The project is conducted as a joint project by the team which started Creative Commons UK, in equal partnership with Creative Commons South Africa and FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The UK team is located at Oxford University, London School of Economics and Michael Young Foundation.
The South African team is located at the LINK Centre, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The LINK Centre is the leading public policy, regulation and management educational body in the area of information and communication in South Africa. Creative Commons South Africa’s work with the Open Business Model project is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
The Brazilian team is the Center for Technology & Society, at the FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro.
We are supported through the international Creative Commons network.
Christian Ahlert is public project lead of Creative Commons England and Wales. He is a Fellow at the Michael Young Foundation, where he is establishing an organization, which can support and protect the cultural and intellectual commons in a sustainable way. He is also a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Brazilian Studies.
Prodromos Tsiavos is the legal project lead for the Creative Commons England and Wales. He drafted the CC-England licenses and provides legal consultancy for various applications of open content licensing schemes. He teaches at the London School of Economics, is a research associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University and consults the European Commission.
Ronaldo Leos is the Director of the Center for Technology & Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro. He is also the project lead for the Creative Commons in Brazil. Professor Lemos earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and an LL.D. from the University of Sao Paulo Law School. He works actively with the FLOSS communities in Brazil, and is a consultant for several project in the public and private sector. His third book, “Direito, Tecnologia e Cultura” (Law, Technology and Culture) was published in Septeber 2005 by the FGV Press.
Bryane Michael is currently at Oxford University where he is researching issues in organisational performance. He has previously worked for almost four years with the World Bank and the OECD. He had led missions to Nicaragua, Bolivia, Russian Federation and recently to Turkey to look at governance issues. He has published a number of articles on e-government and improving private sector performance. He is a director or trustee for a number of organisations around the world.
Ian Block is an undergraduate at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., pursuing a degree in Political Economy and Computer Science. He attended Oxford University for the 2004-05 academic year as a visiting student of St. Catherine’s College. He works in the Office of Consumer Litigation at the United States Department of Justice.
Ton Wagemans – Strategic Adviser
Ton advises a number of companies how to adapt to the rapid changes in their environment. Ton advises OpenBusiness.cc on strategic issues and new developments combining his insights in media, law and technology. A lawyer by background, he designed e-business legislation and self-regulatory instruments and was a member of the UN Legal Group en eConfidence Core Group of the EU. He worked several years at e-business think tank ECP.NL and did research at Oxford University. He now works as a tech and public affairs consultant for Weber Shandwick and runs his independt consulting business on trust related issues.
Kalle Kormann is a digital designer based in Berlin, Germany. He is researching and investigating the useage, visualisation, potentials, and future possiblities of networked structures. He is working at the Open Business Front and Back-End.
Heather Ford is the public project lead for Creative Commons South Africa. She has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University and a certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Law and Management from the University of the Witwatersrand Link Centre. She worked with Creative Commons when she was a fellow at the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship Program at Stanford University, California and is now running Creative Commons South Africa and a programme entitled ‘Commons-sense: Towards an African Digital Information Commons’ (www.commons-sense.org). The programme focuses on encouraging access to and development of accessible educational content on the internet; developing case studies of open content business models; and engaging in the local cultural ‘commons’ in order to encourage local content in the film, music and creative industries.
Andrew Rens is the legal lead for Creative Commons South Africa. He studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he read for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA), and of Law (LLB). After qualifying as an attorney he researched Intellectual Property Issues on the Internet for the Master of Laws degree again at Wits Law School. At Wits he subsequently taught Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Space and Satellite, and Media Law and pioneered a course in Information Technology Law. He is currently a fellow of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, researching access to knowledge and alternative copyright issues.
Steve Esselaar is currently employed as a researcher at the LINK Centre which undertakes research into the regulatory and policy environment surrounding telecoms and ICT in Africa. Steve has a joint honours degree in Politics and Philosophy from Rhodes University, with a specific focus on political philosophy. In 2002, Steve completed an MBA at the University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science where his dissertation was titled The strategic impact of Voice over Internet Protocol on South African Telecommunications Operators. He has subsequently co-authored several research reports and academic papers.
Kerryn McKay is currently employed as a researcher at the LINK Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand. Kerryn holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University, majoring in Journalism & Media Studies and English. She has worked for a number of years in the advertising and marketing industries, and was most recently the marketing director at a commercial property consultancy which specialises in education and training for both the public and private sectors, and the undertaking of property audit reviews and due diligences.
Carolina Rossini is lead of projects in the Center for Technology & Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also works actively with the FLOSS, A2K and OER communities in Brazil, and is a consultant for Intellectual Property projects for some international funders. Professor Rossini earned an MBA in E-Business from Instituto de Empresas de Madri, Spain, and a Master in International Negotiations from the joint Program from UNICAMP/UNESP/PUCSP, São Paulo, Brazil. Carol is a lawyer graduated from Universidade de São Paulo and studied International Relations in PUCSP.
Oona Castro leads Open Business project, within the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Communications/Journalism and has attended Intellectual Property Post-Graduation course at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) School of Law. Oona has held positions regarding communications activities in institutions such as: VisitBritain, as Press and Trade Executive; the British Council, as Web Officer; Municipal Secretary of Public Administration of the City Hall of São Paulo, as Press Officer; Municipal Coordination of the Electronic Government (E-gov) of the City Hall of São Paulo, as Web Officer and colaborator in the Programmes for Digital Inclusion; and Signus Editora, as a reporter trainee. Oona has founded and serves as board member for a social organization called “Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social”.
Hannah is the contact person for OpenBusiness. She completes research and administration, coordinating the project and website.
Jos Marcelo Zacchi
Jos Marcelo Zacchi is a lawyer, graduated in the University of So Paulo Law School, and one of the coordinators of the Overmundo Project (www.overmundo.com.br). He is also Institutional Coordinator of the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety and was the founder and director of the “Sou da Paz” Institute, an NGO based in São Paulo aimed at several social projects to improve public safety, and for fighting against the causes of violence. He was appointed as a board member of ILANUD, and as a member of the public safety council of the State of So Paulo. He was appointed in 2003 as chieff of staff of the National Secretariat of Public Safety at the Ministry of Justice. He has also coordinated for the World Bank/IDB/UN-HABITAT the settlement of an Urban Safety Reference Centre in Brazil, and the planning and implementation of the International Center for Human Safety, created by the NGO Viva Rio in Rio de Janeiro, besides other projects aimed at citizenship and youth policies in urban areas.
Jamie King is an editor at Mute Magazine and online columnist for Channel Four News. His articles and short stories have appeared in numerous international publications. He is currently preparing his first novel, Dead Americans, for publication.
Gregor Hochmuth is a student of computer science at Stanford University with a broad scope of interests ranging from design, politics, and education to photography and visual art. Having grown up in Berlin, Germany, he has lived in California for several years where he has been involved in several technology and multimedia projects and also has been writing for German technology magazines covering conferences and developments of new technologies and the Internet.
Currently based at Channel4 TV in London UK, David manages the research and development of the broadcasters “Authentic Media” software projects, namely FourDocs and 4Laughs due in Q3 2006.
His Blog about the process in free media and the related obstacles in media commerce’ is available here.
As the director of OpenMute Simon runs a print-on-demand (POD) book publishing network and experimental distribution service, based on the mini-manifesto ‘Ceci nest pas un Magazine’ participatory publishing and sustainable economics. He studied at the Slade, UCL and CalArts (California). Co-founder of the cyberculture magazine Mute, which recently (Sept 2009) published its fifteen year anthology, ‘Proud to be Flesh’. As co-director of the Mute organisation he has been involved in a vast number of projects, including initiating and managing the building of a Drupal system to automate over a thousand web sites, called OmWeb back in 2002 and organising a UK nationwide tour of presentation and workshops of Open Source pioneers called UserLand.
Marc is an entrepreneur with 15 years management experience, including experience in starting and managing businesses in various fields. Marc’s expertise is in the area of software solutions and technologies of cooperation. He is a guest blogger on the Cooperation Commons blog. Marc currently works as a personal advisor to entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, helping them in their ventures from early stage to exit and on to the next venture. Marc is also president of the European American Angel Club in San Francisco.
PhD in Biology and Professor at the University of Corunna where he acted as Dean of the School of Sciences. Leader of the research group in Marine Resources and Fisheries involved in several R+D projects. Almost one hundred scientific papers in international journals and participates in conferences and working groups related to his research interests. Collaborating with businesses, public organizations and NGOs in topics related to sustainability and environmental management. Co-founder two spin-offs (Lonxanet and Fismare) born from his research work. Now, he is CEO of Fismare, an environmental consulting firm, and collaborates with the business angels network Alamut Business Network. His personal blog is used to talk about the free and open society and knowledge, using it as a platform free from the restrictions of the academic world. Blog: Research group, Fismare, Alamut Business Network.
Lawrence Lessig, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, is a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the School’s Center for Internet and Society. In 2002, he was named one of 50 top innovators by Scientific American. Lessig earned a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in philosophy from Cambridge, and a J.D. from Yale.
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow is a former Wyoming rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist. A co-founder of EFF, he was the first to apply the term cyberspace to the “place” it presently describes. He has written for a diversity of publications, including Communications of the ACM, Mondo 2000, The New York Times, and Time. He has been on the masthead of Wired magazine since it was founded. His piece on the future of copyright, “The Economy of Ideas,” is taught in many law schools, and his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” is posted on thousands of websites. In 1997, he was a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has been, since 1998, a Berkman Fellow at the Harvard Law School. John works actively with several consulting groups, including Diamond Technology Partners, Vanguard, and Global Business Network. In 1999, FutureBanker Magazine named him “One of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Services.” He writes, speaks, and consults on a broad variety of subjects, particularly digital economy.
Joichi Ito is the founder and CEO of Neoteny, a venture capital firm focused on personal communications and enabling technologies. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. In 1997 Time ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the “50 Stars of Asia” by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” for 2002.
Veni Markovski has been working on Internet-related issues since September 1990 when he started as a Sys Op of the Fido Net Micro Comm BBS (2:359/101). He was the founder and CEO of Bulgaria’s second Internet Service Provider, BOL.BG, and is founding and current Chair of the Board of the Internet Society – Bulgaria. He currently serves as the Bulgarian country coordinator for the Global Internet Policy Initiative and Chairs the Bulgarian President’s IT Advisory Committee. His recent activities include the United Nations Development Program project on implementing free and open source software on the municipality level in South East Europe, which is implemented by the Internet Society of Bulgaria. Mr. Markovski has been an active advocate for reform of laws and regulations governing the Internet, working to change licensing requirements on ISP s in Bulgaria and reach agreement with all Bulgarian stakeholders on liberalization of V o I P regulations in 2001. Mr. Markovski has published several articles on Internet-related issues in the last decade in Bulgaria and worldwide. He’s also contributing as a Board member of the Bulgarian New Symphony Orchestra. Veni Markovski was selected for the ICANN Board by the Nominating Committee. His current term will end after the conclusion of ICANN’s annual meeting in 2006.
Cory Doctorow is European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a member-supported nonprofit group that works to uphold civil liberties values in technology law, policy and standards. He represents EFF’s interests at various standards bodies and consortia, and at the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization. Doctorow is also a prolific writer who appears on the mastheads at Wired, Make and Popular Science Magazines, and whose science fiction novels have won the Campbell, Sunburst and Locus Awards and whose story 0wnz0red was nominated forthe Nebula Award. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing.
Rishab Aiyer Gosh
Rishab Aiyer Gosh is one of the founders (1995) and current Managing Editor of First Monday, the peer-reviewed journal of the Internet. He worked as analyst, journalist and researcher and has been widely published in India and abroad. He is Programme Leader at the International Institute of Infonomics, University of Maastricht, where he researches non-monetary economic activity with a focus on free/open source software.