Masayuki Hatta (八田 真行, born 1979, Japanese) is an assistant professor of Economics at the Facaulty of Economics and Management, Surugadai University in Saitama, Japan. Originally trained as an economist/organizational theorist, Hatta writes and talks extensively about the so-called intellectual property issues and software licensing in particular. He is also a journeyman hacker (a GNU and Debian developer), an avid supporter of the Free Software cause and a vocal advocate for hacktivism and the freedom of internet in general. Currently he resides in the suburb of Tokyo, Japan.
Hatta also serves as a visiting research fellow at Centre for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan and was formerly a special research fellow at Institute of Intellectual Property of Japan (2010-2011).
Hatta has been involved with several Internet-based activism in Japan, such as Movements for Internet Active Users (MIAU), an organization made models of EFF/ORG, and Open Knowledge Japan, the Japan chapter of Open Knowledge, for both as a founding member.
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