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Gideon Lichfield is the deputy editor of Economist.com, and head of its innovation group. He has worked for The Economist since 1996, including stints as its correspondent in Mexico City, Moscow and Jerusalem.
Ben Edwardsis the Publisher of Economist.com, and a former reporter and editor with The Economist. Before rejoining The Economist in March 2007, Ben was Director of New Media Communications at IBM, where he discovered a passion for social computing.
Ron Diorio is Vice President of Product and Community Development at Economist.com. Prior to joining Economist.com, Ron worked at The Public Theater from 1983-2000 in various roles under Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe. Ron has produced numerous independent programs for radio, television and the web. Ron is a video and photo based artist represented by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in NYC, and is an avid photoblogger.
Millicent Cooleyis Senior User Experience Architect at Economist.com, leading teams to understand our users and to develop simple, useful, intuitive designs for the website. Prior to joining The Economist, Millicent worked as a consultant for Fortune 100 companies and spent several years in IBM’s Ease of Use Group. Millicent has a masters degree in Interaction Design from CarnegieMellonUniversity.