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BIOGRAPHY

Driven by a keen interest in exploring new boundaries for the application of digital technology, Christian Villum’s work involves examining new currents and helping set up new experiments to explore them.

With a background in areas such as maker technology, sharing cultures, new business models, open data and open design, Internet culture, and hacktivism, he enjoys developing communities and bringing people together around new ideas to generate change.

His previous work includes co-founding and co-heading the experimental Platform4 Art & Technology hub and a yearlong stretch as Director of Digital & Future Thinking at Danish Design Center. Before that he was the International Community Manager at the UK-based non-profit organization Open Knowledge Foundation, tasked with building their global community.
In addition, he has been a being a front-runner in the active application of Creative Commons content licenses within music and literature and co-founding a series of new companies and entrepreneurial projects.

He is the co-author of the book Open Source City (2016) and has contributed chapters to several other books on digital strategy and technology innovation. He is a frequent writer and public voice in both national and international media.

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MORE DETAILED BACKGROUND

I live in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I spend the majority of my professional time working as an entrepreneur and freelancer within digital strategy under the banner of my own company Spraengfarlig.

In addition to that, I run two other companies: The maverick music label Uhrlaut Records; a boutique record label that embraces file sharing and Internet culture to release challenging Scandinavian electronic music on vinyl, and the independent book publisher Ctrl+Alt+Delete Books, which publishes books that explore the dynamics between people, technology, and culture.

On the side, I am part of Creative Commons Denmark, and function as the Danish representative in the Global Network Council of Creative Commons' main organization in the US. As part of this, I also sit on the board of OpenDanmark.

Moreover, I often serve as an inspirational speaker about open culture & new technologies. With a background and interest in digital innovation, design, cultural entrepreneurship, community creation, hacktivism, and everything open source, I enjoy bringing people together to share new ideas - and to create movement.

My previous merits include acting as Director of Digital & Future Thinking for Danish Design Centre to develop programs that explore new technology through the application of strategic design,  co-founding and co-directing the experimental Platform4 art & technology venue/hackerspace as well as building a global community as International Community Manager for Open Knowledge (Foundation) in London.
As a side activity, I was also for a number of years a member of the Science Friction art & technology crew in Copenhagen.

I am proud to have pioneered the use of Creative Commons licenses for music publication and headed the European Blip chiptune festivals as well as initiated a long series of businesses. I hold a master's degree in Culture, Communication & Globalization from Aalborg University and have previously lived, worked and studied in Berlin, New York and Chicago. Whenever possible, I try to find time to code, play with 3D printers, build Arduino projects, dj and make electronic music.

For more details see an overview of current projects and ventures, see list of press clips and media appearances, published writing and history of public speaking engagements. Past activities are to be found in the archive.

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