Jonathan Gray is Researcher in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His current work mainly focuses on the politics of public information. This includes drawing on approaches from Science and Technology Studies (STS), New Media Studies, the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) to explore the ideals, imaginaries, practices, methods and technologies associated with open data, data journalism, data activism and transparency after the “digital turn”.
He is also Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam; Research Associate at the médialab at Sciences Po; and Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. Previously he studied Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge and Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Social Sciences at the Open University.
In addition to his academic work, Jonathan has a professional background in the civil society sector, public policy and data journalism. In his capacity of Director of Policy and Research at the global civil society organisation Open Knowledge he has founded and co-founded numerous initiatives, including the Data Journalism Handbook, Europe’s Energy, Open Data for Tax Justice, OpenSpending, The Public Domain Review and Where Does My Money Go?. He is on the Advisory Board of the LSE Impact Blog at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and of the Fair Tax Mark, a non-profit initiative dedicated to promoting tax transparency and fairness.
He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Open Democracy and has been interviewed by numerous publications and media organisations about his work, including La Repubblica (Italy), O’Reilly Radar (US), OpenSource.com (US), PopTech (US), Russia Today (Russia), The European Journalism Centre (Netherlands), The Guardian (UK – see also here), Times Higher Education (UK), Todo Noticias (Argentina) and Zeit Online (Germany).
He can be found on Twitter at @jwyg.