Douglas Rushkoff
Contact Host, Media Theorist, Author

Douglas Rushkoff is an American media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist and documentarian. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, and his...

Aaron Huslage
Originator Aidphone Flybox

Aaron Huslage has been hacking on Internet technologies since 1987, and been a thought leader in the Internet industry since 1993. His greatest talent lies in communicating highly technical...

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Adam Black
Founder, KeyWifi

Adam has always been interested in the intersections between science, sustainability and human interaction. After studying Biotechnology in London, he worked in over 18 countries on the...

Adam Fisk
Founder, LittleShoot and Brave New Software

‎Adam Fisk is a P2P bit twiddler who was the lead engineer at LimeWire before founding Little Shoot and Brave New Software. Adam is continuing to work on LittleShoot as well as Brave New Software'...

Al Orensanz
Director, The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts was established in 1992 as an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from all over the world, and to the community...

Alexander Howard
Government 2.0 Correspondent, O'Reilly Media

Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O'Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics. Before joining O'Reilly, Howard was the associate...

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Amy Kirschner
Creator, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Marketplace

Amy Kirschner created the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Marketplace which is a peer-to-peer mutual credit system for over 1500...

Andrew Rasiej
co-founder Personal Democracy Forum

Andrew Rasiej is a futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-...

Arthur Brock

Arthur Brock builds targeted currencies that are at the core of the emerging post-industrial economy. He has created more than 100 designs for multi-currency systems and his software company has...

Astra Taylor
Filmmaker, Author

Astra Taylor holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research and has been an instructor in sociology departments at the University of Georgia and State University of New...

Bre Pettis

BRE PETTIS is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video...

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Caroline Woolard
Artist, Co-founder of and Trade School.

Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of and Trade School, hubs of Internet free trade and idea exchange.

Clay Shirky
Author, Technologist

Clay Shirky is a writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University as a Distinguished Writer in...

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Dan Gillmor
Author, Mediactive, and professor at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University

Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism...

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Daniella Jaeger
Community Team, Kickstarter

Daniella Jaeger is part of the Community team at Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. She reviews projects, works with users, curates the site, and blogs, as...

Danielle Lanyard
Founder, Green Breakfast Club; Founder, Third Rail Ventures

Danielle Lanyard is a lifelong activist and nonprofit professional who is now a NYC-based serial entrepreneur who helps support and launch startups for social and ecological change.


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Dave Winer
Father of blogging, Inventor of RSS Protocols and Podcasting, Founder of

Dave Winer is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City. Winer is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management, and web services, as well...

Debbie Schultz

Deb is an Internet industry veteran and open-web advocate who merges expertise in design, technology and innovation to bring fresh approaches to business. She is widely recognized for her...

Dennis Crowley
Founder, Foursquare

Dennis Crowley is the co-founder of foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness and game mechanics to encourage people explore the world around them. Previously, Dennis...

Dmitry Shapiro
CEO, Altly

Dmitry Shapiro is a serial Internet entrepreneur.

He is currently the Founder and CEO of Altly, Inc. a startup that is building an Alternative to Facebook.


Eli Pariser
founder, MoveOn

Eli Pariser (born December 17, 1980 in Lincolnville, Maine) is the former Executive Director of, and the organization's current Board President. Pariser's rise to prominence as a...

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Musician, Artist, Founder - Throbbing Gristle

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an English singer-songwriter, musician, writer and artist. His/Her early confrontational performance work in COUM Transmissions in the late 1960s and early 1970s along...

George Pór
Founder, CommunityIntelligence; Co-Founder Commons Learning Alliance

George Pór is an evolutionary thinker/activist and strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government and civil society, in matters of communities of practice and innovation-...

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Guillaume Lebleu
Co-organizer, Bernal Bucks, and co-founder, Clearbon

Guillaume is co-organizer of Bernal Bucks and co-founder of Clearbon. Before, Guillaume co-founded Brixlogic to help...

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Heather Gold
Artist, Comic

Heather Gold is an innovative artist, comic, speaker and talk show host best known for her ability to work the room. She's a web veteran with geek cred from Apple's webcast pioneering team and the...

James Vasile
Technologist, Executive Director, Freedombox

James Vasile is a long time user and advocate for sharing technology
and creative media. He is the Executive Director of the FreedomBox
Foundation, personal servers running a free...

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Jeff Newelt
Minister of Hype,; Editor, The Pekar Project

Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry has been dubbed “NYC’s Favourite Freakscene Facilitator” (Warren Ellis). Since 2006, he has been using social media to relentlessly promote and connect artists as Minister...

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Jennifer Sertl
Author,Ffounder of Agility3R

Jennifer Sertl is a thought leader in the emerging field of corporate consciousness - the convergence of Neuroscience and Existential Philosophy fostering inspiration and subsequently creating...

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Joanne McNeil
Senior Editor, Rhizome

Joanne McNeil is senior editor of Rhizome, an organization dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. She is founder...

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Jon Lebkowsky
Internet and digital culture expert, editor of Extreme Democracy, cofounder of Plutopia Productions, web consultant at Polycot Associates

Jon Lebkowsky is a web developer, writer, editor, and activist, and is well known as a forward-looking pioneer of the Internet and technoculture. He is president of the nonprofit EFF-Austin. and...

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Ken Jordan
Publisher and Executive Producer, Reality Sandwich, Evolver

Ken Jordan has been an online pioneer since leading the 1995 launch of the award-winning, the web's first multimedia music zine and digital music store, which later became a property...

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Laura Flanders
Founder, GRITtv

Laura Flanders is the founder and host of GRITtv, the daily syndicated tv talk show for people who want to do more than talk. Watch online, at or on Free SpeechTV (DISH Network, Ch 9415...

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Marc Canter
Founder - Macromedia; Founder - Digital City Project

Marc Canter is CEO of Digital City Mechanics, which is working on creating a system to create jobs called the "Digital City" project. He is also the CEO of Broadband Mechanics, which offers a...

Micah Daigle
Founder, Dynamic Democracy Initiative

Micah Daigle is the founder of the Dynamic Democracy Initiative, a movement to upgrade the way we make decisions in large groups by delegating our votes to those we individually trust within areas...

Micah L. Sifry
Co-Founder Personal Democracy Forum

Since 2004, Micah Sifry has been co-founder, editor and curator of the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF), a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics. He is...

Michel Bauwens
P2P Foundation

Michel Bauwens is a Belgian national working out of Thailand, focusing on a book about P2P Theory which adequately describes and explains current trends, to propose, in dialog with others,...

Nathan Solomon
CEO of Superfluid social currency

Nathan is the co-founder of superfluid, an entity which extends the functional collaborative network of participants to facilitate execution of unfunded projects. It does so by combining social...

Neal Gorenflo
Co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine

Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine, a nonprofit online magazine about sharing. As a former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is...

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Nick Philip
Founder, Imaginary Foundation

Founder and designer of the Imaginary Foundation line of memetic clothing, Philip first developed his skills as a teenage cut-and-paste artist active in the city's freestyle bicycle/skateboard...

Patrick Meier
Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and the Standby Volunteer Task Force for Live Mapping. He previously...

Paul B. Hartzog
Founder, Panarchy

Paul B. Hartzog, one of the coiners of the word "panarchy," is an
independent scholar and hacker, and has taught at the University of
Michigan's School of Information.


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Peter Fein
Agent, Telecomix

Peter Fein is an agent with Telecomix , an ad-hoc volunteer disorganization of Internauts who support free communication. Telecomix was instrumental in keeping the internet online in Egypt during...

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R.U. Sirius
Cyberculturist, former editor Mondo 2000

R.U. Sirius is the former editor-in-chief and main icon of Mondo 2000, the legendary cyber/counterculture magazine that defined the anarchic digital culture of the early 1990s.


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Rachel Rosenfelt
founder, The New Inquiry

Rachel Rosenfelt is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The New Inquiry. She is also a new media and marketing consultant based in New York. Prior to The New Inquiry she worked at the World Wide...

Randy J. Hunt

Randy J. Hunt is the product and design director at Etsy, the world’s handmade marketplace.

Prior to Etsy, he co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace, and ran Citizen Scholar...

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Rev. Billy Talen
Reverend, Church of Earthalujah, the Church of Life After Shopping

The Church of Earthalujah is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters,...

Richard C. Adler
Co-Founder, Future Forward Institute

Richard C. Adler is an electronic records archivist, former Borders buyer/merchandiser, information culture historian, and co-founder of the Future Forward Institute.

He came to the Future...

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Richard Metzger
Founder - Disinformation and Dangerous Minds

Richard Metzger (born October 25, 1965 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is a television host and author. He was the host of the TV show Disinformation (United Kingdom Channel 4, 2000-01), The...

Rob Peters
Standard of Trust

Rob is a recognized thought leader and advocate of Relationship Capital (“RC”). He has played a significant role in the creation of industry standards and best practices for the capture and...

Samuel Rose
Forward Foundation

Samuel Rose created to help people deal with the complexities of knowledge, understanding, change, human systems, evolution, foresight, cooperation and collaboration, and...

Scott Heiferman
Founder -

Scott Heiferman is CEO and a co-founder of Meetup, a service that helps people use the internet to organize local community groups with local offline meetings. Meetup originally gained notoriety...

Slava Rubin
Founder and CEO, IndieGoGo

Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of IndieGoGo - the world’s funding platform - which provides anyone with passion the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and...

Steven Johnson
Author, founder

Author, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map. Founder/Creator, hyperlocal media site

Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of seven books on...

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Suresh Fernando

Suresh's primary current project is the development of ProM, a 'dating site' for the climate action movement. The ProM concept is described here. The current status of the project is described...

The Doctor
Developer, Project Byzantium

The Doctor is one of the developers of Project Byzantium , a rapidly deployable, improvisable mesh networking environment which people can use to communicate and collaborate during times when the...

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Thomas Benjamin

Thomas Heydt-Benjamin researches security and privacy properties of ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems. Thomas brings with him to this work his prior experience in both attacks on and...

Venessa Miemis
Media Activist and Artist, Founder Emergent by Design

Venessa Miemis is a futurist and digital ethnographer, researching the impacts of social technologies on society and culture and designing systems to facilitate innovation and the evolution of...

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