Dan currently directs the Open Technology Fund at Radio Free Asia. He joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF’s inaugural director. As the program’s principal director, he is responsible for OTF’s day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
Over the past decade, Dan has identified as an activist, technologist, journalist, and now funder exploring emerging trends intersecting human rights, transparency, global communication policy and technology, information security, and the Internet.
Before directing the Open Technology Fund, Dan was a senior producer and technologist for the Al Jazeera Network based in in Doha, Qatar. Leading up to and during the Arab Spring, he modernized traditional investigative journalist toolkits with safe communication technology to protect field reporters and their sources from surveillance, created a privacy-protecting global whistle-blowing and news gathering platform, and produced technology-centric stories for global television broadcast.
Before his time at Al Jazeera, Dan was a senior technology fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, DC. While there, he worked with the Open Technology Initiative and Media Policy Initiative to operationalize new “code-as-policy” technology projects with global communities of policy makers, journalists, and technologists. His focus was to create, educate, demystify, and evangelize open, distributed, and decentralized technologies that increased democratic participation, fought censorship, and disrupted authoritarianism globally.
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Radio Free Asia (RFA) broadcasts in nine languages native to East Asia, as well as publishing a Web-only English page to meet international demand. This page derives almost exclusively from selections of segments produced in-language by our broadcast services.
A program of RFA, the Open Technology Fund utilizes public funds to support Internet freedom projects. OTF supports projects that develop open and accessible technologies promoting human rights and open societies. OTF strives to advance inclusive and safe access to global communication networks.
Headquartered in the heart of the Middle East, and with close to 70 news bureaus worldwide, Al Jazeera English tells the stories that other networks do not. As the "Voice of the South", the network covers under-reported regions and events across the world through a spirit of journalism that is honest, courageous and distinctive.
Launched in January 2011, the Al Jazeera Transparency Unit aimed to mobilize its audience - both in the Arab world and further afield - to submit all forms of content (documents, photos, audio and video clips, as well as “story tips”) for editorial review and, if merited, online broadcast and transmission on our English and Arabic-language broadcasts.
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.
The Open Technology Initiative formulates policy and regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open technologies and communications networks. The Media Policy Initiative (MPI) formulates policy and regulatory reforms to foster the development of a healthy media that satisfies the needs of democracy in the 21st century.
The CUWiN Foundation develops decentralized, community-owned networks that foster democratic cultures and local content. Through advocacy and through our commitment to open source technology, we support organic networks that grow to meet the needs of their community.
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Engaging in software, website, and technical development in support of the global justice movement. The Acorn Active Media Foundation is an employee-run tech collective whose members are themselves activists; the projects we work on are chosen based on members' interest in working on them.
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (U-C IMC) is a grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area. We foster the creation and distribution of media, art, and narratives emphasizing underrepresented voices and perspectives and promote empowerment and expression through media and arts education.
MCS Office Technologies is a technology solutions provider based in Central Illinois. MCS's goal is to provide customers with the information, research, products, and services for all computer-related systems - from the wiring to the servers and applications.
TBS Communication was an independent teleport operator and a bandwidth wholesaler that provides service through fixed, mobile and transportable equipment using end-to-end satellite services.
The Electric Pickle Design Collective is a team of software developers, web designers, and system administrators dedicated to providing our clients and community with professional web hosting and site development tools.
Computer Services provides support for informational technology resources on campus. The Department serves students and faculty through the University's helpdesk system. These helpdesk tickets describe the need or problem, enabling Computer Services to provide timely and appropriate assistance.
Hontestly, I failed at formal education. I've been incredibly fortunate to have many great peers, mentors, friends, and the Interent. Together, they've pulled and pushed me along in life. Thank you.