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 executive 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 (@NinaSpurny)
✉ 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.
Petra Schmidt (@epiccompet)
✉ petra.schmidt <AT> epicenter.works
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studied cultural studies and North American studies in Berlin, Munich and Venice. She has conceptualized and organized global events and worked in the music industry with digitization, licensing and copyright. She speaks several languages, including code. Before advising companies and associations on the GDPR since 2018, she was responsible for various websites and also worked for Google and Groupon for 1,5 years. In July 2021, she dared the "adventure Austria" and since then she brings all her experience into the work of the association as communications manager.
Tanja Fachathaler (@tamafa11)
✉ tanja.fachathaler <AT> epicenter.works
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studied law, Latin American studies and human rights and democratization in Vienna, Venice and Seville. She has several years of experience in different positions in the legal sector, both in Austria - for example in administrative justice or in a law firm - and in Brussels for human rights organizations and a consulting firm working for the EU institutions. Tanja is multilingual and is also involved as an election observer and in human rights education. Since August 2021, she has been bringing her experience to epicenter.works as a Policy Advisor.
✉ philipp.arja <AT> epicenter.works
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Philipp supports epicenter.works as a legal intern since July 2021. As a political critical person he has always been aware of the decisive role of fundamental rights and freedoms in a functioning constitutional state. Even in times of pandemic management, it is important to remain vigilant and not to let advancing digitalization turn into a gateway towards excessive state surveillance. For this reason, he fights at epicenter.works for the respect and preservation of our individual freedom.
has followed the discourse on network policy with keen interest since she was a law student. As a lawyer, she is dedicated to the enforcement of consumer rights, but the protection of fundamental rights is also a central concern for her. Through her involvement with epicenter.works, she can combine both and actively contribute to the protection of fundamental rights in the context of digitalization.
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.
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.
completed her law degree and is now studying sociology and journalism at the University of Vienna. She is particularly interested in the interface and interactions between society, law and the media. She is committed to fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law, because in the age of digitalization and the information society, important decisions are being made for the future. Vicky currently supports epicenter.works mainly through media monitoring and with translations.
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.
Manuel supported epicenter.works as a legal intern from January until August 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.
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.