things i’ve worked on

International Rescue Committee

IRC provides relief to refugees and victims of armed conflict around the world. The Airbel Center at IRC designs and tests life-changing, scalable solutions for people affected by crisis. I am responsible for delivering on all R&D fundraising needs and work with IRC leadership to develop a strategy for growth.

I’m an occasional contributor to Quartz Ideas, a digitally native news outlet covering the new global economy.

Mozilla

Joined Mozilla in 2011 to help oversee its portfolio of media R&D projects. Transitioned to development as a founding member of Mozilla’s first fundraising team, which secured $50m in new resources for public interest technology and programs.

Founded and co-directed the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, a multidisciplinary think tank about civilian UAVs and DIY drones.

I teach at the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program: Video and the Open Web, The Connected Documentary, Flying Robotic Journalism. Previously, I created and facilitated a course called The Politics of Piracy at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and volunteered at San Quentin State Prison helping inmates earn high school equivalency.

As part of the US Ignite gigabit apps initiative, I have been helping create a culture of experimentation around the future Internet. I managed and served as Principal Investigator on a Mozilla-NSF project to bootstrap and build applications that show off what’s possible on next generation networks. Formerly sat on the board of directors of the US Ignite organization.

Open Video Alliance

Co-founder and leader of a coalition dedicated to promoting free and open technologies, policies and practices in online video. Built capacity for the open video movement through initiatives like Let’s Get Video on Wikipedia and the Filmmaker Summit at Slamdance.

Open Video Conference

Was the director of the Open Video Conference, a two-day summit of thought leaders to explore the future of video on the web. 2009 / 2010 / 2011

Students for Free CultureI served on the board of directors and led the organization of the national conference in 2008 and 2010. iCommons video policy projectI led a research and advocacy program to mobilize technology and policy actors in Brazil, India, and the United States toward a more participatory online video medium.



About

Hi, I’m Ben. I’m a public interest technologist and instigator. I lead development for R&D and innovation at the International Rescue Committee. Exploring the recently possible . Former open web booster

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