Our Badass Lineup of

Speakers

We’re bringing together a lineup of living legends, renegade experts and visionary pioneers to engage in participative dissemination of ideas, building community and sharing of information. Our aim is to go far beyond corporate keynote speakers or product demos of the latest VR headsets. Rather than just transplant some speakers from a tech conference to a music festival, we want to provide a truly meaningful experience specifically aligned with the community and values of Symbiosis Gathering. 
 

 
John Perry Barlow Internet pioneer and Grateful Dead lyricist who inspired a generation of modem-wielding youth to view the internet as part of a timeless struggle between individual freedom and oppression by political and corporate forces. Over twenty years ago he published “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”, a proclamation that governments “have no sovereignty” online.  Founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF). Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and named one of the "School of Rock: 10 Supersmart Musicians" by Time magazine.   

John Perry Barlow

Internet pioneer and Grateful Dead lyricist who inspired a generation of modem-wielding youth to view the internet as part of a timeless struggle between individual freedom and oppression by political and corporate forces. Over twenty years ago he published “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”, a proclamation that governments “have no sovereignty” online. 

Founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF). Fellow Emeritus at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and named one of the "School of Rock: 10 Supersmart Musicians" by Time magazine. 

 

 
Richard Stallman  Hacker, developer and software freedom activist who has changed the world with his vision of freedom for the digital age. President and founder of the Free Software Foundation, a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. Launched the free software movement and started the development of the GNU/Linux operating system (www.gnu.org), which is free software that everyone has the freedom to copy and redistribute, with or without changes. His operating system is used on tens of millions of computers today. Pioneered the concept of copyleft.

Richard Stallman 

Hacker, developer and software freedom activist who has changed the world with his vision of freedom for the digital age. President and founder of the Free Software Foundation, a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

Launched the free software movement and started the development of the GNU/Linux operating system (www.gnu.org), which is free software that everyone has the freedom to copy and redistribute, with or without changes. His operating system is used on tens of millions of computers today. Pioneered the concept of copyleft.

 
ANDREAS ANTONOPOULOS Technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of “Mastering Bitcoin”, published by O’Reilly Media. First used the phrase, “The Internet of Money” to describe bitcoin and served as head of the Bitcoin Foundation's anti-poverty committee until 2014.  He is currently a host on the Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast and a teaching fellow for the master in science Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.

ANDREAS ANTONOPOULOS

Technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of “Mastering Bitcoin”, published by O’Reilly Media.

First used the phrase, “The Internet of Money” to describe bitcoin and served as head of the Bitcoin Foundation's anti-poverty committee until 2014.  He is currently a host on the Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast and a teaching fellow for the master in science Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia.

 
Brett Scott Journalist, economic explorer, activist campaigner and former derivatives broker working on issues of international development and sustainable finance. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013).  From South Africa and now living in London, Brett has a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge, where he was the Magdalene Mandela Scholar. He runs the London School of Financial Arts, has a Fellowship at the Finance Innovation Lab and lectures on power & design at the University of the Arts London.  

Brett Scott

Journalist, economic explorer, activist campaigner and former derivatives broker working on issues of international development and sustainable finance. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). 

From South Africa and now living in London, Brett has a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge, where he was the Magdalene Mandela Scholar. He runs the London School of Financial Arts, has a Fellowship at the Finance Innovation Lab and lectures on power & design at the University of the Arts London.
 

 
Skye Elijah Subversive technologist, experimental artist, compulsive designer and financial activist working on issues relating to the nature of technology, digital ethics and the future of sustainable global finance.  Skye earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Theoretical Mathematics as a National Science Foundation Merit Scholar and has also studied Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development & Design and Physics. Former music industry genius-broker and music publisher.  Currently runs a digital currency/blockchain financial technology startup. 

Skye Elijah

Subversive technologist, experimental artist, compulsive designer and financial activist working on issues relating to the nature of technology, digital ethics and the future of sustainable global finance. 

Skye earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Theoretical Mathematics as a National Science Foundation Merit Scholar and has also studied Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development & Design and Physics. Former music industry genius-broker and music publisher.  Currently runs a digital currency/blockchain financial technology startup. 

 
Paolo CIrio Conceptual artist, hacktivist and cultural critic. Considered one of the most noticeable Internet artist for embodying hacker ethic values such as open access, privacy policies, and disrupting economic, legal and political models. Best known for having exposed over 200,000 Cayman Islands offshore firms with the work Loophole for All in 2013; stealing 60000 financial news with Daily Paywall in 2014 and the obfuscation of 15 million U.S. criminal records with Obscurity in 2016.   

Paolo CIrio

Conceptual artist, hacktivist and cultural critic. Considered one of the most noticeable Internet artist for embodying hacker ethic values such as open access, privacy policies, and disrupting economic, legal and political models.

Best known for having exposed over 200,000 Cayman Islands offshore firms with the work Loophole for All in 2013; stealing 60000 financial news with Daily Paywall in 2014 and the obfuscation of 15 million U.S. criminal records with Obscurity in 2016. 

 

 
Anita Fowler Anita Fowler is obsessed with trying to figure things out. She worked in human rights advocacy and outreach before she switched gears to try to save the world with science. She believes knowledge is for everyone and has a deep interest in personal growth and improvement, which inevitably lead her to biohacking and she became involved in citizen science projects, nootropics, implants, and other hacks.   

Anita Fowler

Anita Fowler is obsessed with trying to figure things out. She worked in human rights advocacy and outreach before she switched gears to try to save the world with science. She believes knowledge is for everyone and has a deep interest in personal growth and improvement, which inevitably lead her to biohacking and she became involved in citizen science projects, nootropics, implants, and other hacks. 

 

 
Noah Swartz Noah Swartz is a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and brother of late prolific internet pioneer and political activist, Aaron Swartz.  He works on and maintains the various software the EFF produces, including Privacy Badger. Before joining EFF Noah was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab as well as a technomancer and free software/culture advocate.   

Noah Swartz

Noah Swartz is a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and brother of late prolific internet pioneer and political activist, Aaron Swartz. 

He works on and maintains the various software the EFF produces, including Privacy Badger. Before joining EFF Noah was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab as well as a technomancer and free software/culture advocate. 

 

 
Akseli Virtanen Radical finance theorist PhD from Finland, working to create new instruments of finance with the Bruce Initiative on Rethinking Capitalism at UCSC. Akseli leads the algorithm-based activist hedge fund Robin Hood Coop and is building P2P financial tools with the Economic Space Agency for promoting social and economic equality. 

Akseli Virtanen

Radical finance theorist PhD from Finland, working to create new instruments of finance with the Bruce Initiative on Rethinking Capitalism at UCSC. Akseli leads the algorithm-based activist hedge fund Robin Hood Coop and is building P2P financial tools with the Economic Space Agency for promoting social and economic equality. 

 
Yan Zhu Technology Fellow at EFF, security researcher, and Senior Software Engineer at Brave building the future of browsers. Worked on a variety of open source security tools, including Tor, SecureDrop, Privacy Badger, Let's Encrypt, and HTTPS Everywhere. Previously was a Security Engineer at Yahoo leading the project for OpenPGP encryption in Yahoo Mail. Graduated from MIT in 2012 with a B.S. in Physics.

Yan Zhu

Technology Fellow at EFF, security researcher, and Senior Software Engineer at Brave building the future of browsers. Worked on a variety of open source security tools, including Tor, SecureDrop, Privacy Badger, Let's Encrypt, and HTTPS Everywhere. Previously was a Security Engineer at Yahoo leading the project for OpenPGP encryption in Yahoo Mail. Graduated from MIT in 2012 with a B.S. in Physics.

 
Ayumi Yu Lives in San Francisco and likes computers, nutritional science and broken beat electronic music. Used to be a synthetic biologist but now makes cloudy and desktop software. Recently worked on the Automated Trolling Machine, a project that makes you reconsider ATMs in your life. Currently works at Brave, the web browser fixing internet ads and privacy.

Ayumi Yu

Lives in San Francisco and likes computers, nutritional science and broken beat electronic music. Used to be a synthetic biologist but now makes cloudy and desktop software. Recently worked on the Automated Trolling Machine, a project that makes you reconsider ATMs in your life. Currently works at Brave, the web browser fixing internet ads and privacy.

 
Garrett Robinson Lead Developer on SecureDrop. Interest in empowering whistleblowers through technology began when he was involved with environmental activism in Appalachia, and led to the creation of a whistleblower submission site called Honest Appalachia. Previously worked full time as a security and privacy engineer for Mozilla, and also for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Garrett Robinson

Lead Developer on SecureDrop. Interest in empowering whistleblowers through technology began when he was involved with environmental activism in Appalachia, and led to the creation of a whistleblower submission site called Honest Appalachia. Previously worked full time as a security and privacy engineer for Mozilla, and also for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.