Johnny West


Johnny West is a social entrepreneur and writer with 20 years professional experience in and around the oil industry. He began covering energy markets as a Reuters correspondent in the Middle East in the early 1990s. He has consulted to the United Nations, Revenue Watch Institute, Internews and others on oil and the public policy aspects of the industry and published in the Petroleum Economist, Iraq Oil Report, and Critical Resources as well as more general media like the Guardian and Huffington Post. He is a frequent guest commentator on broadcast outlets such as BBC Radio and TV, NPR, Sky … [Read more...]

Peter Murray-Rust


Peter Murray-Rust is a scientist who wants to make scientific information available to everyone, and to make it useful. Machines are a key part of this so he has developed semantic tools which read the literature, extract, validate and republish science. Peter believes that many others share this vision which will grow through bottom-up communities. One such is the Blue Obelisk which has developed many Free/Open programs in chemistry.   The major challenge is not technical, but entrenched attitudes and vested interests. Peter challenges this, both on his blog and by writing … [Read more...]

Jesse von Doom

Jesse von Doom

Jesse von Doom and his non-profit organization CASH Music build free and open tools to help musicians promote and sell their work. The goal is to use open source to explore new models and allow musicians to find their own paths to sustainable careers on an open web. He has a background in design and technology and has been working with music marketing and technology for over ten years. Jesse and his wife live in Portland, Oregon with their two daughters and a fat chihuahua. … [Read more...]

Rory Aronson


Rory Aronson is a mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur working to help solve big social and environmental challenges. Currently he is focused on FarmBot, humanity's open-source automated precision farming machine, and OpenFarm, a free and open database for farming and gardening knowledge. Based out of his local makerspace in San Luis Obispo, California, Rory is designing and prototyping hardware, tinkering with electronics, and collaborating with an ever growing international team of software developers, mechanical and electrical engineers, and agriculture specialists to propel the … [Read more...]

Moxie Marlinspike


Moxie Marlinspike is a researcher and software developer working in the security and privacy space.  His security research has focused primarily on SSL, one of the internet's fundamental secure protocols, of which he has published numerous attacks and proposed solutions over a 10 year period.  He was the co-founder and CTO of Whisper Systems, a mobile security company, which was acquired by Twitter, where he ran the product security team. During his fellowship, Moxie will be focusing on Privacy Enhancing Technology with an emphasis on usable security.  This will include work on existing secure … [Read more...]