Stephanie Hankey is the Executive Director of the Tactical Technology Collective (www.tacticaltech.org). She has worked worldwide to bring design and technology together with activism and campaigning for the past twenty years. She worked to develop and support early digital campaigning for the Open Society Foundation, until in 2003 she co-founded Tactical Tech, an organisation working worldwide to help activists, journalists and NGOs use digital technologies in the work.
As a practitioner, she has worked for the last decade to build the capacity of human rights defenders, activists and journalists on effective digital activism, to defend freedom of expression and to advance digital privacy and security within civil society. In 2011, she co-founded the creative design agency for advocacy, Tactical Studios, she is the co-author of the book Visualising Information for Advocacy and in 2013 she was awarded an Ashoka fellowship for her work as a social entrepreneur.
Co-founder of Tactical Tech, Marek is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions that span across various media: radio, television and internet; as well as those that utilise non technical formats, such as workshops, book sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are the major driving forces in his work, as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views.
Previously he co-founded The Second Hand Bank, as well as the International Contemporary Art Network, before Tactical Tech and recently Tactical Studios. He is currently focusing on producing interactive and static visualisations representing complex social and political issues; very recently he produced and directed a series of documentary films for Tactical Tech called Exposing the Invisible. In some spare time he produces a radio program titled Love & Chaos on Reboot FM.
Caroline has over 14 years of experience in campaigning, political advocacy and communications around social justice and women's rights. Before joining Tactical Tech as Deputy Director, Caroline was part of the executive team of DSW - an international Foundation working on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Caroline studied Social Sciences in Hannover, Germany and holds a Masters degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In her spare time, she tries her hand at knitting, yoga and cooking.
Hannah coordinates Tactical Tech's training activities, curriculum development and the integration of new research findings into the organisation's training methodology. Currently she is deeply involved in the holistic security project, which seeks to integrate digital, physical and psycho-social approaches to security for the protection of human rights defenders. From time to time she also facilitates digital security workshops.
Hannah has a degree in International Politics from the University of Aberystwyth and is interested in ideas around human rights, citizenship and statelessness. In her spare time she likes cycling around Berlin and discovering the many peculiarities of the German language.
Helen got involved with Tactical Tech in 2012 as a writer and editor, joining the Berlin office as Communications Coordinator in 2014. She has worked on a number of Tactical Tech projects, and writes the monthly newsletter In the Loop. Her background is in journalism, publishing and teaching, and she was formerly an online news editor at Allafrica Global Media. She has a degree in Journalism and Media Studies, as well as a postgraduate degree in Philosophy.
Ling joined Tactical Tech at the beginning of 2014 to work on outreach for the Exposing the Invisible project. Currently, she works across many of Tactical Tech's projects, organising events, doing outreach work and helping to ensure smooth-running operations. Before joining Tactical Tech, Ling worked in Berlin and London organising workshops, festivals, trainings, campaigns and conferences in fields such as environmental rights and justice, green economy, renewable energy and nuclear disarmament. She studied environmental science at the University of East Anglia and the University of Oregon. During her time off you'll find her outside on a bicycle, looking for the next adventure.
Daniela O'Halloran joined the Tactical Tech team with over ten years experience working in finance and administration for civil society organisations and in the private sector. In Ireland, she started and ran the social enterprise, Ireland Donates, which aimed at linking together NGOs and private organisations. She has a Degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and since returning to Berlin she has started a Masters Degree in Social Management from the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin in cooperation with the Partaetische Akademie Berlin.
Jan has been with Tactical Tech since its inception in 2003, and has always been pleased to be part of the successful forward trajectory of the organisation. She is currently Tactical Tech's treasurer, and mentor to other members of staff. She joined Tactical Tech after many years in the corporate sector, co-founding and assisting in the running of many successful businesses. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Franziska joined Tactical Tech after having worked in the industrial sector. She has experience in administration, finance and strategic human resource management. As a volunteer for Amnesty International, she was involved in several projects, such as supporting refugees in Thuringia and looking at the social responsibility of companies.
Franziska holds a Diploma degree in Business Adminstration and Intercultural Management. She is interested in topics related to social ecology and in her spare time she does Pilates, goes running and enjoys spending time in nature.
Poornima is an operations expert with over 10 years of experience in finance, administration, logistics, HR, project management, legal and company affairs within non-profit organisations. She was, for almost a decade, a valuable member of the core Mahiti team. She has a Masters in Sociology and is presently working towards an MBA and a certification as Company Secretary
Hannelie has worked in Financial Management for not-for-profit organisations since 1999. She started her career in finance at the Namibian offices of the United Nations Children Fund and served the local UN office in different financial and administration capacities for five and a half years. After completing her Masters in Public Management at the University of Potsdam, she broadened her horizon beyond the financial aspect of development work. For one and a half years, she acted as a Programme Manager for Positive Vibes, a NGO working with and for people affected by HIV in Namibia. She also has done several consultancies in finance and human resources matters with NGOs and small for-profit organisations.
Alistair is Director of Publishing and Production at Tactical Tech and has worked with a range of NGOs in health, human rights and global justice to lead the development of websites, interactive tools and multimedia projects. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, being one of the first reporters to cover China's internet repression in 2002 as well as the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003.
Over the past 15 years Alistair has also been actively involved with as many activist groups and campaigns as will have him. He helped organise the Iraq anti-war march in London in 2003 of over 1 million people. He has worked with Climate Camp, the Campaign for John Charles de Menezes, UkUncut and the Open Rights Group.
Maya has worked at Tactical Tech since January 2010 and has worked on a range of projects in this time. Recent work includes co-writing Visualising Information for Advocacy and leading the the Info-Activism Camp 2013. Maya's work now focuses on developing the organisation's applied research work with different collaborators and colleagues. Before joining Tactical Tech, Maya worked on one of the first studies of gender and online violence with APC's Women's Rights Program, and on ICTs in development. Maya holds Masters degrees in Applied Psychology from Delhi University, India, and in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. She is now enrolled for a part-time PhD at Leuphana University investigating the possibility of different approaches to ethics in situations of shared autonomy between humans and machines in autonomous vehicles. She is often on Twitter as @mayameme.
Andrea joined Tactical Tech in September 2014, and is responsible for Tactical Tech's direct community engagement. She has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, starting her career with Greenpeace - initially as a campaigner, later as political advisor on international environmental issues and then as Executive Director of the Argentina national office. Andrea moved to Berlin in 2003 to join Transparency International, where she worked as Global Programme Manager in the Campaigns team.
Andrea holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with post graduate studies at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Non Profit Organisations and the Fletcher School at Tuft's University. She's also a photographer, and since 2006 has organised the Berlin Fotomarathon.
Kaustubh is a technologist currently based between Bangalore and Berlin. An active open-source software practitioner, he has over 10 years of experience working with community-driven web content management and social platforms. He has a special interest in low cost, sustainable, open radio networks and founded Infinity Radio (later known as RadioVeRVe), India's first internet radio station promoting Indian independent music. Kaustubh also has many years of experience working with deployment of open-source, secure, distributed internet infrastructures.
At Tactical Tech, he mentors a small team of developers, advises project and program teams on technical solutions and is also responible for provisioning, maintenance and security of all of Tactical Tech's online infrastructure.
Kaustubh tweets @houndbee
At Tactical Tech, Alex coordinates the project "Securing Online and Offline Freedoms for Women: Expression, Privacy and Digital Inclusion." She is a sociologist and a researcher on ICT for the public good, and holds a PhD in social economy. For the last decade, she has been involved in the development of technological sovereignty initiatives for social and political transformation within neighbourhood communities, engaged research networks, social movements, immigrant teenagers and women's groups.
Over the past eight years, Chris has advised on a number of projects at the intersection of technology and human rights, principally in countries where access to information is heavily constrained, closely monitored or both. This experience builds upon a strong technical foundation in computer and network security as well as an academic grounding in legal, political, economic and activist approaches to related challenges.
David has worked for over 10 years with various NGOs in India, worked in the area of conflict resolution and has always been involved with the print media in every organisation he has worked with. He was part of the marketing, design and production team of the largest Children's book publishing house in India, that worked at reaching the printed media to the remotest parts of the country and inculcate in the Indian Children the habit and love of reading, before he came on to be part of Tactical Tech.
Allan is an information designer and production guru. He was also a long-standing member of the Bangalore-based technology NGO, Mahiti. At Mahiti, he headed up the design function, specialising in information architecture and the usability of web-based and multimedia applications. Over the last 10 years he has managed numerous technology projects for NGOs, and conceptualised projects such as a series of digital pedagogic games and tools to teach soft skills and literacy to young adults in rural India. Allan was a lead organiser for AsiaSource and AfricaSource 2 and led the local production team for the World Information City exhibition (India).
Prior to joining the team, Gabi worked at Transparency International, contributing to data projects such as the Global Corruption Barometer, and for The Guardian in London. Gabi holds a Masters in Human Rights from University College London. At Tactical Tech, Gabi works on Exposing the Invisible. Before joining this project she has worked on various other projects within Tactical Tech including, Visualising Information for Advocacy, the Women's Rights Campaigning Toolkit, and working with the Egyptian organisation EIPR to create a data visualisation on Egyptian Building Collapses.
She has an interest in data and design, which, outside of Tactical Tech, she applies to the creation of braided hair wreath displays.
Hadi Al Khatib has been working on the security and protection of human rights defenders with Tactical Tech since 2010, and has been facilitating digital security workshops in the MENA region as well as writing and editing digital security materials in Arabic.
Outside of Tactical Tech, he produced a radio program with Nasaem Syria Radio to raise awareness on issues related to the security of Syrian journalists and human rights activists. He also recently worked as a project leader in Gaziantep with No Peace Without Justice, supporting Syrian civil society organisations in documenting human rights violations. From 2006 to 2010 he worked in the protection field with various international organisations in the Middle East, including Medicins Sans Frontieres and the Danish Refugee Council.
Laurent moved to Berlin in 2000. After studying comparative literature he got a degree in International Media and Computing at the FHTW Berlin. He has over 6 years of experience as a web architect and project manager in various companies and is currently working as a freelancer. Laurents portfolio include a wide range of websites for the Unesco in Vienna, the Free and Humboldt universities in Berlin, the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and many other big and small web projects.
Jeff works as an applied researcher on projects relating to data and social exclusion. In addition to working with Tactical Tech, he is a co-founder of Artists Without A Cause. Previously, Jeff worked as a core-organiser with Milk Not Jails, a New York based nonprofit and grassroots campaign for criminal justice and agricultural reform; as a legal observer for the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee; and as a member of staff as the Rosenberg Fund for Children. He has also interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services. Jeff holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and a BA in Critical Social Inquiry from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA).
Lisa is working with the Production Team conducting research and adapting materials for different groups. Previously she worked on the Women’s Rights Campaigning: Info-Activism Toolkit and the guide, Digital Security Tools and Tactics for Environmental Rights Defenders in sub Saharan Africa. She is currently finishing her masters in Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with a focus on the use of satellite imagery in agriculture. Offline you can find her working in urban gardening projects around the city, reading books with tangible pages, or baking bread.
Maria works with Tactical Tech as a researcher, where she primarily supports the MyShadow and Trackography projects. Her work currently includes research and writing on digital shadows, surveillance, and global online tracking.
Prior to joining the team, Maria worked in India with the Centre for Internet and Society, as a researcher. Her work included legal and investigatory research on India's surveillance industry and surveillance schemes. She helped organise five multi-stakeholder roundtable meetings across India to discuss draft privacy legislation. Maria also interned with Privacy International and with the Parliament of Greece, and holds a Masters of Science degree in Security Studies from the University College London.
Rafael Polo is a computer scientist and software developer. Before joining Tactical Tech, he worked for more than a decade in several organisations, on projects that ranged from open-source platforms like WebdocGraffiti, to the extraction and visualisation of all non-structured public Brazilian Cultural funding data at Mostre!me.
At Tactical Tech he aims to engage public awareness and social collaboration, building systems and tools. While not playing with algorithms like WikiBot, Steganos or Rastros, he likes to watch documentaries and bike around Berlin's many parks and lakes.
Leil-Zahra Mortada is a transfeminist queer activist and filmmaker, born in Beirut. Leil has formed part of several alternative media groups and political collectives in Lebanon, Egypt and the Spanish State, as well as on international level. Their work has a major focus on gender, sexualities, documentation, freedom of movement, protest movements, discrimination, freedom of expression, and post-colonialism. They have helped found various groups that crossed a milestone in the respective countries; such as Helem (the first official LGBTIQ organization in Lebanon), and OpAntiSH (a grassroots network to combat mob sexual assaults in Egypt).
Leil has participated in various documentation projects around human rights and social justice mainly in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, in post-war Iraq, and most notably in their "Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution" - an archival project documenting the participation of women in the Jan25 revolution.
Claudio Agosti (aka Vecna) is a software developer and privacy analyst. 16 years ago Claudio was breaking software, concerned about computer security. Now, like the internet, he has grown up, and has started to be more concerned about the security of the humans behind the computer. At Tactical Tech he currently leads the Trackography project. Outside of Tactical Tech, he works on a project called GlobaLeaks (as co-founder, developer, and advocate).
Diana McCarty works as a producer at Tactical Tech. Outside of Tactical Tech, she is editor of the artist-run radio station reboot.fm, and
co-founder of the faces-l.net community. Diana is also a media producer, whose work combines theory and practice and takes form in discussions, seminars, conferences, publications, film programs and media productions. She has been active with Nettime, early hack labs and social software projects. Her radio projects connect terrestrial radio and digital technologies that combine art, politics and popular culture, presenting interdisciplinary work and cross-cultural dialogs that address the social, political and economic aspects of contemporary culture.
Before joining Tactical Tech, Daniel worked on security and protection of human rights defenders through research and advocacy at an international level as well as grass roots observation, protective accompaniment and training. At Tactical Tech, he carries out research, writing and editing of digital security materials, as well as regularly facilitating digital security workshops. In particular, he is focusing on the development of 'holistic' approaches to digital security which are consistent with human rights defenders personal, organsational and emotional well-being. He also works closely with particular communities at risk such as women's rights advocates and LGBTI communities in order to develop context-specific digital security guides. Outside of work, he tries to make time for music, yoga, tweeting and blogging.
Gillo Cutrupi has been collaborating with activist and human rights groups for over fifteen years. He has coached a number of NGOs, researching and developing innovative tactics and tools for community building. He has worked with Tactical Tech on a number of projects since 2007, mostly in the context of the digital security and internet outreach programmes. He also manages tech projects and digital campaigns for several middle and large-sized organisations such as Greenpeace International, Médecins Sans Frontières and Amnesty International.