About Becky Hogge

Becky Hogge began her career as a journalist, and her writing on information politics, human rights and technology has appeared regularly in UK political magazine the New Statesman. She has also been published in, among others, The Atlantic, Index on Censorship, the Guardian, Prospect, Dazed and Confused and The Face. Her first book, Barefoot into Cyberspace: Adventures in search of techno-Utopia, was flash-published in the Summer of 2011: the book was well-received and subsequently highlighted by the Guardian as their non-fiction choice. Her second book, A Guide to the Internet for Human Rights Defenders, was published in December 2014. View her porfolio.

Becky has produced research papers on internet governance, online campaigning and online markets for various international NGOs and grant-giving organisations, has been on several national awards panels, and has been invited by the UK and other European governments to consult on information policy. Her opinions on internet governance and internet censorship have been broadcast around the world.

For two years, Becky was the managing editor, and then technology director, of the award-winning global politics magazine openDemocracy.net. During her time with openDemocracy she helped establish the China environment website chinadialogue.net – the world’s first truly bilingual blog – along with editor Isabel Hilton.

In 2007, Becky joined fledgling digital rights advocacy organisation the Open Rights Group, as its first full time Executive Director. Over the next two years, she developed the organisation, taking it from a group at the fringes of political life to one very much at the centre, and more than tripling its income from individual supporters and grant-giving bodies. During this time, she made frequent radio and television appearances and was quoted in every broadsheet and tabloid in Britain. Her proudest moment was unveiling a giant picture of Gordon Brown made out of CCTV cameras on Parliament Square, although changing UK policy on electronic voting and communications surveillance also felt good.

For four years from 2018, Becky worked as a Program Officer for the Open Society Foundations’ Information Program, engaging with issues of discrimination in automated decision-making, algorithmic transparency and narrow AI, and managing an annual grant-making budget of over $2m. It was a special time, and some of the groups she funded during her tenure have risen to define the field.

For a while, Becky appeared as a regular presenter of Little Atoms, a radio show about ideas of the Enlightenment that is broadcast on London’s Resonance 104.4. Audio is the killer app of the digital age, and she hopes one day to return to this kind of work.

Becky was a board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation until 2013, and she has sat on the Advisory Council of that organisation, as well as for the Foundation for Information Policy Research and the Open Rights Group. She was a member of the UK telecommunications regulator OfCom’s Advisory Committee for England from 2012 until 2018.