This book is dedicated to the public domain and licensed under the terms of the CC0 license.

Book Publishing: Clément Renaud

Cover Painting: Omar Ibrahim, artist born in the south of Syria 1978, living and working in Paris.

Book Production and Cover Design: Julien Taquet

Book Sprint Facilitation: Barbara Rühling

Text Clean-Up: Raewyn Whyte

MISSINGBASSEL Illustration: Neil Stuber


Christopher Adams is 35 years old. He is a photographer, and published FREESOULS by JOI ITO. Christopher is a member of Fabricatorz and helps run the #FREEBASSEL campaign. He lives in Taipei.

By The Big Conversation Space (Niki Korth & Clémence de Montgolfier) is an art and research collaborative dedicated to conversations of all shapes, sizes, and (file) formats.

Tim Boykett is involved in researches in the field of nearrings, relations between theoretical computer science and abstract algebra.

Lorna Campbell work for the University of Edinburgh. She is specialized in open education technology, policy, and practice.

Giorgos Cheliotis lives and works in Athens. He is a close observer of networks, internet cultures, sociotechnical and policy issues in new media.

Tyng-Ruey Chuang led Creative Commons Taiwan. His research areas include functional programming, programming languages and systems, XML and Web technologies, and social implications of information technologies.

ginger coons is a digital researcher, a f-loss design advocate, and editor of @libgraphicsmag.

Ben Dablo is a 31 year old citizen wanderer living in Portland, Oregon.

Georges Dahdouh is a 37 years old Syrian designer and 3D artist. He is located in Dubai.

Patrick W. Deegan is a researcher, focus on new media art practice, sociology, and ethics. He is also a freelance curator and developer at Fabricatorz.

Dr. Martin Paul Eve is a senior lecturer in literature, technology and publishing. He lives in London.

Pauline Gadea is 30 years old. She lives in Toulouse. After years in the media, Pauline now works in local food craft products.

Lucas Gonze is a product innovator, hacker, creative technologist.

Richard Goodman is the E-Learning Systems Team Manager in IT Services at Loughborough University.

Shauna Gordon-McKeon is a U.S. writer, independent researcher and developer. She focuses on open technologies and communities.

Christian Grothoff is maintainer of GNU Taler.

A global nomad, hellekin is a free software activist, member of the Foundation, and GNU consensus maintainer.

Adam Hyde is the founder of BookSprints.

Pete Ippel’s art is conceptual in nature and spans a variety of media from the traditional to the cutting edge. Pete’s personal account is @hypermodern.

Jaromil is a member of the Foundation and the D-CENT project.

Muid Latif is a Malaysian-based web designer, graphic designer and digital artist.

Lawrence Lessig is an American academic, and political activist. He is the founder of Creative Commons and Rootstrikers.

Yu Li is 31 years old. She lives and works between Geneva and Shenzhen. Yu is a researcher, interaction and speculative designer.

Mike Linksvayer is a dilettante of various free knowledge movements and a sub-dilettante critic of the same.

Geert Lovink is a Dutch-Australian media theorist and critic. He is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam.

Sulaïman Majali is an artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. His works question the relationships between the sculptural object and the photographic image in the mythologies of our imagined communities.

Jean Noël Montagné, founder of a hackerspace in Nice, France, called Nicelab, “Open Laboratory of Nice”.

Jon Phillips is the co-founder of design and technology company Fabricatorz. He lives in Hong Kong. Jon founded the #FREEBASSEL campaign in 2012. Transcript by Ekta Saran.

Théophile Pillault is 33 years old. He lives in Marseille. Théophile is a freelance journalist, working for Vice, Les Inrockuptibles or Trax Magazine.

radium is a member of the Foundation and the D-CENT project.

Donatella Della Ratta has been managing the Creative Commons Arab world community for five years. She maintains a blog on Arab media at and tweets avidly @donatelladr.

Clément Renaud is a 32-years old researcher, developer, creative coder, and journalist based in Lyon.

Faraj Rifait is Bassel’s uncle.

Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay is a researcher at french institution CNRS Institute for Communication Sciences where she is in charge of the Information and Commons Governance research group.

Natacha Roussel is a f-loss artist. She is the co-founder of the F-lat collective. Natacha is based in Brussels.

Noura Ghazi Safadi is a Syrian writer. She’s married to Bassel.

Anasuya Sengupta is an advocate, strategist, and storyteller, currently on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Quarterly, an online and print publication that promotes an active and engaged democracy. She previously headed the Grantmaking department at the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Asia Pacific portfolio at the Global Fund for Women.

Designer, technologist, and apparently author, Barry Threw (@barrythrew) is the Director of Software at Obscura Digital, curator with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and the Interim Director of the #NEWPALMYRA project. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

Stéphanie Vidal is 30 years old. She is a cultural journalist specialised in new media and digital strategist. Stéphanie lives in Paris.

Marc Weidenbaum publishes a webzine, Disquiet, about electronic ambient music and has contributed to the scientific journal Nature upon this subject. He was editor-in-chief for two of Viz Media's magazines. He lives in San Francisco.

John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and at FasterCures. He ran the Science Commons project at Creative Commons.

Maarten Zeinstra is an advisor copyright law and technology in the cultural sector for Nederlands agency Kennisland. He lives in Amsterdam.

Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, an educator and a media activist. He is based in Tel Aviv.

Ethan Zuckerman, Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, where Bassel was offered a researcher position on October 22, 2015.

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