Derek is TI Georgia's resident computer geek and specialist in open government and using technology for transparency. He also works to help TIG use technology to find new ways to connect to people interested in TIG's work. Derek studied law and computer science, and is fascinated by ways that techniques derived from crowdsourcing and open-source software can improve the functioning of democratic institutions. Derek has been a member of Wikipedia since 2003, and was one of the first English-language editors on the crowd-sourced pronunciation website Forvo.com, which seeks to collect recordings of every word in every language in the world, spoken by native speakers. Derek is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
- Beyond “Lol Cats”: Fostering the political engagement of the Georgian blogosphere
- FixMyStreet Georgia - Chemikucha.ge
- Open Budget Survey 2012 - Georgia
- Promoting Open Governance and Open Data
- Promoting Transparency in Georgian Lawmaking and Accountability of Georgian Lawmakers
- Transparency International Georgia Office in Parliament