Jose Manuel Alonso

José is the Director of Digital Citizenship at the Web Foundation, the organization founded by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to preserve the Web as a public good and a basic right, which should benefit all of humanity equally.

José has deep expertise in web standards and technologies and leveraging them to opening up data and government. He has directed research across Asia, Africa and Latin-America on the impact of open data and the web in development and co-led the national Open Data Initiative in Spain.

He became the first civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group, is a Lead Steward of the International Open Data Charter, and co-leads Open Ownership, the first global, open database of company ownership information, mapping who controls and benefits from anonymous companies to help law enforcement agencies, business, journalists and civil society fight crime and corruption.

José has served on United Nations and European Commission expert panels, and also served as a member of the Nominating Committee at ICANN, the organisation dedicated to preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet.

Prior to joining the Foundation, José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web standards setting organisation. He was key in establishing and leading the W3C eGovernment Activity, as well as the country office in Spain. José had previously worked as IT analyst, consultant, developer and trainer, and even founded his own Web startup back in 1997.