Panda Mery | 판다 메리
Almost too calm productive irritant, neurodivergent researcher, bricoleur and flâneur
- Research partner, University of
Glasgow, on the Older Autistic’s Kit (OAK) project
that investigates older Autists’ experiences of technology
and is developing a website to identify
venues and services appreciated by them (September 2021 to present).
- Research partner, University of Glasgow,
on the project: A
society fit for autistics: overcoming the barriers,
challenging stereotypes and enabling autistics to take their
place in the world (2017 to 2020).
- Copywriter, hi-tech startup, London, UK (2018).
- Chief analyst, Inpro Licensing, London, UK
(2010 to 2012).
- Freelance journalist, London, UK (2005 to 2010).
Wrote for The Guardian (2005),
The Register (2007-2009), Red Pepper (2009), the
Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (2009), the
Coalition Against Secret Evidence (2009), and Black
Mental Health (2010).
- Editor – Developer Program, UIQ
Technology, London, UK & Ronneby, Sweden (2006 to
- Technology editor, marketing strategy manager,
developer outreach manager and security alert team co-chair,
Symbian Software, London, UK (2000 to 2006).
- Editor, EXE
Magazine, Centaur, a monthly software
developers' magazine, London, UK (1994 to 1999).
- Freelance journalist, London, UK (1993 to
1994). Wrote for The Guardian, The Daily
Telegraph, PC Direct, What Personal
Computer, 01 Informatique, Le Journal du
Téléphone, Byte European Reseller, and
- Senior editor,
PC Expert, Ziff-Davis, Paris, France (1991 to
- Software engineer, P.N.B., Paris,
France (1990 to 1991).
- Research & development engineer and project
leader, Microformatic, Paris, France and Moodus,
Connecticut, USA (1989 to 1990).
- Visiting lecturer in telecommunications,
IBM, Paris, France (1989 to 1990).
- Technical director, Euratec, Paris, France
(1986 to 1987).
- Software developer, Téléinformatique,
Paris, France (1985).
- Computer course examiner, Institut de Gestion
Sociale, Paris, France (1985).
- Software developer, Caisses Centrales de
Mutualité Sociale Agricole, Paris, France (1984 to
- Visiting lecturer in computer science,
Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Paris, France
(1984 to 1986).
- Computer instructor, City of Paris InterClub 17,
Paris, France (1984 to 1985).
- Freelance journalist, Paris, France (1982 to 1991).
Wrote for PC-News, Info-PC and Décision
Micro (1989 to 1991), Soft & Micro (1987 to
1989), and Génie Logiciel, Que Choisir,
Goupil Revue and Microtel-Infos (1982 to
- Researcher, Forest Media | 숲생각, an
artist collective (2022 to present).
- Admin team member, Autopia Discord
server (2020 to present) and Autscape Discord server
(2020 & 2021).
- Board member (2015 to present) and director
(2015 to 2018), AutAngel.
- Restarter (2012 to present) and London
volunteer coordinator (2014 to 2017), The Restart
- Advisor to the Challenging the
Criminalisation of Autistic People support and campaign group (2017 to
- Independent Custody Visitor (ICV)
in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington (2010 to 2021);
vice-chair (2013 to 2021).
- Member of the Hackney Safer Neighbourhood Board
(2015 to 2021).
- Member of the Nottinghamshire Autism Police
Partnership (2018 to 2020).
- Participant in the Sheffield
Autism Dialogues (2018).
- Chair of publications, Autscape, a conference
by and for Autists (2015 to 2018).
- Member, London Borough of Hackney
Autism Alliance Board (2016 to 2019).
- Advisory board NO2ID (2012 to 2017).
- Advisory board, Privacy
International (2011 to 2015).
- Member of Islington Borough’s stop and search
monitoring group (2010 to 2011).
- Legal observer (2010).
- Member of Amnesty International (2006 to
- Member of Liberty (2005 to 2011).
- Founding member of the Open Rights Group
(2005 to 2006).
- Participated in the creation of Mobile Monday
- Associate member of the Free Software
Foundation (2003 to 2015).
- Co-founder and co-sysop of the OS/2 MANiA
association (1990 to 1992).
- Member of the Association for Computing
Machinery (1987 to 2009)
- Member of the Association Francaise pour la
Cybernétique Economique et Technique (1987 to 1989).
- Participated at local, regional and national level
in the Microtel and Adémir associations (1980 to
Published photographic work
- Piccoli, G.B. and Mery, D., 2017.
earth, our common home: toward a sustainable, planet friendly
approach to dialysis, a paradigm of high technology
medicine. Journal of Renal Nutrition,
27(6), pp. 478-484.
- Mery, D.P., 2016.
data cleaning disproportionately affect autistics?
Autism: the international journal of research and
- Mery, D., 2003.
do mobile phones need a different operating system?
Computing and Control Engineering, 14(6),
- Hersh, M. et al, 2020. ’Accessing services and
social interaction: strategies used by autistic people' in
Milton, D. et al (ed.)
The Neurodiversity Reader, Pavilion
- Mery, P., 2020. ’Manipulation of Words' in
Hegland, F. (ed.)
The Future Of Text, Volume I, Future Text Publishing.
- Mery, P. 2015. ‘Calm, almost too calm'
Terminology' in Hearst, C. (ed.) Being Autistic – Nine adults share their journeys from
discovery to acceptance, AutAngel.
- Presented at the 2023 Neurodiversity Forum (신경다양성 포럼) on Autistic Space, Korea (2023).
- Guest lecture on repair culture to BA
Product Design students at Central Saint Martins, UK
- Presented at the The Politics of
Autism conference on Participatory and Autistic-led
initiatives in the UK, France (2019).
- Presented at ESTAS, a Korean Autistic
organisation, on several Autistic initiatives in the UK, South
- Presented at the PARC Autistic
Fringe (Glasgow) on About
spoons and spudgers: community repair for neurodivergents,
- Facilitated a session at Fixfest
UK 2018 on (Better) repair events for neurodivergents &
anyone lacking spoons, UK (2018).
- Facilitated a session at Fixfest 2017 on
Fixing events for and with neurodivergents and people with
mental health issues, UK (2017).
- Presented on the work of Independent Custody
Visitors to the Hackney Safer Neighbourhood Board, UK (2016).
- Spoke at the V&A Friday Late on Why and
how to become a restarter with the Restart Project, UK
- Spoke at the OpenTech session on Why and how
to become a restarter with the Restart Project, UK
- Keynote speaker at the public debate
Surveillance, Politics and Civil Society, UK (2010).
- Spoke at a workshop on Fighting the law and
winning for the ten years of Indymedia, UK (2010).
- Guest speaker at a public meeting of the Pan
African Society Community Forum on civil liberties, UK
- Television and video:
Lush Showcase, France (2018);
Deutsche Welle, Focus on Europe, Germany (2015),
WOWOW, Finding 1984, Japan (2014);
National Autistic Society, Ask Autism, UK (2014);
ORF, Welt Journal, Austria (2012);
Sky News, Sunrise, UK (2009);
Mega TV, The Files, Greece (2007);
BBC One, Politics Show, UK (2006);
Sky News, Today, UK (2005).
Restart Radio, UK (2017; 2018; 2020);
BBC World Service, Discovery, UK (2015);
Dissident Island Radio, UK (2010);
Radio Adelaide, Breakfast with Peter Godfrey, Australia (2005);
ABC Radio National, Late Night Live, Australia (2005);
BBC Radio Four, Broadcasting House, UK (2005);
BBC Radio Five Live, The Way Forward, UK (2005);
RampART Radio, Indymedia, UK (2005).
- Print and web:
The Establishment, USA (2018),
The Independent and i, UK (2015)
The Voice, UK (2014),
AFP, UK (2013);
Cageprisoners, UK (2011);
Colors Magazine, ‘Cease-Fear’, Italy (2009);
I fought the law, ‘Britain's Ten Worst Laws’ chapter, Bantam Press, UK (2007);
The Dallas Morning News, USA (2005).
- Support Brokerage, London Brokerage
Network, London, UK 2014 to 2015, awarded
- Spoon carving, Barn the Spoon, London, UK
- Auditing MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice,
City University, London, UK (2013 to
- Independent Custody Visitors, Metropolitan
Police Authority, London, UK (2010).
- Legal observing, Network for Police
Monitoring, London, UK (2010).
- International human rights law,
CCJO.RenéCassin, London, UK (2009).
- Human rights law, continuing education course,
City University, London, UK (2007).
- Taught MPhil (AEA) in languages, algorithmic
and programming, Université Paris VI, Paris, France (1987
- MSc (Maîtrise) in computer science,
Université Paris VI, Paris, France (1986 to 1987).
- BSc (License) in computer science, Université
Paris VI, Paris, France, (1985 to 1986).
- Undergraduate degree (DEUG) in mathematics, physics
and computer science, Université Paris VI, Paris,
France (1982 to 1985).
- Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat S1) specialised in
mathematics, Ecole Alsacienne, Paris, France (1977 to