Team

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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.

Interested in joining our team? Find our current job offers >>here!

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.

 

Okan Kaya

okan.kaya <AT> epicenter.works

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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 as Policy Advisor of epicenter.works against disproportionate interventions in human rights by politics.

 

Benedikt Gollatz

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

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

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.