Vera Franz oversees the Digital Civil Liberties and Intellectual Property Reform portfolios at the Open Society Information Program. She is working to strengthen civil society advocating for the protection of human rights online. She has also been deeply involved in the launch and development of the global access to knowledge (A2K) movement, including the successful campaign for the adoption of the WIPO Copyright Treaty for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
During her early years at Open Society, Franz taught a course on media, technology, and globalization at the Department of Communications at Salzburg University, Austria. She is a member of the advisory board of Ariadne, the European network of funders for human rights and social change.
Before joining Open Society, Franz was affiliated with the Austrian Techno-Z Research and Development Institute, researching information market developments for the European Commission. She has lived in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, running internet projects for local nongovernmental organizations.
Franz has studied in Austria, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom. She holds an MSc in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MPhil in political science from Salzburg University, Austria.