NetAffair – The Association

NetAffair is a not-for-profit association for the support of open networks (ZVR 335553992, AT). It was founded in the summer of 2009 as a non-profit research association to analyse and support open networking infrastructure and its ease of use. The association is solely devoted to support education and research. Its aim is to foster public awareness of networking developments and visions. NetAffair’s particular focus is the analysis of different generations of networks, their applications, opportunities and social impact.

NetAffair – The WebProject

Mariann Unterluggauer (Content)
Mariann has been working as a freelance tech and science journalist since 1994. From 1997 – 2000 she was the producer of the radio programme “m@trix – computer and new media” on OE1, one of the broadcasting channels of the ORF, before moving abroad. She maintains her independence by working as a freelance journalist. Today her work covers all areas of computing and its effect on politics and society and reaches a wide audience, broadcast and print in Spain (El Pais), Italy (RAI), Germany (deutschlandfunk, Technology Review), Austria (ORF, Springerin) and Switzerland (ie. book article for Histoire et Informatique).

She has investigated European networking history for some years and formulated the original idea for this project. She built up the network for the realisation of project NetAffair and today receives wide support from many talented experts and prominent figures in the field of networking sciences. She has been invited onto various panels, political and technical, as well as to join the “young advisors” team. It was set up by Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes in 2011. (Considered too old to be young, she acted as an observer for this same group until its end, October 2014.) Her task was to give her own views on a European Internet Future.

Renate Kreil (Project management)
Renate worked for the ORF and EMI Austria in the field of marketing. She has a diploma in Economic Journalism from the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. She was employed as head of PR and marketing in the largest agency for artists and media production in Austria and was responsible for their tour arrangements in German-speaking countries. This work also involved organising various press conferences, events and festivals.

Later she worked for the Vienna City Council’s PR agency and was responsible for communicating the daily agendas (political, scientific, environmental, medical issues). As a PR freelancer she has worked in recent years for many different cultural institutions in Austria and Germany, and as a producer at the Moscow TV channel “3 Channel Moskovia”, from where she was invited to work at the Ostankino Telecenter Moscow. She recently accepted a position as a free consultant for the Austrian National Research Network “ACOnet”, concerning combining the cultural scene with scientific networking, and she helps out with organising RIPE meeting #63.

Dieter Telfser (Icon, master of a good look and feel)
Dieter Telfser comes from the Vinschgau Valley in South Tyrol, holds an Italian passport and calls Vienna home. He loves asceticism and luxury, self-promotion and hide-and-seek embodied communication. Those who accuse him of arrogance overlook the fact he is welcomed as a “humaniser”. His eloquence, his media competence and his production experience lead to surprising insights. Telfser quarrels with the world, which for him is primarily the world of media, and is best described as a self-taught creative expert, who aims to feed young scholars new “brain food”. Furthermore, he has worked in advertising agencies and for the National Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF.

In 2011, Dieter Telfser taught a short course in networking history at the Gutenberg College of further Education for Trade and Graphics, Bolzano.

Florian Koch (Design)
sensomatic is a multi-disciplinary design studio established 2002 by Christine Zmölnig and Florian Koch in Vienna. Florian Koch studied Media Design at the Fachhochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.
sensomatic has gained experience in various design studios, amongst them Nofrontiere (Vienna), amaze (London), AMX Studios (London) and kleber (London). sensomatic work on a diverse range of projects on different scales and for different budgets. Their work ranges from exhibition design, catalogues and classical branding to complex website architectures and design.

Most of sensomatic’s clients are based in the arts and cultural sector, e.g. the Kunstverein Wolfsburg (since 2004), website design for the Salzburger Kunstverein, Documenta 12 (Kassel), web and print design for ZIPP Deutsch-tschechische Kulturprojekte (Berlin), website design and the Austrian Film Festival for Verbund AHP and Diagonale, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Czernin Verlag, the Neumeister auction house (Munich) and the Venice Biennale 2013.

sensomatic has been invited to teach and lead workshops at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld as well as the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Their work has been published in various magazines (designreport, PAGE, rosebud magazine). 
sensomatic received the Josef Binder Award, the D&AD Award (Bronze) and took part in the International Poster Exhibition in Tokushima, Japan 2006.

Christian Langreiter (Code)
Is our Master of Code. One nice project we want to highlight is retrievr, an experimental image search tool, created for system one, for which he gained worldwide recognition.

Kevin Booth (Editorial)
writing, editing, translation
Originally trained as an actor in New Zealand and Australia, Kevin Booth worked in educational and physical theatre in New Zealand, Australia and Spain. While running his own theatre company in Barcelona, writing and directing plays, he also acted in Catalan and Spanish films and for television.

After a decision to redirect his career towards literature, he gained a BA (Hons.) in Literature from the Open University (United Kingdom, 2005), and postgraduate BA (Hons.) in Comparative Literatures (Spanish, Catalan and English), at the University of Auckland (New Zealand, 2008). He started the publishing initiative Poble Sec Books in 2011, from a desire to take control of the creative process. The company offers editorial, publishing and translation services for authors and businesses. Kevin currently has three novels published.

For any remaining typos or misuse of the English language, the blame must lie with us.

Maria Machacek (Transcripts)
If there is anyone who knows everything about networking scientists, it is Maria Machacek. She has listened to them all. Maria is a connoisseur of life, and she agreed to help us out with her fast typing skills.We are grateful she does, as we have to admit that we are misusing her proficiency right now for the creation of accurate master copies of our recordings.

There is always more to a story
As always there are many people involved, and that is also true for NetAffair – The WebProject. Most importantly, all of the fine characters who told us their stories, and everybody who offers us advice and a critical eye.

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