The names below are the initial ones, off the top of my head, that I’d love to have on the working group.
Please add any suggestions, thoughts, etc., you have in the comments.
Important criterion: no one with financial links to Surveillance Capitalism will be considered. So please don’t post any Google or Facebook employees, or people who indirectly get paid by such companies. e.g., Mozilla gets all of its money – about $370M a year – from Yahoo! – a multi-billion dollar people farmer. (They used to get it from Google.) So they are one degree removed but wholly reliant on Surveillance Capitalism for their existence. Similarly, the W3C is basically the standards body of Surveillance Capitalism and so we won’t be considering any candidates from there. Those are just a couple of immediately obvious examples. Given that Surveillance Capitalism is the mainstream model of technology, it may seem that this limits us somewhat but it is essential for us to protect our integrity and stave off the influences of institutional corrruption. When in doubt, please post your suggestion and we can carry out due diligence based on the above criteria. Ideally, our candidates will either be independent or members of organisations that have taken a public stance against Surveillance Capitalism and who do not benefit financially from it.
Privacy notice: Please do not post contact information for any possible candidates here. (A link to their web site or their work – , articles, Mastodon/Twitter, etc., is fine but no email addresses, phone numbers, etc.) We will be compiling a final list that we will take to a vote with the Validating Council before we officially contact anyone on the list. Once the list of candidates is voted in, we’ll go ahead and issue invitations and that’s when we will be in touch for your help in contacting them if necessary.
Timeline: In order to keep things moving. I suggest a two-week window for suggestions. We will keep this post open until end of Sunday, August 6th, 2017. At that point, we will evaluate the suggestions and prepare a list to be voted in a standard session of the Validating Council starting on August 14th, 2017. If the list is approved, we will contact candidates August 21st, 2017 - August 25th, 2017 and give them a two-week window in which to respond. Based on the responses, we will announce the final Working Group for the technology pillar on Friday, September 15th, 2017. If you have any feedback/suggestions regarding this timeline, please speak up in the comments
Key: * = people I know and/or can easily contact.
- Shoshana Zuboff* (Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (retired); coined the term Surveillance Capitalism)
- Edward Snowden* (for reasons)
- Richard Stallman* (wikipedia) (free software is a core tenet of our approach)
- Cathy O’Neil (wikipedia, author of Weapons of Math Destruction on algorithmic bias/transparency)
- Steve Wozniak (wikipedia, co-founder of Apple, embodies the hacker ethic)
- Peter Sunde* (ex-Pirate Bay, ex-flattr. Currenly working on creating exactly the types of solutions we are advocating for.)
- Eugen Rochko* (author of Mastodon (wikipedia); the decentralised Twitter alternative – Mashable article, his Mastodon)
- Evgeny Morozov* (wikipedia, biting critiques of Silicon Valley/neoliberal model)
- Francesca Bria* (ex-D-cent/Nesta, doing great work with the city of Barcelona, platform coorperativism)
- Gry Hasselbalch* (Data Ethics EU – privacy as innovation. Co-author of Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage.)
- Pernille Tranberg* (Data Ethics EU – privacy as innovation. Co-author of Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage.)
- Emma Holten* (privacy as consent; privacy at work (audio interview))
- Andy Clark (philosopher; co-author of The Extended Mind)
- Alexander Hamff* (privacy advocate)
- David Carroll* (prof. of media design; The New School – course)
- Trebor Scholz (platform coorperativism; The New School – article)
- Doc Searls* (Cluetrain Manifesto, recent work critical of adtech)
- Marleen Stikker* (Waag Society)
- Carole Cadwalladr (journalist; currently doing great work in exposing govt/corp ties in The Guardian)
- Jérémie Zimmermann* (La Quadrature du Net, wikipedia)
- Dominic Tarr* (author of Secure Scuttlebutt + profilic developer of decentralised tech on Node.js platform, interview)
- Bas van Abel* / Olivier Hebert (interview) (CEO/CTO Fairphone)
- Lawrence Lessig (His work on Creative Commons / Institutional Corruption, wikipedia)