Jack Thurston

Based in London, UK, Jack is Executive Director of EU Transparency, and co-founder of farmsubsidy.org, a project described by WorldChanging.com “demonstrating the power of geek activism done right”. He led the campaign for access to farm subsidy data in the UK and has over the past five years taken the campaign to a pan-European level and branched out into a new project fishsubsidy.org. Jack is a joint winner of the 2006 Freedom of Information Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. He is currently a transatlantic fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously he served a special adviser to Nick Brown, the UK Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food (1999-2001). His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, European Voice, New Statesman, Prospect and Tribune. Jack holds degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford University) and Public Policy Analysis (University of California at Berkeley). When not working on budget transparency projects, Jack presents a weekly radio programme on bicycling,creativity and society on London’s experimental arts radio station Resonance FM.