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Dr. Richard Barbrook
Digital Democracy and Games Strategist, UK Labour Party
Richard Barbrook is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Westminster.
His study of the political and ideological role of the prophecies of artificial intelligence and the information society: "Imaginary Futures: from thinking machines to the global village was awarded the Marshall McLuhan prize for outstanding book in the field of media ecology.
He is a trustee of Cybersalon – a London-based new media think-tank – and is now closely involved in its campaign for the Internet Bill of Rights.
Since November 2017, he is the Digital Democracy and Games Strategist for the UK Labour Party.
Dr. Roslyn Fuller
Director, Solonian Democracy Institute
Dr. Roslyn Fuller is a leading expert on applying the original principles of Athenian Democracy to 21st century states and organisations. Her ground-breaking book, "Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose", has re-defined the modern theory of democracy. It has been praised as ‘a timely and provocative look behind the clichés of Western politics’ (Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times) and ‘the inside story of the slow death of democracy’ (Nick Davies, The Guardian).
Having lectured in International Law in Ireland, Roslyn is now a regular commentator in leading international publications including Salon, The Nation, the LA Review of Books, Alternet and many more.
As director of the Solonian Democracy Institute, Roslyn studies how understanding Athenian democratic principles can transform decision-making processes and how this will affect our future society. Her research is regularly presented at leading international conferences.
Davide Casaleggio
Entrepreneur, Movimento 5 Stelle (5-Star Movement), Italy
Graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University, Milan, with a degree in e-business and a thesis on “The strategic impact of the Internet in the express mail sector,” Davide Casaleggio, born in 1976, specializes in the definition of online business models, in the use of the Theory of Networks and social networking and online marketing. On these issues he has developed several sectoral pieces of research and consistently holds lectures and seminars. He is author of the books “Moonbusiness – The e-business models” (Tecniche Nuove) and “Tu Sei Rete”(You Are Network) (Casaleggio Associati) and has published articles for the Harvard Business Review magazine on digital issues such as: Mobile Social Business and Internet of Things.
David Graeber
Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics
David Graeber is a Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics.
His book "Debt: The First 5000 Years" has attracted critical acclaim and won the Bateson Book Prize awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology.
His activism includes protests against the 3rd Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in 2001, and the 2002 World Economic Forum in New York City. Graeber was a leading figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and is sometimes credited with having coined the slogan, "We are the 99 percent".
Una Murphy
Co-Founder of VIEW Magazine
Una Murphy coordinates digital and broadcast media workshops for VIEW/digital. She has produced and directed current affairs/factual/documentary programmes for UTV, TG4, RTE and BBC, reported for The Daily Mirror and The Irish Times, and worked on media campaigns for Save the Children Northern Ireland and CARDI, The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland. She has taught journalism courses at various universities and colleges.
Lionel "Ploum" Dricot
Engineer, Blogger & Blockchain Consultant
Lionel Dricot, mostly known under the nickname Ploum, is an engineer, writer, blogger and blockchain consultant. Passionate about freedom and decentralisation, he contributed to multiple free software and open source projects, wrote one of the first book ever published about Ubuntu before joining the Bitcoin community in 2010, foreseeing Bitcoin as a tool to build a more decentralised future. In 2012, he was 14 votes short to become the first Pirate Party member elected in Belgium.

Lionel is an invited lecturer at École Polytechnique, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). In 2017, after more than a decade in the industry, he started a PhD on Democracy & Blockchain.

Scott Santens
Moderator, r/BasicIncome Reddit Community
Scott Santens is a founding member of the Economic Security Project, an adviser to the Universal Income Project, a founding committee member of Basic Income Action, committee member of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network, and founder of the BIG Patreon Creator. He is the moderator of the r/BasicIncome community on Reddit with over 30,000 subscribers.
Costa Vayenas
Senior Consultant, Procivis
Costa Vayenas is the author of “Democracy in the Digital Age: How we’ll vote and what we’ll vote about”. He is a Senior Consultant at Procivis AG, a Swiss tech startup focused on e-government as a service. He is a Senior Investment Consultant at Wellershoff & Partners in Zurich. He has previously worked as an analyst for financial institutions in London, New York and Zurich. His recent roles included Head of Research and Head of Credit for the emerging markets at UBS. He has lectured at the University of Zurich as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). 
John Richardson
CEO, Ethelo Decisions
John Richardson is a mathematician, a lawyer and the inventor of the Ethelo decision engine. In 2000 he founded Pivot Legal Society, now one of Canada’s leading human rights organizations. He has been internationally recognized as an Ashoka Fellow for his work as leading social entrepreneur and advocate for justice and the rights of marginalized persons. After serving as Pivot’s Executive Director for 10 years, John left to create Ethelo, a social enterprise dedicated to new ways of doing group decision making, using online technology.
Patrick Chalmers
Film maker, former Reuters reporter
Patrick Chalmers is a Scottish journalist, author and university lecturer and a passionate campaigner for deeper democracy. A former Reuters reporter, he is the author of "Fraudcast News - How Bad Journalism Supports Our Bogus Democracies".
Denise Magill
Director of Support Services, Triangle Housing Association
Denise Magill joined Triangle as Director of Support Services in 2010 having previous experience working in both the statutory and private sectors. She has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care employed as a Service manager, Regional Quality & Standards manager, Development manager and finally Operations manager. Triangle Housing Association provides accommodation and a range of support, care and employment services throughout Northern Ireland, employing over 400 staff. Triangle has been engaged in the Participatory Budgeting process for the past two years.
Dr. Senan Cooke
Secretary, Dunhill Rural Enterprises & Lecturer, Dublin City University
Dr. Senan Cooke is the Secretary of Dunhill Rural Enterprises, the organisation behind Dunhill Ecopark, an enterprise park established as a social enterprise by members of the Dunhill community in 2000.
Senan is a member of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) expert advisory implementation group, the Social Enterprise Task Force (SETF), Waterford LCDC- Local Community Development Company and a founding member of the Waterford Social Enterprise Network (WSEN).
He has been a full-time lecturer at DCU until 2010 and remained with them in a part-time capacity following his retirement.
Nathan Spataro
CEO of SecureVote and Co-Founder of Flux
Nathan Spataro is the CEO of Sydney based company SecureVote and Co-Founder of Flux, a political movement committed to advancing digital and participatory democracies in Australia and abroad. He has a background in, and passion for, technologies, politics, and democracy. Nathan is an optimist and humanist who believes in a bright future powered by human creativity and problem-solving.
Dr. George Naskaris
Promoter of democracy and fair business practices
George N. Naskaris, Ph.D., is a former asst. professor of economics and entrepreneur and for the last several years has been promoting fair business practices and democracy through Accountability International, Inc. George is currently working on his second book, Democracy beyond Political Parties, and has offered seminars on the Future of Democracy at Kings College London and the University of Hamburg gratis. He was born into peasantry in Greece and went to New York City after high school in 1966 on a student visa. George developed an interest in the idea of democracy as a teenager in Athens, while trying to understand why those who built the Acropolis could create such masterpieces and his brethren cannot even pave a road properly. His most challenging experience in life was during his last high school year, when he managed to overcome his fear of authority and in a religion class tried to question the need for the Immaculate Conception, which cost him dearly, including being expelled for two months. That taught him that fear must be overcome regardless of the price.