Dan “Blah” Meredith

Open Technology Strategy, Advocacy, and Funding

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A non-profit technology leader focused on open culture movements, open philanthropy, collaborative innovation, and solving difficult social problems.



Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia
Principal Director (co-founder) | 2012-present
OTF supports open technologies and communities increasing free expression, circumventing censorship, and obstructing repressive surveillance as a way to promote human rights and open societies globally.

Transparency/Investigations Unit, Al Jazeera Network
Senior Producer & Technologist | 2011-2012
AJ’s investigative unit serving the public interest by uncovering malfeasance, wrongdoing, and abuses of power.

Open Technology Institute, New American Foundation
Senior Technology Fellow / Technologist | 2009-2011
NAF is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. OTI works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits

CUWiN Foundation
Volunteer / Senior Network Engineer | 2005–2011
CUWiN developed one of the first open-source mesh software and deployed decentralized, community-owned networks that foster democratic cultures and local content.

Software Developer / Senior Network Engineer | 2006–2009
Pixio is a mission driven consultancy working with organizations of all types and sizes, from start-ups to enterprise corporations and from citywide non-profits to national public institutions.

Acorn Active Media Foundation
Volunteer / Systems Engineer | 2006–2011
AAMF 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.

Indymedia, Urbana–Champaign Independent Media Center
Volunteer / Bookkeeper / Radio Producer / Media Trainer / Systems Engineer | 2004-2009
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.

Electric-Pickle Solutions
Senior Systems Engineer | 2001–2011
Electric Pickle was a team of software developers, web designers, and system administrators.

Computer Services, North Park University
Network Engineer | 2000–2001
Computer Services provides support for informational technology resources on campus.

Activities & Awards

Advisor, Ford Foundation’s Digital Infrastructure RFP | 2018
Scientific Review Board, DARPA’s Resilient Anonymous Communication for Everyone Program | 2018
Advisor, Open Knowledge Foundation’s Prototype Fund | 2016-present
Advisor, NetGain Partnership | 2015-present
Judge, Access Innovation Prize Judge | 2014
Advisory Board, Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative | 2014-2016
Advisor, Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Internet Freedom Fund | 2013-present
Co-Founder, Open Technology Fund | 2012
Co-Founder, “Internet in a suitcase” | 2011 Board member, Acorn Active Media Foundation | 2006-2011
Board member, CUWiN Foundation | 2006-2011
Co-Founder, Electric-Pickle Solutions | 2001

Talks & Media

How to raise money for open source (Talk) | re:publica (Berlin) | 2017
Financing Digital Rights (Talk) | Internet Freedom Forum (Lagos) | 2017
GreatFire, China - Digital Activism nominee | Index on Censorship Awards (London) | 2016
Thank You for Protecting Human Rights - HotPETs Keynote (Talk) | Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (Darmstadt) | 2016
Developing Localised Tools That Support Internet Freedom (Talk) | Forum on Internet Freedom in East Africa (Kampala) | 2015
The Digital Dividend (Talk) | Ariadne Grant Skills Share (London) | 2015
Moving Forward - Building Effective Responses (Talk) | Iran Cyber Dialogue (Valencia) | 2015
Introducing the Open Technology Fund (Talk) | Freedom Online Coalition Annual Conference (Tunis) | 2013
Digital Diplomacy - Reinventing foreign policy? (Talk) | re:publica (Berlin) | 2012
Freedom & Connectivity from Alexandria, Egypt to Zuccotti Park (Talk) | F2C:Freedom to Connect | 2012
Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the Anarchist Bringing Encryption to All of Us (Media) | Wired | 2016
Foundation of ‘dark Web’ steps into the light (Media) | Politico | 2015
Not Even the NSA Can Crack the State Dept’s Favorite Anonymous Network | Foreign Policy | 2013
BBG Leadership in Brussels for Internet Freedom Discussions (Media) | Broadcasting Board of Governors | 2013
Online tools to skirt Internet censorship overwhelmed by demand (Media) | Washington Post | 2012
In D.C., private ‘bucket list’ dreams become public art (Media) | Washington Post | 2012
U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors (Media) | New York Times | 2011
SIM deadline to silence Nigeria? (Media) | Al Jazeera | 2011
History of UCIMC and CUWiN (Talk) | 50 Years of Public Computing (Urbana) | 2010
Dan Blah opens up about IMC Fest (Media) | Smile Politely | 2009
Urbana media center festival aims to raise funds (Meda) | Daily Illini | 2007


2014 | Meredith, D. (2014). Bringing Openness to Security. Open Technology Fund. Washington, DC, USA. April 04, 2014.
2013 | Meredith, D. (2013). How to Evaluate Technical Audits as a Funder. Open Technology Fund. Washington, DC, USA. October 10, 2013.
2011 | Reynolds, A., Duggan, B., Meredith, D., King, J., Meinrath, S., Gideon, T. The Commotion Wireless Project. Technical Paper for the CHANTS 2011 Proceedings of the 6th ACM workshop on Challenged Networks. September 23, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
2011 | Meredith, D., & Meinrath, S.D. (2011). WikiLeaks 2.0: Al Jazeera and the future of investigative journalism. New America Foundation Policy Brief. Washington, DC. January 25, 2011.
2010 | Meinrath, S.D., Meredith, D., King., J., & Losey, J. (2010). Mobile devices are increasingly locked down and controlled by carriers: How cell phone ‘customization’ undermines end-users by redefining ownership. Open Technology Institute Technical Brief. October 13, 2010.
2010 | Meinrath, S.D., Meredith, D., King., J., & Losey, J. (2010). ‘T-Mobile G2 with Google’ phone contains unexpected ‘feature’ to overwrite users’ software. Open Technology Institute Technical Brief. October 5, 2010. King, J., Lennett, B., Meinrath, S.D., & Meredith, D. (2010). Letter to the FCC regarding Preserving the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 09-191; Framework for Broadband Internet Service, GN Docket No. 10-127. Open Technology Institute Technical Briefing. September 1, 2010.
2010 | Lennett, B., Meredith, D., Meinrath, S.D., Afflerbach, A., & Gandhi, S. (2010). Letter to the FCC, In the Matter of Consumer Information and Disclosure, Truth-in-Billing Format IP-Enabled Services, Truth-in-Billing and Billing Format, and IP-Enabled Services. Joint Open Technology Institute/Columbia Telecommunications Corporation Technical Brief. July 8, 2010
2009 | Lennett, B., Losey, J., Topolski, R., Meredith, Dan, & Meinrath, S.D. (2009). Comments of the New America Foundation Regarding National Broadband Plan Public Notice #24 In the Matter of International Comparison and Consumer Survey Requirements in the Broadband Data Improvement Act; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; and Inquiry Concerning the Development of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to All Americans in a Reasonable and Timely Fashion and Possible Steps to Accelerate Such Deployment Pursuant to section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Open Technology Initiative Technical Briefing. December 14, 2009.
2009 | Lennett, B., Li, C., Meredith, D., Losey, J., Topolski, R., & Meinrath, S. (2009). Broadband truth-in-labeling. Open Technology Initiative Policy Brief. September 23, 2009.
2009 | Meinrath, S.D., Hovis, J., Lennett, B., Losey, J., Meredith, D. Schulhof, M. (2009). Summary, concerns, and strategic guidance regarding notice of funds availability for BTOP. Joint Open Technology Initiative/Columbia Telecommunications Corporation Policy Brief, July 7, 2009

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