A big team
Our effort would not be possible without the work of many volunteers involved. Our network consists of many people who volunteer for fundamental and freedom rights in the digital age. They must be mentioned before we introduce the core team.
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Herbert Gnauer (@HerbertGnauer)
✉ herbert.gnauer <AT> epicenter.works
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is a practicing radio producer and emeritus IT-machinist. He has been on the internet since 1992, and therefore is just as long faced with digital rights issues. Yet, he is always surprised by the developments in this field, albeit less of the directions taken than their dynamics. Herbert entered into AKVorrat as co-signatory on the lawsuit against data retention filed with the Austrian Constitutional Court or ECJ, has been a member of the Executive Board since mid-2015 and became Chairperson in March 2020.
Sonja Waldgruber (@SonjaWaldgruber)
✉ sonja.waldgruber <AT> epicenter.works
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is active at the intersection between technology and human in the roles of product developer, product manager and business analyst. She is active in the Chaos Computer Club Wien (C3W) with focuses on Chaos macht Schule, a CCC media education format in the German-speaking area, and on digital rights topics. Better late than never, she learned protesting with AKvorrat and, in March 2020, joined the epicenter.works board as treasurer.
✉ dieter.schindlauer <AT> epicenter.works
is an inveterate human rights activist and specializes in particular in non-discrimination. He co-founded the ZARA association and the Litigation Association for the Enforcement of the Rights of Victims of Discrimination and is still on the board of both associations. Now increasingly advocates for human rights standards on the web, also because as a "technical nudger" he still has a lot to learn and to marvel at. In recent years, he has been living mainly in the Western Balkans in order to further develop human rights there on behalf of the EU. Acts as project manager, trainer and lecturer. Since 2020 on the board as secretary. (Photo credit: Zinner)
Thomas Lohninger (@socialhack)
✉ thomas.lohninger <AT> epicenter.works
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was a programmer and anthropologist in his former life. Digital rights had been his hobby until he intensively accompanied the EU Net Neutrality Act as Policy Advisor for European Digital Rights. Thomas was one of the driving forces behind the www.savetheinternet.eu campaign and has a strong work focus on net neutrality, data protection, and mass surveillance. Since 2010 he has played an active part at epicenter.works and since 2014 he is the managing director of the association. He also writes on Netzpolitik.org, is a regular guest in the Podcast Logbuch:Netzpolitik and is involved in the Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. (digital society club).
Tanja Mally (@TanjaMally)
✉ tanja.mally <AT> epicenter.works
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spent most of her professional life in the media industry. Since 2014, she has supported charitable institutions with her experience in networking and partner management. As an attentive citizen with a pronounced sense of justice, her fundamental rights are particularly important to her. Tanja is the Managing Director of epicenter.works, with additional responsibility for fundraising as well as the support of the steadily growing number of cooperation partners. Solid funding and strong allies are the foundation of the successful work of our organization.
✉ benedikt.gollatz <AT> epicenter.works
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is entrusted with the administration of the technical infrastructure and the IT security of the association, as well as with technical, scientific, and skeptical questions.
✉ nina.spurny <AT> epicenter.works
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studied media management and, after a few stops at magazines and television, devoted herself to science communication. After some years in scientific public relations, she made the leap to epicenter.works at the end of 2020. Nina burns for justice in the digital age. In her role she supports epicenter.works in giving the association's important causes the stage they deserve.
✉ manuel.jany <AT> epicenter.works
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Manuel supports epicenter.works as a legal intern since January 2021. In addition to his work in a data protection law firm, he already focused on fundamental rights during his studies. Manuel sees our individual freedom as increasingly threatened by measures such as the surveillance package or government facial recognition. Fundamental rights and freedoms take a decisive role in the contest against this escalating surveillance. For this reason, he fights at epicenter.works for the protection and preservation of our privacy as we know it.
Lukas Daniel Klausner (@Vilinthril)
lives on the net and studied mathematics at TU Wien. He is currently a researcher at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, where he does research on security, privacy, data science and science and technology studies. In terms of digital rights, he is particularly interested in transparency and digital administration, the problems of big data and linked data in the modern surveillance state, the transparency of algorithms (“explainable AI”) as well as ethics and bias of algorithms (e. g. in machine learning applications) as well as democracy and electoral laws. As a mathematician, he knows that e-voting is fundamentally incompatible with free and secret elections.
Daniel Lohninger (@aesthesism)
brings a multimedia education from the Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics in Vienna and studies information and communication pedagogy. Daniel first joined epicenter.works as a graphic designer and has been coordinating our activities in Styria since 2017. He is particularly concerned about surveillance and data protection. He also acts as a contact for data protection in education. Workshops and lectures are also included in his field of activity.
has studied Political Science, Sociology and Anglistics & American Studies at the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck. For her, the digital transformation is the crucial point of social and political development in the 21st century. Therefore, she is committed to a free Internet, digital education and a society that uses technology critically and sustainably. As a member of the local hackerspace, she always participates in the latest developments. Julia supports epicenter.works from Innsbruck and coordinates our activities there.
Erwin Ernst Steinhammer (@eest9)
is a digital rights activist and studies Political Science. He worked as a software consultant for a long time and has also dealt with the social impact of automation. As an advocate of fundamental rights, in particular the Freedom of Information Act, he soon became interested in the state protection law. When the "Federal Trojan" (Bundestrojaner) was introduced, he was one of the first to criticize the parliamentary review process. Today, he keeps a close watch on epicenter.works' digital rights developments, both in parliament and in government.
is a creative practitioner of ripe old age and works as an auditor at epicenter.works. His motto is the architecture of the future: designing tomorrow's world with today's fantasy about the world. He is always learning, critical, and open to new ideas. Occupation and vocation are one to him, because it is always about the design of human-machine interfaces with humane demands.
has spent most of his professional life working in law firms. Disproportionate encroachments on fundamental and human rights are on the rise. The rule of law is a necessary condition for a functioning democracy. The state must always respect the constitution in any situation, no matter how difficult. Okan fights against disproportionate interventions in human rights by politics.