Vera Franz

Vera Franz is deputy director of the Open Society Information Program, where she oversees the program’s interrelated portfolios on the threats to our civil liberties created by technology.

Previously, she led the program’s intellectual property reform initiative and was deeply involved in the launch and development of the global Access to Knowledge movement, including the successful campaign for the World Intellectual Property Organization’s copyright treaty for the blind and visually Impaired. Franz represents the Open Society Foundations on the advisory board of Ariadne, the European network of funders for human rights and social change.

Before joining Open Society, Franz held a research post with the Austrian Techno-Z Research and Development Institute, and was an external lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She also lived in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, working for local nongovernmental organizations including the Mirovna Grupa Mladih Dunav.

She has studied in Austria, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom and holds an MSc in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MPhil in political science from the University of Salzburg.