Gary Hall is a critical theorist working on politics, philosophy and technology. He is Professor of Media in the School of Art and Design, and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media, at Coventry University, UK, as well as visiting professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab – Leuphana Inkubator, Leuphana University, Germany. He is author of Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002), Digitize This Book! (Minnesota UP, 2008) and Pirate Philosophy (currently under review), co-author of Open Education: A Study in Disruption (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, in press), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006) and Experimenting (Fordham UP, 2007). He is also co-founder (in 1999) of the open access journal Culture Machine, a pioneer of OA in the humanities, and co-founder (in 2006) of Open Humanities Press, the first open access publisher dedicated to critical and cultural theory. With over thirty peer-reviewed publications in edited books and academic journals including American Literature, Angelaki, Cultural Studies, Journal of Visual Culture, New Formations, The Oxford Literary Review and Radical Philosophy, his work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Russian and Slovenian. In 2010 he was Visiting Fellow in The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Together with Clare Birchall and Joanna Zylinska he edits the JISC-funded Living Books about Life, a series of twenty five open access books about life - with life understood both philosophically and biologically - that provides a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. He is currently developing a series of politico-institutional interventions - dubbed activist scholarship - that draw on digital media to actualise or creatively perform critical theory; and completing a monograph, Media Gifts.