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Hernâni Marques

Council Member and Coordination

Hernâni Marques is Computational Linguist, Sociologist and Neuroinformatician and with p≡p since it's very beginning. He's an activist for privacy, freedom of information and freedom of speech and as such active in many political campaigns, usually in Switzerland.


MA in Computational Linguistics and Sociology (University of Zurich) / BA in Computatioinal Linguistics, Sociology and Neuroinformatics (University of Zurich)

Volker Birk

Council member and Chief Software Architect

Volker Birk is recognized as a genius software architect and activist in the opensource space. He is the mastermind behind the p≡p protocols which solve the problem of automated peer-to-peer key-, identity- and trust- management. Volker is an active member in the community supporting projects for privacy, security and freedom. Volker has made p≡p the answer to solve the global cyber security protection problem and bring the cyber criminals’ party to an end.


Over the last 30 years Volker worked as an independent software architect building systems and solving problems for clients across multiple industries and countless technology and software platforms.


Volker stopped continuing his studies when he was asked by Prof. Dr. Hans Ott to hold master lectures in Ulm instead. Since, he held lectures at the University of Heidenheim for eleven years – whereof six years as a member of the examination board - without ever finishing any university program.

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Rena Tangens

Council Member

Rena Tangens is a german privacy activist, internet pioneer and artist with a focus on media Art. In 1984 she founded together with padeluun the art project "Art d'Ameublement" which is inspierd by Erik Satie. In 1988 she founded together with Barbara Thoens the "Haecksen", a club of female members of the Chaos Computer Club. From 1989 onward she worked on the mailprogramm "ZERBERUS" (see Z-net) and the "BIONIC"-MailBox. She is a co-founder and a chairwoman of the Bielefelder "FoeBuD e. V"., a curator of the monthly cultur- and technology event "Public Domain" and a co-organizer of the german BigBrother Awards. In 2004 she got together with padeluun the price of "evolutionären zellen". In 2007 she was as an artist scholarship holder of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Berna Alp

Council Member

Berna is Managing Director at Anastasis ( She has been volunteering her time in several organizations fighting for an open and free Internet with built in privacy, as well as open and free software. She is the current chair of Thunderbird Project, and serves on the Boards of ISOC Switzerland Chapter and pretty Easy Privacy Foundation.


She is an economist by trade, has been involved in IT projects for more than 25 years. She worked as SAP FI/CO/JVA consultant at Andersen Consulting in New York, in a trading company and for projects of the World Bank.

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Council Member

Padeluun is a german Artist and Network-Activist fighting for digital civic rights. He founded together with Rena Tangens the art-project and gallery Art d'Ameublement. He is a chairman of the data privacy protection association FoeBuD, Member of the working group data retention and an organisatore and jury member of the german Big Brother Awards. He presents them since 2000 in the annual award ceremony in Bielefeld, where he also lives and works.


As director of the company Zerberus GmbH he worked on the enhancement of the Software of the same name for the Z-net and the CL-net, two mailbox-nets existing in the 90ties in Germany. The FoeBuD e. V. of which he was a Co-Founder operated itself the mailbox BINOIC as a node point of the Z-net. In 1995 he wrote the "Netzthesen" for the Event "Interfiction" in Kassel. Since then he mostly appears publicly for his engagement for privacy.