I helped create and now oversee the Open Technology Fund. When I’m not fully immersed in or advocating for OTF’s work, I’m traveling, keeping our boat afloat in London, serving our cat Lyra, and enjoying my partner Sophie. In the margins, you’ll find me consuming news, books, and tinkering around with anything that may help us embrace our rapidly changing future.
Below is an attempt at a more official sounding bio for conferences, speaking engagements, or other purposes. If you need them, here are some head-shot photos for you to choose from (one, two, three, four, five?!).
Dan Meredith, aka Dan Blah, is the Principal Director of the Open Technology Fund at Radio Free Asia. He joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF’s first team member. As the program’s principal director, Dan is responsible for OTF’s day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
Over the past decade, Dan has identified as activist, technologist, journalist, and now funder exploring emerging trends intersecting human rights, transparency, global communication technology and policy, information security, and the Internet.
Before directing the Open Technology Fund, Dan was a senior producer and technologist for the Al Jazeera Network based in in Doha, Qatar. Leading up to and during the Arab Spring, he worked to modernize traditional investigative journalist toolkits with safe communication technology to protect field reporters and their sources from repressive surveillance, he created a privacy-protecting global whistle-blowing and news gathering platform, and produced technology-centric stories for global television broadcast.
Before Dan’s time at Al Jazeera, he was a senior technology fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, DC. While there, Dan worked with the Open Technology Initiative and Media Policy Initiative to operationalize new “code-as-policy” technology projects with global communities of policy makers, journalists, and technologists. His focus was to create, educate, demystify, and evangelize open, distributed, and decentralized technologies that increased democratic participation, fought censorship, and disrupted authoritarianism globally.