Sascha Meinrath

Vice President of the New America Foundation and Director of the Open Technology Institute

Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012, he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband and telecommunications policy. In 2009, he was named one of Ars Technica's tech policy "people to watch" and is also the 2009 recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy.

Sascha founded the Commotion Wireless Project (a.k.a., the "Internet-in-a-Suitcase") and, along with Vint Cerf, is the co-founder of Measurement Lab, a distributed server platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network research and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. He coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of wireless integrators, researchers, implementers and companies dedicated to the development of open-source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies.

Sascha has worked with the Acorn Active Media Foundation, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, the CUWiN Foundation, the Ethos Group and Free Press. He blogs regularly at

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