Manon Ress

Dr. Ress is Director of Information Society Projects at Knowledge Ecology International, a non-government organization with offices in Washington, DC, London and Geneva.  She is also managing editor of Knowledge Ecology Studies, an open peer reviewed journal that is published on the Internet at

She is an active participant at the World Intellectual Property Organization's meetings of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), OECD technical meetings on the knowledge economy, and other multilateral and regional forums that discuss intellectual property rights, innovation and related topics.  She is active in the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) working groups on intellectual property and information society, including the proposal for a Paris Accord between consumers and creative and inventive communities, she is a member of the program committee for Computers, Privacy and Freedom 2008, and has served as an adviser, expert or consultant to several organizations as diverse as the Wikipedia Foundation and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL).

Dr. Ress work has focused on the protection on consumer and user rights in intellectual property norm setting, the development and use of open standards, open access publishing, the development of open access user generated databases, the use of prizes and other alternative reward mechanism to reward creative and inventive activity, disputes over jurisdiction and the enforcement of intellectual property rights and speech torts, and the development of distance education technologies.  From 2000 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Proposed Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.

Prior to her present position, she was the Director of the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and Manager of Education and Technology for JTG Associates, an international team that developed the Universiti Tun Abdul Razak in Malaysia. She has held teaching and research positions at Princeton University and Temple University, where she was selected as a Lilly Fellow to study the use of technology in teaching.  From 1995 to 1996 she was a research and workshop coordinator for Essential Information, and prior to that held several posts as a consultant, lecturer, writer, and editor.

Dr. Ress holds a B.A. and a Master’s Degree from the Université de Nice, France as well as a Master’s and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Manon Ress