A global initiative to accelerate reform of security organisations.

Who we are

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Code Red comprises many experienced and dedicated professionals who have committed their lives to the fight for privacy and individual rights. In its ranks are some of the world’s most renowned and influential whistleblowers, technologists, academics, privacy advocates and law reformers from fourteen countries.
We are led by a small team backed by an extraordinary and diverse advisory group. Over the next few months this group will grow to meet the many demands that will be made on Code Red.

Simon Davies | Director of Strategy
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Often described as the father of the international privacy activist movement, Simon Davies has dedicated almost thirty years to the fight against intrusive and unaccountable governments and corporations. As Code Red’s founder, he is responsible for both CR’s organisational strategy and the tactical advice it provides to campaigners.
Annie Machon | Director of Operations
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Annie Machon is one of the world’s most experienced whistleblower activists. A former MI5 intelligence officer, she broke away from the agency to expose corruption and to help build a strong foundation for respect for individual rights. Annie is responsible for coordinating the entire CR operational spectrum, from communications to human resources.

William Binney | Technical Director
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Widely acknowledged as the most renowned code breaker in American history, William (Bill) Binney was Technical Director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) before turning whistleblower His role as Technical Director of Code Red provides our organization with unparalleled integrity in mathematics, data systems and cipher attack risk. Bill will also provide high level oversight of Code Red’s deep tech projects.
Cynthia McKinney| Political Director
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Cynthia is a former Democrat member of the US House of Representatives and has built a strong profile as a defender of human rights and civil liberties. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the U.S. Congress and was the first Member of Congress to demand an investigation of the events of 9/11/2001. In 2008, Cynthia won the Green Party nomination and ran for U.S. President. As political director of Code Red she will work with other advisers to map out a framework for political engagement.

Tatiana Bazzichelli | Network Coordinator
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Tatiana Bazzichelli is networker, curator and researcher. She is the Director of the Disruption Network Lab, an ongoing platform of events and research on art, hacktivism and disruption in Berlin and across Europe. Former Programme Curator at transmediale festival in Berlin from 2011 to 2014, she initiated and developed the ‘reSource transmedial culture’ network project. PGP: 0x1f552b2ff5a5c9a0
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Sander Venema | Developer & Systems Administrator
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Sander Venema is a widely experienced webdeveloper and programmer with a strong interest in open-source, data retention, cryptography and privacy protection. He is the founder of Asteroid Interactive, a (web) design & development company based in The Netherlands and is Code Red’s developer guru for all things digital.

Alex Deane | Strategic Communications Adviser
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A barrister and communications specialist, Alex is one of Europe’s most talented and experienced strategic business advisers. He was David Cameron’s first Chief of Staff before becoming one of Britain’s most influential civil liberties advocates. He is now Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting.
Gemma G Clavell | Research Development Coordinator
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Dr. Clavell is a policy analyst working on surveillance, the social, legal and ethical impact of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is currently working at the Sociology Department at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), where she is a leading partner and member of several research institutes.


 

Michael Collyer | Analyst, the Freedom Index
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Michael is a 3rd year honours student at the University of Amsterdam, studying Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics. He has worked closely with Code Red since its inception. As an analyst for Code Red’s Freedom Index he focuses on identifying and defining the core challenges for the project.

 


Advisory group

Organisations are listed for identification purposes only. Advisors act in their personal capacity unless otherwise stated.

Sunil Abraham, CIS, India
Sunil Abraham, CIS, India

Sunil Abraham is the Executive Director of Bangalore based research organisation, the Centre for Internet and Society. He is one of India’s most respected and influential advocates for online freedoms.

Shahzad Ahmad, Bytes for All, Pakistan
Shahzad Ahmad, Bytes for All, Pakistan

Shahzad is one of Pakistan’s most effective rights campaigners. As director of the human rights organisation Bytes 4 All, he is a prominent opponent of censorship and government intrusion.

Jacob Appelbaum, USA
Jacob Appelbaum, USA

One of the world’s most respected and influential tech gurus, Jacob is at the forefront of the fight against government and corporate surveillance.


David Christopher, OpenMedia, Canada
David Christopher, OpenMedia, Canada

David is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia and blogs regularly for the organization. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to Vancouver, Canada.

Gemma G. Clavell, Eticas Research, Spain
Gemma G. Clavell, Eticas Research, Spain

Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is a policy analyist working on surveillance, the social, legal and ethical impact of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She is currently working as a researcher at the Sociology Department at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), where she is a leading partner and member of several research institutes.

Vickram Crishna, journalist, India
Vickram Crishna, journalist, India

Vickram Crishna is a Mumbai-based engineer and communicator, who works actively at the intersection of education and technology, focusing on appropriate solutions for persons with disabilities. He participates in global fora, both online and in person, on a range of issues relating to the protection of privacy.


Nick Davies, special correspondent, The Guardian, UK
Nick Davies, special correspondent, The Guardian, UK

Nick Davies is the bestselling author of Flat Earth News, on falsehood and distortion in the media, and a former Journalist of the Year.

Whit Diffie, USA
Whit Diffie, USA

Whitfield Diffie, was Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, is a Sun Distinguished Engineer and has been at Sun since 1991. As Chief Security Officer, Diffie was the key exponent of Sun’s security vision and responsible for developing Sun’s strategy to achieve that vision. He is best known for his 1975 discovery of the concept of public key cryptography.

Marianne Franklin, Professor of global media & politics, Goldsmiths, UK
Marianne Franklin, Professor of global media & politics, Goldsmiths, UK

Marianna is Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and has served on the International Communications Section Executive, and as Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Membership and Program Committees of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (Giganet).


Mike Godwin, USA
Mike Godwin, USA

Mike is an American attorney and author He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the creator of the Internet adage Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies.

Kristo Helasvuo, Electronic Frontier Finland
Kristo Helasvuo, Electronic Frontier Finland

Kristo works with Electronic Frontier Finland, which was established to defend the electronic rights of citizens. These include the right to uncensored communication, reasonable access to digital content and the freedom to develop and publish transparent computer programs.

Paul De Hert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Paul De Hert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Paul De Hert is an international human rights expert. He is the Director of the VUB-Research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC), Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (Metajuridics) and core member of the internationally well-accepted VUB-Research group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS)


Caroline Hunt, former UN official & whistleblower, Switzerland
Caroline Hunt, former UN official & whistleblower, Switzerland

Caroline is a former senior investigation officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She suffered retaliation after making protected disclosures via internal UNHCR channels, which were ignored by the High Commissioner for Refugees, and went on to bring the longest-ever case against the UN.

Tamir Israel, CIPPIC, Canada
Tamir Israel, CIPPIC, Canada

Tamir is staff lawyer with CIPPIC, an organization which advocates in the public interest on diverse issues arising at the intersection of law and technology. He conducts research and advocacy on various digital rights-related issues, with a focus on online privacy and anonymity, net neutrality, intellectual property, intermediary liability, electronic surveillance, spam, e-commerce, and Internet governance generally.

Lorena Jaume-Palasì, Germany
Lorena Jaume-Palasì, Germany

Lorena is input coordinator on Global Internet Governance issues at Berlin’s Internet & Society Collaboratory. Her A Crisis of accountability 75 main research focus are privacy and anonymity from a legal-philosophical point of view. She is lecturer and a PhD candidate at the department for Political Philosophy of the Ludwig Maximilians University researching about moral conflicts. She occasionally writes at irights.info.


Jörgen Johansen, editor, Journal of Resistance Studies, Sweden
Jörgen Johansen, editor, Journal of Resistance Studies, Sweden

Jörgen is a freelance academic, writer and trainer. With more than 40 years of experience in different social movements, he combines cutting edge theories with an enormous amount of practical work in around 100 countries. Jørgen has written and edited six books and published hundreds of articles and chapters on nonviolence, democracy, conflicts, civil disobedience, environmental issues, terrorism, globalisation, and other topics.

Rikke Frank Jorgensen, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark
Rikke Frank Jorgensen, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark

Rikke is a Special Adviser with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. She has specialized in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) and human rights, specifically how use of ICT may strengthen or weaken human rights standards such as freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

Cedric Laurant, Son Tus Datos, Mexico
Cedric Laurant, Son Tus Datos, Mexico

Cedric is a Mexico-based legal specialist in the fields of data protection, online and consumer privacy, telecommunications, information governance and information security for international organisations, governments, trade associations, NGOs and the private sector.  He has broad international experience working with civil society organisations such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).


Raegan McDonald, Access Now, Belgium
Raegan McDonald, Access Now, Belgium

Raegan is based in Brussels, where she leads Access’ EU office and specialises in net neutrality, privacy and data protection. Since March 2014, Raegan is a Privacy by Design Ambassador, an award from the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining Access, Raegan worked with European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of 34 privacy and civil rights groups across Europe.

Erich Moechel, broadcaster, Austria
Erich Moechel, broadcaster, Austria

Erich is one of the most influential and informed security and IT commentators in Austria. An author, broadcaster and activist he has helped shape awareness of key security issues and has been at the forefront of exposing a number of failures of corporate and government accountability.

Jenny Ng, Electronic Frontier Australia
Jenny Ng, Electronic Frontier Australia

Jenny specialises in Intellectual Property Law, IT Law and eCommerce Law and has been admitted as a lawyer at the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She has conducted research extensively in the academia and in practice and is currently a lecturer at Charles Darwin University.


Richard Norton-Taylor, defence and security writer, The Guardian, UK
Richard Norton-Taylor, defence and security writer, The Guardian, UK

Richard Norton-Taylor writes for the Guardian and until recently was the paper’s security editor. He is a regular broadcaster. He joined the Guardian in 1973 as the newspaper’s first European correspondent based in Brussels. He won the Freedom of Information Campaign Award in 1986 and in 1994, and Liberty’s Human Rights Award for journalism in 2010.

Daniele Pica, John Cabot University, Italy
Daniele Pica, John Cabot University, Italy

Daniele is a graduate of the London School of Economics and is a specialist on the societal impact of technology. He is Chair of the business department of John Cabot University in Rome.

Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA
Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA

Katitza is EFF’s international rights director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF’s International Program also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright enforcement.


Meghan Sali, OpenMedia, Canada
Meghan Sali, OpenMedia, Canada

Meghan  is the Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator for Free Expression campaigns at OpenMedia. Drawing from her experiences in the Carleton University Journalism program, Meghan is passionate about media democracy as it relates to the open Internet, and sees opportunities to strengthen our democratic traditions through digital engagement strategies. She has worked in communications for various progressive campaigns in Vancouver.

Bruce Schneier, USA
Bruce Schneier, USA

Bruce is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books, has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio and has served on several government committees. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Resilient Systems, Inc

Barbara Simons, computer scientist, USA
Barbara Simons, computer scientist, USA

Barbara is a renowned expert on voting. She was a member of the National Workshop on Internet Voting that was convened at the request of President Clinton and produced a report on Internet Voting in 2001.  Simons was President of ACM from July 1998 until June 2000 and founded ACM’s US Public Policy Committee (USACM) in 1993.


Bart van der Sloot, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bart van der Sloot, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bart is one of the most prolific privacy researchers in the Netherlands, and is an expert on numerous aspects of the field, including Big Data. He works with the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law, and is coordinator of the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research.

Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon Foundation, Poland
Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon Foundation, Poland

Katarzyna is a lawyer and activist. She’s a graduate of the She is Co-founder and President of the Panoptykon Foundation, that deals with human rights protection in the context of new technology development.

Judith Vidal Hall, former editor, Index on Censorship, UK
Judith Vidal Hall, former editor, Index on Censorship, UK

Judith is commissioning editor of Manifestos for the Twenty-first Century for Seagull Books and is former editor of Index on Censorship magazine.


Barry White, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom, UK
Barry White, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom, UK

Barry White is a freelance journalist and for the last 18 years has been the national organiser of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, a UK based organisation that campaigns for a diverse, democratic and representative media. He is also the NUJ’s UK and Ireland representative to the European Federation of Journalists and sits on their board. Previously he was a campaigns organiser for the public service union Unison.

Steven Wright, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Steven Wright, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

For over three decades Steve Wright has researched the proliferation of the technologies of political control and human rights violation. Much of this has involved field research and innovative ways of encouraging corporate responsibility. He has contributed to the new research field of policing systems such as sub-lethal weapons systems, torture technologies and surveillance.

Rejo Zenger, Bits of Freedom, Netherlands
Rejo Zenger, Bits of Freedom, Netherlands

Rejo is a staff member of Bits of Freedom, a prominent Netherlands civil society organisation that advocates for individual rights.


Kirk Wiebe
Kirk Wiebe

Kirk first served with the intelligence arm of the United States Air Force, before receiving a Masters Degree in Russian from Indiana University. Kirk then joined the National Security Agency (NSA), retiring in October of 2001.
Among his many achievements during his career at the NSA, he was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NSA’s second highest honour for key work done on foreign strategic weapons systems.
In 2002, when it was clear the NSA was headed down the wrong path, Kirk, along with fellow NSA retirees Bill Binney and Ed Loomis, and former senior staffer on the House Permanent Select Subcommittee on Intelligence, Diane Roark, initiated a Dept. of Defense Inspector General complaint about mismanagement and the waste of hundreds of millions of dollars at the NSA.
The group also attempted to blow the whistle about NSA’s illegal collection of information about innocent U.S. citizens, but nothing changed and no one was held accountable.
Kirk continues to actively advocate for justice and legislation to rein in NSA’s violations of the U.S. Constitution.