RTM Speaker Biographies

Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Oxford University

Jonathan Zittrain holds the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and is a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is also the Jack N & Lillian R Berkman Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, where he co-founded its Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He acted as co-counsel for the plaintiff in Eldred v Ashcroft, a US Supreme Court case that challenged the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and he was among a group of law professors who filed an amicus brief in the MGM v Grokster case.

His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. He has recently co-authored a study of Internet filtering by national governments, and is writing a book about the future of the now-intertwined Internet and PC. Papers may be found at http://www.jz.org.

Dave Rowntree, Blur

Dave RowntreeDave Rowntree plays drums in the band Blur, one of the most successful UK bands of the last 15 years. He owns animation company Nanomation, who were responsible for the animated Channel 4 series Empire Square. He has recently formed a new band called the Ailerons who have just released their debut EP on the iTunes Music Store.

Caroline Wilson, Southampton University, School of Law

Caroline WilsonCaroline Wilson is an intellectual property law academic based at the School of Law, University of Southampton. She teaches and researches in comparative intellectual property law and information technology law and works as a legal consultant on IP and accountancy matters.

Martin Talbot, Editor, Music Week

Martin TalbotMartin Talbot is the Editor of Music Week, a trade paper for the UK music industry. Talbot started his career in local news, specifically at the Hackney Gazette, where he reported on crime, politics and entertainment. His time at Music Week began in the early 1990s, interrupted by a spell as a staff writer at the NME. Stints as News Editor, then Launch Editor of Fono (MW’s European sister publication) led to his promotion to Executive Editor in January 2002 — overseeing the editorial team behind the magazine-to-web business information service — before taking on the title of Editor in January 2005.

Richard Mollet, Director of Public Affairs, BPI

Richard MolletRichard has over ten years’ experience in the political communications arena. He has worked for a wide range of organisations, advising on their parliamentary, government and media relations. These include the British Beer and Pub Association on the passage of the Licensing Act, the CCPR on funding for sports clubs, and the Rugby Football Union. At the BPI he is responsible for engagement with political audiences and industry stakeholders on the major issues facing the record industry, in particular IP crime, copyright, creative economy programme and education.

John Howkins, Adelphi Charter

John Howkins John Howkins is a leading figure in the global development of the creative economy, which he discusses in his book, The Creative Economy, (Penguin, 2001). Founder and Director of the Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property (www.adelphicharter.org), he also devised the London Intellectual Property Advisory Service (called ‘ Own It’), and is a Member of the United Nations Advisory Committee on the Creative Economy.

As a Director of ITR & Co, John has advised ABC, BBC, CBS, European Commission, IBM, News Corp, NHK, RAI, Shanghai Creative Industries Association, Sky TV, Sony, Time Warner, Universal Studios and other clients. He is a director of HandMade plc, a films and rights owner listed on London’s AIM market. He was associated with HBO Inc and Time Warner Inc from 1982 to 1996, with responsibilities for television businesses in Europe. He is Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC); and former Chairman of the London Film School and Vice Chairman of the Association of Independent Producers. He is a former Executive Director of the International Institute of Communications (IIC).

Now a Visiting Professor at the Shanghai School of Creativity, China, and Lincoln University, England, he is also the author of Communications in China, Four Global Scenarios for Information, CODE and other books.