTO of Parity Technologies, Fredrik oversees the development of Parity's core blockchain infrastructure technology. He has a Masters in Engineering Physics from Lund University, Sweden.

Gary Zhexi Zhang
Artist, MIT

Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist and writer interested in socio-technical objects. His current research investigates the role of work within decentralised organisations such as swarms, mycelia and markets. He has published essays on many-headed slime moulds, Chinese internet culture, blockchain ethnography, and is currently working on a thesis about decentralized aesthetics and the seduction of systems theory. He is a graduate student in the Program in Art, Culture, Technology at MIT.

Greg McMullen
Chief Policy Officer, BigchainDB/ascribe

Greg is Chief Policy Officer at and 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.

Irakli Gozalishvili
Research Engineer, Mozilla

Irakli Gozalishvili is Research Engineer at Mozilla interested in bringing decentralized technologies into world wide web. He believes internet can be a truly public resource, but only if it breaks free of corporate silos and views decentralization as an enabling technology for this. 

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer

Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer is a member of eQualitie, a company that develops open and reusable systems with a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. He works on the development of technologies enabling unfettered access to the World Wide Web for netizens operating in some of the most restrictive Internet environments.


Jack Platts
Communications, Web3 Foundation

Jack works from Berlin, Germany where he is helping to launch the Polkadot protocol and coordinate all protocols within the Web3 Tech stack. Jack leads various community and communications efforts in the domain of decentralized technologies at the Foundation.

Jack served an Associate and Head of Crypto of Ulysses Holdings. As an Associate Jack provided support to the CFO, Head of People, and other Ulysses Partners in the form of investment research, financial modeling, and operational functions. As Head of Crypto Jack led the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain related investments and partnerships.

Previously, Jack was an Analyst at Bain Capital in Boston, MA and the Founder and President of Cypher League Media in Brooklyn, NY.


Jean Russell

Cultivator of Flows, Jean Russell passionately transforms ideas into thriving organizations, always looking for the highest leverage points for us to shift from the world we have toward the world we want. Jean is a culture hacker, facilitator, speaker, and writer creating the future today at the intersections of technology, money, identity, and social transformation. Currently her culture hacking comes in the form of leadership within Holo and Holochain, transformative technologies for building the next internet with an eye toward building the economy for the next era.

As a founder of the thrivability movement, Jean plays with social innovators, technologists, and edge-riders from Malmo to Melbourne, and London to San Francisco. Demonstrating collaboration, she curated, "Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch" in 2010. She wrote "Thrivability: Breakthroughs for a World That Works" (Triarchy Press, 2013). Then she published, with Herman Wagter, "Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations" (Triarchy Press, 2016). 

Jeremy Rand
Lead Application Engineer, Namecoin


Jeremy is Lead Application Engineer and Community Organizer of Namecoin, a naming system (currently used for DNS and identities) which backs authenticity of records with the same algorithms and code used to back financial transactions in Bitcoin. Jeremy wears many hats at Namecoin but spends much of his time working on applications which enhance online privacy.

Jeromy Johnson
Engineering, Libp2p, IPFS

Jeromy is a Distributed Systems Engineer at Protocol Labs. He is the maintainer of the Go implementations of IPFS and Libp2p. Prior to that, he worked on large scale clustered filesystems at EMC Isilon, and got his Bachelors degree in CS at Washington State University.

Joe Hand
Co-Executive Director, Code for Science & Society

Joe Hand is Co-Executive Director at Code for Science & Society and a core developer on Dat Project. He has experience developing and managing data-focused programs for researchers and global community-driven organizations. Previously, Joe led a global project at the Santa Fe Institute to transform data collection practices of a community-driven organization, operating in slums across 30 countries.


John Light
Co-founder, Author, Bitseed

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

Jutta Steiner
CEO, Parity Technologies

Jutta is the co-founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, a blockchain technology company best known for Parity, the most advanced Ethereum client. Parity Technologies continues to advance core blockchain infrastructure with Polkadot, an ambitious protocol that addresses blockchain governance, interoperability, and scalability issues. To help foster blockchain innovation, Parity Technologies has recently announced Parity Substrate, a blockchain-building technology that makes it easier to experiment with new ideas for sharding, encryption, and governance.


Previously, Jutta served as Chief of Security for the Ethereum Foundation and pioneered blockchain use in supply chains as Project Provenance co-founder.


Kaliya IdentityWoman Young
Founder, Identity Woman & Internet Identity Workshop

Kaliya Young, also known as “Identity Woman,” is an independent advocate for the rights and dignity of our digital selves. 

She is internationally recognized expert in the field of user-centric digital identity / self sovereign identity and personal data. The Internet Identity Workshop that she co-founded in 2005, twice a year brings together the largest concentration on the planet of talent dedicated to designing and building identity systems that empower individuals. In 2010 she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and serves as Thought Leader and Catalyst Emeritus.

Kallirroi Retzepi
MIT Media Lab

Kalli is a graduate student at the Viral Communications group at the MIT Media Lab. She has a background in engineering, neuroscience and design. She is interested in the making and politics of online interfaces, in the User’s behavior, agency and assumed roles.


Karissa McKelvey
Software Engineer, Digital Democracy

Karissa McKelvey is an open source software developer, writer, project manager, and activist supporting an equitable web. She develops and maintains a wide variety of tools and services for Digital Democracy. She is also a board member of Code for Science and Society. Formerly a data scientist, her work studying online political communication resulted in multiple peer-reviewed papers and press in outlets such as NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to an experienced software and web developer, she leads teams to success with diverse projects in academia, non-profits, and industry. In her spare time she plays the trumpet and volunteers at The Debt Collective as a technology consultant.


Kendra Albert
Clinical Instructional Fellow, Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic

Kendra is a clinical instructional fellow at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School, where they teach students how to practice law by working with pro bono clients. Previously, they were an associate at Zeitgeist Law PC, a boutique technology law firm in San Francisco, and a research associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Kendra’s scholarship and academic work touches on diverse issues, from online harassment to linkrot to video game preservation. 

Kristoffer Newsom
Content Creator, Λ L Ξ X Λ N D R I Λ

Kristoffer Newsom is a content creator at and a multidisciplinary artist, focused on the intersection of scientific thought with creative expression and intuition. Kris has worked as a Photographer for Print and Web, in Film/TV as a Cinematographer, Colorist, Editor, Producer, and Director, and as a Designer, Machinist, and Product Developer in the Automotive and Consumer Products industries. He thinks the decentralized web will bring a new era of unparalleled creativity and economic development.

Kyle Mock
Designer, Unaffiliated

Kyle Mock is a fan of distributed web technology who studied painting and drawing at California College of the Arts. From DAT sites to chatrooms, he explores ways to enable more people to build and own their own communities online. As a self-taught designer, his vision is to make open web technologies easier to use and understood by less technical audiences. 

Laurel Schwulst
Designer, Writer, Teacher, Yale University

Laurel Schwulst currently teaches interactive design at Yale University and maintains Beautiful Company, a design practice. Previously, she was creative director of The Creative Independent and worked at the New York-based design studio Linked by Air. Most recently, she's excited about the potential of the peer to peer web in the context of creative self-publishing.


Lila Bailey
Policy Counsel, Internet Archive

Lila Bailey is Policy Counsel for the Internet Archive where she advises on the complex legal and policy issues associated with democratizing access to knowledge. She is also a lecturer at Berkeley Law, most recently teaching a course in the Fundamentals of Internet Law. 

Prior to becoming the Internet Archive’s in-house counsel, Bailey was the founder and principal attorney at The Law Office of Lila Bailey, specializing in digital copyright and privacy issues for individual entrepreneurs and creators, early stage startups, Internet platforms, and libraries. From 2011-2013, Bailey was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Berkeley’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, where she managed and mentored student attorneys as they tackled cutting edge work in public interest technology law and policy. Bailey’s work there included advising a Civil Rights group on the copyright issues involved in making historical materials available in digital form, working on privacy issues associated with California’s “smart” electricity grid, and drafted a white paper on the benefits of flexible copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries outside the U.S. 

Prior to this, Bailey was counsel for Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization offering open copyright licenses that allow the sharing of creative works under flexible licensing terms. In this capacity, Bailey worked with the Open Educational Resources community, to make high-quality educational materials freely available under terms that allow anyone, anywhere, to access, customize, and share those resources via the Internet. Bailey held an Intellectual Property Fellowship with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2007, helping Internet users push back against abusive DMCA takedown notices and supporting EFF staff on the early stages of the Lenz v. Universal Music Group case (a.k.a. “the Dancing Baby case”). Bailey served as an associate at Perkins Coie, where she worked on copyright, patent, and trademark litigation. In 2006, she won the firm-wide Pro Bono Leadership Award for billing over 600 pro bono hours for the Internet Archive.

Bailey is a frequent speaker on digital copyright issues nationwide. She received her JD from Berkeley Law and her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Brown University.

María Gómez

María Gómez is a former Colombian/Spanish corporate lawyer. She worked several years in the M&A and corporate finance practice. Currently she works for, the first team, and in the future one of the several teams, working for the Aragon project. A local to Bogotá-Colombia a citizen of the open world. 

Mark Nadal
Founder, GUN

Mark is a mathematician turned programmer. He runs a VC backed Open Source company and has traveled to 30 countries. The diverse cultures he has experienced fuels his passion for learning, sharing, and creating open technology freely for all.

Mark Kudlac

Mark Kudlac graduated with degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Toronto in 1985. He founded Conxsys with a partner in 1990. Conxsys developed a turnkey Linux based ERP system, Drive 2.0, for car dealerships. After a successful exit in 2000 Mark developed a voice controlled email system for mobile phones, VerbalFusion, which was crushed by the rise of BlackBerry and later smart phones.

After a period of retirement travelling and spending time with family a number of other products were developed which focused on using mobile devices as data servers. This track has culminated in Subsect which is a light weight general purpose platform for serving web content from Android and iOS devices.

Markus Sabadello
CEO, Danube Tech

Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect Network, and the FreedomBox. He has worked as an analyst and consultant at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, at the MIT Media Lab's Human Dynamics Group, at the World Economic Forum, and at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Markus has spoken at dozens of conferences and published papers about both the politics and technologies of digital identity. In 2015 he founded Danube Tech, a consulting and development company that contributes to Sovrin Foundation, the Decentralized Identity Foundation, and various self-sovereign identity projects around the world.

Martti Malmi
Head of Identity, GUN

Bitcoin's first collaborator. Creator of and head of identity @GUN. Voluntaryist.

Mathias Buus
Chief of Research, Beaker Browser

Mathias Buus is a self taught JavaScript hacker from Copenhagen that has been working with Node.js since the 0.2 days. Mathias likes to work with P2P and distributed systems and is the author of more than 650 modules on npm. He is also the Chief of Research at Beaker leading the technical work on the Dat protocol.


Matthew Hodgson
Technical Lead, Matrix

Matthew Hodgson is technical co-founder of a not-for-profit open source project focused on solving the problem of fragmentation in current Chat, VoIP and IoT technologies. By defining a new lightweight pragmatic open standard for federation/interoperability and releasing open source reference implementations, Matrix hopes to create a new ecosystem that makes open real-time-communication as universal and interoperable as email.

Matthew juggles Matrix with the roles of CEO and CTO of New Vector, the company behind, the flagship collaboration app built on Matrix. Previously, as a technical lead at MX Telecom (acquired by Amdocs in 2010), Matthew designed & architected Amdocs’ next-generation Video/VoIP client and network infrastructure, and draws on his Internet background to rapidly deliver carrier-grade enhanced communication solutions to network operators. He has specialised in interactive video and telephony applications for over 16 years, including co-founding a digital marketing startup, and contracting roles at Accenture and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has a BA in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Cambridge, and has lectured on VoIP at Imperial College London.

Matthew believes in the virtues of open collaboration. We live in an era where we can benefit very easily from cross-industry inputs to foster innovation and we don't make enough out of it. He wants to change the world to give access to communication and privacy to everyone while keeping the user's experience at the heart of every new product and leaving everyone the choice of their provider.

Mehdi Yahyanejad
Director, founder, NetFreedom Pioneers,

Mehdi Yahyanejad is founder of, the largest user-generated news website in Persian and a crucial information source in the 2009 pro-democracy protest movement in Iran. He is the co-founder and director of NetFreedom Pioneers, a nonprofit organization that delivers curated digital content via satellite to regions of the world with limited internet access. He is also a researcher at USC researching new anti-censorship technologies. 

Mek Karpeles
Software Engineer, Internet Archive/Open Library

(@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




Melanie Hoff
Artist, researcher, and educator, Cybernetics Library, Rutgers University, School for Poetic Computation

Melanie Hoff is an artist, researcher, and educator examining the poetics and politics of culturally embedded software. Hoff builds computational and social installations to study how platforms and processes — including algorithms, data collection, language, networks, and ritual — yield distinct modes of seeing, thinking, and feeling. She engages technology as both a cultural and ideological framework to contextualize social organization and question the ways existing systems of power are reinforced. Hoff has worked as a machinist, artist, and she teaches at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School for Poetic Computation.


Michael Brennan
Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Michael Brennan is the technology program officer on the Internet Freedom team at Ford Foundation where he oversees a global portfolio of grantees that address open Internet issues through a technical lens. He also designed and manages the Foundation's technology fellows program. Michael has over 10 years of experience researching and advising both the private and the public sector on technology policy.


Michelle Lee
Product Lead, Protocol Labs

Michelle Lee is a software maker, startup founder, and inventor of Google Forms. From 2012-2016, she sought to make government technology suck less — first at Code for America, as cofounder and CEO of government texting company Textizen, and at GovDelivery building messaging technology for public agencies. From 2005-2011, she helped build Google Maps and Google Docs as you know them today. Currently, she leads Product at Protocol Labs, building new internet protocols to make the web faster, safer, and more resilient. Away from the keyboard, she serves on the board of directors of the OpenGov Foundation and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

Mikey Williams
Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium

Mikey is working to solve group coordination problems. He's currently building, a hosted Scuttlebutt pub-as-a-service platform. Every week in Wellington, New Zealand, he organizes, a local gathering to open space for creative energy.

Mouse Reeve
Web Application Developer, Internet Archive
Muneeb Ali
Co-Founder, Blockstack

Muneeb co-founded Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. Muneeb received his PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University specializing in distributed systems. He went through Y Combinator and has worked in the systems research group at Princeton and PlanetLab—the world's first and largest cloud computing testbed. Muneeb was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship and gives guest lectures on cloud computing at Princeton. He has built a broad range of production systems and published research papers with over 900 citations.

Nadia Eghbal
Protocol Labs

Nadia Eghbal explores the economic incentives and community dynamics of digital infrastructure. She published "Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure" with support from the Ford Foundation, which highlighted gaps in funding and knowledge around how open source tools are produced. While at GitHub, she focused on improving the open source developer experience. Nadia currently works at Protocol Labs, focused on research. She is based in San Francisco.

Natascha Wittenberg
Developer, Jolocom

Natascha is a full stack developer at Jolocom (React, React Native, JavaScript, Typescript) and on decentralized technologies (Ethereum, IPFS). She has several years of experience in leadership and project management. Beyond this Natascha has 7 years of working experience in the energy sector with a focus on the intersection of IT and energy related topics.

Nick Lambert
COO, Maidsafe

Nick Lambert​, ​started his working life in project management roles with IBM, before a change in tack led him into senior marketing positions with a diverse range of companies. He has co-authored papers on decentralised networks, presented at several international conferences and holds an MSc in Marketing from Strathclyde University.


Nicolás Pace
AlterMundi A.C

Nicolás Pace is a member of AlterMundi A.C., a grassroots organization
supporting rural underserved communities in their pursue for creating
their own telecommunications infrastructure, their own piece of internet.
In doing so, Nicolas has traveled to more than 15 countries, getting to
know most of the community networks out there, and getting to understand
the diversity and complexity of the matter.
One of the latest actions he has been undertaking has been working
together with REDES A.C., a grassroots organization from Mexico in
supporting first nation communities.
Within AlterMundi he has also been involved in the Decentralized
Repository of Culture, a P2P project that tries to find a way around the
digital culture distribution, involving everyone in the process:
creators, curators, enthusiasts.

Nighat Dad
Founder, Digital Rights Foundation

​Nighat Dad is the ​Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Pakistan, She has run the DRF since it was established in 2012, and has been a practicing lawyer since 2007, where she worked on civil​,​ criminal​ and now cyber​ litigation​. ​

Nighat has been an affiliate for Internet and Society at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University from 2016 to 201​8​, USA. Prior to this, she completed a certification in Internet Governance from the Diplo Foundation in 2011. She was TIME Magazine’s next generation leader in 2015, and received the Tulip Award​ from Dutch Govt​ as well as the Atlantic Council Freedom Award in 2016. She was a TED Fellow in 2017, and is on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Young Global Leaders 2018 list.​ Nighat has also established regions first cyber harassment helpline in Pakistan in 2016.​


Omayeli Arenyeka
Artist & Technologist, School for Poetic Computation

Omayeli is a Nigerian born artist and technologist living in New York. She use writing, data visualization, code and satire to put our current realities in a view that exposes issues and fosters disillusionment. She's also interested in making technology and data more accessible and understandable. She gives talks and teaches workshops on creative and activist uses of technology. She's an alum of the School of Poetic Computation and has previously worked as a Software Engineer at LinkedIn. She's currently exploring bias in language at the Recurse Center.

Paul Frazee
Co-Creator, Beaker Browser

Paul is the co-creator of the Beaker browser and an active contributor to the Dat protocol. Previously Paul helped found the Secure Scuttlebutt project, and has a history of working at small Web development agencies. He's here to talk about peer-to-peer computing and how the Web can become a live environment.


Peter Czaban
Executive Director, Web3 Foundation

Peter is the Executive Director of the Web3 Foundation which aims to bring about a more secure, efficient and trust-free web. He obtained his Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Oxford, reading Engineering Science where he focused on Bayesian Machine Learning.

He has worked across defense, finance and data analytics industries, working on mesh networks, distributed knowledge bases, quantitative pricing models, machine learning and business development. As a principal engineer at Parity Technologies, he contributed to the Parity Ethereum Client development, in particular implementing consensus algorithms, as well as driving enterprise solutions built on the Parity technology stack.

He has given multiple talks at conferences (TOA, BPASE, DevCon, EdCon) and meetups.


Peter Todd
Founder, OpenTimestamps
Priya Kuber

Priya is an Indian-born, San Francisco based entrepreneur. She has built revenue-generating ventures across India and US in open-source hardware, real estate, and software domains. She was the founding Managing Director for Arduino in India. She is the author of the book "Arduino for Kids" and is also a visiting faculty teaching Rapid-prototyping with Fondazione Agnelli in Turin, Italy. She is now working full time in the dweb space, with GUN as a core team member. 

Rainey Reitman
Director of Activism, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Rainey Reitman serves as director of the activism team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is particularly interested in the intersection between personal privacy and technology, particularly social networking privacy, network security, web tracking, government surveillance, and online data brokers. 

Reitman is a board member and co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization that defends and supports unique, independent, nonprofit journalistic institutions. She, along with co-founders Daniel Ellsberg, Trevor Timm, and J.P. Barlow, received the 2013 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Journalism.

Robert Best
Data Analyst & Co-Intelligence Catalyst, Holo

Robert Best is an open source web developer, researcher, and data analyst. His areas of interest are peer-to-peer technologies,collective intelligence, commoning, social entrepreneurship, and the future of work. His current work is with Holo/Holochain: a software framework+platform for creating+hosting fully p2p applications that are both highly scalable, and cryptographically secured to be tamper proof. Prior to Holochain Robert was contributing to Metamaps: an open-source real-time collaborative concept-mapping web app.

Ruben Verborgh
Professor of Semantic Web technology, Ghent University

Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – imec and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT.

Ryoichi Ichiyama
Chief Scientist, Kanata Limited

Ryoichi's current interest is systems programming and programming languages.

He has worked for several companies to design and implement programmable architecture of systems.

He studied computer science from type theory to component architecture at Kyoto University and Tokyo University.

Sam Ghantous
Teaching Fellow, MIT Architecture

Sam is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Architecture at MIT where his work addresses issues of networked image culture. The medium of his recent work spans the likes of a twitter bot, a sticker set, an augmented reality app, and chocolates.

Sami Van Ness

Sami Van Ness is a veteran Digital Marketer and Full-Stack Web Developer with over a decade in experience in data-driven marketing automation and brand identity management working with organizations such as Smuckers, Jif, Folgers, Sony, Best Buy, Porsche, Exxon Mobil, and more. Through an interest in cryptography and data privacy she has been involved in the cryptocurrency space for over 5 years. Prior to Holo, she did initial brand identity prototyping, web asset management, white paper and logo design for the project Promether (, and web asset management for Demonsaw(

Sarah Aoun
Open Web Fellow, Mozilla

Sarah Aoun is a data activist, operational security trainer, and Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow working on data privacy and security. Her work lies at the intersection of tech, human rights, and transformative justice. She’s collaborated with activists, journalists, grassroots social movements, and NGOs in the US and MENA region on digital security, ethical data & privacy, and data-driven storytelling.


Sarah Bowers
Outreach Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Sarah Bowers works as an Outreach Coordinator for NetFreedom Pioneers. With a background in international education and nonprofit work, Sarah’s passion lies in cross-cultural inquiry and analyzing the ethics and effectiveness of international development efforts. With these interests she has joined NFP in rethinking the social impact of technology. 

Sarah Hamerman
Poetry Cataloging Specialist, Princeton University

Sarah Hamerman is a librarian and arts researcher based between New Jersey and New York City. She currently works as Poetry Cataloging Specialist in Princeton University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections. Her research is centered around experimental publishing as a networked practice across print and digital media. Sarah is a founding member of the Cybernetics Library, and has presented at venues including the NYU Center for Experimental Humanities, the New York Art Book Fair, and the BABZ Art Book Fair. Her writing has appeared in Temporary Art Review,, In The Mesh, and Art Libraries Journal. 

Sawood Alam
Researcher, Old Dominion University

Sawood Alam is a PhD Student of Computer Science at Old Dominion University, USA. Sawood received his B.Tech. degree in Computer Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia, India in 2008 and his M.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, USA in 2013. His Master’s Thesis title was "HTTP Mailbox – Asynchronous Restful Communication". Sawood is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation titled, "A Framework of Web Archive Profiling for Efficient Memento Aggregation". Apart from his academic research in Web Science and Web Archiving field, he has a keen interest in various fields including Linux Containerization, Decentralized Web, Machine Learning, and solving technical challenges of Urdu and other Right-to-Left complex script languages. Sawood actively follows latest Web technologies.

Sean White
Chief R&D Officer, Mozilla


Sean White is a high-tech executive, entrepreneur, inventor, and musician who has spent his career leading innovative development of the experiences, systems, and technologies that enable creative expression, connect us to each other, and enhance our understanding of the world around us. He was most recently the founder and CEO of BrightSky Labs, a company he incubated while an EIR at Greylock Partners, and is currently teaching CS377m: HCI Issues in Mixed & Augmented Reality at Stanford University.

Shadi Sharifi
Toranj Project Coordinator, NetFreedom Pioneers

Shadi Sharifi is an Iranian lawyer who practiced family law for four years before moving to the United States. Shadi is an innovator and coordinates NetFreedom Pioneers’ Toranj project - an android application that supports those at risk of experiencing violent or abusive circumstances.

Stefan Thomas
Founder, President, Coil

Stefan is the Founder and President of Coil, a San Francisco based startup that wants to create a better business model for the Web. Prior to Coil, Stefan was a prominent figure in the blockchain movement. As an early Bitcoin contributor, he produced the popular “What is Bitcoin?” video, introducing millions of users to Bitcoin and created BitcoinJS, the first implementation of Bitcoin cryptography in the browser. As CTO and one of the first employees at Ripple, Stefan built new protocols for cross-border payments, now used by banks all over the world. He has also worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop Mojaloop, an open-source national payment switch that connects mobile wallets in developing markets.

Stephen Whitmore
Digital Democracy

Stephen Whitmore works with Digital Democracy to build useful open tools that raise the bar of the commons, especially for marginalized communities.

Stephen creates and maintains open technology that enables self-determination; honors people, not profit; is sustainable for the communities that adopt it; and is maximally accessible regardless of resources or technical background. Stephen is based in Oakland, CA, USA.


Taeyoon Choi
Artist/Cofounder, School for Poetic Computation

Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He has published artists’ books, including ‘Urban Programming 101’ and ‘Anti-Manifesto.’ Choi’s solo exhibitions include Speakers Corners, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York (2012); My friends, there is no friend, Spanien 19C, Aarhus (2011); and When Technology Fails, Reality Reveals, Art Space Hue, Seoul (2007). His projects were presented at the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012) and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015). Choi was an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace, New York (2014), The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2014) and at Art Center Nabi, Seoul (2006). He received commissions from Art +Technology Lab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA (2014) and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2016). He curated Resistance and Resilience at Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont (2012) and directed Making Lab at Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang (2013). Choi holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a M.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Choi co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach classes on electronics, drawings, and social practice. Recently, he’s been focusing on unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, and enhancing accessibility and inclusion within art and technology.


Tamas Koscis
Founder, Programmer, ZeroNet


Tamas is a self-taught web builder from Hungary who has been in love with the Internet since the dial-up era. He is the founder and programmer of ZeroNet (, which allows you to create decentralized, P2P and real-time updated websites using Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.

Tara Vancil
Co-Creater, Beaker Browser

Tara is the co-creator of the Beaker Browser, a browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web. She co-founded Blue Link Labs, the team of decentralization enthusiasts behind the Beaker Browser and She's dedicated to building the Web of tomorrow as a Web for all.


Tim Berners-Lee
Founder & Project Director, Solid/W3C

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

Sir Tim is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the technical standards development of the Web. Sir Tim is the founder and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation which was launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity. He is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL). His research group, the Decentralized Information Group (DIG), works to re-decentralize the Web. He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oxford, UK. He is President of and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. In 2017 Sir Tim was awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize, called the "Nobel Prize of Computing” and considered one of the most prestigious awards in Computer Science. Tim is a long time defender of Net Neutrality and the openness of the Web.

Vint Cerf
Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

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.

Vivekanand Rajkumar
CTO, Maidsafe

Having graduated in Aerospace Engineering and Astronautics ​CTO Vivekanand Rajkumar​ worked as a Server Specialist at IBM before joining MaidSafe. He has extensive expense leading UX teams as well as being a certified Mobile platform engineer. Viv’s experience with IBM and his 6 years at MaidSafe ensure that he is capable of leading all aspects of development. In his time at the company he has been pivotal in refining development processes and helping to build the development team.


Wendy Seltzer
Policy Counsel, W3C

Wendy Seltzer is Policy Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT, where she leads the Technology & Society Domain's focus on privacy, security, web payments, and social web standards. As a visiting Fellow with Yale Law School's Information Society Project, she researches openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online.

Yan Zhu
Chief Information Security Officer, Brave

Yan is the Chief Security Officer at Brave Software and was
previously a Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
She has worked on numerous open source security and privacy projects,
including Let's Encrypt, HTTPS Everywhere, SecureDrop, and Privacy
Badger. She has also served as a board member of the Zcash Foundation,
an elected member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group, a CFP
reviewer for DEF CON, and a board member of Noisebridge Hackerspace.
She holds a B.S. in Physics from MIT.

Zooko Wilcox
Founder, Zcash

Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko's Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder of Least Authority. He sometimes blogs about health science.


Alexis Rossi
Director of Media & Access, Internet Archive

Alexis Rossi manages all aspects of Internet Archive collections work for movies, audio, software, and books, as well as the web site and social media presences. From 2006-2008, Rossi managed the audio and video collections and Open Library, as well as working on the Open Content Alliance, and the Zotero/IA project. From 2009-2015 Rossi managed internal web crawling projects and the Wayback Machine.

Rossi has been working with Internet content since 1996 when she discovered that being picky about words in books was good training for being picky about data on computers. She spent several years managing news content at ClariNet (the first online news aggregator), worked as the Editorial Director at Alexa Internet, and as Product Manager at Mixercast.

Rossi has an Masters of Library and Information Science, concentrating on web technologies and interfaces, and enjoys making jewelry, dancing, and baking Cookie Smackdown-winning cookies.

Allen "Gunner" Gunn

Gunner works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He has worked in numerous technology environments from NGO to Silicon Valley start-up to college faculty to large corporation, serving in senior management, engineering, teaching and volunteer roles. He is an experienced facilitator with a passion for designing collaborative open learning processes, and is an active facilitator, contributor, advisor, and/or partner in a number of open projects, including The Tor Project, OpenReferral, Open Architecture Collaborative, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Simply Secure, and Mozilla. He is a board member of The Ruckus Society, Global Exchange, and Peer 2 Peer University, and also serves in formal advisory roles with SAFETAG, CorpWatch, LocalizED, Ranking Digital Rights, The Center for Tech Cultivation, DATA Uruguay,, Social Movement Technologies, The Engine Room, The Everett Program, United for Iran, and The Rosetta Foundation. He believes in melding hard work with serious fun.


The common thread that connects all facets of Gunner's work is a focus on open approaches to capacity building and knowledge sharing in social change efforts. Aspiration prioritizes work that supports and contributes to open communities of practice who create technology and content that benefit nonprofit and foundation efforts. Over the past twelve years, the organization has designed and facilitated almost 500 extremely open learning and knowledge sharing events, in over 40 countries across the globe, predicated on a philosophy of active participation that puts each participant “in control of their own destiny”, in contrast to approaches that place audiences in passive listening roles. Aspiration publishes all licensed work products, including software tools, books, papers and training materials, under open licenses; for published documents and media, the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, and for software the GNU General Public License whenever possible.


Allison Jones
Organizer, Humanitarian Track

Allison Jones volunteers for the Decentralized Web Summit, her main focus on being the humanitarian side of the decentralized web. Jones is an experiential educator and a lover of breakfast tacos.

Amir Saber
Director of the Artist in Residence Program, Internet Archive

Amir received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a practicing Bay Area artist and educator. Amir's role at the Internet Archive is to connect artist with the collections and to show what is possible when open access to information meets the arts. He is also the founder and director of the Artist in Residence Program at the Internet Archive.

Andi Wong
Teaching Artist, Project Manager, Internet Archive

Andi Wong is a teaching artist who enjoys creating memorable experiences that build community. She serves as project coordinator for ArtsEd4All, an informal collective of educators, artists, scientists, civic institutions and community organizations based in San Francisco. Her projects with the Internet Archive include the “We’re All in the Same Boat” parade for Bread & Puppet Theater’s 2015 West Coast tour, “Decentralized Origami” for the 2016 Decentralized Web Summit, and educational outreach for a new work commissioned by the Internet Archive, created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission - DJ Spooky’s “Quantopia,” a multimedia hip hop concert experience about the history and exponential growth of the Internet, will premiere in January of 2019.

Arkadiy Kukarkin
Project Manager, Protocal Labs

Arkadiy's work focuses on creating sustainable communities around media consumption and creation. He is currently a PM with Protocol Labs, and collaborating with the Internet Archive. Previously, he was the CTO at Mediachain Labs (acquired by Spotify in spring 2017) and worked on The Hype Machine, an influential music blog aggregator.

Brian Warner
Founder, Tahoe - LAFS/ Agoric

     Brian builds Tahoe-LAFS, a distributed storage system that safely uses untrusted servers, and Magic Wormhole, the easiest secure file transfer tool ever.

BZ Petroff
Director of Administration and Human Resources, Internet Archive

BZ joined the Internet Archive in October 2016. A veteran of the Animation industry; Lucasfilm, Wild Brain, Pixar and Colossal Pictures, it was her love of books that drove her to work for the Internet Archive. As a life long "people person" she is well suited for her responsibilities in events and people operations for the Archive. When not working, BZ likes to watch baseball, listen to jazz and go running on her beloved Mt. Tamalpais.

Caitlin Olson
Executive Assistant, Internet Archive

Caitlin joined the Archive as Brewster's Executive Assistant in 2016. Her role at the Archive includes wearing many hats -- from scheduling Brewster's travel, to organizing event logistics, to refining processes and procedures. Prior to the Archive, Caitlin worked in publishing, but wanted to work for an organization that was less clickbait-y and ad-driven and instead passionate about providing access to knowledge. When she's not working, Caitlin is likely reading zines, attending concerts, or unplugging her devices and backpacking in the woods. 

Constance Choi
Seven Advisory, COALA

Constance is one of the principal drivers of global, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives ( and 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. 

Cori Zarek
Senior Fellow, Mozilla

Cori Zarek is a Senior Fellow at Mozilla, a nonprofit that promotes a free and open Internet. Before joining Mozilla, Cori was Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House where she led the team's work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government. Previously, she was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she worked on First Amendment and freedom of information issues. Before practicing law, Cori reported for the Des Moines Register. She has taught a class on First Amendment law at American University in Washington, D.C. for the past 10 years. Cori serves on the board of directors for MuckRock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site in the U.S. that promotes transparency for an informed democracy; on the Advisory Council for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law; and as a mentor for the Harmony Labs Accelerator which supports early-stage tech companies that use media to support an open, resilient, democratic society. 

Jason Scott
Free-Range Archivist & Software Curator, Internet Archive

Jason Scott fills the singularly unique role as the Free-Range Archivist & Software Curator at the Internet Archive. He likes long walks on the beach and exploding paradigms. He is attempting to collect everything, at which point he will retire and make folder tags.

Jay Graber
Engineer, Zcash

Jay is a software developer with an interest in privacy and decentralization tech. 

Joachim Lohkamp
Founder, Jolocom/Ouishare

Joachim Lohkamp is an entrepreneur and tech-enthusiast with a heart for activism. 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.


John Gonzalez
Director of Engineering, Internet Archive

John Gonzalez has been at Internet Archive for three years working to support, coach, and lead the technology and operation teams at the heart of Internet Archive service delivery. His role has allowed him to apply over 30 years of experience in business and technology management to the Internet Archive mission of Universal Access to All Knowledge.

Immediately prior to his position at Internet Archive, Gonzalez directed product strategy and development for multiple content management offerings. From 2005 to 2014 he was Director of Content Management Products at Xerox where he managed a $22 million product line of document management products. From 2001 to 2005 he was VP of Product Management and Strategy for Clearstory Systems (WebWare Digital Asset Management software). In the late 1990’s Gonzalez was part of the Getty Images Corporate Business Development team as VP of Business Development where he participated in the acquisition and integration of multiple digital stock photography companies and negotiated business partnerships with Adobe, Lycos, AltaVista, and other iconic early-internet organizations.

Gonzalez has consistently demonstrated passion for improving access and opportunity for youth in underserved populations. Throughout his professional career, he has volunteered time tutoring and mentoring students from families of color and contributing skills and resources to organizations focused on advancing the availability and quality of education for underserved youth. This commitment was redoubled when Gonzalez’s oldest child, Raphael, was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Starting in 2009, Gonzalez served on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, including two years as Chairman and two years as Treasurer. The Children’s Creativity Museum provides youth (ages 2-12) with experiences and programs designed to expand creative literacy and design thinking. During his six-year tenure, Gonzalez worked with and then led the CCM board to expand patron demographics and to stabilize financial and organizational scaffolding. Located in the heart of low-income neighborhoods of San Francisco, CCM continues to provide highly engaging and educational experiences for youth of all backgrounds and demographics.

In May 2017, Gonzalez joined the board of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), an organization whose highest priority is to help teachers prepare K-12 students for successful lives. The strategic focus of BIE is to enhance educational outcomes for all students, but especially for those in the US who are furthest from opportunity and resources.

He earned a BS in Computer Science with honors from MIT and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jonah Edwards
Infrastructure Engineer, Internet Archive

Jonah joined the Internet Archive in the fall of 2016, escaping from the world of online attention optimization to the peace and safety of techno-utopian librarianship. He focuses on networking and infrastructure, and comes from a background of high-performance computing, optimization, and systems engineering. He holds a BS in Mathematics with a focus on logic and set theory from the University of Washington, and in his spare time enjoys light retrocomputing, craft beer, and desolate places.

Katie Barrett
Development Manager, Internet Archive

Katie Barrett is Development Manager of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to the world’s knowledge in digital format. Her primary goal is to help the Internet Archive improve its financial resiliency, ensuring the long term sustainability of this vital cultural heritage library.

Prior to joining the Archive in 2016, Barrett was General Manager of some of San Francisco’s premier technology conferences, including the SF MusicTech Summit and Future of Money & Technology Summit, where she drove sponsorship and partnership development, and oversaw all event production and planning.

Barrett has a background in membership development, having worked with the Grammy Awards organization as Membership Manager. She promoted artist advocacy at the governmental level, spearheaded artist professional development projects, and drove engagement with many Grammy Nominated and/or Award winning artists.

Barrett is Founder of Pops & Buzzes, an affiliation of accomplished women who work in all aspects of the entertainment, recording and live music industries. She produces quarterly networking events and salons promoting partnership, mentorship and community engagement to female music professionals in the Bay Area.

Barrett spent 2 years teaching abroad in Kamojima, Japan as part of the JET program, and graduated from St. Mary’s College in Moraga with a degree in English.

Kerry Maeve Sheehan
Coordinator, Law, Policy and Governance Track

Kerry is consulting with the Internet Archive as the coordinator of the Decentralized Web Summit’s law, policy, and governance tracks. She’s also a fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Prior to her work on the Decentralized Web Summit, Kerry was consulting policy strategist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a policy fellow at Public Knowledge in Washington, D.C. Her work has focused primarily on copyright, patent, and free expression issues. Her writings have been published in The Hill, Slate, and the EFF’s Deeplinks Blog. She has her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and was a visiting student at Oxford University, where she focused on media law, and international and comparative intellectual property law. She graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Media Study, where she focused on artistic practices in new media, robotics, and biological art.

Kevin Silverman
Internet Archive

Kevin is a summer fellow at the Archive. He currently manages sponsorships, the law and policy track and works on the website development and conference outcome documentation. He is passionate about the flow of ideas across the globe and how we relate technology to our values. He studies history, in particular Latin American history and early modern European history, at Williams College. 

Mary Kay Magistad
Creator and host, Whose Century Is It?

Mary Kay Magistad is creator & host of the Whose Century Is It? podcast, looking at ideas, trends and twists shaping the 21st century -- the prospect of a decentralized web among them. After more than two decades as a foreign correspondent in China and Southeast Asia for NPR and for PRI/BBC's The World, she now lives in San Francisco, teaches international reporting to undergraduates at UC Berkeley, and has been a fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto.


Matt Davis
Director or Emerging Technology, Mediacurrent

Matt is a software engineer with a passion for exploring possibilities at the intersection of human rights and emerging technology. With a background in international human rights works as well as the Drupal and Angular open source communities, he is excited to be volunteering as a coordinator of the humanitarian track of the Decentralized Web Summit.


Mindy Seu
Internet Archive Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Mindy Seu is currently a student in Harvard's Graduate School of Design, summer fellow at Internet Archive, and incoming fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet and Society. / twitter


Mitra Ardron
Lead on Decentralized Web Project, Internet Archive

Mitra Ardron is the technical lead for the decentralization work at the Internet Archive. Apart from building a decentralized version of the archive he is interested in how we can build tools that can work across different decentralized architectures, and has built small libraries for naming and authentication.   Prior to the Archive, He co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (, co-authored several internet standards, and was CTO on the first peer to peer video sharing system (which pioneered sharding and content addressing).  His passions include renewable energy (ran solar payment networks across Africa); and mentoring innovators working to make the world a better place. 

Paul Lindner

Paul Lindner is a Software Engineer at Google and a contributor to the Perkeep personal archiving project.  Paul is a long-time Internet and open-source developer and was one of the founders of the Internet Gopher and a key contributor to Apache Shindig and the OpenSocial Foundation.

Richard Caceres
Developer / Designer, Internet Archive

Richard Caceres is a developer and designer at the Internet Archive. His primary focus is with Internet Archive's online library (BookReader, Lending, etc), but he has recently been involved in evolving the UX and creating a new design system for He is also involved in various community-based projects at Internet Archive such as Archive Lab's Experiments and the Decentralized Web Summit (developer of the site).

In his spare time, he also develops open source apps, and is interested in writing decentralized applications that work on many platforms, and have realtime collaborative features. He's interested in increasing the diversity and craft in the software we use everyday. These apps will be released through his studio, Functional Technologies.

Previously he was the first engineer at Cargo Collective, and also consulted with Google, Use All Five, and OSK.

Twitter, Github, Website

Rob Walker
Clinical Supervising Attorney, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Univ. of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Rob Walker is the Clinical Supervising Attorney at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Univ. of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Rob’s practice focuses on intellectual property and Internet law issues. Prior to practicing law, Rob was a video producer and business journalist in New York.


Ross Shulman
Open Technology Institute, Co-director


Ross Schulman is a co-director of the Cybersecurity Initiative and senior policy counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute where he focuses on cybersecurity, encryption, surveillance, and Internet governance. Prior to joining OTI, Ross worked for Google in Mountain View, California. Ross has also worked at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and on Capitol Hill for Senators Wyden and Feingold. Ross earned his juris doctor magna cum laude from Washington College of Law at American University and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brandeis University.

Sam Hart
Founding member,, Guild, New Computers, Cybernetics Library

Sam Hart is a scientist, curator and editor working across computational biology and distributed publishing.


Tracey Jaquith
founding engineer and system architect, Internet Archive

Tracey Jaquith is a founding engineer and system architect for Internet Archive since 1996, writing multi-threaded servers, crawlers, and more. She wrote the “what’s related” services that ultimately led to Alexa Internet’s acquisition by Amazon. An inventor with two patents, she is the Archive’s longest tenured employee after founder, Brewster Kahle.

In 2000, Jaquith left for four years to be the technical lead and founding engineer at a financial startup focusing on more efficiently trading convertible bonds.

Recently, Jaquith rewrote Internet Archive’s TV recording system as an open source single server system, capable of preserving 75 simultaneous 24×7 channels, and developed the Television Archive’s “full stack” first and second versions. For more than a decade, Jaquith held primary responsibility for and its full stack infrastructure, later launching a fully responsive “Version 2” of the website —migrating to jQuery, bootstrap, LESS, modern faceting, ElasticSearch, postgreSQL and more. She is leading the core infrastructure migration to Docker for’s in-house AWS and S3-like system. Open Libraries services will rest upon the infrastructure Jaquith is designing.

Jaquith’s first job was at Xerox PARC, writing core low-level C-language image processing and comparison algorithms using novel computational geometry based on research from her Master’s degree. 

Jaquith holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University where she focused on machine vision, robotics and mathematics. Jaquith presents at conferences (Demuxed 2016, MozFest) and is a regular guest lecturer at colleges about news and broadcast technologies.

Wendy Hanamura
Summit Director & Emcee, Internet Archive

Wendy Hanamura is the master juggler of the Decentralized Web Summit 2018. She led the team that produced the first DWeb Summit in 2016 and the team building this event.

As Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries, Hanamura has helped guide the strategic direction of the Internet Archive since 2014. Passionate about using stories to accelerate social change, she uses her communication skills as a veteran journalist and leader in non-profit media to share the remarkable mission of the Internet Archive—providing people everywhere with unfettered access to knowledge. 


First Name Last Name Job Title Company
Why . Software Engineer Protocol Labs
Sufyan Abbasi Student Vassar College
Feross Aboukhadijeh Founder WebTorrent
Sawood Alam Researcher Old Dominion University
Kendra Albert Clinical Instructional Fellow Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Alison Alexis Chick Gatherer CryptoChicks
Lisa Alger    
Althea Allen   OmiseGO
Steven Allen    
Vamsi Alluri Developer  
Marvin Ammori GC Protocol Labs
Mitra Ardron Technology lead, Decentralized Web Internet Archive
Omayeli Arenyeka    
Andy Atkin IS Manager Santa Clara County
Gavin Atkinson Designer Tlon
Dietrich Ayala Developer Advocate Mozilla
John Backus    
Camelon Baker Senior Software Engineer NetFreedom Pioneers
Mitchell Baker Executive Chairwoman Mozilla
Katie Barrett Development Manager Internet Archive
seth bearden organizer sudomesh
Juan Benet Owner Protocol Labs
Tim Berners-Lee Director Inrupt
Tim Berners-Lee Director Inrupt
Robert Best Data Analyst & Co-Intelligence Catalyst Holo
Eva Beylin   OmiseGO
Richard Bodo What's on your mind? SpaceBase
Kenneth Bok Director blocks
Christina Bowen knowledge ecologist Digital Life Collective
Sarah Bowers Administrative and Outreach Assistant NetFreedom Pioneers
Wesley Boyd    
John Bracken Executive Director DPLA
Peter Brantley Director Online Strategy UC Davis Library
Michael Brennan Program Officer Ford Foundation
Charles Broskoski CEO
Marcus R. Brown Managing Member HEAT VISION
john bruce    
Francis Brunelle Community Manager MaidSafe
Daniel Buchner Decentralized Identity Microsoft
Maria Bustillos    
Agnes Cameron Research Assistant MIT Media Lab
Dina Carabas Development Partnerships Web3 Foundation
Robert Cardona Graduate Student Freie Universität Berlin
Paul Carduner CTO Nori
Jay Carpenter Founder Desert Blockchain
Jason Carver   Ethereum Foundation
Janene Case creative walnut street
Magenta Ceiba    
Tantek Çelik Web Standards Lead Mozilla
Holly Chang    
Mark Chavez CEO Lens
Constance Choi Co-Founder & Director COALA
Abhik Chowdhury    
Chris Chrysostom Senior Software Engineer Medici Ventures - DeSoto Inc
Dave Cohen    
Mike Cohen Systems Engineer Blocksense Co-op / GPU.ONE
Herman Collins Chief of Human Capital Cryptic Labs
Justin Colyar    
Alessandro Confetti Lead Technologist Thoughtworks
Carl Cortright` Software Engineering Intern Coinbase
Duke Crawford human
Dave Crocker   Brandenburg InternetWorking
Mary Ann Cruz Nybakken Teacher ArtsEd4All
Andres Cuervo    
Peter Czaban Executive Director Web3 Foundation
Nighat Dad Executive Director Digital Rights Foundation
Giovanni Damiola Software Projects Engineer Internet Archive
Matt Davis Director of Emerging Technology Mediacurrent
Primavera De Filippi researcher CNRS / Harvard
Dimitri De Jonghe Co-founder Ocean Protocol & BigchainDB
Benjamin De Kosnik Position X University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Steve Dekorte lead
David Dias Chicken Flipper Protocol Labs
Paul Dickinson    
Tas Dienes    
Whitfield Diffie Chief Scientist Cryptic Labs
Kyle Drake Founder Neocities
Talbert Dsouza    
Nadia Eghbal Researcher Protocol Labs
Cody Eilar CTO/Co-founder MyLens Inc.
John Eisenman Software Architect Orange Silicon Valley
Amit Elazari Doctoral Candidate Berkeley Law
Alberto Elias Founder Simbol
Johannes Ernst   Indie Computing Corp.
Daniel Erwin UX Designer  
Amir Esfahani    
Yas Etessam XML Geek Individual
Colin Evran   Protocol Labs
Boyma Fahnbulleh Developer Handshake
Erin Fahy Infrastructure Engineer Protocol Labs
Amina Fazlullah Mozilla Tech Policy Fellow Mozilla Foundation
Jim Fenton Internet Technologist Altmode Networks
Ashoka Finley Catalyst
Evan Firoozi Technical Coordinator NetFreedom Pioneers
Michael Fitts Former Staff Attoreny NRDC
Amber Fowler   Ethereum Foundation
Chris Fralic Partner First Round
Paul Frazee CEO Blue Link Labs
Cynthia Gaffney    
Dan Garon    
Scott Garrison    
andre garzia TechSpeaker Mozilla
Chris Gebhardt Software Engineer / Researcher  
David Gehring Director Meridio
Julian Geiger Founder Cryptario
Paul Gerhardt COO Airtime Network
Sean Gilligan    
John EVB-Archive-DistWeb18 Gilmore    
Mike Goelzer Sr. Product Manager Protocol Labs
Benjamin Goering Founder Permanent.Company
aaron goldman    
Jan Gondol    
John Gonzalez Director of Engineering Internet Archive (
sam goto engineer google
Irakli Gozalishvili   Mozilla
Jay Graber Software Engineer Zcash
Mark Graham Director, Wayback Machine Internet Archive
Warren Greving    
Elio Grieco Board Member Arizona Cyber Warfare Range
Adrian Gropper CTO Patient Privacy Rights
Gottfried Haider Artist  
Travis Hairfield Founder (not funded) Doxa
Kim Hamilton Duffy CTO Learning Machine
Wendy Hanamura Director of Partnerships Internet Archive
Joe Hand    
Malcolm Handley    
Fredrik Harrysson CTO Parity Technologies
Sam Hart Founder
John Hauser Special Projects Manager Access Humboldt
Sandro Hawke Fellow W3C
Candida Haynes    
Rouven Heck    
Michelle Hertzfeld Product manager Protocol Labs
John Hiesey Engineer Webtorrent
Andrew Hill   Textile
Matthew Hodgson Tech founder
Matthew Hodgson Tech Co-Founder
Jaycen Horton    
Anushah Hossain Graduate Student UC Berkeley
Ryoichi Ichiyama Chief Scientist Kanata Limited
Garry Ing Designer, Researcher Toronto Mesh
Devon James Inventor Open Index Protocol
Amy James Chief Strategy Officer
jiacheng jiang    
Ryan Johnson    
Christopher Johnson Software Engineer Tlon
Allison Jones    
Stanley Jones Engineering Manager Chartboost
Ville Juutilainen    
Mek Karpeles Citizen of the World Internet Archive
Eddan Katz Protocol Design Networks World Economic Forum
Robert Kaye Executive Director MetaBrainz Foundation Inc
Ian Kesting    
Dennis Kibbe Residential Faculty Mesa Community College
Tamas Kocsis Web builder
Tomasz Kolinko    
Kei Kreutler Strategy Director Gnosis
Ilya Kreymer Software Director Rhizome
Jesse Kriss Senior Software Engineer Netflix
Theodore Krostue    
Priya Kuber   GUN Inc
Mark Kudlac Founder Subsect
Arkadiy Kukarkin PM Protocol Labs
Krishna Kumar Front-end Systems Manager MaidSafe
John Kunze    
Yasushi Kuroda Senior Advisor Kanata Limited
Hans Lachman Engineer (retired) Wheel Bit Media Group
Nick Lambert COO MaidSafe
Beckie LaSalle Director of Business Development Seed Vault Ltd. / SEED Token
Benedict Lau   Toronto Mesh
Jason Law Trustee Sovrin Foundation
Amandine Le Pape Co-founder
Michelle Lee Product Lead Protocol Labs
Matt Lee Developer Advocate Handshake
Charles Lehner Software Engineer Secure Scuttlebutt Consortium
Jonathan Less    
Nathan Lie Software Engineer Coil
John Light    
Paul Lindner Staff Software Engineer Google
Joachim Lohkamp CEO Jolocom
Robert Long Software Engineer Mozilla
Justin Lucas General Manager Ninja Cash
Joseph Lukasik    
Gregory Magarshak CEO Qbix, Inc.
Martti Malmi   GUN Inc.
Sonya Mann Communications Manager Zcash Foundation
Bill Mar Founder Special Computing
Matthew Marano Engineer Viasat Inc.
Larry Masinter    
Cecilia Maundu Editor Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
Karissa McKelvey Digital Democracy Dat Project
Sean Taketa McLaughlin Executive Director Access Humboldt
Greg McMullen    
Corynne McSherry Legal Director Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jonathan Melvin CEO, Developer Vision Enablers, Inc.
Dino Mihalopoulos Investor DMR Capital
Scott Milliken CEO MixRank
Arthur Milliken Self Pick Media
Kyle Mitchell    
Aya Miyaguchi Executive Director Ethereum Foundation
Evan Miyazono Research Scientist Protocol Labs
Gordon Mohr Advisor  
David Myers CDO Airtime Network
Rob Myers    
Mark Nadal   GUN
Georges Nahon CEO Orange Silicon Valley
Brett Neese    
Jim Nelson Cluster Operations Engineer Internet Archive
Bryan Newbold   Internet Archive
Bryan Newbold   Internet Archive
Kristoffer Newsom Digital Media Alexandria
Erik Newton Head of Ops Tlon Corporation
Binh Nguyen   BHMEDIA
Albert Ni    
Danny O'Brien International Director Electronic Frontier Foundation
Brendan O'Brien founder
Thomas O'Brien Software Engineer ConsenSys / Ujo
Lai Yi Ohlsen Technical Projects Coordinator
Juan Ortiz Freuler Policy Fellow Web Foundation/Berkman Klein Center
Andrew Osheroff Software Developer Independent
Kozo Ota Advisor Kanata Limited
Nicolas Pace member AlterMundi A.C.
Nicolas Pace member AlterMundi A.C.
Chelsea Palmer Cofounder & Experience Design Carpe Lunam Events
Andy Parker    
Joseph Perla Engineer Lyft Level 5
Ben Perszyk Project Manager Polychain Capital
Forest Peterson Research assistant Center for Integrated Facility Engineering
Jim Pick    
Sander Pick CTO Textile
James Pitts DevOps Ethereum Foundation
Jamie Pitts   Ethereum Foundation
Jack Platts Communications Web3 Foundation
Beatrice Poon -- Handshake
Dan Posch   Datpedia
James Prestwich Founder Summa
David Rabkin Independent Consultant  
Vienna Rae-Looi    
Viv Rajkumar Chief Technical Officer
Jeremy Rand Lead Application Engineer Namecoin
Jeremy Rand Lead Application Engineer Namecoin
Marcin Rataj IPFS Protocol Labs
Kalli Retzepi Researcher MGH
Mamie Rheingold   Ethereum Foundation
Chris Riley Director, Public Policy Mozilla
Cameron Robertson CEO Airtime Network
Danielle Robinson Co-Executive Director Code for Science & Society
Isaac Rockett Community Handshake
Marco Rodrigues Products Volterra
Mikeal Rogers    
David Rosenthal Retired  
Alexis Rossi Director of Media & Access Internet Archive
Jean Russell Executing on Thrivability Holochain
Eugeniu Rusu Developer Jolocom
Jenny Ryan Co-Founder and Treasurer Sudo Mesh / People's Open Network / Omni Commons
Markus Sabadello CEO Danube Tech
Tekin Salimi Project Manager Polychain Capital
Andrei Sambra Tech Lead Qwant Research
Hans Schoenburg Developer Handshake
Carla Schroer Founder & Director Cultural Heritage Imaging
Ross Schulman Senior Policy Technologist New America's Open Technology Institute
Bernhard Seefeld    
Wendy Seltzer Strategy Lead and Counsel W3C
Mindy Seu Art Director Harvard Graduate School of Design
Pooja Shah BD Protocol Labs
Ben Sharafian Co-Founder & CTO Coil
Kevin Silverman Partnerships Associate Internet Archive
Jessica Silverman Senior Director of Development Code for America
Edward Silverton Founder Mnemoscene
Caroline Sinders Principal Designer Convocation Design + Research
Preston So Director of Research and Innovation Acquia
Harrison Stahl Incentives Artist  
Stephen Stanwood Attorney Chan Punzalan LLP
Jutta Steiner Co-Founder & CEO Parity Technologies
Robert Summerwill Community Ambassador CryptoChicks
Morgan Sutherland Project Manager Tlon Corporation
Mai Sutton Community Organizer People's Open Network
Erin Swenson-Healey Developer Carbon Five
Dan Taeyoung    
Dominic Tarr    
David Temkin Temkin CPO Brave Software
Antonio Tenorio-Fornés PhD Student Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Akhil Thampy Software Engineer  
Akhil Thampy Software Engineer  
Kasima Tharnpipitchai Director of Engineering OmiseGO
Stefan Thomas Founder Coil
Noah Thorp Founder CoMakery Inc
Peter Todd    
Kristen Tonga    
Judy Toupin Teacher ArtsEd4All
Jehan Tremback CEO Althea
Emily tsay   Ethereum Foundation
Christian Tschudin Prof University of Basel, Switzerland
Connor Turland Training Lead Holo
Eli Turlington    
Ashley Tyson   Web3 Foundation
Ashley Tyson   1984
Pegah Vaezi Curator, Designer, Artist University of Toronto
David Van Duzer Engineer Internet Archive
Sami Van Ness Director of Marketing Holo
Tara Vancil   Beaker Browser
Ivan Vilata-i-Balaguer Software developer eQualitie, Inc.
Dmitri Vitaliev Director
Ace Volkov    
Timothy Vollmer Senior Manager, Public Policy Creative Commons
David Vorick    
Stephen W P2P Hacker  
Chris Waclawek Business, Strategy, Partnerships Golem
Eileen Wagner Program Manager Simply Secure
Jeremiah Wagstaff Founder Subspace
Dawn Walker PhD Student University of Toronto (also affiliated with: Environmental Data & Governance Ini
Rob Walker Supervising Clinical Attorney Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
Peter Wang CTO Anaconda, Inc.
Xiaowei Wang PhD student UC Berkeley
Fennie Wang    
Danyao Wang Software Engineer Google
Brian Warner engineer Agoric
Steve Waterhouse CEO Orchid Labs
Martin Westhead VP Engineering Groupon
Dan Whaley Founder Hypothesis
Richard Whitt Founder NetsEdge
Zooko Wilcox CEO The Zcash Company
Lawrence Wilkinson Chairman Heminge & Condell
Mikey Williams Technical Coach Scuttlebutt
Stephen Williams CTO Change My Path
Natascha Wittenberg Full Stack Developer Jolocom
Christoph Witzany Admiral of the Clouds CloudFleet
Andros Wong Software Engineer Coil
Andi Wong Teaching Artist ArtsEd4All
Angela Woodall   Columbia University
Christopher Wray Chief Legal Officer Mattereum
Erica Wright    
Austin Wright    
Willem Wyndham Graduate Student Computer Science Department UMD, College Park
Matilda Wysocki    
Mehdi Y Executive Director NetFreedom Pioneers
Barbara Yamaguchi    
Victor Yan Poet ArtEd4All
Alex Yen   Ethereum Foundation
Jon Ying   Ethereum Foundation
Sho Yoshida    
Bob Young    
Jimmy Young Designer Tlon
Kaliya Young Super Hero, Identity Woman Internet Identity Workshop
yan zhu chief security officer Brave
Matt Zumwalt Program Manager Protocol Labs