Dr Rufus Pollock obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 2008 and from 2007 to 2010 was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge where he remains an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law. He is the President and Founder of Open Knowledge, a not-for-profit which works to promote open knowledge — any kind of information from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata, that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed.
As an economist his work has focused on the theory and empirics of innovation and their implications for intellectual property policy. He was the author of The Value of the Public Domain published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), co-author of a report on Models of Public Sector Information Provision via Trading Funds written for the UK government, and the lead economist of a study on the “Economic and Social Impact of the Public Domain” funded by the European Commission. In 2010 he was appointed as one of the four members of the UK Government’s newly created Public Sector Transparency Board.
Prior to his current roles, Dr Pollock has also been involved in co-founding the Open Rights Group as well as serving as director of the UK branch of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure during the crucial vote on the software patents directive, and as policy adviser to Creative Commons UK.