Michelle Thorne (Creative Commons)

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Michelle Thorne
Michelle thorne.jpg
Michelle Thorne 2007, by Joi Ito
Born (1985-01-15) January 15, 1985 (age 36)
United States
NationalityUnited States
Alma materMount Holyoke College
University of Leipzig
OccupationMozilla Foundation
Known forCreative Commons
Michelle Thorne speaks about Mozilla culture and openness at Maker Party 2013 in Bangalore

Michelle Thorne (born January 15, 1985) is an American-born, Berlin, Germany-based Creative Commons activist. She holds a BA summa cum laude in Critical Social Thought and German Studies from Mount Holyoke College, USA, where she wrote an honors thesis on authorship, originality, and American copyright law. Thorne grew up in Heidelberg, Germany. She worked as the international project manager for Creative Commons from 2007 to 2011[1] and joined the Mozilla Foundation as Global Event Strategist in 2011.[2] She is a founding member of the Awesome Foundation Berlin.[3]

Mozilla Foundation[edit]

Thorne chaired the 2011 Mozilla Festival on Media, Freedom and the Web, featuring the launch of the HTML5 media framework Popcorn 1.0[4] and web literacy initiatives for youth and journalists.[5] She also chaired the 2012 Mozilla Festival in which Popcorn was released out of Beta. Her compensation in 2012 from the Mozilla Foundation was $101451,-[6]

Free culture[edit]

Thorne contributed as a core writer of An Open Web, a book about the opportunities and challenge of the web, written in five days by six writers during a book sprint in Berlin in 2011, facilitated by FLOSS Manuals.[7]

In 2009 Thorne co-authored a research paper[8] in which the authors analyze show cases and identify key challenges to the Creative Commons Case Studies Project. This paper was published at the Free Culture Research Workshop held at Harvard Law School October 23, 2009. Thorne co-organized the following year's Free Culture Research Conference in Berlin.[9]

Talks and interviews[edit]

Thorne regularly organizes events and gives talks about the commons, open design, and collaborative consumption.[10][11][12][13][14]

Her design challenges for sharable objects were cited by Bruce Sterling[15] and she was interviewed in the film The Future of Art.[16]

Thorne's claim[17] to being the inventor of nutellachino,[18] a dessert combining Nutella and cappuccino powder, led to her being interviewed by the Berlin-based podcast Küchenradio.[19] Also, Thorne stated[20] to be on a personal quest to beat her Googleganger, the British erotica actress Michelle Thorne, at her search engine rankings.


  1. ^ "Creative Commons People". Creative Commons. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
  2. ^ "Michelle Thorne joins Mozilla". Mark Surman. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  3. ^ "The Awesome Foundation Berlin Trustees". Jesse Chan-Norris. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  4. ^ Watercutter, Angela (2011-11-05). "Premiere: One Millionth Tower High-Rise Documentary Takes Format to New Heights". WIRED. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  5. ^ "Mozilla Festival salutes more Popcorn and less developer ghetto". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  6. ^ (PDF) https://static.mozilla.com/moco/en-US/pdf/2012_Mozilla_Form_990-Public_Disclosure.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Transmediale Open Web Booksprint". ARTE Creative. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  8. ^ "Capturing the Commons: (Ways Forward for) The CC Case Studies Initiative" (PDF). Thorne, Michelle and Cobcroft, Rachel. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  9. ^ "Zwischen Markt und Gemeingut. Forschung über Freie Kultur". OE1 ORF. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  10. ^ "Designing for Collaborative Consumption". republica2010. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  11. ^ "TEDxKreuzberg". TED. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  12. ^ "Scratch Conference Amsterdam 2015". Scratch. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  13. ^ "To Culture With Love 2011". To Culture With Love. Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  14. ^ "UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2015 Equitable Access". UNESCO. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  15. ^ Sterling, Bruce (2010-12-13). "Designing for Collaborative Consumption". WIRED. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  16. ^ "Gabriel Shalom, retour vers les futurs". Vogue Paris. Archived from the original on 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  17. ^ "kuechenradio.org podcast: Admiralbrücke at 24:35 min". kuechenradio.org. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  18. ^ "Thornet: HOWTO: make a nutellachino". Michelle Thorne. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  19. ^ "kuechenradio.org podcast: KR_178 - Bruno Cathomas (Live) at ca 16:30min". kuechenradio.org. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  20. ^ "Thornet:aber hallo, welt". Michelle Thorne. Retrieved 2008-04-29.

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