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international digital festival 08 - 09 Novembre 2012, Namur, Belgium

Ben Hammersley

Editor @ Wired

Ben Hammersley is Editor-at-Large of WIRED magazine, and an international advisor on the internet and digital media.

Don't listen to him: it leads to trouble.

Director of Digital at Six Creative, Principal of Dangerous Precedent and Director of Campus Party USA.

He is also a freelance reporter for the BBC, and a consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In October 2011, he was made a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom.

Hammersley previously worked as the first Internet reporter for The Times, where he was shortlisted for one of the British Press Awards, and as a reporter for The Guardian and the UK arm of MSN. During his early career, he specialised in technology journalism. Hammersley often reported from dangerous countries, including Iran and Afghanistan. After travelling undercover to interview the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 1999, Hammersley simultaneously moved toward war correspondence and technological innovation - reporting from war zones and writing technical book for publishers such as O'Reilly Media. He is credited with inventing the word 'podcasting', leading on to 'podcast' and 'podcasts', in 2004.

Hammersley is a Fellow of the RSA, and the British-American Project and a member of the Savage Club and Frontline Club, and the Transatlantic Network 2020  and a trustee of the London chapter of the Awesome Foundation.

In August 2011 he was made a fellow of the UNAOC.

As a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences he is a judge of the Lovie Award