Julian Priest is an artist and researcher, whose research is currently focused on the physical and cultural boundaries between technology and the environment and the relationship between energy and information, realising projects primarily in collaborative or participatory forms.
He was an early community wireless networker and became an activist and advocate for the freenetworking movement, exploring wireless networking as a theme in fields of arts, development, and policy. He was co-founder of the consume project and one of the instigators of WSFII, the world summits on free information infrastructures, an international series of events to promote grass roots information infrastructures. He has commented on radio spectrum policy and co-founded policy intervention OpenSpectrum UK to advocate an open spectrum in the public interest, in Europe and the UK.
He is based in Whanganui, New Zealand where has a project room 'The Green Bench'. He is on the board of the Aotearoa Digital Arts trust and lectures in creative technologies with the Interdisciplinary Unit at A.U.T University in Auckland.