15 April 1971 |
Bournemouth, Hampshire (now Dorset), UK
|Occupation||Journalist, writer, consultant, campaigner|
|Spouse(s)||Kevin Anderson (2008–present)|
Suw Charman-Anderson (born 15 April 1971) is the former Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, a campaign group based in London. She is also a journalist, social software consultant, blogger and public speaker. On 15 February 2008 she married Kevin Anderson. Named one of the "50 most influential Britons in technology" by The Daily Telegraph, she has also worked to gain recognition for other women in technological fields.
Charman is a graduate of Cardiff University with a BSc in Geology. Early career projects included music journalism, web publishing, and providing web support to other learners of Welsh. In her 20s, while working as a journalist, she chose the name "Suw" for herself after creating it as a typographical error for her given name, Sue. Her personal weblog, Chocolate and Vodka, started in June 2002, features commentary on the Blogosphere, social issues and politics growing her audience. Her professional blog Strange Attractor, was begun in July 2004 under the Corante label. She still edits and posts to both, the latter with her husband Kevin.
Her work in Social Software consulting includes producing the BlogOn Conference in New York City, in 2005. She has worked for companies such as MSN, BUPA, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Socialtext, Jackie Cooper PR, De Montfort University and BBC News Online, performing a variety of tasks from training to consulting. She often talks about blogging for business.
Her work online has led her to explore the issues surrounding rights and responsibilities online, which she has frequently written about—for example, her article for The Guardian in 2004 exploring the truth behind file sharing and the music industry. She also has written for Linux User and Developer discussing digital rights.
In 2005, she co-founded the Open Rights Group, leading the project as Executive Director within its infancy. As a founder of ORG, she has commented on a wide variety of issues dealing with ownership and new media.
Ada Lovelace Day
In 2009, Charman recruited bloggers and others to honor influential women in STEM. This became an annual event, which she called "Ada Lovelace Day". In 2010 more than 2,000 people responded this year on with blogs, podcasts, and videos supporting the project.
The next Ada Lovelace Day will be held on the 15th October 2013.
- Suw Charman: Argleton, London 2010. ASIN B005JSI21W
- Suw Charman: Molly’s Secret Diary or the Confessions of a Social Software Convert; in: Willms Buhse/Soeren Stamer: The Art of Letting Go, Bloomington 2008. ISBN 978-1-4401-0809-9
- Suw Charman; in: Jeremy Wright: Blog Marketing: The Revolutionary New Way to Increase Sales, Build Your Brand, and Get Exceptional Results, New York 2006. ISBN 0-07-226251-6
- Suw Charman: Blogs in Business: Using Blogs behind the Firewall, in: Axel Bruns; Joanne Jacobs: Uses of Blogs, New York 2006. ISBN 978-0-8204-8124-1
- ORG staff, Open Rights Group
- "Jack of all trades, master of the ORG" by Jane Dudman, Information World Review, Nov. 13, 2006.
- "The 50 most influential Britons in technology". The Daily Telegraph. 23 September 2009.
- Charman-Anderson, Suw (July 31, 2011), "My name is Suw", my name is me.
- MSN Blogging Report, suw.org.uk, November 2005
- Listen to the flip side, The Guardian, 2004-07-22
- UK Digital Rights Group sets up, BBC News Online, 2005-09-09
- MPs in digital downloads warning, BBC News Online, June, 2006
- Phone Co's and rights activists round on Clark, The Register, 9 September 2005
- Ada Lovelace voted most popular technology heroine BBC, 25 March 2010