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Brussels 2017

Silicon Valley 2016

Manila 2015

Silicon Valley 2014

RightsCon Silicon Valley
The global community came together to the heart of European politics and policy making to discuss the future of human rights and technology. The event was a major success, with RightsCon Brussels becoming the world's largest digital rights conference.

1,518 people from 105 countries and more than 700 organizations participated in RightsCon 2017. The conference covered a diverse range of the leading topics and challenges facing human rights in the digital age. Participants had access to 250+ sessions across 21 distinct program tracks, organized for attendees to more easily navigate the complex world of issues. Sessions took the form of strategy meetings, debates, initiative launches, high-level panel discussions, lightning talks, tech demos, networking events, and many more. Revisit the program in Bizzabo, or download the PDF. You can also watch the recorded sessions online. Check out the highlights below!

HIGHLIGHTS

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Member of European Parliament, Committee on International Trade

Andrei Soldatov

Andrei Soldatov

Editor, Agentura.ru

Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Japleen Pasricha

Japleen Pasricha

Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Feminism In India

John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul

Chair, Philosopher, Essayist, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Alexander De Croo

Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium

Paul Nemitz

Paul Nemitz

Director, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, DG Justice, EU Commission

Nanjira Sambuli

Nanjira Sambuli

Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation

Pastora Valero

Pastora Valero

Vice President, Government Affairs, Cisco

Göran Marby

Göran Marby

President and CEO, ICANN

Joana Varon

Joana Varon

Founder and Director, Coding Rights

Malavika Jayaram

Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub

Eriberto Gualinga

Eriberto Gualinga

Indigenous Musician & Filmmaker from Sarayaku, Ecuador

Alp Toker

Alp Toker

Director, Turkey Blocks

Meron Estefanos

Meron Estefanos

Director, Eritrean Initiative on Refugee Rights

MichaelJung

Michael Jung

Policy Director, Silver Spring Networks

SATELLITE EVENTS

Access Now would like to thank the following events for their contributions to the digital rights community.

Iran Cyber Dialogue

Iran Cyber Dialogue

Hosts: ASL19

Tech and Foreign policy - Bridging the gap

Tech and Foreign policy - Bridging the gap

Hosts: ALDE at the European Parliament

Youth for Rights

Youth for Rights

Hosts: Access Now, Sinar Project, NetMission.Asia

Other than women: exploring harassment and difference online

Other than women: exploring harassment and difference online

Hosts: Tactical Tech

RightsCon Silicon Valley
RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016 was our biggest conference yet. Together, we helped shape the global conversation on how to keep the internet open, free, and secure.

1,122 people from 84 countries and more than 500 organizations participated in RightsCon 2016. The program covered an exciting spectrum of the most pressing issues in human rights and technology through more than 250 sessions, including workshops, lightning talks, tech demos, panel talks, and more. Revisit the program in Sched, or download a PDF. You can also watch the recorded sessions online. Checkout the highlights below!

HIGHLIGHTS

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Execuitve Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and of Mozilla Corporation

Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Malkia Amala Cyril

Malkia Amala Cyril

Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch

David Kaye

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Judith Lichtenberg

Judith Lichtenberg

Executive Director at Global Network Initiative

Dunja Mijatovic

Dunja Mijatovic

OSCE Representative, Freedom of the Media

Uri Rosenthal

Uri Rosenthal

Dutch Special Envoy for Cyberspace and Former Foreign Minister, the Netherlands

Frank William La Rue

Frank William La Rue

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

Security technologist, cryptographer, privacy specialist, author

Esra'a al Shafei

Esra'a al Shafei

Founder and director of Majal.org

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Board Member at the Freedom of the Press Foundation

Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong

Former Legal Director for Products @ Twitter, VP & Deputy GC for Google

Ron Wyden

The Honorable Ron Wyden

United States Senate

SATELLITE EVENTS

Access Now would like to thank the following events for their contributions to the digital rights community.

RightsCon Southeast Asia
RightsCon 2015 in Manila was a triumph in the battle for digital rights for Southeast Asia. To revisit the program, you can download a pdf. More importantly, don't forget to check out the Outcomes Report, which details the continuing work of the conference.

More than 650 people attended RightsCon Southeast from over 40 countries from around the world. The program was jam-packed agenda had around 125 discreet workshops, lightning talks, demos, panels and more, and represented the joint contributions of over 300 institutions and 250 individual speakers. Check out the highlights below!

HIGHLIGHTS

Check out all the videos, liveblogs, and photos so that you can share in the experience of RightsCon Southeast Asia.

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Photo Credit - Aj Molina

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Photo Credit - Kiri Delena

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Photo Credit - Mon Paet

SPEAKERS

Kilnam Chon

Kilnam Chon

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EO Networking, Inc, Internet Hall of Fame Global Connector

Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

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Executive Director, Digital Rights Pakistan

Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

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Executive Director, Point of View; Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

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Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party

May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim

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Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders' Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

Arthit Suriyamongkol

Arthit Suriyamongkol

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Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator

David Kaye

David Kaye

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Special Rapporteur, United Nations Human Rights Council

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

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Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

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Founder, GNU Project and Free Software Foundation

Rajnesh Singh

Rajnesh Singh

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Regional Bureau Director Asia Pacific, ISOC

Cathleen Berger

Cathleen Berger

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International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff, German Foreign Office

Dan Bross

Dan Bross

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Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft

Ben Blink

Ben Blink

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Sr Public Policy Analyst, Google

Professor Park Kyung-sin

Professor Park Kyung-sin

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Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Celina Agaton

Celina Agaton

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Managing Director, Cross Sector Mapping

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

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Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

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Executive Director, Global Partners

Jia-Rong Low

Jia-Rong Low

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Head of Strategies and Asia Initiatives for Asia Pacific, ICANN

Edmon Chung

Edmon Chung

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CEO, DotAsia.org

Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

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Senior Legal Counsel, Business and Human Rights, Yahoo! Inc

Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig

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Executive Director, Human Rights Center, University of California Berkeley School of Law

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

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Executive Director, Paradigm Iniitiative

Dr. Agnes Callamard

Dr. Agnes Callamard

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Director of the Global Freedom Expression Project at Columbia University

J. Bob Alotta

J. Bob Alotta

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Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Christina DiPasquale

Christina DiPasquale

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Associate Vice President, Media Relations, FitzGibbon Media

Gabey Goh

Gabey Goh

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Editor, Digital News Asia

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Dunstan Allison-Hope

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Managing Director, Advisory Services, BSR

Judy Taing

Judy Taing

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Senior Programme Officer, Article 19

Khairil Yusof

Khairil Yusof

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Co-founder, Sinar Project

Komala Ramachandra

Komala Ramachandra

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South Asia Director, Accountability Counsel

Gil Francis Arevalo

Gil Francis Arevalo

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Communications with Communities (CwC) Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - The Philippines

Libby Liu

Libby Liu

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President, Radio Free Asia

Hoi Trinh

Hoi Trinh

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Co-founder, VOICE

Naomi Fontanos

Naomi Fontanos

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Executive Director, Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas

Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang

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Project Manager, Hong Kong Transparency Report, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong

Duy Hoang

Duy Hoang

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Spokesperson, Viet Tan

Patricia Curran

Patricia Curran

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Head of Business Sustainability, Telenor Myanmar

Jeremy Prepscius

Jeremy Prepscius

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Vice President, Asia-Pacific, BSR

Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota

Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota

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Head of the Department of Journalism and Information, at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Roger Dingledine

Roger Dingledine

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Director, Tor Project

Simone Halink

Simone Halink

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Senior Policy Advisor, Internet & Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Richa Kaul Padte

Richa Kaul Padte

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Activist

Anja Kovacs

Anja Kovacs

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Director, Internet Democracy Project

Asaf Bartov

Asaf Bartov

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Sr Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities

Augusto N. Miclat

Augusto N. Miclat

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Executive Director, Philippines Initiatives for International Dialogue

Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

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Co-founder and Executive Director, Access

Sucharita Varanasi

Sucharita Varanasi

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Senior Program Officer, Physicians for Human Rights

Chris Riley

Chris Riley

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Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

Tarek Shalaby

Tarek Shalaby

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ThePlanet

Chat Garcia Ramilo

Chat Garcia Ramilo

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Deputy Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communicaitons (APC)

Arul Prakkash

Arul Prakkash

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Program Manager for Asia and the Pacific, Witness

Dan Meredith

Dan Meredith

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Principal Director, Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia

Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

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International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Donny B.U.

Donny B.U.

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Co-Founder, ICT Watch

Fereidoon Bashar

Fereidoon Bashar

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Co-Director, ASL19

Htaike Htaike Aung

Htaike Htaike Aung

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Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

Dipta Chakma

Dipta Chakma

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Regional Coordinator, Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA)

Gabrielle Guilleman

Gabrielle Guilleman

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Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19

Irene Poetranto

Irene Poetranto

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Communications Officer, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

John Liu

John Liu

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South and East Asia Programme Manager, Forum-Asia

Kasima Tharnpipitchai

Kasima Tharnpipitchai

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Software Engineer, GitHub

Kaustubh Srikanth

Kaustubh Srikanth

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Head of Technology, Tactical Tech

Ken Carter

Ken Carter

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Counsel, CloudFlare

Klaikong Vaidhyakarn

Klaikong Vaidhyakarn

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Deputy Director, ChangeFusion

Maria A. Ressa

Maria A. Ressa

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CEO & Executive Director, Rappler

Mike Godwin

Mike Godwin

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Director of Innovation Policy & General counsel, R Street Institute

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

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Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

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Director General, APNIC

Nica Dumlao

Nica Dumlao

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Internet Rights Program Coordinator, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Mimin Dwi Hartono

Mimin Dwi Hartono

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Investigator, Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights

Nick O'Donnell

Nick O'Donnell

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Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Public Policy, Yahoo! Inc

Liza Garcia

Liza Garcia

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Foundation for Media Alternatives

Ed Legaspi

Ed Legaspi

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Alerts and Communication Officer, Southeast Asia Press Alliance

Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Nilantha Ilangamuwa

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Communications Officer, Asia Human Rights Commission; Journalist, Sri Lanka Guardian

Prasanth Sugathan

Prasanth Sugathan

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Counsel, Software Freedom Law Center

Renata Avila

Renata Avila

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Renata Avila, Global Campaigns Manager, Web We Want

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

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Deputy Director, Global Issues, Amnesty International

Amos Toh

Amos Toh

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Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

Tonyo Cruz

Tonyo Cruz

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Blogger, Advocate and Strategist

William Gois

William Gois

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Regional Coordinator, Migrant Forum in Asia

Masashi Crete-Nishihata

Masashi Crete-Nishihata

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Research Manager, Citizen Lab, Munk, School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Katitza Rodriguez

Katitza Rodriguez

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International Rights Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Sarah Knuckey

Sarah Knuckey

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Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights institute and Associate Professor of Human Rights, Columbia Law School

Aivon Demetillo Guanco

Aivon Demetillo Guanco

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Humanitarian Accountability Manager, World Vision Typhoon Haiyan Response

Indu Nepal

Indu Nepal

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Regional Director, EngageMedia

Dody Priambodo

Dody Priambodo

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Program Officer, Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia

Kamilla Manaf

Kamilla Manaf

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Founder of Institut Pelangi Perempuan

Ko Ko Ye

Ko Ko Ye

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FOSS Advocate

Rizky Ananda Wulan Sapta Rini

Rizky Ananda Wulan Sapta Rini

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Project Assistant, Publish What You Pay Indonesia

Luca Belli

Luca Belli

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Researcher, Center for Technology and Society (CTS)

Marina Azcarate

Marina Azcarate

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Head of Global Marketing at Open Garden, Inc.

Lory Tan

Lory Tan

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Former CEO, WWF, Vice Chair WWF National Advisory Council

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

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Editor, Blog Watch

Adli Wahid

Adli Wahid

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Security Specialist, APNIC

Becky Hurwitz

Becky Hurwitz

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Co-Founder, Research Action Design (rad.cat)

Angelina Huynh

Angelina Huynh

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Advocacy Director, Viet Tan

Sara Harrington

Sara Harrington

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Sr. Director Legal- IP, Product and Privacy, LinkedIn

Niki Cheong

Niki Cheong

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Writer/Lecturer

Chris Schweidler

Chris Schweidler

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Co-Founder, Research Action Design (rad.cat)

Jac Kee

Jac Kee

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Women's Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Somphop Krittayaworagul

Somphop Krittayaworagul

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Regional IT Project Manager, FHI 360

Michael Cañares

Michael Cañares

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Project Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta

Onno Purbo

Onno Purbo

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IT Leader and Expert

Winthrop Yu

Winthrop Yu

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Trustee of the Philippine Chapter of the Internet Society

Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

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Program Director, Witness

Laura Mottaz

Laura Mottaz

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Program Officer, Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Becky Kazansky

Becky Kazansky

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Lead Programme Researcher, Tactical Technology Collective

Jay Fajardo

Jay Fajardo

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Philippines Representative, TechSoup Asia

Romel Regalado Bagares

Romel Regalado Bagares

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Executive Director, Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

Andreas Pawelke

Andreas Pawelke

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Project Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta, World Wide Web Foundation

Hu Yong

Hu Yong

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Associate Prof, Peking University's School of Journalism & Comm.

Ritu Srivastava

Ritu Srivastava

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Programme Officer, DEF

Jamie Tomasello

Jamie Tomasello

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Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare

Josh Levy

Josh Levy

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Internet Campaign Director, Free Press

Sameer Seth

Sameer Seth

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Vice President, Bubbly

Lisa Kalenkiewicz

Lisa Kalenkiewicz

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Customer Development Lead, engageSPARK

Noelle Francesca de Guzman

Noelle Francesca de Guzman

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Regional Programmes Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, ISOC

Shahid Ahmad

Shahid Ahmad

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Director, DEF

Osama Manzar

Osama Manzar

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Founder- Director, DEF

Muzayin Nazaruddin

Muzayin Nazaruddin

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Head of Department of Communications, Islamic University of Indonesia

Ricardo Bahague Jr

Ricardo Bahague Jr

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National Coordinator & Project Manager, Computer Professionals' Union

Jane T. Uymatiao

Jane T. Uymatiao

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Co-founder, Blog Watch

Amalia Toledo

Amalia Toledo

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Project Coordinator and Researcher, Karisma Foundation

JR Contreras

JR Contreras

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President/CEO, Imperium Technology, Inc.

Jelen Paclarin

Jelen Paclarin

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Executive Director, Women's Legaland Human Rights Bureau

Professor Sinta Dewi Rosadi

Professor Sinta Dewi Rosadi

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Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Padjadjaran University

Sadaf Baig

Sadaf Baig

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Program Manager (Digital Rights & Freedom of Expression), Bytes for All

Cheekay Cinco

Cheekay Cinco

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Skills and Strategies Program Manager, EngageMedia

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Advisory and Programming Committees

Access enlists an a multi-stakeholder Programming Committee of leading internet and human rights experts to help us build the best possible conference programs. These Committees are composed of members of civil society, private sector, government officials, journalists, and other leaders in the field.

To ensure that RightsCon Southeast Asia was relevant to the incredibly dynamic region, an Advisory Board was also recruited composed of regional leaders.

Advisory Committee

Charles Mok

Charles Mok

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Legislative Council, Hong Kong

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

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Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Htaike Htaike Aung

Htaike Htaike Aung

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Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim

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Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders' Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

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Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Al Alegre

Al Alegre

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Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Arthit Suriyamongkol

Arthit Suriyamongkol

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Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator

Jac Kee

Jac Kee

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Women's Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Merlyna Lim

Merlyna Lim

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Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society in the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University

Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

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Blogger and former legislator, Global Voices

Bobby Soriano

Bobby Soriano

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Security Expert

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Programming Committee

Matt Perault

Matt Perault

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Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Professor Park Kyung-sin

Professor Park Kyung-sin

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Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

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Director of Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America Foundation

Tonyo Cruz

Tonyo Cruz

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Blogger, Advocate and Strategist

Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

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Executive Director, Global Partners

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

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Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

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Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Htaike Htaike Aung

Htaike Htaike Aung

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Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim

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Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders' Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

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Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Jac Kee

Jac Kee

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Women's Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Merlyna Lim

Merlyna Lim

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Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society in the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University

Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

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Blogger and former legislator, Global Voices

Bobby Soriano

Bobby Soriano

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Security Expert

Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

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Project Coordinator and Researcher on Digital Rights, Center for Technology and Society/Fundação Getulio Vargas

Lucy Purdon

Lucy Purdon

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Programme Support Manager: ICT, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Sabrina Hersi Issa

Sabrina Hersi Issa

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CEO, Be Bold Media

Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

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General Manager Policy and Outreach, Union Square Ventures

Jillian York

Jillian York

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Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Carolyn Anhalt

Carolyn Anhalt

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Researcher, Internews

Dave Steer

Dave Steer

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Director of Advocacy, Mozilla Foundation

Somphop Krittayaworagul

Somphop Krittayaworagul

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Regional IT Project Manager, FHI 360

Onno Purbo

Onno Purbo

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IT Leader and Expert

Enrique Piracés

Enrique Piracés

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Vice President, Human Rights Program, Benetech

Sara Harrington

Sara Harrington

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Sr. Director Legal- IP, Product and Privacy, LinkedIn

Winthrop Yu

Winthrop Yu

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Trustee of the Philippine Chapter of the Internet Society

Shita Laksmi

Shita Laksmi

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Program Manager, Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia

Katharine Kendrick

Katharine Kendrick

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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, Policy Associate

Sylvia Cadena

Sylvia Cadena

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Community Awards and Grants Specialist, Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia)

Jed Dominic Adao

Jed Dominic Adao

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Philippines Representative, TechSoup Asia

Laura Mottaz

Laura Mottaz

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Program Officer, Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Jay Fajardo

Jay Fajardo

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Philippines Representative, TechSoup Asia

Chim Manavy

Chim Manavy

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Executive Director, Chairperson of the Executive Committee, and a Founder of Open

Bani Lara

Bani Lara

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PREGINET Technical Head, Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI)

Ivan Sigal

Ivan Sigal

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Executive Director, Global Voices

Angelina Huynh

Angelina Huynh

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Advocacy Director, Viet Tan

Andreas Pawelke

Andreas Pawelke

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Project Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta, World Wide Web Foundation

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SATELLITE EVENTS

Access would like to thank the below institutions for their remarkable contributions to RightsCon Southeast Asia.

The Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability (March 22-23)
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Screening: Citizenfour, Introduction + Q&A with Jacob Appelbaum

Hosted by: Access, Amnesty International, with special guest Jacob Appelbaum

RightsCon Silicon Valley
RightsCon Silicon Valley 2014 was an incredible mixture of 723 attendees from 65 countries and 365 institutions. You can view many of the videos from each day here.

To revisit the program, which includes content and participant details of each session, you can download a pdf. And don't forget to check out the Outcomes.

The agenda represents the contributions of over 40 institutions and almost 300 individual speakers, many of whom are highlighted below. To get onto the agenda, each session was judged by our all-star Programming Committee, which was composed of leading internet and human rights experts. Information about that stellar cast is below.

HIGHLIGHTS

Check out up to 27 quality sessions, liveblogs, and dozens of photos to catch the spirit of the event.

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SPEAKERS

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

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Executive Chair, Mozilla

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

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CEO, Digg

Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

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Executive Director, Point of View; Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

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Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch

Chris Riley

Chris Riley

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Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

Brad Burnham

Brad Burnham

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Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Del Harvey

Del Harvey

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Senior Director of Trust & Safety, Twitter

Dan Bross

Dan Bross

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Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

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Director of Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America Foundation

Charles Mok

Charles Mok

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Legislative Council, Hong Kong

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

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Founder, GNU Project and Free Software Foundation

Anja Kovacs

Anja Kovacs

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Director, Internet Democracy Project

Professor Park Kyung-sin

Professor Park Kyung-sin

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Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

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Executive Director, Global Partners

Renata Avila

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Renata Avila, Global Campaigns Manager, Web We Want

Arthit Suriyamongkol

Arthit Suriyamongkol

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Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator

Jillian York

Jillian York

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Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Dan Meredith

Dan Meredith

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Principal Director, Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

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Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

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Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Matt Perault

Matt Perault

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Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

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Program Director, Witness

Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

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Project Coordinator and Researcher on Digital Rights, Center for Technology and Society/Fundação Getulio Vargas

Michael H. Posner

Michael H. Posner

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Professor of Business and Society, NYU's Stern School of Business

Lucy Purdon

Lucy Purdon

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Programme Support Manager: ICT, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Cynthia Wong

Cynthia Wong

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Senior Researcher on Internet & Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

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Project Director at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI)

Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

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General Manager Policy and Outreach, Union Square Ventures

Enrique Piracés

Enrique Piracés

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Vice President, Human Rights Program, Benetech

Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

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Co-founder and Executive Director, Access

Colin Crowell

Colin Crowell

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Head of Global Public Policy, Twitter

John Fox

John Fox

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Deputy Head, Human Rights & Democracy Department

Derek Slater

Derek Slater

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Global Public Policy Manager, Google

Arzu Geybullayeva

Arzu Geybullayeva

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Azerbaijani Blogger & Journalist

Luca Belli

Luca Belli

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Researcher, Center for Technology and Society (CTS)

Larry Stone

Larry Stone

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President, Group Public and Government Affairs, British Telecom (BT)

Burak Arikan

Burak Arikan

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Alternatif Bilisim (Alternative Informatics), Turkey

Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

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International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Dave Engberg

Dave Engberg

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CTO, Evernote

Esra'a al Shafei

Esra'a al Shafei

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Founder & Director of MideastYouth.com

James Cowie

James Cowie

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CTO and Co-Founder, renesys

Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan

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Chief Security Officer, Facebook

Jamie Tomasello

Jamie Tomasello

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Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare

Matthew Prince

Matthew Prince

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Co-founder & CEO, CloudFlare

Micha Benoliel

Micha Benoliel

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Co-Founder & CEO, Open Garden

Michael Garcia Bochenek

Michael Garcia Bochenek

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Senior Director of International Law and Policy, Amnesty International

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan

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Public Policy & Government Relations Senior Counsel, Google

Randal S. Milch

Randal S. Milch

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Executive Vice President, Verizon Communications

Romaniuk Oksana

Romaniuk Oksana

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Executive Director, NGO Institute of Mass Information

Ross LaJeunesse

Ross LaJeunesse

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Head of Free Expression & Int'l Relations, Google

Richard Lusimbo

Richard Lusimbo

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Sexual Minorities Research Manager, SMUG

Tord Lundstrom

Tord Lundstrom

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Technical Director, Virtualroad.org/Qurium Media Foundation

Vivek Krishnamurthy

Vivek Krishnamurthy

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Associate, Foley Hoag

Amalia Deloney

Amalia Deloney

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Associate Director, Center for Media Justice

Collin Anderson

Collin Anderson

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Researcher on Censorship

Emi Kane

Emi Kane

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Program Director, Abundance Foundation

Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

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President & CEO, Chairman of the Board at Benetech

Johan Hallenborg

Johan Hallenborg

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Deputy Director Human Rights Division, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Karen Reilly

Karen Reilly

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Development Director, The Tor Project

Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston

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Policy Director, Open Technology Institute - New America Foundation

Michael Connor

Michael Connor

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Executive Director, Open Media and Information Companies Initiative

Michael Kleinman

Michael Kleinman

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Director of Investments, Humanity United

Oktavía Jónsdóttir

Oktavía Jónsdóttir

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Program Director, S.A.F.E. Initiative

Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

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Director, Citizen Lab

Sarah Labowitz

Sarah Labowitz

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Co-Director, Center for Business and Human Rights - NYU

Shahzad Ahmad

Shahzad Ahmad

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Country Director, Bytes for All

Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig

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Executive Director, Human Rights Center, University of California Berkeley School of Law

Al Alegre

Al Alegre

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Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler

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Independent Journalist

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Programming Committee

Access enlists an all-star multi-stakeholder Programming Committee of leading internet and human rights experts to help us build the best possible conference programs. They help us rank and review the hundreds of session proposals which we receive, and hone in on the best and most outcome-oriented program. These Committees are composed of members of civil society, private sector, government officials, journalists, and other leaders in the field. Below is the committee members for RightsCon Silicon Valley 2014.

Cynthia Wong

Cynthia Wong

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Senior Researcher on Internet & Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

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Executive Director, Global Partners

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

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Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Chris Riley

Chris Riley

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Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

Dan Meredith

Dan Meredith

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Principal Director, Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

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Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

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Project Coordinator and Researcher on Digital Rights, Center for Technology and Society/Fundação Getulio Vargas

Lucy Purdon

Lucy Purdon

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Programme Support Manager: ICT, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Sabrina Hersi Issa

Sabrina Hersi Issa

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CEO, Be Bold Media

Matt Perault

Matt Perault

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Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

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General Manager Policy and Outreach, Union Square Ventures

Jillian York

Jillian York

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Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Eryn Schornick

Eryn Schornick

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Senior Director, Labor & Corporate Responsibility at Sorini Samet & Associates LLC

Carolyn Anhalt

Carolyn Anhalt

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Researcher, Internews

Laura Mottaz

Laura Mottaz

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Program Officer, Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Del Harvey

Del Harvey

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Senior Director of Trust & Safety, Twitter

Derek Slater

Derek Slater

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Global Public Policy Manager, Google

Esra'a al Shafei

Esra'a al Shafei

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Founder & Director of MideastYouth.com

Joe McNamee

Joe McNamee

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Executive Director, European Digital Rights

Vivek Krishnamurthy

Vivek Krishnamurthy

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Associate, Foley Hoag

Alfredo Lopez

Alfredo Lopez

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Founder, MayFirst/PeopleLink

Amalia Deloney

Amalia Deloney

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Associate Director, Center for Media Justice

Aminatou Sow

Aminatou Sow

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Co-founder, Tech LadyMafia

Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen

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GM, International Independent Publishing, Kindle, Amazon

Anriette Eysterhuesen

Anriette Eysterhuesen

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Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications

Claudio Ruiz

Claudio Ruiz

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Director, ONG Derechos Digitales

Collin Anderson

Collin Anderson

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Researcher on Censorship

Darian Swig

Darian Swig

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Founder & Principal, Article 3 Advisors

David Gorodyansky

David Gorodyansky

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CEO & Co-Founder, AnchorFree

David Sullivan

David Sullivan

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Policy & Communications Director, Global Network Initiative

Emi Kane

Emi Kane

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Program Director, Abundance Foundation

Hisham Almiraat

Hisham Almiraat

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Director, Global Voices Advocacy (Advox)

Jamie Tomasello

Jamie Tomasello

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Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare

Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

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President & CEO, Chairman of the Board at Benetech

Johan Hallenborg

Johan Hallenborg

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Deputy Director Human Rights Division, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Karen Reilly

Karen Reilly

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Development Director, The Tor Project

Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston

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Policy Director, Open Technology Institute - New America Foundation

Lee Hibbard

Lee Hibbard

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Coordinator, Information Society and Internet Governance, Council of Europe

Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler

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Independent Journalist

Michael Connor

Michael Connor

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Executive Director, Open Media and Information Companies Initiative

Michael Kleinman

Michael Kleinman

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Director of Investments, Humanity United

Mike Masnick

Mike Masnick

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CEO, Floor64

Oktavía Jónsdóttir

Oktavía Jónsdóttir

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Program Director, S.A.F.E. Initiative

Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

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Director, Citizen Lab

Sandra Mamitzsch

Sandra Mamitzsch

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Program Director, re:publica

Sarah Labowitz

Sarah Labowitz

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Co-Director, Center for Business and Human Rights - NYU

Sina Khanifar

Sina Khanifar

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Entrepreneur and Digital Rights Activist, CTO at StopWatching.us, Co-Founder of OpenSignal

Shahzad Ahmad

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Country Director, Bytes for All

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Access would like to thank the below institutions for their remarkable contributions to RightsCon Southeast Asia.

SILICON VALLEY 2014 PROGRAM

Below you'll find details of the programming at RightsCon, which includes content and participant details of each session. (You can also download a PDF here).

This agenda represents the contributions of over 40 institutions and almost 300 individual speakers.

Each session was judged by our all-star Programming Committee, which is composed of leading internet and human rights experts.

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SILICON VALLEY 2014 SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHTS

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Executive Chair, Mozilla

As the leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are breathing new life into the Internet with the Firefox Web browser, Firefox OS and other Mozilla products. Mitchell was born and raised in Berkeley, California, receiving her BA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law. Mitchell has been the general manager of the Mozilla project since 1999. She served as CEO of Mozilla until January 2008, when the organization's rapid growth encouraged her to split her responsibilities and add a CEO. Mitchell remains deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla's mission. As Executive Chair of Mozilla, Mitchell continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the infinite possibilities it presents. TIME Magazine profiled Mitchell under “Scientists and Thinkers” in its TIME 100 and she has appeared on “The Charlie Rose Show” and “CNN Global Office” to discuss open source software and the Firefox phenomenon. Mitchell was honored as winner of the Anita Borg Institute's 2009 Women of Vision Award and in 2010 she was the recipient of the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership. In 2012, Mitchell was inducted into the founding group of the Internet Society's Hall of Fame.

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Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

CEO, Digg

Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper. Andrew is chairman of the board of Access, a member of the boards of directors of Chartbeat, the Sunlight Foundation, and Public Knowledge, and a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2011-2013, Andrew served on the board of Code for America. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama's senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cybersecurity, online privacy and free speech, spectrum policy, federal R&D priorities, entrepreneurship, and the creation of open technology standards and platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education. In 2008-2009, he served on the Obama/Biden presidential transition team, as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform cluster. In 2011-12, Andrew was a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, teaching a course on "Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World," and a non-resident fellow at Stanford Law's Center for Internet & Society and at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2011-2013, Andrew was a member of the Commission on Innovation of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. From 2011-2012, Andrew was EVP of Tumblr, responsible for the international, community, outreach, editorial, marketing, and support teams. In 2011, Andrew served as the start-up executive director of Civic Commons, a Code for America initiative that helps governments build, share, and implement open-source technologies. From 2004-2009, Andrew was Director of Global Public Policy at Google, leading the company's work on issues like freedom of expression and censorship, surveillance and law enforcement, privacy, copyrights and trademarks, regulation of Internet and telecommunications networks, wireless radio spectrum, national security, trade policy, patent reform, and online child protection. Andrew built and managed a 50-person worldwide team based in Brussels, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Dublin, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Sydney, Ottawa, Washington, and San Francisco. Andrew was a co-lead on Google's Africa strategy and operations. From 1999-2003, Andrew helped launch and manage ICANN, the Internet's technical coordinating organization, serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. From 1998-2005, Andrew was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2002-2003, Andrew taught a course on digital democracy at Harvard Law School while working on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He was a co-founder of CIPESA, a technology policy think-tank and advocacy center based at Makerere University in Uganda. Andrew served as a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges.org, an international technology policy not-for-profit based in Cape Town. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Andrew started his career as a lawyer at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., where he focused on appellate and constitutional litigation. He was amember of the legal team that challenged the U.S. government's first Internet censorship law, resulting in the Supreme Court's landmark 1997 Internet free speech ruling in Reno vs. ACLU. From 1997-98, Andrew served as legal counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2000, Time Magazine named Andrew one of its Digital Dozen. In 2001, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a fellow of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations. Andrew holds a B.A. in history from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

Executive Director, Point of View; Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation

Bishakha Datta is an Indian film maker, activist and a former journalist. She is the co-founder and executive director of Point of View, based in Mumbai, a non-profit working in the area of gender, sexuality and women's rights. She also serves on the board of nonprofit organizations, such Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, and the Wikimedia Foundation (2010-2014), where she was the first Indian to be appointed on Wikimedia board of trustees.

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Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch

Eileen Donahoe is Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch, where she represents the organization worldwide and engages policy-makers in key capitals on their human rights foreign policy. Until recently, Eileen served as the first US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She served during a period of significant transformation of the HRC, as it moved to fulfill its potential as the leading intergovernmental institution on human rights. During her tenure, the HRC took important steps to address serious abuses in Libya, Syria, Iran, Sri Lanka, North Korea and beyond. She helped build successful cross-regional coalitions on initiatives related to Internet freedom, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of religion, LGBT rights, freedom of expression, and the empowerment of women. She has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and an affiliate scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Her research focused on human rights as an aspect of foreign policy, threats to Internet freedom, international norms governing the use of force, UN reform, and ethical justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In her earlier career as a lawyer, Eileen was a litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley, where she served technology clients in intellectual property and commercial disputes. She also served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, and as a law clerk to Judge William H. Orrick in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth, an M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School, a Masters in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review. She also earned her Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory, with an emphasis on Human Rights, from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley. Eileen has served on the Board of Visitors of Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College, the Board of Trustees of Freedom House, and the Advisory Council of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the California Bar.

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Chris Riley

Chris Riley

Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.

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Brad Burnham

Brad Burnham

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. He started working in information technology with AT&T in 1979. Brad spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories in 1989 and joined AT&T Ventures in 1993. It was AT&T's first venture project and the catalyst for the development of the company's corporate venture arm. By 1996 Burnham was a General Partner with AT&T Ventures. Brad co-founded TACODA in 2001 before joining financier Fred Wilson to create Union Square Ventures in 2003 to invest in highly networked communities of users at the applications layer of the web. Brad majored in political science at Wesleyan University. Brad is married with two kids and lives in New York City.

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Del Harvey

Del Harvey

Senior Director of Trust & Safety, Twitter

As Senior Director of Trust & Safety at Twitter, Del Harvey works to define policy and to ensure user safety and security in the challenging realm of modern social media. Prior to joining Twitter, she spent five years as the co-administrator and law enforcement liaison for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, working with agencies ranging from local police departments to the FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Secret Service.

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Dan Bross

Dan Bross

Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft

Dan Bross, Microsoft's Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, has over twenty-five years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. With a background in public policy and government and public affairs, Dan has led government affairs and policy teams at both the federal and state levels for two Fortune 100 companies.He joined Microsoft in 1998 and in 2002 led a cross company virtual team that developed Microsoft's global Citizenship Program. Today, Dan leads a team with Citizenship responsibilities focused on issues management, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and strategic relationship management. In addition to his corporate experience, Dan has management and program development experience in the nonprofit sector. During his tenure as Executive Director AIDS Council, the nation's leading AIDS advocacy organization, he chaired a broad national coalition of health and human service organizations and non-governmental organizations and served as an advisor to President Clinton's Domestic Policy Advisor on the structuring and staffing of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and a master's degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dan currently is currently a member the Board of Trustees of Catawba College; the Executive Leadership Forum of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship; Co-Chair of The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending, and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Net Impact.

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director of Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America Foundation

Rebecca MacKinnon is director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation, developing a system to rank the world's most powerful Internet, telecommunications, and other ICT sector companies on free expression and privacy criteria. Author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012) MacKinnon is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online, whose Board of Directors she presently chairs. She also serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. She is also a visiting affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication's Center for Global Communications Studies. Before launching Ranking Digital Rights, she was a senior research fellow (2012-2013) and Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow (2010-2012) at the New America Foundation. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN's Beijing Bureau Chief from 1998-2001 and Tokyo Bureau Chief from 2001-2003. Since leaving CNN in 2004 she has held fellowships at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press and Public Policy, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Open Society Foundations, and Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. For two years in 2007-08 she served on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, and taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Fall 2013. She received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan.

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Charles Mok

Charles Mok

Legislative Council, Hong Kong

Mr. Charles Mok is the Legislative Councillor representing the Information Technology Functional Constituency of the Hong Kong SAR. Charles is well known as one of the ICT industry leaders and Internet pioneers in Hong Kong, and one of the most out-spoken IT professionals who advocates the application of ICT in the Hong Kong community. He is the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation and the former Chairman of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association. In 2006, he co-founded the Internet Society Hong Kong, the local chapter of Internet Society, the global technology and advocacy body for the Internet. Internationally, Charles served as the Chairman of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2011 to 2012. Further to his work in ICT, Charles is active in public services with a view to uphold and safeguard the core values of Hong Kong of which include democracy, liberty, human rights, rule of law and integrity. He serves as a member of the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and, CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee. He is an elected member of the Election Committee (IT Subsector) since 1998. As regards to his engagement in the civil society, Charles is the Chairman of the Professional Commons, a cross-sector professional think tank. He is also a member of the Management Committee of Cyber Senior Network Development Association and, a director of Hong Kong Democratic Foundation. Mong Palatino is the Philippines' first blogger turned legislator and the first elected youth representative in the legislative body. He is currently the regional editor for Southeast Asia of Global Voices Online.

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Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Founder, GNU Project and Free Software Foundation

Richard Stallman founded the free software movement in 1983 when he announced he would develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to consist entirely of free software. He has been the GNU project's leader ever since. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. Before that, Richard developed a number of widely used programs that are components of GNU, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various others. Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, and is the main author of the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license. Stallman graduated from Harvard in 1974 with a BA in physics. During his college years and after, he worked as a staff hacker at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, learning operating system development by doing it. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1975. He also developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance. In January 1984 he resigned from MIT to start the GNU project.

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Anja Kovacs

Anja Kovacs

Director, Internet Democracy Project

Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi. India, which engages in research and advocacy on the promises and challenges that the Internet poses for democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja's work focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance. She has earlier worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, and has been a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. Prior to focusing her work on the information society, Anja researched, taught and consulted on a wide range of development-related issues, with a particular focus on South Asia. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.

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Professor Park Kyung-sin

Professor Park Kyung-sin

Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Korea University Law School Professor PARK Kyung-Sin, a.k.a. K.S. Park, one of the founders of Open Net Korea , and has written academically and been active in internet , free speech, privacy, defamation, copyright, international contracting, etc. (quoted in Freedom House report , New York Times ). He has given expert testimonies in high-profile free speech and privacy cases concerning Minerva , the internet real name verification law , the military's seditious book blacklisting , the newspaper consumers' boycott , and Park Jung-Geun the one jailed for retweeting North Korean government twits. (The “false news” crime in the Minerva case and the internet real name verification laws were struck down as unconstitutional, Park Jung-Geun and Minerva acquitted, the soldiers challenging book blacklisting reinstated, the newspaper boycotters acquitted partially as to the “secondary boycotting” charge (2010-2013)).

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Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

Executive Director, Global Partners

Andrew is a recognised international expert on freedom of expression policy and practice with a particular focus upon digital policy. He has worked in the field of human rights for over twenty years and has been an expert advisor to international organisations such as the Council of Europe, Commonwealth, UNDP and UNESCO as well as national governments. He has published widely on different aspects of freedom of expression, written guides on assessing the impact of development programmes on human rights policy for UNDP and UNESCO, and made strategic assessments of future trends for European governments. He was previously director of Article 19, an international human rights organisation; is currently chair of International Media Support in Denmark, Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and a management board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Renata Avila, Global Campaigns Manager, Web We Want

Renata Avila is a Guatemalan Human Rights and Intellectual Property Lawyer, and an advocate for freedom of expression, privacy, access to information and indigenous rights. Renata is the country lead of Creative Commons Guatemala and a member of the Web Index Science Council. She is currently leading the “Web We Want” campaign, which aims to create a positive, human rights agenda for internet users.

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Arthit Suriyamongkol

Arthit Suriyamongkol

Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator

Arthit (@bact) is a co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator for Thai Netizen Network (TNN), based in Bangkok. With TNN and their partners like human rights lawyers and academics, he helps fight court cases related to freedom of expression online, produces recommendations for Internet and information policies, and organizes forums on technology and current issues. Before joined TNN, Arthit was in software industry and linguistic research. He was trained in artificial intelligence and anthropology. His 2012 master thesis is about cultural-political activism and parody by Thai social media users.

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Jillian York

Jillian York

Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Jillian C. York is EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression. Although she specializes in freedom of expression issues in the Arab world, her work encompasses a broad range of topics, from digital security to the privatization of censorship. Jillian's work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the New York Times, among others. She is also a regular speaker at global events. Prior to joining EFF, Jillian worked at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on several projects including the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict. She is the co-founder of the award-winning multilingual blog Talk Morocco, and has volunteered with Global Voices for many years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices, and on the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia's Open Technology Fund and R-Shief. Jillian holds a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, where-like a surprisingly large number of individuals in her field-she also studied theatre. She alternately resides in the Internet or on an airplane and can often be found blogging or tweeting, as @jilliancyork.

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Dan Meredith

Dan Meredith

Principal Director, Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia

Dan joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF's inaugural director. As the program's principal director, he is responsible for OTF's day-to-day operations and long-term planning.

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Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Bertrand de La Chapelle is the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project. He served as a Director on the ICANN Board from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he was France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

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Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at - and was part of the founding team of - the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that engages in research and policy advocacy. He is also currently an Access to Knowledge Fellow at the Yale Law School's Information Society Project, the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India, on the Executive Committee of the NCUC at ICANN. In 2014 he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural "30 under 30" list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was nominated as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics and the law. His current work focusses on interrogating, promoting, and engaging with policymakers on the areas of access to knowledge (primarily copyright reform), 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, free/libre/open source software, and open access), freedom of expression, privacy and Internet governance. He is a prominent voice on these issues, with the newspaper Mint calling him “one of the clearest thinkers in this area”, and his research having been quoted in the Indian parliament. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on these topics. He has a degree in arts and law from the National Law School in Bangalore, and while there he helped found the Indian Journal of Law and Technology, and was part of its editorial board for two years.

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Matt Perault

Matt Perault

Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Matt Perault is the head of policy development at Facebook, where he helps to develop the company's positions on global public policy issues. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked on privatization policy as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University.

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Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Program Director, Witness

Sam is an internationally recognized human rights advocate, trainer and video producer who helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He directs WITNESS' programmatic work, and leads on our Cameras Everywhere initiative - focused on empowering millions of people to use video effectively, safely and ethically. In 2010, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident on the future of video-based advocacy, and in 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Heteaches on human rights and participatory media as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

Project Coordinator and Researcher on Digital Rights, Center for Technology and Society/Fundação Getulio Vargas

Joana Varon Ferraz is a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. She works on applied research on information and communication technology for development. Joana is a lawyer and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in law and development. Joana is concerned about how the lack of true Internet freedom impacts human rights, innovation and, ultimately, development. As these are political questions, she has recently been searching for news tools to engage users on Internet policies, mixing both film activism and new technologies.

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Michael H. Posner

Michael H. Posner

Professor of Business and Society, NYU's Stern School of Business

Michael H. Posner is a Professor of Business and Society at NYU's Stern School of Business, where he is working to launch the first-ever center on business and human rights at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he led Human Rights First, a New York-based human rights advocacy organization. Posner is recognized as a leader and expert in advancing a rights-based approach to national security, challenging the practice of torture, combating discrimination, and refugee protection. He is a frequent public commentator on these issues, and has testified dozens of times before the U.S. Congress. As Assistant Secretary, Posner traveled extensively, representing the U.S. Government to foreign officials and representatives of civil society in countries of strategic importance to the United States, including China, Russia, Egypt, Burma, Bahrain, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, among many others. Throughout his career, Posner has been a prominent voice in support of human rights protections in global business operations in the manufacturing supply chain, the extractives industry, and the information and communications technology sector. As a member of the White House Apparel Industry Partnership Task Force in the mid-'90s, he helped found the Fair Labor Association (FLA), an organization that brings together corporations, local leaders, universities, and NGOs to promote corporate accountability for working conditions in the apparel industry. He was a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at promoting free expression and privacy rights on the Internet, and has spoken widely on the issue of Internet freedom. Posner spearheaded the U.S. Government's efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which works to improve human rights around oil, gas, and mining operations. Posner played a key role in proposing and campaigning for the first U.S. law providing for political asylum, which became part of the Refugee Act of 1980, as well as the Torture Victim Protection Act, which was adopted in 1992. In 1998, he led the Human Rights First delegation to the Rome conference at which the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted. Before joining Human Rights First, Posner was a lawyer with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. He lectured at Yale Law School from 1981 to 1984, and again in 2009, when he taught with former Dean Harold Koh. He was a visiting lecturer at Columbia University Law School from 1984 to 2008. A member of the California Bar and the Illinois Bar, he received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) in 1975, and a B.A. with distinction and honors in History from the University of Michigan in 1972. Posner resides with his family in New York City.

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Lucy Purdon

Lucy Purdon

Programme Support Manager: ICT, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Lucy joined IHRB as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) researcher on the EC Human Rights Sector Guidance project. She manages IHRB's ICT Programme and works mainly on issues of freedom of expression and privacy in ICTs. Lucy graduated with an MA in Human Rights from The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS), University of London. Her thesis, 'Privatising Dissent', applied the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT sector. Prior to this, Lucy was a documentary producer/director and ran film-making courses for young offenders in the UK. She also holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Film and Video from London College of Communications, University of the Arts.

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Cynthia Wong

Cynthia Wong

Senior Researcher on Internet & Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Cynthia M. Wong is the senior researcher on the Internet and human rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Wong worked as an attorney at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and as director of their Project on Global Internet Freedom. She conducted much of the organization's work promoting global Internet freedom, with a particular focus on international free expression and privacy. She also served as co-chair of the Policy & Learning Committee of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a multi-stakeholder organization that advances corporate responsibility and human rights in the technology sector. Prior to joining CDT, Wong was the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at Human Rights in China (HRIC). There, she contributed to the organization's work in the areas of business and human rights and freedom of expression online. Wong earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she served as a senior articles editor for NYU's Review of Law & Social Change. She has been admitted to the New York State Bar. Prior to law school, she worked as an electrical engineer in the private sector. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Project Director at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI)

With more than 13 years of experience in international law, transactions and policy, with specific focus on Internet, telecom, Intellectual Property and Human Rights, Carolina Rossini is currently a Project Director at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI). In March of 2014, she will be joining Public Knowledge ( http://publicknowledge.org/ ) to lead some of PK's international work. She is also an international associate at Global Partners Digital ( http://www.gp-digital.org/ ), an advisory board member of Open Knowledge Foundation in Brazil ( http://br.okfn.org/ ) and Saylor Foundation ( http://www.saylor.org/ ). Previously Carolina was the International Intellectual Property Director at Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), a fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and has consulted for organizations like Wikimedia Foundation, Freedom House, UNESCO, USAID, UNDP and more. She is also a strong advocate for open access to research, open data in government and science and open educational resources, and has founded and lead the Open Educational Resources Project in Brazil ( www.rea.net.br ) with concrete legislative and policy change results already in place. She is a Brazilian lawyer and before moving to the US about 7 years ago, she worked at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV-Rio and as a transactions attorney for Telefonica's ISP in Brazil, Terra. She has received an LL.M. on IP from Boston University (US), an MBA from Instituto de Empresas (Spain), an MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP (Brazil), and a JD from USP (Brazil).

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Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

General Manager Policy and Outreach, Union Square Ventures

Nick works on public policy and regulatory issues that impact USV portfolio companies, open innovation the health of the web. Previously, he led an incubator for technology & media businesses at OpenPlans, which, among other things, pioneered the open311 web standard, founded the largest open source project in the public transit space, and built NYC's real-time bus data platform. Nick is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has a degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University and learned everything he knows about technology from people on the internet and by using view:source. He grew up in Brooklyn and now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two kids.

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Enrique Piracés

Enrique Piracés

Vice President, Human Rights Program, Benetech

Enrique Piracés is Vice President of the Human Rights Program at Benetech. He has been working at the intersection of human rights, science, and technological innovation for more than 10 years. His focus has been both the implications of the use of technology in the context of human rights as well as the opportunities that new scientific and technological developments open for NGOs and practitioners. He is an advocate for the use of open source and strong crypto as the baseline for human rights documentation and journalistic work.

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Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

Co-founder and Executive Director, Access

Brett Solomon is co-founder and Executive Director of Access. Brett sits on the WorldEconomic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. Previously, he was Campaign Director at Avaaz.org, a global movement which has rapidly grown into the largest online activist community in the world at over 30 million subscribers in all 193 countries. He was the first Executive Director of GetUp, an Australian independent political movement which uses new technologies to facilitate Australians' participation in democracy. Brett honed his career at Oxfam Australia, where he founded the International Youth Parliament (IYP), an international network of young social change leaders from 140 countries tackling issues such as poverty, conflict and globalization. Prior to this, he worked as the Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia. Brett has a bachelors degree in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a masters degree in International Law from the University of New South Wales.

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Colin Crowell

Colin Crowell

Head of Global Public Policy, Twitter

Colin Crowell is Head of Global Public Policy at Twitter. He is a recognized leader in Washington's high tech policy circles. With over two decades of high technology policy experience on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission, Colin Crowell has the broad experience, deep policy expertise, and well-honed communications skills for helping clients positively impact policy issues at the cutting edge of technology. Colin Crowell served U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) for over twenty years. Crowell was Chairman Markey's top telecommunications staffer during consideration of numerous landmark laws, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the requirement in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act that the FCC develop a National Broadband Plan. Crowell subsequently was Senior Counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, assisting in the development of the National Broadband Plan, and serving as the Chairman's strategic advisor on a wide range of policy and legal matters, with particular responsibility over the legislative, communications, inter-governmental affairs, and public liaison functions of the agency.

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John Fox

John Fox

Deputy Head, Human Rights & Democracy Department

Since September 2013, John Fox has been Deputy Head of the Human Rights and Democracy Department in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The Department is responsible for the British government's international human rights policies. Under the current government, the Department focuses on six priority areas: business and human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, women's rights, torture and the death penalty - John oversees the first four of these. Prior to this, John was the Political Counsellor in the British Embassy in Rome, reporting on Italian foreign policy and politics. From 2008-2009 John was a Senior Policy Fellow for Asian Affairs at the European Council on Foreign Relations where he published an influential report on the EU's policy towards China (www.ecfr.eu). From 2003-2007 John led the foreign policy team and then the climate change and energy team in the British Embassy in Beijing.

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Derek Slater

Derek Slater

Global Public Policy Manager, Google

Derek Slater defends the open Internet on Google's public policy team. He supports the company's global advocacy efforts on innovation policy, and helped launch google.com/takeaction . Derek has been writing about digital media since he bought a Diamond Rio PMP300 MP3 player as a teenager. His work has focused on recommendation engines' impact on consumer behavior and how public policy can support emerging media business models . In 2009, he helped Vint Cerf and a group of network researchers launch Measurement Lab , an open platform for Internet measurement tools, and he has written about novel ways to drive broadband deployment. He now supports the Google Fiber project, bringing gigabit speed Internet access to select communities.

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Arzu Geybullayeva

Arzu Geybullayeva

Azerbaijani Blogger & Journalist

Arzu Geybullayeva is a regional analyst and online blogger. Shortly after starting her own blog flyingcarpetsandbrokenpipelines.blogspot.com in September 2008, she quickly grew in the field and became one of the few critical English language bloggers writing on Azerbaijan. She has given a number of trainings on the use of new media and its advantages in authoritarian states as well as written a course on online journalism, video and audio blogging for Iranian Journalists. Currently, she is with the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation, corresponds for AGOS newspaper, and is editor-in-chief at the online platform The Neutral Zone. Arzu also writes for the Italian online publication Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and continues to give trainings on the use of online media for activists, organizers, and journalists.

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Luca Belli

Luca Belli

Researcher, Center for Technology and Society (CTS)

Luca Belli PhD is researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School, Rio de Janeiro. Before joining CTS, Dr. Belli worked for the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit; served as a Network Neutrality Expert for the Council of Europe; worked as a consultant for the Internet Society and as a PhD researcher at Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2. In 2011 and 2012 Luca Belli has been named Internet Society Ambassador to the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and since 2013 he is founder and Co-chair of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality as well as co-founder and Co-chair of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility. Dr. Belli's works on network neutrality have been used i.a. by the Council of Europe in order to elaborate a Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on Network Neutrality. His monograph on “De la gouvernance à la régulation de l'Internet” is to be published in autumn 2015.

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Larry Stone

Larry Stone

President, Group Public and Government Affairs, British Telecom (BT)

Larry Stone is President, Group Public & Government Affairs, and responsible for public affairs for the group globally, which includes people in London, Brussels, Washington and Tokyo. He was also responsible for CSR and sustainability in BT Group until the end of 2011. Larry sits on the BT Board CSR Committee, is a member of BT's Senior Management Team, and chairs BT's Learning & Skills Steering Group. Larry was Group Company Secretary from 2002 - 2008, looking after board matters and corporate governance. He also had responsibility for group risk management, group security, and corporate policies on quality, data privacy, and ethics. Larry was a Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme for six years, and a member of London Stock Exchange Primary Markets Group. Larry is on the Transatlantic Business Council Board; and the Advisory Board of the European Policy Centre (EPC). He is on the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government of the World Economic Forum. He is Honorary Colonel of 81 Signal Squadron (Volunteers) in the British Territorial Army. Larry has degrees in Law and in Communications Policy. He is a member of the Japan Society and of the Honourable Artillery Company in the UK.

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Burak Arikan

Burak Arikan

Alternatif Bilisim (Alternative Informatics), Turkey

Burak Arikan is a New York and Istanbul based artist working with complex networks. He creates performances and interfaces that render social, economical, and political issues as tangible items of discussion. He is the founder of Graph Commons platform, dedicated to providing “network intelligence” for all. His work has appeared in MoMa, the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, and others. He completed his master's degree at the MIT Media Laboratory, has an MA degree in Visual Communication Design from Istanbul Bilgi University, and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University.

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Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 15 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law, and helped make the UK Parliament more transparent with FaxYourMP. He was EFF's activist from 2005 to 2007, and its international outreach coordinator from 2007-2009. After three years working to protect at-risk online reporters with the Committee to Protect Journalists, he returned to EFF in 2013 to supervise EFF's global strategy. He is also the co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Britain's own digital civil liberties organization. In a previous life, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet to have a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs. He also coined the term "life hack"; it has been nearly a decade since he was first commissioned to write a book on combating procrastination.

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Dave Engberg

Dave Engberg

CTO, Evernote

Dave Engberg is a technology entrepreneur with a background in building systems that can scale to support massive numbers of users. This includes both high-volume mobile/embedded solutions as well as back-end service infrastructures. Dave joined Evernote in July 2007, where he led the technical design and implementation of the service and APIs. The Evernote web service was launched in February 2008 along with synchronizing clients on three operating systems. Today, Dave oversees Operations, IT, R&D, Analytics, and Partner Integrations at Evernote. Before Evernote, Dave was the founder and CTO of CoreStreet, Ltd, where he designed and built digital credential validation systems used widely across the US Government and elsewhere. Prior to CoreStreet, he served as the CTO of Driveway, Inc., an online data storage service with over ten million subscribers, and VP of Engineering for JSource, which built smart card virtual machines used in tens of millions of phones in Europe. Dave also served as architect and developer at Gemplus, Taligent, and Stanford Medical School.

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Esra'a al Shafei

Esra'a al Shafei

Founder & Director of MideastYouth.com

Esra'a al Shafei is the founder and Director of MideastYouth.com, an organization that aims to amplify diverse and progressive voices advocating for change throughout the Middle East and North Africa using digital media. Projects of the network includes CrowdVoice.org, an open source service that tracks voices of protest from around the world by crowdsourcing information, mideastunes.com, a platform for underground musicians in the Middle East who are using music as a tool for social change, and Ahwaa.org, a bilingual tool for LGBTQ youth in the Middle East that leverages game mechanics to facilitate high-quality interactions. She is a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society for "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society," and is currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. In 2011 she was featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business." Most recently, she was awarded the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity.

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James Cowie

James Cowie

CTO and Co-Founder, renesys

Jim has more than 20 years' entrepreneurial and software development experience in high performance computing, network modeling and simulation, web services, and security. Prior to founding Renesys, Jim was a principal at Cooperating Systems, a consulting services company that provided rapid software prototyping and technology planning for advanced research and development in academia and industry. With a long-standing interest in the Internet's impact on security and collaboration since 1995, he authored the first web-based collaborative environment for cryptographic key factoring. Jim is the primary architect of SSFNet, the first open-source network simulation framework to support transparent parallelization and multiprocessor execution. Jim holds a B.S in computer science from Yale University.

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Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan

Chief Security Officer, Facebook

Joe Sullivan is the Chief Security Officer at Facebook, where he leads the company's information security, product security, investigations, and law enforcement relationship teams. Joe also helps direct the efforts of a number of boards that promote Internet safety and security, including the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the Bay Area CSO Council, and serves on the trust advisory board of AirBnB. Prior to joining Facebook in 2008, Joe spent 6 years working in a number of different security and legal roles at PayPal and eBay, including at different times, overseeing user safety policies, directing company relations with law enforcement, guiding eBay¹s regulatory compliance efforts, and managing PayPal's North America legal team. Before entering the private sector, Joe spent 8 years with the United States Department of Justice. As a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, he was a founding member of a unit dedicated to full time investigation and prosecution of technology-related crimes.

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Jamie Tomasello

Jamie Tomasello

Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare

Having worked at Time Warner Cable, Internet Law Group, Cloudmark, and Comcast, Jamie has more than a decade of experience in the anti-abuse messaging space. Her impressive list of specialties includes: spam, phishing, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, investigation and analysis, intelligence collection, behavior analysis, pattern recognition, non-obvious relationships, big data, cyberlaw, and privacy policy. She is now using her considerable expertise at CloudFlare, a content delivery network startup that improves speed and security for various websites. In addition, she has been serving as Technical Committee Co-Chair for the Messaging Malware Mobility Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) since July 2013.

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Matthew Prince

Matthew Prince

Co-founder & CEO, CloudFlare

Matthew Prince (@eastdakota) is the co-founder & CEO of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. Matthew wrote his first computer program at age 7 when his mom would sneak him into university computer science courses. After attending law school, he worked as an attorney for one day before jumping at the opportunity to be a founding member of a tech startup. He hasn't looked back. CloudFlare is Matthew's third entrepreneurial venture. CloudFlare was named a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology company for the last two years running. Today, CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 1.5 million customers. Matthew holds a degree in English and Computer Science from Trinity College. He graduated with highest honors from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. He earned a JD from the University of Chicago and is a member of the Illinois Bar. He teaches technology law as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. He is also the co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest community of webmasters tracking online fraud and abuse. On the side, Matthew is a certified ski instructor, a former mountain guide, and a regular attendee of the Sundance Film Festival.

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Micha Benoliel

Micha Benoliel

Co-Founder & CEO, Open Garden

Micha Benoliel is co-founder and CEO of Open Garden, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to bringing Internet to every device, every person, and every location by sharing and crowdsourcing connectivity. No configuration is necessary - users simply download and install the app and join a mobile broadband network made of peer-to-peer connections between devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. A passionate entrepreneur, Micha's interest in technology began at age 8, when he taught himself how to code on a Zenith PC that his father was using for accounting. Among the several telecommunications services he launched in the last 10 years, he worked with Skype, negotiating the deals with European telcos that provided the basis for Skype In and Skype Out. His ultimate challenge is to provide free wireless broadband access to the internet and advocate Net Neutrality.

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Michael Garcia Bochenek

Michael Garcia Bochenek

Senior Director of International Law and Policy, Amnesty International

Michael Garcia Bochenek is the Senior Director of International Law and Policy leading on development of human rights policies and analysis for Amnesty International. He has been with Amnesty International since 2006, initially as Director of Policy and then Director of Law and Policy. From 1998 to 2006, prior to joining the staff of Amnesty International, he worked as a researcher and then as deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division. He has also held teaching appointments as a lecturer at the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. He has researched and reported on criminal and juvenile justice systems, prison conditions, the death penalty, the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons, the exploitation of migrant workers and other labour rights issues, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, and the use of children as soldiers. He has a law degree from Columbia University.

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Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan

Public Policy & Government Relations Senior Counsel, Google

Dr. Patrick Ryan is Public Policy & Government Relations Senior Counsel for Free Expression and International Relations at Google. Before joining the International Relations team, Patrick led the global policy strategy for Google's cloud computing platform and now coordinates Google's engagement the Internet Governance Forum and other international governance fora. In addition, Patrick holds an appointment as a Senior Affiliated Researcher with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and maintains an affiliation with the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was previously the Faculty Director for the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Prior to joining Google, Patrick was a lawyer in private practice and advised companies on the deployment of next-generation networks, international investment, and intellectual property. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 law-review articles on topics ranging from wireless spectrum policy and Internet regulation to tort law reform-all are available on SSRN, www.ssrn.com/author=355118. Patrick received a JD with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBL in international business law from the Universität St.Gallen (Switzerland), and a Ph.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is married with two children, and speaks Spanish, French and German.

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Randal S. Milch

Randal S. Milch

Executive Vice President, Verizon Communications

Randal S. Milch is executive vice president, Public Policy, and general counsel of Verizon. He leads the company's public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups. From 2006 until being named to his current position in October 2008, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon Business, responsible for all legal services and external affairs support for the company's global enterprise carrier. Before that, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon's domestic telecom business. He was appointed to the latter position in 2000, upon the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE. Before the merger, Milch was associate general counsel at Bell Atlantic with oversight of state regulatory matters in New York and New England. Previously, Milch served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Bell Atlantic-Maryland, Inc. He began his telecommunications career as counsel to the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland in 1993. Prior to his role with Bell Atlantic, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. Milch's practice centered on complex federal litigation and international arbitration. Milch began his legal career as a clerk to Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Milch holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

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Romaniuk Oksana

Romaniuk Oksana

Executive Director, NGO Institute of Mass Information

Romaniuk Oksana, executive director of NGO Institute of Mass Information (Ukraine), representative of the Reporters Without Borders to Ukraine (since 2010). Member of Stop Censorship! movement of Ukrainian journalists, author of the majority of SC statements, organized actions and campaigns to defend freedom of speech in Ukraine. During 2011-2012 coordinated projects of the International Federation of Journalists in the FSU region (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine). Since 2001 worked as a journalist for UNIAN news agency of Ukraine, in 2003 joined Reporters Without Borders and started to carry out monitoring of freedom of speech in Ukraine. Since 2011 - member of the Inter-Department working group for freedom of speech at the President of Ukraine.

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Ross LaJeunesse

Ross LaJeunesse

Head of Free Expression & Int'l Relations, Google

Ross LaJeunesse is Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations at Google, and leads the global team responsible for advancing the company's work on free expression and open Internet issues, as well as Google's relationships with international organizations. He previously served as Google's Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Before joining Google, LaJeunesse was Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. There, he developed and executed the Governor's ambitious policy agenda, overseeing a broad range of issues from education reform to economic development. Prior to his appointment in the Schwarzenegger administration, LaJeunesse was Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state's chief financial officer. He began his career as an assistant to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and later served as Senator Edward Kennedy's chief advisor for reinventing government, as well as national and community service issues. LaJeunesse completed undergraduate studies magna cum laude at Dartmouth College and received his J.D. with honors from the Harvard Law School.

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Richard Lusimbo

Richard Lusimbo

Sexual Minorities Research Manager, SMUG

I am a proud Ugandan gay man. In 2011, I graduated from the Ugandan Christian University at Mukono in Uganda with a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Technology. Since February 2012, I have been working as SMUG's Research Manager. SMUG is the LGBTI umbrella organization that works toward advancing protection and respect of sexual orientation and gender identity rights in Uganda. As SMUG's Research Manager, I also lead the Africa-based research team for the Envisioning Global LGBTI Human Rights project that is hosted at York University in Toronto, Canada. The project is exploring the impact of laws that criminalize sexual orientation, the ways in which LGBTI and human rights groups are organizing to resist this criminalization, and the implications for human rights policy formation, social services, and immigration and refugee policies. In my role as SMUG's Research Manager, I have conducted interviews within the Ugandan LGBTI community, and I am familiar with the laws that criminalize sexual orientation and suppress individual rights and liberties, as well as with the lack of legal protection for sexual minority populations. In 2012 I was part of the Ugandan LGBTI team that met with different Inter Parliamentary Union members to push for the discussion for the rights of the LGBTI and the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill that was reintroduced into the Uganda Parliament. This controversial bill proposes death penalty for LGBTI people. On January 4, 2013, I led a delegation of seven SMUG members to the U.S. to participate in the hearing of the court case SMUG Vs. Scott Lively in the District Federal Court at Springfield, Massachusetts where SMUG is suing Scott Lively for the persecution faced by the Ugandan LGBTI community as a result of his involvement in a conspiracy to deprive Ugandan LGBTI people of their basic human rights.

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Tord Lundstrom

Tord Lundstrom

Technical Director, Virtualroad.org/Qurium Media Foundation

From 2009, Tord Lundstrom is the technical director of Virtual Road , a secure communications provider designed bottom-up to support online media that suffers cyberattacks. After working two decades mitigating denial of service attacks and helping exile media to communicate safely, Lundstrom has recently join Qurium Media Foundation in Sweden. Qurium provides secure hosting, circumvention and whistleblower infrastructure to support independent media and activism online.

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Vivek Krishnamurthy

Vivek Krishnamurthy

Associate, Foley Hoag

Vivek Krishnamurthy is a member of Foley Hoag's unique Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice. He provides strategic and operational advice to corporations and civil society groups on the legal and reputational risks posed by a wide range of human rights and sustainability challenges. Vivek has developed a particular expertise in advising technology companies, data processors, and crowdsourcing initiatives on the human rights implications of offering their products and services in different markets around the world. He regularly writes about such issues on the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law blog.

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Amalia Deloney

Amalia Deloney

Associate Director, Center for Media Justice

Amalia Deloney coordinates the media policy initiatives of the Center for Media Justice and the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). She has over 15 years of experience in community and cultural organizing, with a specific interest in human rights, cultural rights and traditional knowledge. At CMJ, Amalia uses her extensive experience for field-building, community-building, and policy advocacy. Born in Guatemala, she worked for many years at the Main Street Project -a MAG-Net anchor-in her hometown of Minneapolis. While there, she co-directed a nationally recognized four-state rural Latino capacity-building initiative called The Raíces Project. Nationally, Amalia is a board member of the Indigenous Women's Network, and the Latino Public Radio Consortium. Amalia earned her B.A. in Urban Studies and History from Macalester College and her J.D. with a focus on Social Justice from Hamline University School of Law.

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Collin Anderson

Collin Anderson

Researcher on Censorship

Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher currently working on documenting online activism, electronic surveillance and Internet censorship in the Middle East, specifically Iran and Syria. Currently, Collin is developing mechanisms to detect and measure the usage of filter circumvention methods, to quantify the proliferation of tools among the general public in Internet-filtering countries. He has also been involved in identifying the international flow of surveillance equipment and exploring alternative means of communications that bypass normal channels of state control. His participation in issues of connectivity has led to documenting of availability and legality of online communications services to the public under sanctions restrictions, as well as the ramifications of export regulations to democratization movements.

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Emi Kane

Emi Kane

Program Director, Abundance Foundation

Emi Kane has a background as a community organizer, educator, and journalist. She has helped build media-based infrastructure and networks to support organizing projects, and has worked with organizations ranging from MoveOn.org to neighborhood-level grassroots campaigns. She is a former National Steering Committee member for INCITE, a women of color anti-violence network, where she is a current member of the Media Working Group and works on the digital archives and oral history project. In Oakland, CA, she has been leading community forums on violence prevention and alternatives to street-level surveillance and policing. She also works with educators and students to develop popular education tools that address the intersections between surveillance and social movements, focusing on the ways in which those issues impact communities of color, poor people, and LGBTQ communities. She is Program Director at the Abundance Foundation, where she works in partnership with research institutes and academic departments at Harvard University on issues surrounding education, health, and digital technology, with a focus on learning environments and health technology in the Global South. Emi is based in New York and California, is an active member of the ICU Oakland surveillance working group, and sits on the board of Allied Media Projects in Detroit, MI.

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Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

President & CEO, Chairman of the Board at Benetech

Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Palo Alto, California. He is a former rocket scientist who creates technology social enterprises that target underserved communities. In 1989, Fruchterman founded Arkenstone, a nonprofit social enterprise, to produce reading machines for people who are blind. In 2000, the nonprofit changed its name to Benetech and began creating new technology for people with disabilities, the human rights and environmental conservation communities. Fruchterman has received a MacArthur Fellowship and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He believes that technology is the ultimate leveler, allowing disadvantaged people to achieve more equality in society.

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Johan Hallenborg

Johan Hallenborg

Deputy Director Human Rights Division, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Johan Hallenborg holds a LL.M. degree with specialisation in human rights law and public international law from the Law Faculty at Lund University, Sweden. Hallenborg was employed in 2005 as Sida's Regional Adviser on Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia, placed at the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok. He worked in this capacity until 2008, providing advice on human rights issues to Swedish development programmes throughout the Southeast Asian region. In 2008, Hallenborg joined the Department of International Law, Human Rights and Treaty Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, where he currently is serving as a Deputy Director in the Human Rights Division. Since 2009, he has been extensively involved in the Swedish Government's work on Internet freedom.

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Karen Reilly

Karen Reilly

Development Director, The Tor Project

Karen Reilly is Development Director at The Tor Project, responsible for fundraising, advocacy, general marketing, and policy outreach programs for Tor. Tor is a software and a volunteer network that enables people to circumvent censorship and guard their privacy online. Karen takes technical information and translates it for diverse audiences, producing tips for staying safe online for activists, journalists, and the general public. She studied Government and International Politics at George Mason University.

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Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston

Policy Director, Open Technology Institute - New America Foundation

Kevin Bankston is the Policy Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to promote policy and regulatory reforms to strengthen communities by supporting open communications networks, platforms, and technologies, with a focus on issues of Internet surveillance and censorship. Prior to leading OTI's policy team, Kevin was a Senior Counsel and the Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. From that position, he spent two years advocating on a wide range of Internet and technology policy issues both international and domestic, most recently organizing a broad coalition of companies and civil society organizations to demand greater transparency around the US government's surveillance practices. He also has served since 2005 on the board of the First Amendment Coalition, a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech and a more open and accountable government, and previously was a nonresidential fellow at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society. Prior to joining CDT, he worked for nearly a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech and privacy law with a focus on government surveillance, Internet privacy, and location privacy. As a Senior Staff Attorney at EFF, he regularly litigated issues surrounding free expression and electronic surveillance, and was a lead counsel in EFF's lawsuits against the National Security Agency and AT&T, challenging the legality of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program first revealed in 2005. He originally joined EFF as an Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow, studying the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, he litigated Internet-related free speech cases at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City as a Justice William Brennan First Amendment Fellow. He received his JD at the University of Southern California Law School after receiving his BA at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Executive Director, Open Media and Information Companies Initiative

Michael Connor is an award-winning media executive, entrepreneur and journalist with extensive experience in television, print and the internet. He writes about and consults in the fields of business ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Michael is Editor and Publisher of Business Ethics, an online magazine, and was previously host of Good Company with Michael Connor, a one-hour weekly program dealing with corporate responsibility and sustainability, broadcast nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and has been called on frequently for expert commentary by national media, including CNN International, CNBC, ABC News 20/20, USA Today and public radio. In 2010 he was named a Media Fellow in Stanford University's Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Since April 2007, Michael has also served as Executive Director of the Open Media and Information Companies Initiative - www.openmic.org - a non-profit organization working to promote an open and diverse media environment through market-based solutions. Michael began his career as a journalist, first as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and later as Correspondent and Senior Producer for ABC News, where his television work received numerous honors, including a national Emmy, a Columbia-duPont Award, a Writers Guild Award and a nomination for an Academy Award. He also held executive positions at Dow Jones & Co., where he led global development of the company's TV and multimedia operations, and served as Executive Producer of The Wall Street Journal Report, a weekly syndicated program. Michael has launched and managed numerous ventures on multiple media platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Internationally, he was instrumental in the development and launch of Asia Business News, a Singapore-based pan-Asian TV network, and later served as founding Chief Executive of European Business News (EBN), Dow Jones's London-based pan-European TV network. These two networks were later merged with CNBC and formed the distribution backbone of CNBC International. Michael has also served as a Senior Vice President of Mag Rack, Cablevision Inc.'s pioneering video-on-demand service for the cable TV industry, and has been senior consultant on media strategies for a number of leading global brands, including the Walt Disney Company, Hearst Corporation and Standard & Poor's. Michael is a board member of the Center for an Urban Future, a progressive policy think tank. He also sits on the boards of two leading cultural organizations: Location One, a non-profit art gallery based in New York City; and Woodstock Fringe, a professional performing arts organization that develops and presents new and experimental theatrical and musical works. Michael is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and lives in New York City.

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Michael Kleinman

Michael Kleinman

Director of Investments, Humanity United

Michael Kleinman is a director on the Investments team at Humanity United. Michael spent a number of years overseas working for international NGOs-first with CARE in Afghanistan, Sudan, and in a regional position covering east and central Africa, and then with International Relief and Development in Iraq. Prior to going overseas, he worked for the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, leading a project on the application of international humanitarian law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After returning to the United States, Michael worked as a consultant for humanitarian organizations and research institutions, focusing primarily on conflict and post-conflict issues. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

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Oktavía Jónsdóttir

Oktavía Jónsdóttir

Program Director, S.A.F.E. Initiative

Oktavía Jónsdóttir is the Program Director of the S.A.F.E. Initiative that provides integrated safety trainings combining physical, digital and psycho-social care to journalists, blogger and activists globally. She is a media support expert whose prior work has included developing and fortifying the digital activities of media and civil society. Her work focuses on supporting media in conflict-affected and repressive environments with a specialty in digital security. She has managed the start-up of a secure hosting platform that mitigated DDoS attacks and provided training to media outlets, NGOs and unions in secure communications and risk management. Fully fluent in the tools of digital security, she also has advised on safety structures and physical security training for media workers spanning from Africa to SE Asia.

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Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

Director, Citizen Lab

Ron Deibert (PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects. Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc. Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnet report that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network. He is a co-editor of three major volumes with MIT Press: Access Denied: The practice and policy of Internet Filtering (2008), Access Controlled: The shaping of power, rights, and rule in cyberspace (2010), and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace (2011). He is the author of Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997), and the forthcoming book Black Code: the battle for the future of cyberspace (forthcoming: McClelland & Stewart, 2013). He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression, and access to information. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics. Deibert is on the advisory board of Access Now, Privacy International, and is a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies (2002-2004).

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Sarah Labowitz

Sarah Labowitz

Co-Director, Center for Business and Human Rights - NYU

Sarah Labowitz is a research scholar on business and human rights at NYU Stern School of Business. She has worked on issues of business and human rights for almost a decade, with expertise in the areas of labor rights in supply chains and Internet policy. At Stern, Labowitz is working with Professor Michael Posner to launch the first center on business and human rights to be an integral part of a business school. Labowitz started her career working on the executive staff of the Fair Labor Association, a coalition of socially responsible companies, universities, and civil society organizations dedicated to improving working conditions around the world. She has worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and Yahoo!, and with Human Rights First to help form the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort to protect human rights online. She joined the State Department in 2009, where she directed the leading international program to keep the Internet open in closed societies and also served in the Secretary's Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. She joined Stern in March 2013. Labowitz was named to Forbes Magazine's “30 Under 30” list for law and policy in 2012 and is an Associate Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. She holds an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with concentrations in Corporate Social Responsibility and International Business and Economic Law, and is a 2004 graduate of Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She lives in New York.

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Shahzad Ahmad

Shahzad Ahmad

Country Director, Bytes for All

Shahzad is the Country Director of Bytes for All, Pakistan. Bytes for All is a human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development, democracy and social justice. It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movements in the country. Shahzad's focus of work includes ICT policy advocacy, Internet rights, privacy and freedom of expression online. Shahzad is a development communications expert, Diplo Fellow on Internet Governance, an Executive Board Member of the Association for Progressive Communications, a member of the International Advisory Board of Privacy International, UK, member of ICAAN Non-commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and Policy Advisory Board member of .PK ccTLD of Pakistan. He is also a member of Cyber Stewards Network at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto and represents his organization at Forum-Asia, a prominent Asia wide regional human rights network. He regularly contributes to various publications and research studies around ICTs for Development, freedom of expression and gender related issues. Shahzad maintains a strong engagement with the broader civil society networks at national, regional and global levels and believes in inclusive participation and openness.

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Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig

Executive Director, Human Rights Center, University of California Berkeley School of Law

KOENIG, Ph.D., J.D, is the executive director of the Human Right Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the UC Berkeley School of Law and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she specialized in intellectual property and international law. Koenig lectures on human rights and international criminal law at Berkeley Law. Her research and commentary has appeared in such diverse outlets as the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and U.S. News and World Reports. She contributed to The Guantanamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices (UC Press, 2009) and is the editor, with Keramet Reiter, of the forthcoming Extreme Punishment (Palgrave MacMillan) and, with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Politics of Pursuing War Crimes Suspects in the 21st Century (UC Press). Koenig has worked as a media and communications specialist with tribal governments throughout California. An expert in domestic human rights, she is often called upon to speak about U.S. detention and drone policies as well as technology and human rights.

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Al Alegre

Al Alegre

Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Al is executive director of Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), a 27-year old Philippine NGO seeking to promote communication rights and democratize information and communication platforms and resources to disadvantaged citizens and communities. He directly manages FMA's policy research and advocacy work to promote digital human rights as a public interest concern in national, regional and global arenas. He often represents civil society organisations (CSOs) in national, Asian, and global multi-stakeholder meetings, policy forums, and summits related to internet governance and infocomms policy, including as advisor in Philippine delegations. He is a Council Member of the global Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and has played coordinating roles in the Open Net Initiative-Asia and the PrivAsia initiative. He is now directly in charge of FMA's collaborations with Privacy International in the area of privacy rights advocacy. He remains a an occasional consultant with his country's Department of Science and Technology ICT policy office, particularly in the areas of open standards/open data, open governance, and data protection.

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Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler

Independent Journalist

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and live-blogged the Scooter Libby trial. She is best known for weedy analysis of legal documents on counterterrorism programs. She won the 2009 Hillman Award for blog journalism. Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the "feuilleton," a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

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SILICON VALLEY 2014 COMPLETE SPEAKERS LIST

  • Joana Varon - Internet Governance and Human Rights Researcher, Center for Technology and Society (CTS/FGV)
  • Aaron Shull - Counsel & Corporate Secretary, The Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Adam Fisk - President, Lanter
  • Adam Hochschild - Author "King Leopold's Ghost", United States
  • Aditya Vashistha - PhD Student, University of Washington
  • aestetix - NymRights, Co-Founder
  • Alberto Cerda - Founding Member, ONG Derechos Digitales
  • Alejandro Pisanty, National Autonomous University of Mexico and ISOC Mexico
  • Alex Fowler - Global Privacy and Public Policy Leader, Mozilla
  • Alexa Koenig - Executive Director, Berkeley Human Rights Center
  • Alexa Koenig - Executive Director, Human Rights Center
  • Alexei Rodriguez - VP Operations, Evernote
  • Ali Akbar Mousavi - Advisor, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
  • Ali Kazemi - Associate General Counsel, Tumblr
  • Alix Dunn - Creative Lead, The Engine Room
  • Allen Gunn - Executive Director, Aspiration
  • Allon Bar - Research and Advocacy Coordinator, Ranking Digital Rights
  • Amalia Deloney - Associate Director, Center for Media Justice
  • Amie Stepanovich - Senior Policy Counsel, Access
  • Amol Mehra - Esq., Director
  • Amr Gharbeia - Researcher, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
  • Andre Banks - Executive Director, AllOut
  • Andrew Bridges, Fenwick & West LLP
  • Andrew Puddephatt - Director, Global Partners Digital
  • Angela Okune - Research Lead, iHub Research
  • Anita Ramasastry - Expert, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • Anita Ramasastry, Law Professor at The University of Washington and IHRB Research Fellow
  • Anja Kovacs - Director, Internet Democracy Project
  • Anna Keshelashvili - PhD Student, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina
  • Annie Wilkinson - Human Rights Project Manager, Benetech
  • Antoine Heuty - Founder, Ulula
  • Arthit Suriyawongkul - Researcher, Thai Citizen's Network
  • Arthur Gwagwa - International Liaison Office, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGOs Forum
  • Arzu Geybullayeva, Azerbaijani blogger and journalist
  • Barbra Mack - Technical Project Manager, Benetech Human Rights Program
  • Bart Volkmer - Legal Director, Dropbox
  • Barton Gellman - Senior Fellow, Century Foundation
  • Becky Bond - Vice President and Political Director, CREDO Mobile
  • Becky Hurwitz, Community Organizer & Codesign Facilitator at MIT Center for Civic Media/RAD
  • Ben Miller, Georgia State University
  • Ben Wagner - Research Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania
  • Ben Yen, Former Assistant Legal Attache
  • Bertrand de La Chapelle - Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project
  • Beth Van Schaack - Visiting Scholar, Center for International Security & Cooperation
  • Bill Marczak - Research Fellow, Citizen Lab
  • Bishakha Datta - Board Member, Point of View India
  • Brad Burnham - Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Brett Solomon - Executive Director, Access
  • Brian Conley - Co-Founder, Small World News
  • Bryan Nunez - Technology Manager, The Guardian Project
  • Caitlin Stanton - Director, Learning & Partnerships
  • Camille Francois - Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Carlos Affonso Pereira da Souza - Vice-Coordinator, Center for Technology & Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation's (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro
  • Carly Jensen - undefined,undefined
  • Carly Nyst - Legal Director, Privacy International
  • Carol Waters - Project Manager, Internews
  • Carolina Rossini - Project Director, New America Foundation
  • Charles Mok - Legislative Councillor (Information Technology), Hong Kong
  • Charlie Brown - Senior Advisor, Atrocity Prevention and Response
  • Chris Albon, "Dr. Data" at Ushahidi
  • Chris Mondini - Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Chris Riley - Senior Policy Engineer, Mozilla
  • Chris Tuckwood, The Sentinel Project
  • Christophe Billen - Founder, People's Intelligence
  • Christopher Wilson - Knowledge Lead and Co-Founder, the engine room
  • Colin Crowell - VP, Twitter
  • Collin Anderson, Independent Researcher
  • Communication, St. John's University
  • Corynne McSherry - Intellectual Property Director, EFF
  • Craig Higson-Smith - Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser, Center for Victims of Torture
  • Craig Vachon - VP Corporate Development, Anchor Free
  • Cristiana Gonzalez - Assessora Técnica, Secretaria Executiva
  • Cynthia Wong - Senior Researcher on the Internet and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch
  • Dalia Haj-Omar, Sudanese Activist
  • Dalia Othman - Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Dalia Topelson - Clinical Instructor, Cyberlaw Clinic
  • Dan Bross - Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
  • Dan Meredith - Director, Open Technology Fund
  • Dan O'Clunaigh, Tactical Technology Collective
  • Daniel Meredith - Director, Radio Free Asia
  • Daniel Ó Clunaigh - Privacy and Expression Programme Coordinator, Tactical Technology Collective
  • Danielle Kehl, New America Foundation
  • Danny O'Brien - International Director, EFF
  • Dave Engberg - CTO, Evernote
  • David Robinson - Principle, Robinson + Yu
  • David Sullivan - Policy and Communications Director, GNI
  • Deborah Brown - Senior Policy Analyst, Access
  • Declan McCullagh - Chief Political Correspondant, CNET
  • Deepak Gupta - Partner, Farella Braun + Martel
  • Deji Bryce Olukotun - Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow, PEN American Center
  • Del Harvey - Senior Director of Trust and Safety, Twitter
  • Derek Ruths - Director, Networks Dynamics Lab at McGill University
  • Derek Slater - Policy Analyst, Google
  • Diana del Olmo - Researcher, The Guardian Project
  • Diana Olmo - Researcher, The Guardian Project
  • Dlshad Othman, Kurdish Syrian Activist
  • Dmitri Vitliev - Director, eQualit.ie
  • Dorothy Chou - Policy Communications Manager, Google
  • Douglas Arellanes - Co-Founder, Sourcefabric
  • Dr. FENG Congde - Co-Founder, Tiananmen Academy
  • Dr. George Ren, Former Technical Director & Principle Architect Huawei-Symantec Corp
  • Drew Hintz - Security Engineer, Google
  • Ebele Okobi - Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights
  • Eileen Donahoe - Director of Global Affairs, Human Rights Watch
  • Eleanor Saitta - Principal Security Engineer, OpenITP
  • Elisabetta Ferrari - Researcher, Center for Media and Communication Studies
  • Ellery Biddle - Editor, Global Voices Advocacy
  • Elsa D'Silva - Co-founder, Safecity
  • Emi Kane, Allied Media Projects/ICU Oakland and INCITE!
  • Emi Kane - Program Director, Abundance Foundation
  • Enrique Piracés - Vice President, Human Rights Program
  • Erika Smith - Project Coordinator Seguridad Digital para Mujeres, Association for Progressive Communications
  • Esra'a Al Shafei - Director, MidEastYouth.com
  • Eva Galperin - Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Ezra'a Al Shafei - Director, MidEastYouth.com
  • Felicity Ruby - Director of Global Internet Policy, Thoughtworks
  • Fieke Jansen - Programme Manager, Digital Defenders Partnership
  • Francisco Vera Hott, Derechos Digitales
  • Friedhelm Weinberg - Communications Specialist, Huridocs
  • Fukami, Chaos Computer Club
  • Gabrielle Guillemin, Legal Officer Article 19
  • Gail Kent - International Cybercrime Strategy, UK National Crime Agency
  • Geoffrey King - Internet Advocacy Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Gillian "Gus" Andrews - Senior Program Associate, Open Internet Tools Project
  • Grady Johnson - Technologist, Open Technology Institute
  • Griffin Boyce - Technologist, Open Technology Institute
  • Gustaf Björksten - Technology Director, Access
  • Hae-in Lim, Johns Hopkins University
  • Hanni Fakhoury - Staff Attorney, EFF
  • Harvey Anderson - Chief Legal Officer, AVG Technologies
  • Helen Brunner - Executive Director, Media Democracy Fund
  • Hu Yong - Professor, School of Journalism and Communication
  • Ihab Osman, former CEO of Sudatel
  • Irina Raicu - Director, Internet Ethics Program
  • Jacqueline Geis - Head of External Relations, Videre
  • James Logan - Program Officer, International Human Rights Programme
  • James Vasile - Director, OpenITP
  • Jamie Tomasello - Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare Inc
  • Jane Shih - Assistant General Counsel, Endurance International Group
  • Janne Teller - Author "Nothing", Denmark
  • Jeffrey Dygert - Executive Director of Public Policy, AT&T
  • Jennifer Lynch - Senior Staff Attorney, EFF
  • Jensine Larsen - Founder & CEO, WorldPulse
  • Jensine Larsen - Founder, World Pulse
  • Jillian York - Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Jim Cowie - CTO and Co-Founder, Renesys
  • Jim Finkel - The Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum
  • Jim Fruchterman - Founder/CEO, Benetech (Moderator)
  • Jimmy Schulz , former Member of the German Parliament and Chairman of the German Liberal party for upper Bavaria
  • Jing Zhao - Senior Fellow, US-Japan-China Comparative Policy Research Institute
  • Joana Varon - Internet Governance and Human Rights Researcher, Center for Technology and Society (CTS/FGV)
  • Jochai Ben-Avie - Policy Director, Access
  • Joe Sullivan - Chief Security Officer, Facebook
  • Johan Hallenborg - Deputy Director Human Rights Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • John Fox - Deputy Head, Human Rights & Democracy Department
  • John Tye - (US State Department) - undefined,undefined
  • Jon Camfield - Technologist, Internet Initiatives
  • Josh Haynes - International Development Specialist, USAID
  • Josh Mendelsohn - Managing Director, Hattery
  • Julie Samuels - Senior Staff Attorney, EFF
  • Karen Naimer - Director of Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Physicians for Human Rights
  • Karen Reilly - Public Policy Director, Tor Project
  • Kate Coyer - Executive Director, Center for Media and Communication Studies
  • Kate Westmoreland - Policy Fellow, Access
  • Katherin Machalek - Institutional Development Officer, HURIDOCS
  • Katherine Maher - Advocacy Director, Access
  • Katie Shay - Esq., Legal and Policy Coordinator
  • Keely Tongate - Director of Programs, Urgent Action Fund
  • Kevin Bankston - Policy Director, Open Technology Institute
  • Kevin Starr MD - Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, Mulago Foundation
  • Kirsten Gollatz - Project Manager Research, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society
  • Kyung Sin (“K.S.”) Park, Korea University Law School Professor and a Director of Open Net Korea
  • Lara Kiswani - Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
  • Larry Stone - President, Group Public & Government Affairs
  • Lhadon Tethong - Director, Tibet Action Institute
  • Liba Rubenstein - Director of Outreach, Tumblr
  • Lindsay Beck - ICT Program Officer, NDI
  • Luca Belli - Doctoral Fellow, CERSA
  • Lucy Purdon - ICT Programme Support Manger, The Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst at EFF
  • Malavika Jayaram - Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Maria Al-Masani - Co-Founder, Yemen Rights Monitor
  • Mariam Gagoshasvili - activist, Advisor to Frida
  • Marie Georges - Expert on Personal Data Protection, Council of Europe
  • Marius Dragomir - Senior Manager, Open Society Program on Independent Journalism
  • Matt Cagle - Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project
  • Matty Pellegrino - Security Engineer, Google
  • Meg Roggensack - Expert, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • Megan Garcia - Nuclear Security Initiative Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation
  • Megan Price - Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group
  • Meredith Whittaker - Program Manager, Google Research
  • Michael Bochenek - Director of Law and Policy Programme, Amnesty International
  • Michael Carbone - Manager of Tech Policy and Programs, Access
  • Michael Connor - Executive Director, Open Media and Information Companies Initiative
  • Michael Kleinman - Director of Investments, Humanity United
  • Michael Lally - Program Assistant, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • Michael Meehan - Board Member, Open Technology Fund
  • Michael Posner - Professor, Business and Society Program Area
  • Miguel Morachimo, Director of Hiperderecho
  • Mike McGeary - Co-Founder and Chief Political Strategist, Engine
  • Mike Perry - Torbutton and Tor Performance Developer, The Tor Project
  • Minna Aslama, Assistant Professor International
  • Mitali Thakour - PhD Candidate, History
  • Mohamed Najem - Co-founder, SMEX
  • Moxie Marlinspike - Co-founder, Whisper Systems
  • Mr Mart Laanemäe - Undersecretary for Europe and Transatlantic relations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia
  • Ms. ZHAO Xiunan, Chinese Democracy Education Foundation
  • Nadim Kobeissi - Cryptography Engineer, eQualitie
  • Nat Meysenburg - Technologist, Open Technology Institute
  • Nate Cardozo - Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Nathan Freitas - Founder, Guardian Project
  • Nick Grossman - Public Policy and Regulatory Issues, Union Square Ventures
  • Nicolas Seidler - Policy Adviser, Internet Society
  • Nicole A. Ozer - Director, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project
  • Nino Daniela - Graduate Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina
  • Nnenna Nwakanma - Regional Coordinator, The World Wide Web Foundation
  • Oktavía Jónsdóttir - Program Director, IREX
  • Pablo Arcuri - Chief of Party, Internews
  • Patrick Ryan - Public Policy & Government Relations Senior Counsel for Free Expression and International Relations, Google
  • Patrik Hiselius - Senior Advisor, Digital Rights
  • Paul Fehlinger - Manager, Internet & Jurisdiction Project
  • Paul Mooney - Journalist, Chinese Democracy Education Foundation
  • Paul Sieminski - General Counsel, Automattic
  • Peter Bourgelais - Circumvention and Network Interference Technologist, Access
  • Peter Micek - Policy Counsel, Access
  • Peter Nestor - Manager, BSR
  • Phil Bloomer - Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Pranesh Prakesh - Policy Director, Centre for Internet and Society
  • Primavera De Filippi - Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Prof. Anita Ramasastry - Expert, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • Professor Robin Feldman - Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Innovation Law
  • Professor XIA Yeliang - Visiting Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Raegan MacDonald - European Policy Manager, Access
  • Randal S. Milch - Executive Vice President of Public Policy & General Counsel, Verizon
  • Rebecca Busse - Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500
  • Rebecca MacKinnon - Director, Ranking Digital Rights
  • Renata Avila - Global Campaigns Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
  • Richard Lusimbo - Research Manager, Sexual Minorities Uganda
  • Richard Salgado - Director, Law Enforcement and Information Security
  • Richard Stallman - Founder, GNU Project and Free Software Foundation
  • Robert HÃ¥rdh - Executive Director, CivilRightsDefenders
  • Ron Deibert - Director, The Citizen Lab
  • Ronaldo Lemos - Director, Rio Institute for Technology & Society
  • Rory Byrne - Founder and CEO, Security First
  • Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations
  • Ross Schulman Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel, Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Ryan Budish - Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Sally Smith - Managing Director, The Nexus Fund
  • Sam Gregory - Program Director, WITNESS
  • Sam McLean - National Director, GetUp
  • Samaruddin Stewart - Journalist, 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow
  • Samir Nassar - Communications Consultant, Tactical Tech Collective
  • Sana Saleem - Executive Director, Bolo Bhi
  • Sara Santiago - Senior Analyst, Future 500
  • Sarah Altschuller - Associate, Foley Hoag
  • Sarah Clarke - International Policy and Advocacy Officer, PEN International
  • Sarah Labowitz - Co-Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
  • Sarah Lange - Executive Director, Arzuw Foundation
  • Sarah Mendelson - Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Scott Busby - Director for Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Rights and Labor State Dept
  • Seeta Peña Gangadharan - Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute
  • Seth Schoen - Senior Staff Technologist, EFF
  • Shahzad Ahmad - Country Director, Bytes for All
  • Shauna Dillavou - Executive Director, CommunityRED
  • Simona Cruciani - Political Affairs Officer, UN Office on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect
  • Simone Halink - Senior Policy Advisor Internet & Human Rights, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Sina Rabanni, Redteam
  • Steve Schultze - Program Officer, Internet Freedom
  • Steven Price, The Forest Trust
  • Suren Badral - Ambassador-at-Large for the Community of Democracies, Mongolia
  • Susan Abbott - Senior Policy Fellow, Media Policy Initiative
  • Susan Benesch - Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Suzanne Nossel - Executive Director, PEN American Center
  • Taha Kass-Hout - Founder and CEO, Humanitarian Tracker
  • Taren Stinebrickner Kauffman - Executive Director, SumOfUs
  • Tatiana Indina - Consultant, Indina Consulting
  • Theresa Züger - Doctoral Researcher, Global Constitutionalism and the Internet
  • Thomas Oberndörfer - Software Engineer, Mailvelope
  • Tim Libert, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tim Maurer - Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute
  • Timothy Karr - Senior Director of Strategy, Free Press
  • Tom Rausch, Good World Solutions
  • Trevor Timm, Executive Director of the Freedom of The Press Foundation
  • Vince Sollitto - VP, Yelp
  • Wala Kasemi - Regional Operations Manager, Access
  • Will Youmans - Assistant Professor, George Washington University
  • Wojtek Bogusz, Frontline Defenders
  • Yael Falicov - Executive Director, Eco Viva
  • Yousuf Aftab - Founder and Principal, Enodo Rights
  • Yves Nissim - Chair, Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

Representatives from the Following Governments:

  • USA
  • The United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Hong Kong

SILICON VALLEY 2014 PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

Cynthia Wong

Cynthia Wong

Senior Researcher on Internet & Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Cynthia M. Wong is the senior researcher on the Internet and human rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Wong worked as an attorney at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and as director of their Project on Global Internet Freedom. She conducted much of the organization's work promoting global Internet freedom, with a particular focus on international free expression and privacy. She also served as co-chair of the Policy & Learning Committee of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a multi-stakeholder organization that advances corporate responsibility and human rights in the technology sector. Prior to joining CDT, Wong was the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at Human Rights in China (HRIC). There, she contributed to the organization's work in the areas of business and human rights and freedom of expression online. Wong earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she served as a senior articles editor for NYU's Review of Law & Social Change. She has been admitted to the New York State Bar. Prior to law school, she worked as an electrical engineer in the private sector. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

Executive Director, Global Partners

Andrew is a recognised international expert on freedom of expression policy and practice with a particular focus upon digital policy. He has worked in the field of human rights for over twenty years and has been an expert advisor to international organisations such as the Council of Europe, Commonwealth, UNDP and UNESCO as well as national governments. He has published widely on different aspects of freedom of expression, written guides on assessing the impact of development programmes on human rights policy for UNDP and UNESCO, and made strategic assessments of future trends for European governments. He was previously director of Article 19, an international human rights organisation; is currently chair of International Media Support in Denmark, Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and a management board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Bertrand de La Chapelle is the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project. He served as a Director on the ICANN Board from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he was France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

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Chris Riley

Chris Riley

Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.

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Dan Meredith

Dan Meredith

Principal Director, Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia

Dan joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF's inaugural director. As the program's principal director, he is responsible for OTF's day-to-day operations and long-term planning.

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Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at - and was part of the founding team of - the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that engages in research and policy advocacy. He is also currently an Access to Knowledge Fellow at the Yale Law School's Information Society Project, the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India, on the Executive Committee of the NCUC at ICANN. In 2014 he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural "30 under 30" list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was nominated as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics and the law. His current work focusses on interrogating, promoting, and engaging with policymakers on the areas of access to knowledge (primarily copyright reform), 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, free/libre/open source software, and open access), freedom of expression, privacy and Internet governance. He is a prominent voice on these issues, with the newspaper Mint calling him “one of the clearest thinkers in this area”, and his research having been quoted in the Indian parliament. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on these topics. He has a degree in arts and law from the National Law School in Bangalore, and while there he helped found the Indian Journal of Law and Technology, and was part of its editorial board for two years.

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Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

Project Coordinator and Researcher on Digital Rights, Center for Technology and Society/Fundação Getulio Vargas

Joana Varon Ferraz is a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. She works on applied research on information and communication technology for development. Joana is a lawyer and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in law and development. Joana is concerned about how the lack of true Internet freedom impacts human rights, innovation and, ultimately, development. As these are political questions, she has recently been searching for news tools to engage users on Internet policies, mixing both film activism and new technologies.

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Lucy Purdon

Lucy Purdon

Programme Support Manager: ICT, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Lucy joined IHRB as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) researcher on the EC Human Rights Sector Guidance project. She manages IHRB's ICT Programme and works mainly on issues of freedom of expression and privacy in ICTs. Lucy graduated with an MA in Human Rights from The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS), University of London. Her thesis, 'Privatising Dissent', applied the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT sector. Prior to this, Lucy was a documentary producer/director and ran film-making courses for young offenders in the UK. She also holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Film and Video from London College of Communications, University of the Arts.

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Sabrina Hersi Issa

Sabrina Hersi Issa

CEO, Be Bold Media

Sabrina Hersi Issa is the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to hunger, food security and humanitarian assistance and the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital agency focused on global advocacy. She organizes Rights Tech, a monthly gathering for technologists and activists and runs Survivor Fund, a political fund dedicated to support the rights of survivors of sexualized violence. Previously, she was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where she worked on issues related to technology, human rights and humanitarian disasters. She has worked for Afghans for Civil Society, Oxfam America and National Public Radio stations. She was named one of Forbes Magazine Top 30 under 30 for Law & Policy and her work in technology and media has been honored at the Women's Media Center, Levo League, Women's Information Network and the Women & Politics Institute. Sabrina is a graduate of Ohio State University where she studied International Relations & Diplomacy, Political Science and Women Studies. She is a Truman National Security Partner, advises human rights tech organizations Digital Democracy and CommunityRED. Sabrina sits on the board of directors of Exhale Pro-voice, Web of Change, Women, Action & the Media and the Project on Middle East Democracy.

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Matt Perault

Matt Perault

Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Matt Perault is the head of policy development at Facebook, where he helps to develop the company's positions on global public policy issues. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked on privatization policy as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University.

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Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

General Manager Policy and Outreach, Union Square Ventures

Nick works on public policy and regulatory issues that impact USV portfolio companies, open innovation the health of the web. Previously, he led an incubator for technology & media businesses at OpenPlans, which, among other things, pioneered the open311 web standard, founded the largest open source project in the public transit space, and built NYC's real-time bus data platform. Nick is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has a degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University and learned everything he knows about technology from people on the internet and by using view:source. He grew up in Brooklyn and now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two kids.

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Jillian York

Jillian York

Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Jillian C. York is EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression. Although she specializes in freedom of expression issues in the Arab world, her work encompasses a broad range of topics, from digital security to the privatization of censorship. Jillian's work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the New York Times, among others. She is also a regular speaker at global events. Prior to joining EFF, Jillian worked at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on several projects including the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict. She is the co-founder of the award-winning multilingual blog Talk Morocco, and has volunteered with Global Voices for many years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices, and on the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia's Open Technology Fund and R-Shief. Jillian holds a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, where-like a surprisingly large number of individuals in her field-she also studied theatre. She alternately resides in the Internet or on an airplane and can often be found blogging or tweeting, as @jilliancyork.

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Eryn Schornick

Eryn Schornick

Senior Director, Labor & Corporate Responsibility at Sorini Samet & Associates LLC

Eryn Schornick provides clients with strategic advice and analysis on labor, international trade, and sustainability, as well as corporate responsibility and compliance issues. Prior to joining SS&A, Ms. Schornick served as Senior Research & Engagement Specialist for EIRIS Conflict Risk Network. In this role she led strategic research in various conflict-affected areas, such as Sudan, South Sudan and Myanmar related to the Network's dialogues with corporate actors, domestic and international NGOs and government agencies. The Network works with the private sector on how to engage consistent with human rights obligations in areas affected by genocide and mass atrocities. Ms. Schornick worked with the Network's membership, including diverse institutional investors, asset owner and managers with a combined total of more than $6 trillion in assets under management. Previously, Ms. Schornick worked with the International Labor Rights Forum. She conducted desk- and field-based global supply chain research, relevant to worker rights, international development, and trade policy. She also spent nine months as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Eryn received her B.S.B.A. in Finance and International Business from Creighton University and a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in Boston.

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Carolyn Anhalt

Carolyn Anhalt

Researcher, Internews

Carolyn Anhalt has been researching and working with computers and technology her entire career, with a focus on cross-cultural communications and multi-lingual applications. She is currently contributing to research with Internews on a project documenting techniques and effects of digital censorship and surveillance in various countries. In addition to this, she also advises and trains organizations and individuals on information security practices. She was recently an advisor to OpenITP, CTO at InformSec, and translation community manager for the Tor Project. Prior to these activities, she worked on information technology projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia.

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Laura Mottaz

Laura Mottaz

Program Officer, Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Laura Mottaz is Program Officer for Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State, where she co-manages DRL's multi-million dollar global Internet Freedom portfolio and oversees programs that focus on internet policy advocacy and research. Prior to joining DRL, Laura was Program Manager of ICT Policy and Programs at Internews, where she led internet policy and research initiatives with a focus on supporting and enhancing local internet policy advocacy worldwide. She also helped to manage Internews' digital security and technology development efforts. Prior to joining Internews, Laura worked as a Digital Coordinator at the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy and helped launch the Liberation Technology Program at Stanford University's Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Laura holds a B.A. in political science and M.A. in comparative politics from Stanford University.

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Del Harvey

Del Harvey

Senior Director of Trust & Safety, Twitter

As Senior Director of Trust & Safety at Twitter, Del Harvey works to define policy and to ensure user safety and security in the challenging realm of modern social media. Prior to joining Twitter, she spent five years as the co-administrator and law enforcement liaison for a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, working with agencies ranging from local police departments to the FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Secret Service.

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Derek Slater

Derek Slater

Global Public Policy Manager, Google

Derek Slater defends the open Internet on Google's public policy team. He supports the company's global advocacy efforts on innovation policy, and helped launch google.com/takeaction . Derek has been writing about digital media since he bought a Diamond Rio PMP300 MP3 player as a teenager. His work has focused on recommendation engines' impact on consumer behavior and how public policy can support emerging media business models . In 2009, he helped Vint Cerf and a group of network researchers launch Measurement Lab , an open platform for Internet measurement tools, and he has written about novel ways to drive broadband deployment. He now supports the Google Fiber project, bringing gigabit speed Internet access to select communities.

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Esra'a al Shafei

Esra'a al Shafei

Founder & Director of MideastYouth.com

Esra'a al Shafei is the founder and Director of MideastYouth.com, an organization that aims to amplify diverse and progressive voices advocating for change throughout the Middle East and North Africa using digital media. Projects of the network includes CrowdVoice.org, an open source service that tracks voices of protest from around the world by crowdsourcing information, mideastunes.com, a platform for underground musicians in the Middle East who are using music as a tool for social change, and Ahwaa.org, a bilingual tool for LGBTQ youth in the Middle East that leverages game mechanics to facilitate high-quality interactions. She is a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society for "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society," and is currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. In 2011 she was featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business." Most recently, she was awarded the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity.

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Joe McNamee

Joe McNamee

Executive Director, European Digital Rights

Joe McNamee is Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of 32 privacy and digital civil rights organisations from across Europe. He studied Modern Languages in Bristol (BA), European Politics (MA) in Swansea and International Law (LLM) at the Brussels Schools of International Studies. He has worked on Internet-related topics almost continually since 1995, having started his online career as a technical support advisor for an Internet provider in 1995. He was responsible for three independent studies for the European Commission on Local Loop Unbundling, on Convergence and on Telecommunications and the Information Society in eight former Soviet states. Joe is leading EDRi's work on the data protection package. He is a member of the advisory group for a UNESCO privacy project, the Privacy Advocates Advisory Group and the Advisory Board for the ICT branch of the European Commission's project on Developing Guidance on Corporate Social Responsibility. He has a particular interest in the trend to devolve online law enforcement to Internet intermediaries and the collateral damage that this causes for privacy, legal certainty and free speech.

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Vivek Krishnamurthy

Vivek Krishnamurthy

Associate, Foley Hoag

Vivek Krishnamurthy is a member of Foley Hoag's unique Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice. He provides strategic and operational advice to corporations and civil society groups on the legal and reputational risks posed by a wide range of human rights and sustainability challenges. Vivek has developed a particular expertise in advising technology companies, data processors, and crowdsourcing initiatives on the human rights implications of offering their products and services in different markets around the world. He regularly writes about such issues on the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law blog.

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Alfredo Lopez

Alfredo Lopez

Founder, MayFirst/PeopleLink

In his nearly half century of activism in the United States, Alfredo Lopez has been involved in virtually every major social justice and left-wing movement. For nearly 20 years, he has been an Internet activist. He is a founder (and is currently part of the leadership) of May First/People Link ( http://mayfirst.org ), the Internet membership organization based in the U.S. and Mexico. He is a member of the leadership of the United States Social Forum, has spoken extensively on Internet issues all over the country and is the coordinator of MF/PL's People of Color Techie Training Project. He is the author of six published books and is the technology writer for the on-line publication This Can't Be Happening ( http://www.thiscantbehappening.net ).

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Amalia Deloney

Amalia Deloney

Associate Director, Center for Media Justice

Amalia Deloney coordinates the media policy initiatives of the Center for Media Justice and the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). She has over 15 years of experience in community and cultural organizing, with a specific interest in human rights, cultural rights and traditional knowledge. At CMJ, Amalia uses her extensive experience for field-building, community-building, and policy advocacy. Born in Guatemala, she worked for many years at the Main Street Project -a MAG-Net anchor-in her hometown of Minneapolis. While there, she co-directed a nationally recognized four-state rural Latino capacity-building initiative called The Raíces Project. Nationally, Amalia is a board member of the Indigenous Women's Network, and the Latino Public Radio Consortium. Amalia earned her B.A. in Urban Studies and History from Macalester College and her J.D. with a focus on Social Justice from Hamline University School of Law.

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Aminatou Sow

Aminatou Sow

Co-founder, Tech LadyMafia

Aminatou Sow is a digital strategist and the founder of Tech LadyMafia , a group that increases the visibility of women in STEM and new media. She was recently named as one of the 30 Under 30 in Tech. She also currently serves the Digital Engagement Director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen

GM, International Independent Publishing, Kindle, Amazon

Andrew Cohen is a media executive with broad experience managing operations for major internet companies at various stages of growth. Today, he is the General Manager of International Independent Publishing at Amazon, responsible for the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) business in marketplaces around the world. Before Amazon, Andrew was the SVP and GM of bitly, a URL-shortening service that became one of the largest sharing platforms on the web. There are more than 8 billion clicks on bitly links each month, on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and across email and mobile devices. Andrew joined the founding team at bitly in 2008, after working as an advisor to betaworks, the New York City-based incubator and early-stage venture fund. He worked closely with bitly's Board to complete two tuck-in acquisitions as well as a strategic agreement with Verisign. Before joining the betaworks in 2008, Andrew served as the GM and COO of Fotolog. Fotolog was one of the most actively-used sites on the web, generating more than 4 billion pages views per month in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Andrew brought the company to profitability, grew membership to 20 million accounts, and executed a $90 million acquisition deal with a Paris-based interactive marketing agency. Prior to joining Fotolog, Andrew was Director of Search and Navigation at America Online, where he managed a large multinational team and worked closely with Google. Between 2002 and 2006, AOL's search revenues grew from $50 million to $500 million. Andrew began his career as a print journalist, reporting from around the world, including assignments in Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, where was embedded with the U.S. Army 1st Armored Division. For his coverage of busing and desegregation issues in Boston, Andrew was awarded First Prize for Public Interest Journalism at the CRMA awards in 1997. Andrew attended Yale University and the MBA program at Columbia Business School.

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Anriette Eysterhuesen

Anriette Eysterhuesen

Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications

Anriette Esterhuysen is the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network of organizations working with Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support social justice and development. Prior to joining APC Esterhuysen was executive director of South African APC member SANGONeT, an Internet service provider and training institution for civil society, labour and community organizations. From 1987 to 1992, when she joined SANGONeT, she did information and communication work in development and human rights organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. During this period, and while she was at SANGONeT, Esterhuysen, with many others, helped establish email and Internet connectivity in Southern Africa. SANGONeT hosted a Fidonet hub that provided universities and nongovernmental organizations in, among other places, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with email links to global networks as part of a collaboration between the APC and the United Nations Development Programme. She has served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa's African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the United Nations ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Task Working Group on Financing Mechanisms, and the Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvements. She is currently a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum and serves on the boards of Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative and Ungana-Afrika. Esterhuysen has published extensively on ICTs for development and social justice.

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Claudio Ruiz

Claudio Ruiz

Director, ONG Derechos Digitales

Claudio Ruiz studied at the School of Law of the University of Chile, and runs ONG Derechos Digitales (an NGO dedicated to digital rights), where he investigates and leads projects on law and new technologies from the point of view of the allocation of fundamental rights, including copyright, freedom of expression and free licensing in technological environments. As part of the legal team of Derechos Digitales, he worked around 2005 in the adaptation of legal licenses Creative Commons Chile. He has taught classes on Constitutional Theory, Constitutional Law and Freedom of Expression in the University of Chile and the Universidad Andrés Bello. He has been part of the faculty of the Graduate Intellectual Property Universidad Finis Terrae and Master in Digital Journalism at the Universidad Mayor, and also of Law and Technology at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Diego Portales. Claudio is also on the board of the Foundation Poderopedia. He blogs for Quamarlasnaves.net, and has contributed to Terra Magazine in PymesPrácticas (blog cluster of IDB) in A2K Access to Knowledge and Fayerwayer.

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Collin Anderson

Collin Anderson

Researcher on Censorship

Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher currently working on documenting online activism, electronic surveillance and Internet censorship in the Middle East, specifically Iran and Syria. Currently, Collin is developing mechanisms to detect and measure the usage of filter circumvention methods, to quantify the proliferation of tools among the general public in Internet-filtering countries. He has also been involved in identifying the international flow of surveillance equipment and exploring alternative means of communications that bypass normal channels of state control. His participation in issues of connectivity has led to documenting of availability and legality of online communications services to the public under sanctions restrictions, as well as the ramifications of export regulations to democratization movements.

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Darian Swig

Darian Swig

Founder & Principal, Article 3 Advisors

Darian Weltman Swig, Founder and President of Article 3, is deeply engaged in the field of international human rights and the discipline of strategic philanthropy. Darian's life experience has been shaped by extensive global travel with NGO led missions to refugee camps, migrant centers, landmine/de-mining fields and clinics, post man-made and natural disaster crises locations, as well as post-genocide reconciliation and reintegration facilities and communities. Darian dedicates her time and resources - personally and professionally - to promoting universal human rights. Article 3 Advisors, a human rights philanthropic consultancy, is the culmination of Darian's extensive experience in human rights related causes and projects. Darian believes that effective philanthropy has the potential to narrow the gap between pressing humanitarian needs and government responses to those needs, thereby increasing human dignity. Prior to A3A, Darian worked for over a decade in the field of international protocol and consular corps relations, specializing in dignitary coordination and head of state visits. Darian possesses a professional perspective of the importance of strengthening diplomacy, fostering cultural understanding and prioritizing peace-building measures as a means to realizing human security and sustainable peace. Darian currently serves on the International Board of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and The Philanthropy Workshop West (founding board member). She also serves on the advisory boards of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, the Human Rights Center at the University of California, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect and the HRW Africa Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a member of International Human Rights Funders Group, Global Philanthropy Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and The Philanthropy Workshop West (TPWW). Darian is a past trustee of the World Affairs Council,Commonwealth Club, USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), past board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and a founding board member of Genocide Intervention Network. Darian holds dual master's degrees in Political Science and International Area studies with an emphasis on human rights and mass atrocity crimes from the University of California at Berkeley (Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution). She is also an early and ardent supporter of advancing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) framework. Born in Germany, Darian resides in San Francisco, California (USA).

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David Gorodyansky

David Gorodyansky

CEO & Co-Founder, AnchorFree

CEO and Co-Founder of AnchorFree Inc., David has been profiled among America's Most Promising CEO's by Forbes, has been selected by Inc magazine among the top 30 CEO's Under 30 years old, and has been profiled by Fortune. David built AnchorFree from the ground up into a global leader in consumer privacy and cloud security, with 150 million users downloading AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield app globally across PC's, Mac's, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. AnchorFree has been selected by Forbes as #6 among America's Most Promising Companies and among the Most Important Security Start-ups of 2013 by Business Insider. David has raised $63 million in three venture financing rounds for AnchorFree from blue chip investors including Goldman Sachs, RENN Capital, former CEO of MCI - Bert Roberts, the former CFO of IBM - Doug Maine, the founder of Webex - Subrah Iyar, and Esther Dyson. David is an active investor and is passionate about start-ups with a social mission to impact the world through technology. David is an investor and Board member @ www.GlobeIn.com (a global marketplace connecting artisans from remote regions to buyers in the developed world) and www.Venturocket.com (a skills focused jobs marketplace). David served on the Technology Expert Council as an adviser to Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco. David writes a blog for Forbes and Inc magazines and is a speaker on multiple panels on the topics of human rights, user privacy, social business, start-ups, and emerging technologies.

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David Sullivan

David Sullivan

Policy & Communications Director, Global Network Initiative

David joined GNI in September 2011. Based in Washington, DC, David helps lead GNI's policy engagement with governments, facilitates shared learning opportunities for its members, and manages the Initiative's communications and outreach activities. Prior to GNI, he was Research Director at the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he oversaw field research and policy analysis on preventing mass atrocities in Africa. David helped lead Enough's work on global electronics supply chains contributing to conflict in eastern Congo, and helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project to monitor violence in Sudan and South Sudan. David has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, supported elections in Pakistan, and managed humanitarian programs across Africa. He has a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree from Amherst College.

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Emi Kane

Emi Kane

Program Director, Abundance Foundation

Emi Kane has a background as a community organizer, educator, and journalist. She has helped build media-based infrastructure and networks to support organizing projects, and has worked with organizations ranging from MoveOn.org to neighborhood-level grassroots campaigns. She is a former National Steering Committee member for INCITE, a women of color anti-violence network, where she is a current member of the Media Working Group and works on the digital archives and oral history project. In Oakland, CA, she has been leading community forums on violence prevention and alternatives to street-level surveillance and policing. She also works with educators and students to develop popular education tools that address the intersections between surveillance and social movements, focusing on the ways in which those issues impact communities of color, poor people, and LGBTQ communities. She is Program Director at the Abundance Foundation, where she works in partnership with research institutes and academic departments at Harvard University on issues surrounding education, health, and digital technology, with a focus on learning environments and health technology in the Global South. Emi is based in New York and California, is an active member of the ICU Oakland surveillance working group, and sits on the board of Allied Media Projects in Detroit, MI.

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Hisham Almiraat

Hisham Almiraat

Director, Global Voices Advocacy (Advox)

Hisham Almiraat is director of Global Voices Advocacy (Advox), an international organization advocating for freedom of expression online. He's also a medical doctor and an activist passionate about citizen media and MENA politics. Prior to working with Global Voices, Hisham co-founded Mamfakinch.com, an award-winning Moroccan citizen-media platform dedicated to freedom of expression in Morocco.

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Jamie Tomasello

Jamie Tomasello

Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare

Having worked at Time Warner Cable, Internet Law Group, Cloudmark, and Comcast, Jamie has more than a decade of experience in the anti-abuse messaging space. Her impressive list of specialties includes: spam, phishing, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, investigation and analysis, intelligence collection, behavior analysis, pattern recognition, non-obvious relationships, big data, cyberlaw, and privacy policy. She is now using her considerable expertise at CloudFlare, a content delivery network startup that improves speed and security for various websites. In addition, she has been serving as Technical Committee Co-Chair for the Messaging Malware Mobility Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) since July 2013.

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Jean-Jacques Sahel

Jean-Jacques Sahel

Director of Policy, EMEA, Microsoft, Ofcom

Jean-Jacques Sahel joined Skype at the start of 2008 from the UK Government. After the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft in 2011, he joined Microsoft's Corporate Affairs team to lead its Internet and convergence policy work across the EMEA region. Jean-Jacques served UK interests in many telecoms and IT negotiations and forums during his years in public service, including at the ITU, WTO and OECD. Jean-Jacques chairs the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) and is a Vice-Chair of the Business & Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) for the OECD ICCP (ICT) Committee. He was first appointed a Member of the UK's Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in May 2010. Since July 2013, he is also the Vice-President of the European Digital Media Association (EDIMA) and Chair of Digital Europe's 'Cloud Council'.

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Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

President & CEO, Chairman of the Board at Benetech

Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Palo Alto, California. He is a former rocket scientist who creates technology social enterprises that target underserved communities. In 1989, Fruchterman founded Arkenstone, a nonprofit social enterprise, to produce reading machines for people who are blind. In 2000, the nonprofit changed its name to Benetech and began creating new technology for people with disabilities, the human rights and environmental conservation communities. Fruchterman has received a MacArthur Fellowship and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He believes that technology is the ultimate leveler, allowing disadvantaged people to achieve more equality in society.

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Johan Hallenborg

Johan Hallenborg

Deputy Director Human Rights Division, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Johan Hallenborg holds a LL.M. degree with specialisation in human rights law and public international law from the Law Faculty at Lund University, Sweden. Hallenborg was employed in 2005 as Sida's Regional Adviser on Human Rights and Democracy in Southeast Asia, placed at the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok. He worked in this capacity until 2008, providing advice on human rights issues to Swedish development programmes throughout the Southeast Asian region. In 2008, Hallenborg joined the Department of International Law, Human Rights and Treaty Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, where he currently is serving as a Deputy Director in the Human Rights Division. Since 2009, he has been extensively involved in the Swedish Government's work on Internet freedom.

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Karen Reilly

Karen Reilly

Development Director, The Tor Project

Karen Reilly is Development Director at The Tor Project, responsible for fundraising, advocacy, general marketing, and policy outreach programs for Tor. Tor is a software and a volunteer network that enables people to circumvent censorship and guard their privacy online. Karen takes technical information and translates it for diverse audiences, producing tips for staying safe online for activists, journalists, and the general public. She studied Government and International Politics at George Mason University.

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Kevin Bankston

Kevin Bankston

Policy Director, Open Technology Institute - New America Foundation

Kevin Bankston is the Policy Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to promote policy and regulatory reforms to strengthen communities by supporting open communications networks, platforms, and technologies, with a focus on issues of Internet surveillance and censorship. Prior to leading OTI's policy team, Kevin was a Senior Counsel and the Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. From that position, he spent two years advocating on a wide range of Internet and technology policy issues both international and domestic, most recently organizing a broad coalition of companies and civil society organizations to demand greater transparency around the US government's surveillance practices. He also has served since 2005 on the board of the First Amendment Coalition, a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech and a more open and accountable government, and previously was a nonresidential fellow at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society. Prior to joining CDT, he worked for nearly a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech and privacy law with a focus on government surveillance, Internet privacy, and location privacy. As a Senior Staff Attorney at EFF, he regularly litigated issues surrounding free expression and electronic surveillance, and was a lead counsel in EFF's lawsuits against the National Security Agency and AT&T, challenging the legality of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program first revealed in 2005. He originally joined EFF as an Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow, studying the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, he litigated Internet-related free speech cases at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City as a Justice William Brennan First Amendment Fellow. He received his JD at the University of Southern California Law School after receiving his BA at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Lee Hibbard

Lee Hibbard

Coordinator, Information Society and Internet Governance, Council of Europe

Lee Hibbard works in the Media and Information Society Division of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg. For the last three years, he has been coordinating Council of Europe work in various international forums dealing with information society and internet-governance related issues. More recently, he has been active in the work of the Pan-European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). At the substantive level, he has been heavily involved in the conception and development of several pan-European policy documents concerning empowerment of children online, the public service value of the Internet, protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the internet, freedom of expression and internet filters, and also human rights guidelines for ISPs and online games providers.

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Marcy Wheeler

Marcy Wheeler

Independent Journalist

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and live-blogged the Scooter Libby trial. She is best known for weedy analysis of legal documents on counterterrorism programs. She won the 2009 Hillman Award for blog journalism. Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the "feuilleton," a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Executive Director, Open Media and Information Companies Initiative

Michael Connor is an award-winning media executive, entrepreneur and journalist with extensive experience in television, print and the internet. He writes about and consults in the fields of business ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Michael is Editor and Publisher of Business Ethics, an online magazine, and was previously host of Good Company with Michael Connor, a one-hour weekly program dealing with corporate responsibility and sustainability, broadcast nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and has been called on frequently for expert commentary by national media, including CNN International, CNBC, ABC News 20/20, USA Today and public radio. In 2010 he was named a Media Fellow in Stanford University's Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Since April 2007, Michael has also served as Executive Director of the Open Media and Information Companies Initiative - www.openmic.org - a non-profit organization working to promote an open and diverse media environment through market-based solutions. Michael began his career as a journalist, first as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and later as Correspondent and Senior Producer for ABC News, where his television work received numerous honors, including a national Emmy, a Columbia-duPont Award, a Writers Guild Award and a nomination for an Academy Award. He also held executive positions at Dow Jones & Co., where he led global development of the company's TV and multimedia operations, and served as Executive Producer of The Wall Street Journal Report, a weekly syndicated program. Michael has launched and managed numerous ventures on multiple media platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Internationally, he was instrumental in the development and launch of Asia Business News, a Singapore-based pan-Asian TV network, and later served as founding Chief Executive of European Business News (EBN), Dow Jones's London-based pan-European TV network. These two networks were later merged with CNBC and formed the distribution backbone of CNBC International. Michael has also served as a Senior Vice President of Mag Rack, Cablevision Inc.'s pioneering video-on-demand service for the cable TV industry, and has been senior consultant on media strategies for a number of leading global brands, including the Walt Disney Company, Hearst Corporation and Standard & Poor's. Michael is a board member of the Center for an Urban Future, a progressive policy think tank. He also sits on the boards of two leading cultural organizations: Location One, a non-profit art gallery based in New York City; and Woodstock Fringe, a professional performing arts organization that develops and presents new and experimental theatrical and musical works. Michael is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and lives in New York City.

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Michael Kleinman

Michael Kleinman

Director of Investments, Humanity United

Michael Kleinman is a director on the Investments team at Humanity United. Michael spent a number of years overseas working for international NGOs-first with CARE in Afghanistan, Sudan, and in a regional position covering east and central Africa, and then with International Relief and Development in Iraq. Prior to going overseas, he worked for the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, leading a project on the application of international humanitarian law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After returning to the United States, Michael worked as a consultant for humanitarian organizations and research institutions, focusing primarily on conflict and post-conflict issues. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

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Mike Masnick

Mike Masnick

CEO, Floor64

Mike is the founder and CEO of Floor64, building up the core idea into reality and recruiting the management team. In addition to providing the strategic direction for the company, Mike oversees all editorial aspects of the Floor64's public and customer sites. Mike's insight into the realms of business, technology economics and public policy are the basis for his frequent posts to the award-winning Techdirt blog. The widely followed, often quoted blog was launched in 1997. Prior to founding Floor64, Mike worked in business development and marketing at Release Software, an e-commerce startup, and in marketing at Intel. Mike has a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA -- both from Cornell University.

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Oktavía Jónsdóttir

Oktavía Jónsdóttir

Program Director, S.A.F.E. Initiative

Oktavía Jónsdóttir is the Program Director of the S.A.F.E. Initiative that provides integrated safety trainings combining physical, digital and psycho-social care to journalists, blogger and activists globally. She is a media support expert whose prior work has included developing and fortifying the digital activities of media and civil society. Her work focuses on supporting media in conflict-affected and repressive environments with a specialty in digital security. She has managed the start-up of a secure hosting platform that mitigated DDoS attacks and provided training to media outlets, NGOs and unions in secure communications and risk management. Fully fluent in the tools of digital security, she also has advised on safety structures and physical security training for media workers spanning from Africa to SE Asia.

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Ron Deibert

Ron Deibert

Director, Citizen Lab

Ron Deibert (PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects. Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc. Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnet report that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network. He is a co-editor of three major volumes with MIT Press: Access Denied: The practice and policy of Internet Filtering (2008), Access Controlled: The shaping of power, rights, and rule in cyberspace (2010), and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace (2011). He is the author of Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997), and the forthcoming book Black Code: the battle for the future of cyberspace (forthcoming: McClelland & Stewart, 2013). He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression, and access to information. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics. Deibert is on the advisory board of Access Now, Privacy International, and is a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies (2002-2004).

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Sandra Mamitzsch

Sandra Mamitzsch

Program Director, re:publica

Sandra Mamitzsch is a Berlin based political scientist and activist. She is program director at re:publica, Europe's largest conference on Internet and Society. Prior to that she was a project manager and consultant at newthinking communications, advising on digital media and communication strategies, media and internet policy and creative industries. In her free time, she is an active member of the non-profit organizations “European Digital Rights” (EDRi) and “Digitale Gesellschaft” (translates to Digital Society).

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Sarah Labowitz

Sarah Labowitz

Co-Director, Center for Business and Human Rights - NYU

Sarah Labowitz is a research scholar on business and human rights at NYU Stern School of Business. She has worked on issues of business and human rights for almost a decade, with expertise in the areas of labor rights in supply chains and Internet policy. At Stern, Labowitz is working with Professor Michael Posner to launch the first center on business and human rights to be an integral part of a business school. Labowitz started her career working on the executive staff of the Fair Labor Association, a coalition of socially responsible companies, universities, and civil society organizations dedicated to improving working conditions around the world. She has worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and Yahoo!, and with Human Rights First to help form the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort to protect human rights online. She joined the State Department in 2009, where she directed the leading international program to keep the Internet open in closed societies and also served in the Secretary's Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues. She joined Stern in March 2013. Labowitz was named to Forbes Magazine's “30 Under 30” list for law and policy in 2012 and is an Associate Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. She holds an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with concentrations in Corporate Social Responsibility and International Business and Economic Law, and is a 2004 graduate of Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She lives in New York.

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Sina Khanifar

Sina Khanifar

Entrepreneur and Digital Rights Activist, CTO at StopWatching.us, Co-Founder of OpenSignal

Sina Khanifar is an entrepreneur (with specialties in user experience and interface design, product, distribution and strategy) taking a break from startups to work on political advocacy. In January 2013 he wrote a petition asking the White House to act to keep unlocking cell phones legal, which garnered a supportive response from the White House. That's now morphed into FixTheDMCA.org, a campaign to reform Section 1201 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to making modifying, repairing, and unlocking electronics legal. He's also been heavily involved the creation of StopWatching.Us and RestoreTheFourth.net, both in reaction to revelations of NSA spying.

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Shahzad Ahmad

Shahzad Ahmad

Country Director, Bytes for All

Shahzad is the Country Director of Bytes for All, Pakistan. Bytes for All is a human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development, democracy and social justice. It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movements in the country. Shahzad's focus of work includes ICT policy advocacy, Internet rights, privacy and freedom of expression online. Shahzad is a development communications expert, Diplo Fellow on Internet Governance, an Executive Board Member of the Association for Progressive Communications, a member of the International Advisory Board of Privacy International, UK, member of ICAAN Non-commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and Policy Advisory Board member of .PK ccTLD of Pakistan. He is also a member of Cyber Stewards Network at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto and represents his organization at Forum-Asia, a prominent Asia wide regional human rights network. He regularly contributes to various publications and research studies around ICTs for Development, freedom of expression and gender related issues. Shahzad maintains a strong engagement with the broader civil society networks at national, regional and global levels and believes in inclusive participation and openness.

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MANILA 2015 SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHTS

Kilnam Chon

Kilnam Chon

EO Networking, Inc, Internet Hall of Fame Global Connector

Kilnam Chon contributed to the Internet's growth in Asia through his extensive work in advancing Internet initiatives, research, and development. He developed the first Internet in Asia, called SDN in 1982, and his pioneering work inspired many others to promote the Internet's further growth in the region. Professor Chon has worked on networking systems, including the Internet, since the early 1980s. He founded and is the current chair of various regional Internet organizations such as Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), and Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Forum (APTLD). He is also the co-chair of the Coordination Committee of Intercontinental Research Networking (CCIRN).

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Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad

Executive Director, Digital Rights Pakistan

Nighat Dad is a Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. Digital Rights Foundation is a research based advocacy not-for-profit organization focusing on ICTs to support human rights, democratic processes and digital governance. Nighat Dad is also an independent development consultant, a researcher and a professional lawyer, with extensive experience in cyber laws. Her focus is not only on addressing Internet Governance issues related to Freedom of Expression but also on articulating civil society's concerns over government policies that hamper citizens use of Information and Communication Technologies.

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Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

Executive Director, Point of View; Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation

Bishakha Datta is an Indian film maker, activist and a former journalist. She is the co-founder and executive director of Point of View, based in Mumbai, a non-profit working in the area of gender, sexuality and women's rights. She also serves on the board of nonprofit organizations, such Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, and the Wikimedia Foundation (2010-2014), where she was the first Indian to be appointed on Wikimedia board of trustees.

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Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party

Marietje Schaake (www.marietjeschaake.eu, Twitter: @MarietjeD66) has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. Marietje Schaake is the ALDE Coordinator of the International Trade committee (INTA). She is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Marietje additionally serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where she focuses on strengthening Europe as a global player. She works on the EU's neighbourhood policy, notably Turkey, Iran and North Africa and the broader Middle East. In the subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) she speaks on human rights and coordinates the monthly human rights resolutions for ALDE. Her work has sought to include digital freedoms in EU foreign policy. Furthermore, she is a Vice-President of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegation with Iran. Marietje has pushed for completing Europe's digital single market and copyright reform. She is strongly committed to an open internet in discussions about internet governance and digital (human) rights. In addition to her parliamentary work, Marietje Schaake is, amongst others, Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and a WEF Young Global Leader in the class of 2014. She serves as vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.

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May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim

Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders' Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

May-Ann has over a decade of experience in tech and development public policy across the Asia Pacific. She has worked with multiple regional and global institutions, including the World Bank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and the Singapore Internet Project, on thought leadership, government relations and stakeholder outreach efforts. May-Ann also lectures on Internet and ICT Policy in the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests include telecommunication networks and ICT policy, new media and communications, technology developments and applications, mobile platforms, disaster relief and development work in universal education, and access to finance.

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Arthit Suriyamongkol

Arthit Suriyamongkol

Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator

Arthit (@bact) is a co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator for Thai Netizen Network (TNN), based in Bangkok. With TNN and their partners like human rights lawyers and academics, he helps fight court cases related to freedom of expression online, produces recommendations for Internet and information policies, and organizes forums on technology and current issues. Before joined TNN, Arthit was in software industry and linguistic research. He was trained in artificial intelligence and anthropology. His 2012 master thesis is about cultural-political activism and parody by Thai social media users.

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David Kaye

David Kaye

Special Rapporteur, United Nations Human Rights Council

Prof. Kaye's scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate international law-especially human rights law-in a domestic American context, whether in courts, legislatures, or the executive branches of government, at federal and state levels.Prof. Kaye has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to serve as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, effective August 1, 2014, for three years. With the assistance of students in his International Justice Clinic, Prof. Kaye will report to the UN on some of the key issues in free expression worldwide, such as the safety of journalists, severe restrictions placed on Internet access and usage, the chilling effects of electronic surveillance, hate speech and incitement to violence. Prof. Kaye began his legal career with the U.S. State Department, handling such subjects as international claims, nuclear nonproliferation, international humanitarian law, and accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Prior to joining UC Irvine, he co-founded UCLA's International Human Rights Program and founded its International Justice Clinic, working on projects dealing with accountability for international crimes around the world. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, Professor Kaye is an active member of the American Society of International Law, for which he served on its Executive Council and Executive Committee, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also published essays and opinion pieces in mainstream publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. As a clinical teacher, Professor Kaye aims to help students discover and put to use tools to advocate for implementation of human rights law and accountability for serious violations and to assist those worldwide who are looking to build the rule of law in their own countries. He also believes in scholarship that helps advance our understanding of how international law operates-and in translating that scholarship, as much as possible, to the broader public and policymaking communities.

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Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Gayathry Venkiteswaran (from Malaysia), is the Executive Director of SEAPA. She is responsible for the overall management of the Secretariat based in Bangkok, Thailand; and for liaising with the SEAPA Board of Trustees, members, partners and donors. She is responsible for the overall strategies in implementing SEAPA's programmatic and organizational objectives.

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Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

Founder, GNU Project and Free Software Foundation

Richard Stallman founded the free software movement in 1983 when he announced he would develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to consist entirely of free software. He has been the GNU project's leader ever since. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. Before that, Richard developed a number of widely used programs that are components of GNU, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various others. Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, and is the main author of the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license. Stallman graduated from Harvard in 1974 with a BA in physics. During his college years and after, he worked as a staff hacker at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, learning operating system development by doing it. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1975. He also developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance. In January 1984 he resigned from MIT to start the GNU project.

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Rajnesh Singh

Rajnesh Singh

Regional Bureau Director Asia Pacific, ISOC

Rajnesh Singh is Regional Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau at the Internet Society where he oversees projects, initiatives and activities across the Internet Society's functional and programmatic areas in the Asia and Pacific region, including Public Policy, Capacity Building and Internet Standards and Technology. Prior to joining the Internet Society, Rajnesh played founding and leading roles in several technology and private equity investment firms, and still maintains varied business interests. In his professional capacity, Rajnesh has consulted on communications & power infrastructure, project management and business strategy for medium to large companies and organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. He has also held advisory roles across multiple sectors ranging from governmental organisations to sporting organisations and the private sector. Rajnesh has worked extensively with the Asia-Pacific Internet community, and has held several leadership roles, including Founding Chair of ICANN's Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and Chair of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society. He has worked extensively on ICT policy, training and capacity building in the region, including delivering programmes for UN agencies. Rajnesh speaks multiple languages and divides his time between Sydney and Singapore.

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Cathleen Berger

Cathleen Berger

International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff, German Foreign Office

Cathleen Berger currently works at the German Foreign Office where she is in charge of Internet Governance issues, Capacity Building and Digital Development as well as promoting human rights and freedom online. She is also a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR) and an associate at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (snv) working on “Europe's contribution towards an open and free internet.” Cathleen was previously a research assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin where she focused on intelligence cooperation, network security and European External Action. She studied European Studies and Political Science at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan and the Galatasaray University, Istanbul.

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Dan Bross

Dan Bross

Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft

Dan Bross, Microsoft's Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, has over twenty-five years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. With a background in public policy and government and public affairs, Dan has led government affairs and policy teams at both the federal and state levels for two Fortune 100 companies.He joined Microsoft in 1998 and in 2002 led a cross company virtual team that developed Microsoft's global Citizenship Program. Today, Dan leads a team with Citizenship responsibilities focused on issues management, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and strategic relationship management. In addition to his corporate experience, Dan has management and program development experience in the nonprofit sector. During his tenure as Executive Director AIDS Council, the nation's leading AIDS advocacy organization, he chaired a broad national coalition of health and human service organizations and non-governmental organizations and served as an advisor to President Clinton's Domestic Policy Advisor on the structuring and staffing of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and a master's degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dan currently is currently a member the Board of Trustees of Catawba College; the Executive Leadership Forum of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship; Co-Chair of The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending, and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Net Impact.

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Ben Blink

Ben Blink

Sr Public Policy Analyst, Google

Founding member of Google's free expression and international relations team. The team specializes in Internet governance, trade, and diplomatic relations. Ben focuses on issues related to free speech and human rights, and is responsible for building coalitions in Washington to help decrease censorship and filtering on the Internet around the world. In a past life, he worked as an advertising account manager at Google, specializing in online marketing for major US and international newspapers.

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Professor Park Kyung-sin

Professor Park Kyung-sin

Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Korea University Law School Professor PARK Kyung-Sin, a.k.a. K.S. Park, one of the founders of Open Net Korea , and has written academically and been active in internet , free speech, privacy, defamation, copyright, international contracting, etc. (quoted in Freedom House report , New York Times ). He has given expert testimonies in high-profile free speech and privacy cases concerning Minerva , the internet real name verification law , the military's seditious book blacklisting , the newspaper consumers' boycott , and Park Jung-Geun the one jailed for retweeting North Korean government twits. (The “false news” crime in the Minerva case and the internet real name verification laws were struck down as unconstitutional, Park Jung-Geun and Minerva acquitted, the soldiers challenging book blacklisting reinstated, the newspaper boycotters acquitted partially as to the “secondary boycotting” charge (2010-2013)).

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Celina Agaton

Celina Agaton

Managing Director, Cross Sector Mapping

Celina Agaton creates programs, technology tools and events that enhance cross sector civic and community engagement. She loves creating vibrant, accessible and sustainable creative spaces that connect people to the things they care about in their communities. Her projects take her around the world, working with CEOs, teachers, government leaders, doctors, artists and students. She consults as the community engagement director and strategist for Don Tapscott's initiatives including Open Cities and Global Solution Networks, and was a contributor to social innovation bestseller, Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet. With her own consultancy, she has worked as the digital director and policy advisor for Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone's mayoral campaign, Miami's Wolfsonian Museum, University of Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Me to We Style. She was the communications director for Volunteer Toronto, where she led the creation of cross sector engagement, funding, social media and benefits programs for Ontario non-profit organizations. She is the founder of Films That Move, cross sector partnerships and accessibility director for Toronto Maker Faire, board member of Food Forward, advisor to the Art Gallery of Ontario's Education Committee, ambassador for the David Suzuki Foundation and global advisor to Netsquared. In 2014, Celina won the Making All Voices Count and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and Pacific (ANSA-EAP) #EdTech competition for innovation in technology for resilience. She is an advisor to the Japan Foundation's HANDs program for disaster education and a 2013 Google and USAID Fellow for the 2013 International Conference on Crisis Mapping. Celina is currently working on relief efforts and a citizen reporting platform to track aid delivery for Philippine Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan and mapping community resiliency for the Philippines. Her team also provides innovative and affordable internet access and communications tools for disaster response and remote communities. She is the co-organizer of Netsquared Manila and Jane's Walk Manila. Celina has lived in Jakarta, Manila and Toronto.

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Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Bertrand de La Chapelle is the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project. He served as a Director on the ICANN Board from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he was France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

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Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

Executive Director, Global Partners

Andrew is a recognised international expert on freedom of expression policy and practice with a particular focus upon digital policy. He has worked in the field of human rights for over twenty years and has been an expert advisor to international organisations such as the Council of Europe, Commonwealth, UNDP and UNESCO as well as national governments. He has published widely on different aspects of freedom of expression, written guides on assessing the impact of development programmes on human rights policy for UNDP and UNESCO, and made strategic assessments of future trends for European governments. He was previously director of Article 19, an international human rights organisation; is currently chair of International Media Support in Denmark, Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and a management board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Jia-Rong Low

Jia-Rong Low

Head of Strategies and Asia Initiatives for Asia Pacific, ICANN

An international executive with Foreign Service credentials, Jia-Rong Low is ICANN's Head of Strategy and Initiatives for the Asia Pacific. Stationed in ICANN's recently opened Asia Pacific Hub in Singapore, Jia-Rong develops and implements strategic priorities for the Hub, aligning the expanding APAC team's operations with ICANN's global strategic plan. A member of the global stakeholder engagement team for the Asia Region, Jia-Rong works to promote regional participation in ICANN's multistakeholder model among government, business and civil society. Jia-Rong has been engaging governments and businesses on a multitude of policy and business development projects in the Southeast Asia region. A World Trade Organization- (WTO) certified trade expert, Jia-Rong has also worked extensively with financial institutions like the International Money Fund and the Asian Development Bank. Jia-Rong spent the bulk of his career deeply involved in engagement and public policy development in the Asia region. He most recently served at Singbridge International, a Singapore government-linked company specializing in sustainable urban development projects. While there, he worked actively to collaborate with governments in influencing policy-making in areas such as urban and economic development. A former diplomat, Jia-Rong worked for Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as First Secretary (Political) at the Singapore Embassy in Hanoi, where he helped plan and implement outreach to the Vietnam government. Jia-Rong is very familiar with the region, having represented Singapore in engaging the region's governments such as Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Jia-Rong holds a Diploma in International Trade Law from the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He majored in Public Relations at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University where he obtained a Bachelor of Communications Studies. Jia-Rong has a love for languages and cultures. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Vietnamese; and is currently also learning Arabic.

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Edmon Chung

Edmon Chung

CEO, DotAsia.org

Edmon CHUNG is serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon currently Co-Chairs the ICANN Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Working Group (JIG) and participates extensively on Internet governance issues.Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for nternationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon has served on many global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon founded Neteka Inc. in partnership with the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation in 1999, and went on to win the Most Innovative Award in the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Award in 2001.In 2000, Edmon was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the Young Canadian Leaders. Between 2007 and 2010, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN GNSO Council. Between 2010 and 2012, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from the Asia Pacific Region. Between 2006 and 2011, Edmon served as an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector.Edmon has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

Senior Legal Counsel, Business and Human Rights, Yahoo! Inc

Nicole Karlebach is Yahoo's Senior Legal Counsel, Business & Human Rights, leading and executing Yahoo's efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Prior to joining Yahoo, Nicole worked as an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York, as an international policy fellow at Human Rights First examining issues of business and human rights and national security law and policy and as a human rights consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons. Nicole has also worked at the UN in the Office of the Legal Counsel and at the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Special Department for War Crimes in Sarajevo. Nicole received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics and Sociology from Brandeis University.

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Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig

Executive Director, Human Rights Center, University of California Berkeley School of Law

KOENIG, Ph.D., J.D, is the executive director of the Human Right Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the UC Berkeley School of Law and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she specialized in intellectual property and international law. Koenig lectures on human rights and international criminal law at Berkeley Law. Her research and commentary has appeared in such diverse outlets as the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and U.S. News and World Reports. She contributed to The Guantanamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices (UC Press, 2009) and is the editor, with Keramet Reiter, of the forthcoming Extreme Punishment (Palgrave MacMillan) and, with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Politics of Pursuing War Crimes Suspects in the 21st Century (UC Press). Koenig has worked as a media and communications specialist with tribal governments throughout California. An expert in domestic human rights, she is often called upon to speak about U.S. detention and drone policies as well as technology and human rights.

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Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

Executive Director, Paradigm Iniitiative

Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects underserved people-groups with ICT-enabled opportunities. PIN's projects include Ajegunle.org (a capacity development initiative that connects the community's youth with training, internship and mentorship opportunities) and MISSPIN (the social campaign that is tackling cybercrime issues in Nigeria). Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, ‘Gbenga completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Freedom House, Res Publica, Computer Aid International, Heinrich Boll Foundation, the International Telecommunications Union and British Council. ‘Gbenga has consulted and presented papers in over 30 countries. A member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador and served as the Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's African Technical Advisory Committee. In 2006, he was appointed as the youngest member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications Sectors. He was appointed a member of the Presidential Committee on Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision in August 2012. His book, In My Own Words, an annotated autobiographical collection of essays, was published by Imprimata in September 2009. In 2012, 'Gbenga was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 Leading African Tech Voices, and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. He has been honoured with the 2012 Global Network for Africa's Prosperity (GNAP) Fellowship, 2011 Cordes Fellowship, 2010 Santa Clara University GSBI Fellowship, 2010 Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellowship award, 2010 Our Common Future Fellowship award, 2009 OAU Distinguished Alumni award, 2009 National Youth Merit award, 2008 OAU Ife EEESS Distinguished Alumni award, 2008 FGC Idoani Alumni award, 2007 Nigerian Youth Leadership award, 2007 The Future Youth Advocacy award, 2006 International Telecommunications Union YES Scholarship award, 2006 Ondo State Sunshine award, 2006 The Future Best Use of Technology award, 2005 Stockholm Challenge Champion honour, 2004 NiPRO Excellence in Information Technology award, 2003 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Nigeria award, 2002 JCI Ten Outstanding Great Ife Alumni (TOGA) award, 2002 Journalists' Frontier of Technology in Nigeria award, and the 2001 International Telecommunications Union's African Youth Fellowship award. He has been profiled as an Icon of ICT in Nigeria and he keeps a personal website at www.gbengasesan.com. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dr. Agnes Callamard

Dr. Agnes Callamard

Director of the Global Freedom Expression Project at Columbia University

Dr. Agnes Callamard is the Director of Global Freedom of Expression & Information @Columbia, an initiative seeking to advance global understanding and global progressive norms on freedom of expression and information. She also works as a Special Adviser to the President of Columbia University, first amendment scholar Lee Bollinger. Agnès has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally. She spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting and defending freedom of expression and access to information globally. Under her leadership, ARTICLE 19 extended its international reach with the opening of six regional offices while earning global recognition for its cutting edge public policy thinking on diverse issues including national security, equality and development. She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), which is the first self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies at the international level. Prior to this, Dr. Callamard was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI's Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI's policy work and research on women's human rights. Agnès has advised senior levels of multilateral organizations and governments around the world and has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries. She has published broadly in the field of human rights, women's rights, refugee movements and accountability and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

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J. Bob Alotta

J. Bob Alotta

Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Filmmaker and technologist turned Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta leads Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global foundation based in NYC that provides critical resources to LGBTQI organizations and individuals around the world. Bob is a lifelong activist and an accomplished filmmaker with a track record of leading exponential organizational growth and capacity building through visionary management and fundraising. She builds strong partnerships with diverse communities, grantee partners, donors, institutional funders, and corporate stakeholders. Bob served for four years as Board Chair of FIERCE, a longtime Astraea grantee partner, helping to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color. On behalf of the FIERCE Board of Directors, Bob was awarded the Stonewall Foundation's 2009 Alan Morrow Prize for Excellence in Board Leadership. Prior to joining Astraea, she served as Director of Digital Media and Content for Zeitbyte Digital Media and as Director of Digital Technology for Film at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Bob's documentary and narrative films have aired on Democracy Now, GRITtv, and PBS, and have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Representing a new generation of social change philanthropists, Bob is working to build new models of social justice, expanding the relevance of rights and dignity for LGBTQI people.

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Christina DiPasquale

Christina DiPasquale

Associate Vice President, Media Relations, FitzGibbon Media

Christina DiPasquale is Associate Vice President at FitzGibbon Media, focusing on human rights and technology. Her clients have included the Nation Institute, the Enough Project, Brave New Films, the StopWatchingUs Coalition and NARAL Pro-Choice America. In her previous role as Associate Director of Press Relations at the Center for American Progress, Christina led media outreach for their energy, immigration, national security, and LGBT teams. She wrote ThinkProgress blog posts and columns cited in The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Her work on a “Twitter press release,” assisted in garnering over 400 million impressions for the report across the web. Prior to CAP, Christina was elected to local office in West Philadelphia after serving as Deputy Press Secretary on Congressman Joe Sestak's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, and Policy Advisor in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She has worked in several international NGO projects, including work with Children Better Way in a Liberian refugee camp in Accra, Ghana, aboriginal students in the Australian outback, the U.N. Committee to End All Forms of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland, and with at-risk youth in El Chorrillo, Panama. She received a Master of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University in 2007 and Villanova's inaugural Young Alumni Medallion in 2008. She was chosen as a 2014 Emerging Leader finalist by Washington Women in Public Relations and volunteers as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in plays and musicals in more than 80 professional theatres in the D.C. area.

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Gabey Goh

Gabey Goh

Editor, Digital News Asia

Gabey Goh, the youngest member of the DNA family, cut her journalism teeth with The Malay Mail in Malaysia as a reporter on the news beat before joining the lifestyle desk as Assistant Editor, specialising in technology. She then honed those teeth into fangs as Editor of Advertising + Marketing Magazine & A+M Daily e-Newsletter. Her on-going interest in technology saw her returning to the beat when she joined The Star, Malaysia's No 1 English daily, as a journalist for the popular StarBytz tech pullout. She took charge of many of the pullout's social and digital media initiatives, while her Gabberish column for the paper's MetroBiz section ran from 2011 to 2013, focusing on startups and entrepreneurship.Gabey brings many strengths to the DNA stable, including a keen understanding of technology, a nose for news, a flair for marketing and a no-nonsense attitude. She recently relocated to Singapore and you can follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gabeygoh.

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Dunstan Allison-Hope

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Managing Director, Advisory Services, BSR

Dunstan Allison-Hope leads BSR's information and communications technology (ICT), manufacturing, and media practices, and has significant experience working in North America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and Asia on corporate responsibility issues, such as human rights, reporting, sustainability strategy, and stakeholder engagement. Allison-Hope has facilitated BSR's multistakeholder process to develop global principles on freedom of expression and privacy, which led to the launch of the Global Network Initiative in October 2008. He has also helped create the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Implementation Group, a collaborative initiative of more than 80 ICT companies working to improve conditions in their supply chains. Allison-Hope participated in the creation of the Global Reporting Initiative G3 guidelines and is a regular commentator on issues of corporate accountability, reporting, and human rights. He coauthored the 2010 book Big Business, Big Responsibilities. Prior to joining BSR in 2004, he was part of British Telecommunications's CR team.

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Judy Taing

Judy Taing

Senior Programme Officer, Article 19

Judy joined ARTICLE 19 in 2011 and specialises in free speech on the Internet, hate speech and religious intolerance, access to information, and protection of human rights defenders, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia. She has designed, managed and implemented multiple projects, and has conducted grassroots to high-level advocacy and capacity buiding. Prior to joining ARTICLE 19, she worked as a Junior Lawyer in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia, and was key in defining and determining victim participation to the proceedings. Judy holds an MSc Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science and Development, with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies, from the University of California Berkeley.

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Khairil Yusof

Khairil Yusof

Co-founder, Sinar Project

Khairil Yusof leads a team of dedicated developers at the non-profit and non-partisan Sinar Project, which uses open source technology and ideas to track and measure corruption. Sinar Project is a collection of related open source projects that comprises open data providers and applications that make information accessible to Malaysian citizens.

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Komala Ramachandra

Komala Ramachandra

South Asia Director, Accountability Counsel

Komala joined Accountability Counsel in 2010 and spent much of her first year working with indigenous villages in the Peruvian Amazon and on behalf of our clients in Oaxaca, Mexico. She now heads our work in South Asia and leads our policy work around accountability of the Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and UN Development Programme. Komala received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2010. At Harvard, she participated in International Human Rights clinical, working on environment and human rights projects from Alaska to Burma. She also represented asylum clients at Greater Boston Legal Services through the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy clinical program. Komala was active in Harvard Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, National Lawyers Guild, and involved in various student activism and organizing initiatives. Through summer internships, she worked with International Crisis Group in Nairobi, Kenya, researching land rights in post-conflict northern Uganda; and with Paschim Banga Keth Mazoor Samiti, a grassroots farmers union in Calcutta, India, on issues of land security, eminent domain, and economic development. She was awarded a pre-graduate human rights fellowship that allowed her to spend one year with the Centro de Apoyo Comunitario Trabajando Unidos in Oaxaca, Mexico, working on issues of indigenous rights threatened by large-scale extractive industries. Prior to law school, she worked in southern India for two years, focused on sustainable agriculture and resource use in her first year, and on the rights of slum- and street-dwellers during her second year. She is interested in environmental, economic and social justice, and corporate accountability. Komala has an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Northwestern University. She speaks Spanish, as well as basic Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada.

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Gil Francis Arevalo

Gil Francis Arevalo

Communications with Communities (CwC) Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - The Philippines

Gil Francis Arevalo has twelve years of experience in the field of media, humanitarian, community organizing, youth development, disaster risk reduction and management, emergency response, and climate change adaptation. He is with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - Philippines as Communications with Communities (CwC)/Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) Coordinator, establishing and leading a CwC/AAP preparedness working group at the national level, which is designated to facilitate coordination for communications with disaster-affected communities practitioners in partnership with the Government of the Philippines, CSOs, INGOs, media, private sectors, telecommunication companies, and faith-based groups. He provided proper coordination with partners and technical support during successive emergencies and disasters in 2013, Zamboanga armed conflict, Bohol earthquake, and typhoon Haiyan.

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Libby Liu

Libby Liu

President, Radio Free Asia

As president, Ms. Liu provides strategic and operational direction to meet RFA's mission of providing balanced, objective news to listeners in East Asian countries where such news is unavailable. In addition to directing editorial and administrative policies and procedures, she coordinates issues in these areas with the BBG, the International Broadcasting Bureau, and other associated entities. Ms. Liu served previously as vice president for administration and finance, from 2003-05. As president, Ms. Liu's responsibilities include ensuring the highest quality administrative and technical support to the editorial staff. In this capacity, she works to facilitate effective, timely communication and broad-based collaboration among all divisions and bureaus. Prior to joining RFA, she served as director of administration and strategic planning at the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where she played a pivotal role in implementing the NAACP's Five-Year Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives. Earlier, she served as director of human resources with the high-tech firm Spyrus Inc. based in San Jose, Calif., and as assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney's office, where she prosecuted felonies. Ms. Liu's earlier positions in private practice-at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn in New York-focused on labor and employment law. From 1986-1989, Ms. Liu was a senior consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers, in Washington, DC. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. A California native, Ms. Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and she has traveled widely in East Asia.

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Hoi Trinh

Hoi Trinh

Co-founder, VOICE

Hoi Trinh is an Australian lawyer of Vietnamese origin. He obtained his arts and law degrees in 1995 at Melbourne University (Australia) and master degree at Oxford University (U.K.). A corporate lawyer in Sydney in the mid 90s, Hoi first left Australia to volunteer in Hong Kong and later in the Philippines where he set up a legal aid office to assist the last remaining Vietnamese boat people left stateless there since 1989. In 2005, Hoi co-founded VOICE (Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment), a non-profit organization established in the US to help build civil society in Vietnam and assist refugees from that country. Currently, VOICE is focusing on providing legal assistance for the remaining Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia and assisting local Vietnamese lawyers and civil rights defenders in their quest to exercise their rights to freedom of information and expression.

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Naomi Fontanos

Naomi Fontanos

Executive Director, Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas

Naomi Fontanos is a writer, feminist and trans* rights activist in the Philippines. She is the co-founder and current Executive Director of Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas, a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernment organization advocating genuine gender equality for all Filipinos. Led by transgender women, GANDA Filipinas upholds the view that transgender rights are human rights.

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Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang

Project Manager, Hong Kong Transparency Report, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong

Jennifer is project manager of Hong Kong Transparency Report, a living report that sheds light on how the government makes user data and content removal requests. Before that she managed several exchange programmes for journalists and academics from mainland China, Taiwan and Germany. Jennifer has over four years' experience in research and writing, and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

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Duy Hoang

Duy Hoang

Spokesperson, Viet Tan

Duy Hoang holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Before becoming a full-time democracy activist, he worked as an investment banker for over 10 years. He was a principal financial officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, where he was responsible for IFC's local currency financing programs in Asia and Eastern Europe. During his trips to Vietnam for the IFC he witnessed the tremendous potential of the people, while also seeing the necessity of democracy to harness the country's potential and bring about sustainable development. He joined Viet Tan in 1996 and has been a member of the leadership since 2001.

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Patricia Curran

Patricia Curran

Head of Business Sustainability, Telenor Myanmar

Patty has headed Telenor Myanmar's Business Sustainability Group since Telenor signed the telecoms license agreement early last year, leading teams responsible for Supply Chain Sustainability, Community Outreach, and Corporate Responsibility. She has lived and worked in Asia for over 20 years and in Myanmar since 2009. The lion's share of her work has been in the areas of advocacy, social justice, and development with focus on human rights, the advancement of women in leadership and decision making, and humanitarian assistance to people disabled or displaced by armed conflict. In addition to non-profit work, she has written extensively on prevention of gender-based violence, justice, and social transformation. She led the drafting of Myanmar's National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women. Fluent in Khmer, she also served for several years as ICRC interpreter.

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Jeremy Prepscius

Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia-Pacific, BSR

Jeremy is in charge of serving and expanding BSR's member base in Asia and integrating the work there into our global approach. BSR's global thought leadership, informed through field work and local implementations, enables us to work with member companies to create innovative sustainable solutions and globalize the sustainability dialogue. Jeremy has extensive experience in supply chain management, business integration, external communications, government relations and compliance operations. Prior to joining BSR in 2006, he spent more than 10 years on equipment sourcing, footwear production and corporate responsibility for Nike, Inc. He also worked in China for five years as the North Asia Regional Compliance Director, covering CSR issues in Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Jeremy holds an M.S. in Economic Development from the Patterson School of Diplomacy, and an M.S. in International Commerce from the University of Kentucky.

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Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota

Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota

Head of the Department of Journalism and Information, at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Rananand, Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD, is currently Head of the Department of Journalism and Information, at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University. She is also Director of the Media Policy C enter (MPC) which is a collaborative project between the Faculty of Communication Arts and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) of Thailand. She has actively participated in several advocacy endeavors related to media reform, including being commissioner in the reading of the country's first Public Television law, and consistently organizing seminars about media policy and regulation. She received her PhD in communication studies from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she received the Canadian International. Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship. She was also one of the principal researchers in the famous Media Reform research project, funded by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF). Her research interests include media policy and regulation, social implications of ICTs, and media and democratization.

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Roger Dingledine

Roger Dingledine

Director, Tor Project

Roger Dingledine is project leader for The Tor Project, a US non-profit working on anonymity research and development. While at MIT he developed Free Haven, one of the early peer-to-peer systems that emphasized resource management while maintaining anonymity for its users. He works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the US Navy, Voice of America, the National Science Foundation, and other organizations to design and develop systems for anonymity and traffic analysis resistance. He organizes academic conferences on anonymity, speaks at such events as Blackhat, Defcon, Toorcon, and the CCC congresses, and also does tutorials on anonymity for national and foreign law enforcement. Roger was honored in 2006 as one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine.

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Simone Halink

Simone Halink

Senior Policy Advisor, Internet & Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Simone Halink works as a specialist on Internet freedom for the human rights department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her main areas of focus are the Freedom Online Coalition, digital rights, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and surveillance. Simone studied law at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Toronto, and New York University. Before joining the Ministry she worked as a lawyer at Bits of Freedom, a leading Dutch digital rights organization, and as a commercial litigator at the Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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Richa Kaul Padte

Richa Kaul Padte

Activist

Richa is a writer and activist working on issues including gender, sexuality, queer rights, disability, violence against women, popular culture and Internet rights.

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Anja Kovacs

Anja Kovacs

Director, Internet Democracy Project

Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi. India, which engages in research and advocacy on the promises and challenges that the Internet poses for democracy and social justice in India and beyond. Anja's work focuses especially on questions regarding freedom of expression, cybersecurity and the architecture of Internet governance. She has earlier worked as an international consultant on Internet issues, including for the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, and has been a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. Prior to focusing her work on the information society, Anja researched, taught and consulted on a wide range of development-related issues, with a particular focus on South Asia. She obtained her PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.

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Asaf Bartov

Asaf Bartov

Sr Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities

Asaf Bartov is working on increasing reach (readers) and participation (editors) in the developing world, through community support as well as partnerships with other NGOs and governments. He is also in charge of the Wikimedia Project and Event Grants program, and is the staff liaison to the Affiliations Committee (AffCom). Asaf Bartov is a good first contact at the WMF if you're looking to start a Wikimedia group somewhere, or if you might need funding for your activity.

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Augusto N. Miclat

Augusto N. Miclat

Executive Director, Philippines Initiatives for International Dialogue

Augusto N. Miclat, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID). He is also the Regional Initiator for Southeast Asia of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC-SEA). He is a Co-Convenor of the World Forum for the Democratization in Asia (WFDA) and a Convenor / Coordinator of several other civil society networks which works on democratization, social justice, peace building and conflict prevention in the national, regional and global arenas. This includes, among others, the Free Burma Coalition- Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition, the Mindanao Peaceweavers, International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect and the Solidarity for Asian Peoples' Advocacies. Mr. Miclat is also a co- founder and a steering Committee member of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN). Engaged in peacebuilding, Gus acquired a wide range of knowledge and experience on conflict resolution and conflict transformation in the course of his engagements with the peoples' struggles and issues in the Philippines, Burma, and Timor Leste. He has been actively engaged in extending solidarity to peoples fighting for social development, human rights and democratization, in different parts of the world. With Gus at the helm, the Initiatives for International Dialogue coordinated what later became the broadest Asia-wide solidarity networks campaigning for the liberation of East Timor and for the restoration of democracy in Burma. Gus has been a resource person in conferences, forums, seminars and workshops internationally and has become a fixture in the global conflict prevention network. He is also a writer, editor, researcher and facilitator. He was a university instructor in journalism, communications, theater, English and humanities courses at the Ateneo De Davao University.

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Brett Solomon

Brett Solomon

Co-founder and Executive Director, Access

Brett Solomon is co-founder and Executive Director of Access. Brett sits on the WorldEconomic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. Previously, he was Campaign Director at Avaaz.org, a global movement which has rapidly grown into the largest online activist community in the world at over 30 million subscribers in all 193 countries. He was the first Executive Director of GetUp, an Australian independent political movement which uses new technologies to facilitate Australians' participation in democracy. Brett honed his career at Oxfam Australia, where he founded the International Youth Parliament (IYP), an international network of young social change leaders from 140 countries tackling issues such as poverty, conflict and globalization. Prior to this, he worked as the Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia. Brett has a bachelors degree in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a masters degree in International Law from the University of New South Wales.

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Sucharita Varanasi

Sucharita Varanasi

Senior Program Officer, Physicians for Human Rights

Sucharita Varanasi leads PHR's efforts on human rights and technology, primarily focusing on the development of MediCapt. MediCapt is a mobile application that will help clinicians effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes. The goal is that clinicians will be able to use the app to compile medical evidence, photograph survivors' injuries, and securely transmit the data to authorities engaged in investigating, prosecuting, and seeking accountability for crimes of sexual violence.

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Chris Riley

Chris Riley

Head of Public Policy, Mozilla

M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department of State on Internet freedom, a policy counsel with the non-profit public interest organization Free Press, and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has published scholarship on topics including innovation policy, cognitive framing, graph drawing, and distributed load balancing.

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Tarek Shalaby

Tarek Shalaby

ThePlanet

Shalaby is a Media Specialist with the Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt, with a background in everything web and social media. He works as the Creative Director at a digital creative agency in Cairo.

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Chat Garcia Ramilo

Chat Garcia Ramilo

Deputy Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communicaitons (APC)

Chat is a senior manager and consultant specialized in gender, women's rights and information and communication technology for 15 years. She has been working with APC since 2000. She is an experienced manager, evaluator, resource person and speaker on gender and ICTs internationally. Chat was the manager of the APC's women's programme from 2005 - 2012 and led the development, fundraising and management of 9 multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women's empowerment. She managed APC's gender evaluation methodology project from 2001-2005 and was lead author of Gender Evaluation Methodologies for Internet and ICTs (GEM), published in 2005. Chat has worked as a gender and ICT consultant for CIDA, IDRC, World Bank, UNIFEM, UNESCAP and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. Chat is the Board Chair of the Center for Migrant Advocacy in the Philippines. She lives in the Philippines with her son.

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Arul Prakkash

Arul Prakkash

Program Manager for Asia and the Pacific, Witness

Before joining WITNESS, Prakkash served as the executive director and senior program staff member of Pusat Komas, a human rights and popular communications NGO in Malaysia. Prakkash has a background in grassroots community organizing with urban poor youth, indigenous communities and plantation workers with a focus on the use of popular media to empower and advocate for human rights. Prakkash played a vital role in setting up community-based media centers and training NGOs and communities on using video for change. Prakkash's expertise also extends to other popular communications tools for information dissemination, community education and using internet and social media technology for human rights in Southeast Asia. He founded “code4change” a initiative to empower and support non-profit organizations and communities with digital information and communication technologies to effect social and environmental change. He was also a member of the first steering committee of BERSIH 2.0, a civil society movement advocating for free and fair elections in Malaysia and later helped set up and co-coordinate a nationwide election observation body (using a web based platform) that trained hundreds of independent observers during the 2013 Malaysian general elections.

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Dan Meredith

Dan Meredith

Principal Director, Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Asia

Dan joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF's inaugural director. As the program's principal director, he is responsible for OTF's day-to-day operations and long-term planning.

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Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

International Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Danny O'Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 15 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law, and helped make the UK Parliament more transparent with FaxYourMP. He was EFF's activist from 2005 to 2007, and its international outreach coordinator from 2007-2009. After three years working to protect at-risk online reporters with the Committee to Protect Journalists, he returned to EFF in 2013 to supervise EFF's global strategy. He is also the co-founder of the Open Rights Group, Britain's own digital civil liberties organization. In a previous life, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet to have a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs. He also coined the term "life hack"; it has been nearly a decade since he was first commissioned to write a book on combating procrastination.

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Donny B.U.

Donny B.U.

Co-Founder, ICT Watch

Donny B.U. (Mr.) is co-founder of ICT Watch in 2002, the leading Indonesian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) civil society organization (CSO) that laid the foundation for the responsible use of Internet through the nationwide campaign. This campaign forged a nation of informed citizens, subtly pre-empting the possibility of any unaccountable and not transparent restrictions on legitimate online expression. He was awarded an Ashoka fellowship in 2012 for his social entrepreneur activities that focus on online freedom of expression, cyber activism and citizen journalism. He is also co-founder of Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFENet), Indonesian CSOs Network for Internet Governance (ID-CONFIG) and Indonesia Internet Governance Forum (ID-IGF), a national platform for multistakeholder dialog. As a new media lecturer at reputable private universities in Jakarta, he teaches cyber journalism, digital media, e-business and communication technology development. He started his career as ICT journalist in 2009 at Detikcom, the biggest online media in Indonesia, and then finally served the company as Vice President (VP) until his resignation in 2011. He travels widely in Indonesia in order to share his ideas and experiences with various campus activists, civil societies and communities. He may be contacted via email at dbu[at]donnybu.com or @donnybu on twitter.

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Fereidoon Bashar

Fereidoon Bashar

Co-Director, ASL19

Fereidoon Bashar is Co-Director of ASL19 (Farsi for Article 19), a technology lab working on online access to information solutions for Iran. With a background in Political Science and a self-taught circumvention and privacy enthusiast, Fereidoon leads ASL19's work to monitor information controls, localize circumvention tools for Iran and develop access to information solutions. Fereidoon has been working closely with tool developers, especially Psiphon, to deliver effective circumvention tools for Iranians since 2011. He led a research on just-in-time information controls ahead of the 2013 elections and is planning for an expanded information controls monitoring for the upcoming parliamentary election in 2016. Ever the optimist, he works on solutions for both circumvention and post-circumvention access to information and believes that there is always a way.

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Htaike Htaike Aung

Htaike Htaike Aung

Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

Htaike Htaike is interested in Internet Culture and has been involved in Myanmar's Internet propagation events since 2006. She is a computer privacy and circumvention activist and trains Myanmar human rights defenders in internet and digital security. Htaike Htaike is one of the founders of MBS (Myanmar Blogger Society). She is an organizer of Barcamp Yangon and works with NGOs in grassroots ICT training projects.

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Dipta Chakma

Dipta Chakma

Regional Coordinator, Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA)

Dipta Chakma is the Regional Coordinator of the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) project at Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). AIPP works with 47 member organizations in 14 countries across Asia. Ms Chakma leads the project activities across South, Southeast Asia and Mekong Region. The IVA project focuses on the Freedom of Expression/ Freedom of Information (FOE/FOI) of the indigenous peoples. In the development sector, she has been playing diversified roles and responsibilities in different programs throughout the South, Southeast Asia and Mekong region on the issues related to the Indigenous Peoples, particularly in the implementation of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Other than working with the indigenous peoples, being a Project Management Specialist, Ms Chakma also has diverse experience of working with the underprivileged community people on various issues, some of them are: Women and Child Rights, Right to Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH), Violence against Women (VAW), Women and Child Trafficking, Worst form of Child Labor, Child Rights Convention, Land Rights, Livelihood Development, Policy Advocacy and Democracy, Good Governance, Countering Terrorism & Human Security, etc.

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Gabrielle Guilleman

Gabrielle Guilleman

Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19

Gabrielle is Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation based in London. She has been leading the organisation's work on internet policy issues since 2011. She is a member of the UK Multistakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG) and an independent expert attached to the Council of Europe committee on Cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet Freedoms. Prior to ARTICLE 19, Gabrielle worked as a registry lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights for four years. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006.

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Irene Poetranto

Irene Poetranto

Communications Officer, Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Irene Poetranto is the communications officer at the Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She has substantive expertise and interest in the Southeast Asian region, particularly Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, and has worked for, amongst others, the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for Southeast Asia, and the University of British Columbia's Centre for Southeast Asia Research. She has a B.A. in political science from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. in political science and Asia Pacific studies from the University of Toronto.

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John Liu

John Liu

South and East Asia Programme Manager, Forum-Asia

John Liu is the South and East Asia Programme Manager of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a Bangkok-based regional human rights group with 47 member organisations in 16 countries across Asia. Liu manages the South and East Asia Programme at FORUM-ASIA, which covers human rights situations in countries in the South and East Asian sub-regions, with freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and democratisation, among its thematic priorities. His publications includes, most recently, "Civil Liberties in Contemporary Malaysia: Progress, Retrogression and the Resurgence of 'Asian Values'" (2015), in the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia (London & New York: Routledge). He was also the lead author of FORUM-ASIA's Internet and Social Media in Asia: Battleground for Freedom of Expression (2012). He holds a master's degree in development studies from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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Kasima Tharnpipitchai

Kasima Tharnpipitchai

Software Engineer, GitHub

Kasima Tharnpipitchai was born in Bangkok, Thailand and matured into a fully grown nerd in the US. He co-founded 2nd Rate Geniuses, LLC, a software consultancy and been consulting for startups for over a decade, focusing on web application development and agile methodology coaching. He's currently a software engineer at GitHub and tackles billing issues up and down the stack.

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Kaustubh Srikanth

Kaustubh Srikanth

Head of Technology, Tactical Tech

Kaustubh is a technologist currently based between Bangalore and Berlin. An active open-source software practitioner, he has over 10 years of experience working with community-driven web content management and social platforms. He has a special interest in low cost, sustainable, open radio networks and founded Infinity Radio (later known as RadioVeRVe), India's first internet radio station promoting Indian independent music. Kaustubh also has many years of experience working with deployment of open-source, secure, distributed internet infrastructures. At Tactical Tech, he mentors a small team of developers, advises project and program teams on technical solutions and is also responible for provisioning, maintenance and security of all of Tactical Tech's online infrastructure.

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Ken Carter

Ken Carter

Counsel, CloudFlare

Kenneth Carter is Counsel at CloudFlare in San Francisco, CA. CloudFlare protects and accelerates websites by automatically optimizing the delivery of web pages so visitors get the best performance possible. He was previously Policy Counsel for Advanced Networks and Access Services at Google in Mountain View, CA. At Google, he was responsible for developing the company's global telecommunications policy strategy. Mr. Carter also served as policy counsel for two of Google's most important products: Android and Fiber.Mr. Carter earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School (Dean's List) while working full-time as the Deputy Director of CITI. Mr. Carter received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Cardozo Arts Entertainment Law Journal and President of the Cardozo Asian and Pacific Law Students Association. Mr. Carter was awarded an Alexander Judicial Fellowship, serving as a full-time junior clerk in the chambers of Hon. John C. Lifland, U.S.D.J. He was graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies after studying abroad in England and Japan. Mr. Carter grew up in New York, where he attended Horace Mann School.

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Klaikong Vaidhyakarn

Klaikong Vaidhyakarn

Deputy Director, ChangeFusion

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Maria A. Ressa

Maria A. Ressa

CEO & Executive Director, Rappler

Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, nearly two decades as CNN's bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. As the former CNN lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in the region, Ms. Ressa wrote the region's first book documenting the growth of Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to Al-Qaeda, Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia. For the past six years, she determined strategic direction and managed about 1,000 journalists for ABS-CBN, the largest multi-media, multi-platform news operations in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism, combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.A graduate of Princeton University, she taught courses in broadcasting and political science at the University of the Philippines and Princeton. Her next book's working title is 10 Days, 10 Years: From Bin Laden to Facebook.

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Mike Godwin

Mike Godwin

Director of Innovation Policy & General counsel, R Street Institute

Mike Godwin is director of innovation policy and general counsel for the R Street Institute, leading the institute's research and advocacy efforts in the areas of patent and copyright reform and technology policy. Mike has a deep background and knowledge of technology policy and intellectual property, having worked on these issues for the past 25 years. Most recently, he served as a senior policy advisor at Internews, advising the organization's public-policy partners in developing and transitional democracies, as part of the Global Internet Policy Project. Prior to his return to Washington, he served as general counsel for the California-based Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia and other collaborative projects. At the foundation, he created and directed anti-censorship, privacy, trademark and copyright strategies and policies including Wikimedia's responses to the SOPA and PIPA initiatives. Godwin began his legal career as the first staff counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which he advised on a range of legal issues during the accelerating growth of internet access in the United States. His continuing career as an Internet-law thought leader has included a policy fellowship at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a research fellowship at Yale Law School. He has been a contributing editor at Reason Magazine since 1994 and is the originator of the widely cited “Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies,” which in 2012 was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at - and was part of the founding team of - the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that engages in research and policy advocacy. He is also currently an Access to Knowledge Fellow at the Yale Law School's Information Society Project, the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India, on the Executive Committee of the NCUC at ICANN. In 2014 he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural "30 under 30" list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was nominated as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics and the law. His current work focusses on interrogating, promoting, and engaging with policymakers on the areas of access to knowledge (primarily copyright reform), 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, free/libre/open source software, and open access), freedom of expression, privacy and Internet governance. He is a prominent voice on these issues, with the newspaper Mint calling him “one of the clearest thinkers in this area”, and his research having been quoted in the Indian parliament. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on these topics. He has a degree in arts and law from the National Law School in Bangalore, and while there he helped found the Indian Journal of Law and Technology, and was part of its editorial board for two years.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Director General, APNIC

Paul Wilson has 25 years' involvement with the Internet, and over 16 years as the head of APNIC, the Regional Internet address Registry for the Asia Pacific. In this role, he has led APNIC's development as a provider of critical Internet services and as a key contributor to Internet growth and development throughout the Asia Pacific. Paul has worked as an expert and leader across the full range of communities and organisations involved in Internet development, including ISPs and network operators, non-profit organisations, Governments and governmental agencies; and with many key organisations including RIRs, IETF, ICANN, ISOC, APEC-TEL, ITU and others. Previously as Technical Director and CEO of Pegasus Networks, the first private ISP in Australia, Paul worked with early Internet technologies, and helped to establish many early Internet services in developing economies of the region.

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Nica Dumlao

Nica Dumlao

Internet Rights Program Coordinator, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Nica Dumlao is the Internet Rights Coordinator of FMA in the Philippines. She leads FMA's content-development, public information and ommunication, constituency-building, and capacity-building initiatives to advance human rights in digital environments. Nica coordinates the Global Internet Policy Project in the Philippines that mainly advocates Internet Freedom in national, regional, and global policy spaces. Nica is also one of the lead conveners of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), the broadest nationwide network of organizations, and individuals fighting for the promotion and protection of rights and freedoms online.

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Mimin Dwi Hartono

Mimin Dwi Hartono

Investigator, Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights

Mimin Dwi Hartono currently is an investigator at Indonesia Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM). He got his M.A degree in 2012 from Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University, Boston, USA. Prior joined in Komnas HAM, he experienced working with non governmental organization and civil society network in national and regional level. He was an executive coordinator of Wana Mandhira Foundation (2001-2004), executive member of Yogyakarta office of Indonesia Environment Forum (2002-2004), and focal point for South East Asia Committee for Advocacy (2004-2005). Beside active in social movement, he also an active columnist in many national newspapers, such as the Jakarta Post, Kompas, Koran Tempo, Media Indonesia, and Republika. His article was published in several books, most recent by Gadjah Mada University and Yale University in the book that compiled selected paper of the Fifth Indonesia International Conference in 2013. Occasionally, he serves as guest speaker ans facilitator for many human rights events, especially on the issue of business and human rights and also econonic, social, and cultural rights. He can be reached through his email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Nick O'Donnell

Nick O'Donnell

Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Public Policy, Yahoo! Inc

Nick has been involved in media law, regulation and public policy for close to 10 years. After working in free-to-air television, newspapers and magazines with Yahoo!'s joint venture partner in Australia, Nick joined Yahoo! to work on the company's range of public policy priorities in the Asia Pacific region. Nick holds a Masters in Media, Communications & Information Technology Law and a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Journalism) / Bachelor of Laws. He lives in Sydney but spends most of his time in airports.

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Liza Garcia

Liza Garcia

Foundation for Media Alternatives

Liza Garcia is the Program Coordinator for Gender and ICT of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), a non-government organization that assists civil society organizations and other development stakeholders in their strategic and appropriate use of ICTs for democratization and popular empowerment. She is the focal person in the Philippines for the implementation of APC's Funding Leadership Opportunities for Women (FLOW) project “End violence: Women's rights and safety online,” which is being implemented in seven countries. One of the outputs of the project is a research on domestic legal remedies and corporate redress mechanisms in relation to technology-related violence against women, which they have just finished. Prior to joining FMA, Liza has been working in a non-government organization (NGO) involved in the issue of women and migration. She is currently a member of the Board of the Center for Migrant Advocacy, a Philippine-based NGO working for the rights of all migrants and members of their families.

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Ed Legaspi

Ed Legaspi

Alerts and Communication Officer, Southeast Asia Press Alliance

Ed Legaspi is the Alerts and Communication officer of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), a network of 11 media advocacy organizations in seven countries in Southeast Asia. SEAPA works for a freer media environment through campaigns, advocacy and capacity building for journalists and media organizations in a region where state suppression of media and violence against the journalists seem to be the norm.

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Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Nilantha Ilangamuwa

Communications Officer, Asia Human Rights Commission; Journalist, Sri Lanka Guardian

Nilantha is a staff member of the AHRC. Before joining as the organisation's communication officer, he had ten years of experience in journalism. He also edits an online newspaper, Sri Lanka Guardian. The online newspaper covers articles on society, politics, defence and ethnic problems, providing a source of daily news on the socio-political situation. The articles were also used by other blogs and websites. During his ten years of journalism, he worked as defence correspondent (2006-2007) for the Sunday Standard, as foreign news editor (2006-2007) for Mawbima, writer (2004-2006) for Divaina and writer (2003-2004) for Siwdesa, all in Sri Lanka. His articles have been published in various newspapers and websites around the Globe including, Sunday Times ( Sri Lanka), Daily News (Sri Lanka), Daily Star ( Bangladesh), Counter Currents ( India), South Asia Analysis Group ( India), Scoop - New Zealand News, Counter Punch ( USA). He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication, Sociology and Political Science from the University of Kalaniya in Colombo in 2006. Recently, he developed the idea of a magazine to focus on the subject of torture ( Torture: Asian and Global perspectives ). This is to encourage people to come forward by sharing their experiences for social reformation. The Magazine covers three basic areas of torture, firstly, narratives of the torture victims, secondly, interviews with human rights defenders and thirdly, essays explaining the theoretical and social aspects of torture.

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Prasanth Sugathan

Prasanth Sugathan

Counsel, Software Freedom Law Center

Prasanth Sugathan has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala, MBA from Pondicherry University and LLB from Mahatma Gandhi University. He has co-edited two books in the areas of Administrative law and Property Law. His areas of practice includes Constitutional and Administrative Law, Information Technology Law and Property Law.

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Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Renata Avila, Global Campaigns Manager, Web We Want

Renata Avila is a Guatemalan Human Rights and Intellectual Property Lawyer, and an advocate for freedom of expression, privacy, access to information and indigenous rights. Renata is the country lead of Creative Commons Guatemala and a member of the Web Index Science Council. She is currently leading the “Web We Want” campaign, which aims to create a positive, human rights agenda for internet users.

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Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Deputy Director, Global Issues, Amnesty International

Sherif Elsayed-Ali is deputy director of global issues at Amnesty International. He works on two areas: human rights issues related to technology, focusing on the Internet, and refugee and migrants' rights. Sherif has been with Amnesty International for 11 years, working in research, campaigning and policy roles. Sherif has worked on human rights issues in across all regions, and has field research experience in various countries including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, South Africa and Cyprus. He authored several Amnesty International reports and had articles published in the Guardian, Huffington Post, CNN, Aljazeera, Open Democracy and EU Observer, among others. Sherif studied international human rights law at the American University in Cairo and has a master in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

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Amos Toh

Amos Toh

Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

Amos is Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice. He works with the Center's Liberty and National Security Program to ensure that the U.S. government respects fundamental freedoms and human rights in conducting the fight against terrorism. In particular, he coordinates the Center's efforts to hold U.S. surveillance and counterterrorism activities accountable to international law. He has represented the Brennan Center as a NGO observer during the 9/11 trials at Guantanamo Bay, and contributed commentary on national security issues to The Guardian, Salon, The Advocate and The Huffington Post.

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Tonyo Cruz

Tonyo Cruz

Blogger, Advocate and Strategist

Tonyo wears many hats: Blogger, advocate and digital strategist for causes, and also a newspaper columnist. He is a co-conspirator of: telco watchdog TXTPower; citizens' election coverage #juanvote in 2010 and 2013; netizens' meetup group TweetUpMNL that organizes the annual Philippine social media day; the pro-internet freedom group Bloggers and Netizens for Democracy that fought the Cybercrime Law; and the digital-powered and award-winning social good projects #RescuePH and #ReliefPH. He has worked for cause-oriented groups, activist Members of Congress, advertising agencies, and a national newspaper. He is a longtime and tireless champion of the use of digital tools for causes, advocacies and grassroots-based media. He recently started writing an op-ed column for the Manila Bulletin. Check out his blog at tonyocruz.com, a winner of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards, and follow him at @tonyocruz.

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William Gois

William Gois

Regional Coordinator, Migrant Forum in Asia

William Gois is the Regional Coordinator of Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA). MFA is a network of grassroots organizations, trade unions, faith-based groups, migrants and their families and individual advocates in Asia working together for social justice for migrant workers and members of their families. Since 1994, MFA has thrived into a formidable migrants' rights advocacy network in Asia, affecting significant influence to other networks and processes on the globe. To date, MFA is represented in 26 countries in the Asia - Pacific. MFA members and partners are also coalitions and networks, bringing the membership in the region close to 260, and growing each year.

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Masashi Crete-Nishihata

Masashi Crete-Nishihata

Research Manager, Citizen Lab, Munk, School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Masashi Crete-Nishihata is research manager at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. His current research focuses on information controls (e.g. Internet censorship and surveillance) and their impact on human rights and international relations. Recent publications include work on multidisciplinary approaches to studying Internet censorship, global governance, and the spread of information controls, and information security research ethics. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Toronto.

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Katitza Rodriguez

Katitza Rodriguez

International Rights Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Katitza Rodriguez is EFF's international rights director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF's International Program also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright enforcement. She is an advisor to the UN Internet Governance Forum (2009-2010), and a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International. Before joining EFF, Katitza was director of the international privacy program at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C., where amongst other things, she worked on The Privacy and Human Rights Report, an international survey of privacy law and developments. Katitza is well known to many in global civil society and in international policy venues for her work at the U.N. Internet Governance Forum and her pivotal role in the creation and ongoing success of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for which she served as the civil society liaison while at EPIC from 2008 to March 2010. Katitza holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Lima, Peru.

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Sarah Knuckey

Sarah Knuckey

Faculty Co-Director, Human Rights institute and Associate Professor of Human Rights, Columbia Law School

Sarah Knuckey (@SarahKnuckey) is an international human rights lawyer and associate clinical professor of law at Columbia Law School, where she directs the Human Rights Clinic and co-directs the Human Rights Institute. She is also a Special Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. She has carried out fact-finding missions and reported on human rights and humanitarian law violations around the world, including in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. Her investigations and legal and policy work address unlawful killings, armed conflict, sexual violence, corporate abuses, and assembly/expression rights. She has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, and previously directed the Project on Extrajudicial Executions, and the Initiative on Human Rights Fact Finding, at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU).

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Aivon Demetillo Guanco

Aivon Demetillo Guanco

Humanitarian Accountability Manager, World Vision Typhoon Haiyan Response

Aivon Demetillo Guanco is the Humanitarian Accountability Manager of World Vision Typhoon Haiyan Response. In her capacity as Accountability Manager, she is co-leading the Accountability to Affected Population-Communicating with Communities (AAP-CwC) working group in Tacloban and has been providing technical support to other working groups in Ormoc, Samar and Panay. She has closely worked with Plan International and IOM for the implementation of an Accountability Common Services Project. The expanded collaborative efforts with various local and international NGO members of AAP-CwC in Region VIII has helped strengthen her commitment for partnership building and forming alliances to promote and advocate for purposive inclusion of community perspectives in humanitarian and development approaches. She is also manages Accountability operations across all Haiyan affected areas in the Visayas. She served communities through World Vision Development Foundation as a Program Officer of different Area Development Programs (ADP) in the Visayas in the last four years. Previously, her journey with World Vision has enabled her to become one of the humanitarian workers who face the challenges in carrying out response programs following major disasters. She has taken part in the enormous task of strengthening resiliency of disaster-affected population in the response efforts after Typhoons Frank, Megi, Bopha and the earthquake in Bohol in Central Visayas. Having been deployed in emergency responses, she has performed a variety of roles- from assessment to validation, relief distribution, as Response Manager, Team Leader and now Humanitarian Accountability Manager.

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Indu Nepal

Indu Nepal

Regional Director, EngageMedia

Indu Nepal is the Regional Director at EngageMedia, where she leads the organisation's Asia programs and partnerships focused on using video, the Internet and open technologies to create positive social and environmental change. Previously she worked with Internews in Afghanistan and Pakistan leading the design new media tools to strengthen local organizations' capacity to monitor SGBV, as well as directing participatory media programs to improve access to information among young people. She has worked as an editor and reporter in Nepal and the US.

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Dody Priambodo

Dody Priambodo

Program Officer, Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia

Dody Priambodo currently serves Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia as Program Officer for the Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative (SEATTI). Apart from supporting local Civil Society Organization in the region, the program also attempts to build supportive ecosystem in which all actors (civil society, techies, government and private sector) collaborate in promoting transparency and accountability. Prior to joining Hivos, Dody served a number of projects in the area of economic governance and public finance management. His area of interest includes citizens' engagement in public sector improvement, technology for development, public-sector procurement management as well as public service delivery. Outside his work, he also serves the community through Rotary International and currently active in managing its international youth exchange program.

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Kamilla Manaf

Kamilla Manaf

Founder of Institut Pelangi Perempuan

Kamilia Manaf since the age of 23 years active in feminist and young lesbians movement in Indonesia. She is currently completing online study of Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance specialization), Department of International Relations, University of Malta. She is founder of Institut Pelangi Perempuan (IPP), an organization for young lesbian, bisexual and transgender in Indonesia. She was as a radio journalist in the Women's Journal Foundation. In 2008 she was elected as one of board members of the International LGBTI Association (ILGA) Asia for the representation of LGBT youth in Asia. The biggest LGBT community website of Asia, Fridae.com, chose Kamilia Manaf as one of the "LGBT People to Watch 2010". She is currently active as coordinator of EROTICS Indonesia (Network, Research and Advocacy on Sexuality and the Internet in Indonesia). She occasionally provides training of digital security and self-defense boxing for women human rights defenders, LGBT and other marginalized groups in Indonesia. Her poems and short stories published on Women's Journal and Pelangi Perempuan, a collection of poems and short stories of young lesbians Indonesia. She did concept of Yogyakarta Principles Comic (LGBT human rights education media for young people) published by IPP and has been translated into English, Dutch and French by international network of LGBT. Her book titled “Kami Tidak Bisu” or "We Are Not Silent" about the journey of young lesbian community in Indonesia published in 2011. She did research on LGBT rights and Internet Governance in Indonesia and published a research book “Queering Internet Governance in Indonesia” in 2014.

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Ko Ko Ye

Ko Ko Ye

FOSS Advocate

Ko Ko Ye is committed to the cause of improving lives He is the founder of a local Open Source Community which is very active in giving trainings and giving technical support to the community. He localized the Linux based "Ubuntu Operating System" to Burmese. He has set up community learning hubs and pop-up institutes on FOSS (free and open source softwares) and now heads Technology for "Centre for Civic Tech". He heads the development of platforms for citizen engagement. He has worked for knowledge empowerment of his communities since 1999.

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Rizky Ananda Wulan Sapta Rini

Rizky Ananda Wulan Sapta Rini

Project Assistant, Publish What You Pay Indonesia

Rizky Ananda Wulan Sapta Rini is Project Assistant at Publish What You Pay Indonesia. Her major work includes providing substantial and administrative support for SETAPAK project, focusing on improvement of extractive governance related to land uses and forest changes in Indonesia. Additionally she assists in the capacity building for civil society organization to raise the potential benefit of Open Data in the extractive sector. She also actively involved in the multi-stakeholder engagement, community assistance, and research, particularly in the field of extractive governance, mandatory disclosure, and Open Data.

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Luca Belli

Luca Belli

Researcher, Center for Technology and Society (CTS)

Luca Belli PhD is researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School, Rio de Janeiro. Before joining CTS, Dr. Belli worked for the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit; served as a Network Neutrality Expert for the Council of Europe; worked as a consultant for the Internet Society and as a PhD researcher at Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2. In 2011 and 2012 Luca Belli has been named Internet Society Ambassador to the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and since 2013 he is founder and Co-chair of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality as well as co-founder and Co-chair of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility. Dr. Belli's works on network neutrality have been used i.a. by the Council of Europe in order to elaborate a Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers on Network Neutrality. His monograph on “De la gouvernance à la régulation de l'Internet” is to be published in autumn 2015.

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Marina Azcarate

Marina Azcarate

Head of Global Marketing at Open Garden, Inc.

Marina leads the global marketing for Open Garden, a pioneer in peer-to-peer mesh networking technology. Open Garden is the creator of FireChat, the first mobile messaging app that works even if there is no Internet access or cellular phone coverage. Marina has been living in India since 2007. She has worked across Asia as a television producer for Babel Press and for branding agency Wieden+Kennedy. She is interested in visual culture, emerging forms of digital storytelling, the new economics of content and how those shape the current public debate.

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Lory Tan

Lory Tan

Former CEO, WWF, Vice Chair WWF National Advisory Council

Lory focuses on the Coral Triangle programme's engagement with business and industries, donors and public-private partnerships. Prior to WWF, Lory worked as a book, video documentary and audio publisher for 17 years, serving as President of the Association of Philippine Booksellers, and President of the Philippine Bookfair. He is a PADI divemaster with four specialty certifications, and a wildlife photographer with over a dozen book projects where he has made lead contributions.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Editor, Blog Watch

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a multi award-winning blogger, also known as @momblogger, advocates constructive engagement in issues on family and society. She nurtures both her family and community and hopes to make a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good. She is also the editor of Noemi Lardizabal-Dado i(blogwatch.ph) and Features editor of the Philippine Online Chronicles (thepoc.net) , a platform for alternative viewpoints and a synthesizer of ideas. Her parenting blog is at aboutmyrecovery.com.

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Adli Wahid

Adli Wahid

Security Specialist, APNIC

Adli Wahid (@adliwahid) is a Security Specialist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC). He does a lot of security outreach activities for APNIC members and stakeholders in the AP region. He is actively involved in global CERT/CSIRT community and regularly blogs about his activities at https://blog.apnic.net

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Becky Hurwitz

Becky Hurwitz

Co-Founder, Research Action Design (rad.cat)

Becky Hurwitz is a co-founder of Research Action Design (RAD). Most recently, she was the Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer with the MIT Center for Civic Media (2012-2014), where she worked with social justice activists and independent media producers to design media and technology strategies and tools to support their organizing. She has worked domestically and internationally in media and technology research, design and development in and across issues including human rights defense, international criminal law, government accountability, agricultural development, domestic violence services, racial justice, immigration justice, and queer rights.

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Angelina Huynh

Angelina Huynh

Advocacy Director, Viet Tan

Angelina Trang Huynh is the Advocacy Director of Viet Tan, an organization promoting democratic change in Vietnam. She directs Viet Tan's efforts on grassroots engagement and Internet Freedom through training of activists; localization and dissemination of circumvention and security tools; and international advocacy. She has successfully lead the lobbying for a US Congressional resolution (H.Res.672) supporting Internet Freedom in Vietnam. Angelina is also the head of Viet Tan's social media outreach and is responsible for Viet Tan's Facebook page which is the largest Vietnamese page featuring human rights content with over ¼ million followers from inside the country. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Nofirewall.net which is a circumvention and digital security portal. Angelina holds a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration.

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Sara Harrington

Sara Harrington

Sr. Director Legal- IP, Product and Privacy, LinkedIn

Sara leads the legal team that works to ensure that LinkedIn's products and services comply with applicable laws, are secure and honor our privacy commitments to our members. She also lead a legal team that seeks intellectual property rights for LinkedIn (trademarks, domains and patents) and works to ensure that LinkedIn respects the intellectual property rights of others.

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Niki Cheong

Niki Cheong

Writer/Lecturer

Niki lectures in the area of media, politics and power. He was formerly editor of the award-winning youth team at Malaysia's The Star, and currently pens regular columns for the paper and and Esquire magazine on socio-cultural and digital issues. Niki's passion for issues of unity and diversity manifests through story-telling projects like 50x50 My Malaysia and LimaPuluhTujuh , featuring stories of Malaysians from all walks of life. He has consulted organisations such as UNAIDS, Malaysian AIDS Council, National Cancer Society of Malaysia and more as well as led several issue-based digital social movements in Malaysia. Niki was lead organiser of Twestival KL and part of the global committee for the Twestival movement globally.

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Chris Schweidler

Chris Schweidler

Co-Founder, Research Action Design (rad.cat)

Chris Schweidler is co-founder of Research Action Design (RAD), a worker-owned collective that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements. Chris has spent over a decade as a practitioner and advocate of research by and for grassroots-led movements for social justice. She works to support social justice advocacy through community-led research and popular education. Chris has collaborated on community based research across a broad range of (intersecting) issues including low-wage worker rights, immigrant rights, health justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and the struggle against criminalization and mass incarceration. Chris is also committed to the growth of the Research Justice Network, a community of rabble rousing researchers that seek to bring forth stories of struggle, change and liberation with a transformative research agenda. You can find the Research Justice Network at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI this summer. This spring Chris will be in Joshua Tree, California.

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Jac Kee

Jac Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Jac sm Kee is a feminist activist, poet & writer. She is the Manager of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme. Her areas of focus include internet governance, human rights and freedoms, sexuality, women's rights, violence against women and the creative and strategic use of communications technologies for movement building and inclusive political engagement. Jac is also co-founder of Knowledge & Rights with Young People through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), an organisation working with young people on the issue of sexual rights in Malaysia. She is currently serving as a board member for the Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID), the New York chapter of Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action (CREA NY) and director of Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ).

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Somphop Krittayaworagul

Somphop Krittayaworagul

Regional IT Project Manager, FHI 360

Somphop is an Professional IT engineer, with more than 15 years working at International NGO. He brings strong knowledge and idea to provide superb support at several country in Asia Pacific and Africa. He connect well across culturally and use to the multinational organization settings, especially in a developing world country.

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Michael Cañares

Michael Cañares

Project Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta

Michael Cañares is project manager of the World Wide Web Foundation's Open Data Lab Jakarta. He manages research and capacity building projects intended to build the capacity of civil society organizations in Southeast Asia to access and harness the potential of open data to solve complex social problems. Outside the lab, he works as managing consultant of Step Up Consulting based in the Philippines and currently leads five research projects related to open data: the Open LGU Research Project (which looks into open data initiatives at the local level in the Philippines); an agency-readiness assessment on open data of the Philippine national departments; two synthesis papers-one on Open Data and Intermediaries and another on Open Data at the Sub-national Level; and an action research on modes of capacity building on open data for civil society organizations.

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Onno Purbo

Onno Purbo

IT Leader and Expert

Onno is now well known as the Indonesian Internet evangelist. He is a writer, educator, and a speaker. To see a knowledge based society in Indonesia is Onno Purbo's ultimate dream and passion. He left his lecturer position at the Bandung Institute of Technology in February 2000 and has since dedicated his time to educating thousands of Indonesians on low cost Internet, Internet Telephony and free open source software. On many occasions shares his library stored on a USB hard drive 500Gbyte to spread IT knowledge to the people of Indonesia.

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Winthrop Yu

Winthrop Yu

Trustee of the Philippine Chapter of the Internet Society

Consultant and writer Winthrop Yu is a former President and currently a Trustee of the Philippine Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-PH), where he is engaged on technical and policy issues with various stakeholders both nationally and internationally. Winthrop was formerly Senior Vice-President for Advocacies with the Philippine Internet Commerce Society (PICS) and editor of PC Magazine Philippines.

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Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Program Director, Witness

Sam is an internationally recognized human rights advocate, trainer and video producer who helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He directs WITNESS' programmatic work, and leads on our Cameras Everywhere initiative - focused on empowering millions of people to use video effectively, safely and ethically. In 2010, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident on the future of video-based advocacy, and in 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Heteaches on human rights and participatory media as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Laura Mottaz

Laura Mottaz

Program Officer, Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Laura Mottaz is Program Officer for Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State, where she co-manages DRL's multi-million dollar global Internet Freedom portfolio and oversees programs that focus on internet policy advocacy and research. Prior to joining DRL, Laura was Program Manager of ICT Policy and Programs at Internews, where she led internet policy and research initiatives with a focus on supporting and enhancing local internet policy advocacy worldwide. She also helped to manage Internews' digital security and technology development efforts. Prior to joining Internews, Laura worked as a Digital Coordinator at the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy and helped launch the Liberation Technology Program at Stanford University's Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Laura holds a B.A. in political science and M.A. in comparative politics from Stanford University.

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Becky Kazansky

Becky Kazansky

Lead Programme Researcher, Tactical Technology Collective

Becky Kazansky is Lead Programme Researcher at Tactical Technology Collective. She supports effective digital security and privacy strategies for human rights through research and workshop facilitation. Becky has a Masters degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, and worked previously as a researcher on media policy, privacy, and community informatics for the Ford Foundation's Freedom of Expression Unit, Personal Democracy Media, Techpresident, and others.

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Jay Fajardo

Jay Fajardo

Philippines Representative, TechSoup Asia

Jay is a serial tech entrepreneur, a coder, and an avid soccer player. He is currently founder and CEO of Ruby development shop PROUDCLOUD, co-founder and CTO of HealthTech startup MEDIFI, and the Program Director of LAUNCHGARAGE, a startup accelerator based in Manila that funds and mentors early stage startups through a 6 month program. In 2002, he founded Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, which was acquired by PLDT in 2008. Jay holds roles as director, advisor, and mentor to various tech startups in Manila and regularly speaks on Lean Startup, Agile Development, and the South East Asian Startup Ecosystem. He is considered to be one of the thought leaders of the Philippines' tech startup scene. Jay regularly speaks at local and international forums on the South East Asian startup ecosystem including the Asia Business Conference at Harvard, the annual re:publica conference in Berlin, and the annual Echelon conferences in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Romel Regalado Bagares

Romel Regalado Bagares

Executive Director, Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

Atty. Romel Regalado Bagares is the Executive Director of the Center for International Law (CenterLaw), a non-profit focused on training, advocacy and strategic litigation to promote and protect free expression in the Philippines and Asia. Mr. Bagares has communication research (1994) and law (2003) degrees from the University of the Philippines. While working as a reporter for the Philippine Star, he attended the evening program of the UP College of Law, where he also served a prestigious editorship of the Philippine Law Journal (P.L.J.), the country's longest-running university-based legal journal. At his graduation from law school, he was awarded the inaugural Myers S. McDougal Prize in International Law and Jurisprudence and the Justice Irene Cortes Prize in Constitutional Law. He also completed on full scholarship a master's in social and political theory from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Free University of Amsterdam) in the Netherlands, where he graduated cum laude in 2007. At Centerlaw, he serves as counsel to journalists, bloggers and social media activists in various free expression cases. He was also involved both as counsel and petitioner in the constitutional challenge to the Philippine Anti-Cyber Crime Law. Just last month, he assisted a jailed Thai poet and blogger challenge his incarceration and trial by a military tribunal under Thailand's lese majeste laws before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He is also a lecturer in public international law at the Lyceum Philippines University College of Law.

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Andreas Pawelke

Andreas Pawelke

Project Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta, World Wide Web Foundation

Andreas Pawelke is the Executive Director of the Open Data Lab Jakarta, which was established by the World Wide Web Foundation to experiment with open data as a vital tool to tackle practical problems in developing and emerging economies. Before joining the Web Foundation, Andreas worked as an associate expert at the administrative reforms support program of GIZ Indonesia. He also spent time seconded to the World Bank and UN Global Pulse exploring innovative solutions at the intersection of governance, technology and open as well as big data. As a member of the project team at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, he was involved in shaping Germany's national open data initiative. Andreas studied at the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Berlin-based Hertie School of Governance and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy.

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Hu Yong

Hu Yong

Associate Prof, Peking University's School of Journalism & Comm.

HU Yong is an associate professor at Peking University's School of Journalism and Communication, and a well-known new media critic and Chinese Internet pioneer. Before joining the faculty of Peking University, Hu Yong has worked for a number of media sources for 20 years, including China Daily, Lifeweek, China Internet Weekly and China Central Television. He is active in industry affairs as he is co-founder of the Digital Forum of China, a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness of digitization and advocates a free and responsible Internet. He also co-founded Chinavalue.net, a leading business new media in China. In 2000, Hu Yong was nominated for China's list of top Internet industry figures. Hu Yong is a founding director for Communication Association of China (CAC), China New Media Communication Association (CNMCA) and China Information Economics Society (CIES). He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Social Media, 2013-2014. His publications include Internet: The King Who Rules,the first book introducing the Internet to Chinese readers, and The Rising Cacophony: Personal Expression and Public Discussion in the Internet Age, documenting major transformations in the Chinese cyberspace. Hu Yong is an active blogger/microblogger. His blog boasts a readership of 6 million, and his microblog has more than 2 million followers. He is a frequent analyst on TV and newspapers/magazines. He has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, The Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, PBS and BBC.

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Ritu Srivastava

Ritu Srivastava

Programme Officer, DEF

Ms. Ritu Srivastava has over 10 years of rich professional experience in ICT development, managing programmes and projects at different stake-levels of competency. She has been actively entailed with Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) from the last 8 years. Her area of interest, activity and research is in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) at the grassroots level, internet governance, environmental issues, community development, open spectrum policy issues, etc. Her first stint at the development sector started working with i4d (information for development) magazine, which encompasses the role and relevance of ICT in various development sectors such as Rural Development, Gender issues, Governance, Micro-finance, Education, Health, Wireless Communication, ICT For Poor, Local Content, Culture and Heritage, etc. Being Senior Research Executive and part of editorial member, here, she addressed issues related to ICT and its impact on various subjects like Gender, Human Rights, Internet Governance, HIV/AIDS, Climate Change, Governance, MSME, Education, and many more through her articles. Her profile is mix of social development sector and corporate sector. Besides her engagement in social sector, she has worked with various publishing houses, including Macmillan India Pvt. Ltd, Tech Book India Pvt. Ltd., and Outsource Partners International Ltd. Presently, she is assisting Delhi based non-profit organization, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in various ICTD related projects and responsible for project design, ideation, implementation, leading policy meetings, fun-raising proposals, partnership forging, event guidance, workshops management and organizing. She also represented DEF in various international conferences.

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Jamie Tomasello

Jamie Tomasello

Policy and Investigation, CloudFlare

Having worked at Time Warner Cable, Internet Law Group, Cloudmark, and Comcast, Jamie has more than a decade of experience in the anti-abuse messaging space. Her impressive list of specialties includes: spam, phishing, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, investigation and analysis, intelligence collection, behavior analysis, pattern recognition, non-obvious relationships, big data, cyberlaw, and privacy policy. She is now using her considerable expertise at CloudFlare, a content delivery network startup that improves speed and security for various websites. In addition, she has been serving as Technical Committee Co-Chair for the Messaging Malware Mobility Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) since July 2013.

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Josh Levy

Josh Levy

Internet Campaign Director, Free Press

Josh Levy leads Free Press' work to secure an open Internet, strong protections for mobile phone users, public use of the public airwaves and universal access to high-speed Internet. Before joining Free Press, Josh was the managing editor of Change.org, where he supervised the launch of more than a dozen issue-based blogs. Josh holds a B.A. in English and Religion from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. in integrated media arts from Hunter College.

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Sameer Seth

Sameer Seth

Vice President, Bubbly

Sameer is a strong product visionary and seasoned marketer whose expertise is online and mobile consumer acquisition in international markets particularly in South East Asia. Working as Vice President for Bubbly, Sameer is responsible for 360 Degree operations for Bubbly in Asia Pacific with a focus on driving user growth for both the feature phone users and smart phone users.

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Lisa Kalenkiewicz

Lisa Kalenkiewicz

Customer Development Lead, engageSPARK

Lisa worked in business software in the US before moving to Cebu, Philippines in 2013 to volunteer for a year with anti-human trafficking NGO, International Justice Mission. She now combines her love of tech and social good by working at engageSPARK, a tech based social enterprise.

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Noelle Francesca de Guzman

Noelle Francesca de Guzman

Regional Programmes Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, ISOC

Noelle joined the Internet Society in October 2013 as Regional Programmes Coordinator for Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining ISOC, Noelle worked as a development analyst for global consulting firm Devex, where she examined public-private partnership trends in development cooperation. She began her career as a field researcher and journalist, and was special features editor of Philippine broadsheet BusinessWorld before pursuing a Master's in Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics, where she focused on Internet policy and regulation. Noelle also holds a master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines, and has travelled extensively in the Asia-Pacific region for both work and leisure. Noelle is multi-lingual and based in Manila, Philippines.

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Shahid Ahmad

Shahid Ahmad

Director, DEF

Mr. Shahid Ahmad has over 13 years of rich experience in implementing, managing and monitoring projects on ground at different stake-levels of competency. He has actively been engaged with implementation of various wireless network projects, internet related projects in field of ICT4D. His area of interest, activity and research is in wireless network projects, web development process, website programming, GUI design, planning and architecture, etc. His first stint in wireless technology and development started while working with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) where he implemented cluster based ICT development programme at Chanderi. Since then, he has successfully implemented and established wireless networks in more than 10 locations of the country and transformed clusters as sustainable and viable models such as Chanderi and Guna in Madhya Pradesh. His profile is mix of social development and technology field. He has expertise in computer technologies and languages, product and business development and system administration. Presently, he is assisting Delhi based non-profit organization, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in various ICTD related projects and responsible for project design, ideation, implementation, conducting various capacity and training programmes, implementation and extension of wireless network guidance.

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Osama Manzar

Osama Manzar

Founder- Director, DEF

Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India's rural sector and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) -- the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission; http://www.defindia.net. Osama has been British Chevening Fellow in 2002 and recently in 2011 he was invited by US State Department for the “International Visitors Leadership Program”. He just released his 4th Book called “[email protected]: 15 Years of Internet in India” http://netchakra.net. His other titles are: “e-Content: Voices from the Ground” (http://www.econtentworldwide.org); “Internet Economy of India”; “India's Best e-Contents”, and “Development & Digital Inclusion”.He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Proliferation & Governance for Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Comm & IT, India. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) under Department of Telecom ay Ministry of Telecom & IT. At the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, for the Community Radio Licensing, Osama Manzar is a member of the Screening Committee.He has recently initiated a regional movement on “How Mobile can Empower Masses” through mBillionth Award South Asia, recognising and mentoring Mobile Content, Application & Services; http://mbillionth.in. In 2003 he launched India's first ever award for choosing the best e-content practices in India and South Asia through Manthan Award. Osama is the Chairman of the Manthan Award South Asia for “Digital Inclusion for Development”. Manthan Award has extended its reach to Asia Pacific region recently & has accumulated more than 4000 best e-content practices in its nomination bank from India and other Asian countries. http://www.manthanaward.org Osama Manzar is e-Content Expert for India for World Summit Award (WSA), Grand Jury Member and member of Board of Directors; http://www.wsis-award.org. In addition, Osama Manzar has been Jury Anchor for the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Award (2008), India, and for Bahrain e-Content Award(2009), Sri Lanka's e-Content Award & Bangladesh e-Content & ICTD Award-National Digital Innovation(2010). He has been the moderator for e-North east Award Jury (2012). Further, he is the facilitator of the “Pearson Teachers Award” (Launch in 2012), an initiative of Pearson & NDTV in collaboration with Digital Empowerment Foundation. He has been a part of the Professional Social Entrepreneurship Program by Social-Impact International; http://www.social-impact.org. He has worked through Computerworld as assistant editor, head of Interactive Media Division of Hindustan Times and started a software company 4Cplus, for media publishers and quit the same to start off DEF in 2003. He is a physics graduate and post-graduate diploma in Journalism. Osama has a credit of covering at least 200 ICTD case studies in India and South Asia, has traveled more than 2000s of villages in India and South Asia, including 30countries. Osama is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and can read and write Arabic and Persian.

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Muzayin Nazaruddin

Muzayin Nazaruddin

Head of Department of Communications, Islamic University of Indonesia

Muzayin Nazaruddin is the current head of the Department of Communications of Islamic University of Indonesia. He teaches a number of communication-related subjects, including Qualitative Research Methodology, Media Text Analysis, Theories of Culture and Media, Theories of Communication, and Media Literacy. His academic interest focused on the disaster issues, including disaster and media, disaster journalism, disaster and history and culture of disaster. Muzayin initiated the establishment and development of the Clinic of Public Information Transparency (Klinik Keterbukaan Informasi Publik) at Islamic University of Indonesia in 2009. This initiative seeks the appropriate way to integrate public information transparency discourse, campaigns, and movements to the university's teachings. He earned master degree from Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Estonia in 2013.

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Ricardo Bahague Jr

Ricardo Bahague Jr

National Coordinator & Project Manager, Computer Professionals' Union

Ricardo Bahague Jr is the National Coordinator and Project Manager at Computer Professionals' Union. He designs and implements campaigns on issues related to "Advancing ICT for the People" . One of the projects he implemented is VoteReportPH - A crowd-source election monitoring initiative (2010) implemented as part of two European Union-funded project for Election Transparency which uses frontline-SMS and the Ushahidi platform.

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Jane T. Uymatiao

Jane T. Uymatiao

Co-founder, Blog Watch

Jane T. Uymatiao is a Co-founder of, Blog Watch, , a citizen advocacy group that pushes for transparency and good governance through the written word as well as through social media engagement. As an early adopter of social media, she is a strong believer in its role in effecting change for the betterment of a brand, a company or even a country. She also co-founded Prep2Prime Digital , an initiative focusing on digital citizenship with a social and wellness mindset.

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Amalia Toledo

Amalia Toledo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, Karisma Foundation

Amalia Toledo is a historian and attorney from Puerto Rico. She is currently project coordinator and researcher at Karisma Foundation, a Colombian NGO that works on promoting the realization of human rights in digital spaces. In this role, Amalia works on issues related to digital safety, freedom of expression online, gender-based violance, Internet freedom and open educational resources. Prior to that, she has worked as a researcher and development worker on human rights issues, particularly on access to information, freedom of expression and media.

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JR Contreras

JR Contreras

President/CEO, Imperium Technology, Inc.

JR is the President/CEO of Imperium Technology Inc. JR Contreras leads Imperium's direction and growth and focuses on the international marketing for the company and was able to grow to US, Japan, Canada and the Australian market. Prior to Imperium, he founded IPhil Communications Network, Inc., one of the country's largest Internet Service Provider, which was later bought by NASDAQ listed PSINet. He held several positions within PSINet including Country Manager for the Philippines and Asia Pacific Head for Product Development. JR also worked with Online Advanced Systems/Hewlett Packard and Oracle. He has been involved with GNU/Linux since 1995 and part of his advocacy work includes spearheading some the country's major IT event including the Philippine Open Source Conference. A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Art on Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Jelen Paclarin

Jelen Paclarin

Executive Director, Women's Legaland Human Rights Bureau

Jelen Paclarin is a women's rights advocate and the Executive Director of the Women's Legal Bureau (WLB). As a senior lecturer at the Miriam College in Manila, Jelen both educates on and fights for women's human rights. WLB's activities include education and training on women's human rights and the law and conducting research and engaging in policy advocacy to transform the law and the legal system to advance women's rights and leadership. WLB is also member of APWLD (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development).

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Professor Sinta Dewi Rosadi

Professor Sinta Dewi Rosadi

Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Padjadjaran University

Sinta Dewi Rosadi is Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia . She Graduated from Faculty of Law of Padjadjaran University and obtaining the LL.M Degree from Washington College of Law American University, USA. In 2009 She finish her Ph.D with Cum Laude from Faculty of the Padjadjaran University and defend the Thesis in Information Privacy Law and Its Model of Regulations for Indonesia. During her work as a Law Professor, she has actively participated in several training program abroad such Summer Law Program , Faculty of Law, Wisconsin University , USA and Faculty of Law, Harvard University, USA. She also conducted several research program in several Visiting Professor Program in Faculty of Law Wisconsin University and Faculty of Law, New South Wales University, Sydney, Australia. She also participated in several international dan national seminar relating to the Privacy Issues in E-Commerce. She also conduct research in Cyberlaw issues and in particularly in Information Privacy issue with the governmnent (The Ministry of Communications and Infomation) especially in drafting and as a resource person relating to the Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Protection Law , Freedom of Information Law and Convergence Law. After she finish her Ph.D she also writing 2 books on Privacy : Privacy in E-Commerce and State Practice relating to Privacy Regulations.

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Sadaf Baig

Sadaf Baig

Program Manager (Digital Rights & Freedom of Expression), Bytes for All

Sadaf Baig is a media activist and journalist who currently is serving as the project manager of the Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression program at Bytes for All, Pakistan. Previously, she worked as Director Research and Communication at Intermedia Pakistan and has several publications to her credit, including the FATA Media Review, How Pakistani Media Reports on Terrorism, and the Media Threats Bulletins. Sadaf has also worked as Senior Package Producer with Pakistan's leading television networks, Geo Television and Dunya News. She holds a master's degree in Communication and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Cheekay Cinco

Cheekay Cinco

Skills and Strategies Program Manager, EngageMedia

Born, raised and living in the Philippines, Cheekay is a feminist activist who has been working in the area of non-profit technology for more than a decade. From 1998 to 2001, she worked with the now-defunct Asian Women's Resource Exchange (AWORC), a network of women's resource centres. From 2002 to 2010, she was a regular staff at the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), where she was part of the Women's Networking Support Programme (WNSP) and the Strategic Technologies and Network Development Programme (STAND). At APC, she also developed the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM), managed the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX), conducted training on different internet-based technologies for other organisations, and wrote manuals on social media for advocacy. Since then, Cheekay has been working as a freelance and volunteer trainer for various local and international activist groups, designing and conducting training workshops to support the strategic, secure and appropriate use of internet-based technologies for advocacy and activism.

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MANILA 2015 COMPLETE SPEAKERS LIST

    Jelen Paclarin, Executive Director
    Philippines Women's Legal and Human Rights Bureau

    Ramon Isberto, VP for Public Affairs
    Smart Communications

    USec. Louis Napoleon Casambre, Dept of Science & Technology-ICT Office
    Philippines

    U Ye Thura Thet, Managing Partner Co, Ltd
    Kernellix

    Stephane Lamoureux, Group IT Director
    KBZ Group

    Agnes Callamard, Director
    Global Freedom and Information at Columbia University

    Professor Ks Park, founding Director
    Open Net, Korea University Law School)

    Romel Regalado Bagares, Executive Director
    International Center of Law

    Noelle Francesca de Guzman, Regional Programmes Coordinator
    for Asia Pacific
    ISOC

    Edmon Chung, CEO
    DotAsia

    Andrew McLaughlin, CEO
    DIGG

    Bertrand de La Chappelle, Director
    Internet & Jurisdiction Project

    May-Ann Lim, Director/Executive Director
    Asia Cloud Computing Association/TRPC

    Jia-Rong Low, Head of Strategy and Initiatives for the Asia Pacific
    ICANN

    Nadine Moawad, EROTICS Coordinator
    Association for Progressive Communications

    Chris Riley, Head of Public Policy
    Mozilla

    Luca Belli, Researcher
    Center for Technology and Society, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School
    Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director
    Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

    Winthrop Yu
    ISOC Philippines

    Estelle Massé, Policy Analyst
    Access

    Masashi Nishihata, Research Manage
    The Citizen Lab

    Irene Poetranto, Communications Officer
    The Citizen Lab

    Adam Senft, Research Officer
    The Citizen Lab

    Sarah McKune, Senior Researcher
    The Citizen Lab

    Arthit Suriyawongkul, Coordinator
    Thai Netizen Network

    Lobsang Gyatso, Digital Security Programs Manager
    Tibet Action Institute
    Cynthia Wong, Senior Researcher
    Human Rights Watch

    Kelly Kim
    OpenNet Korea

    Mr. Orlen Ocleasa, Program Quality and Impact Assessment Advisor
    ActionAid Myanmar

    Dr. Sital Kumar, Advisor Governance and Field Operations

    Mr. Pyae Phyo Aung

    Marlon Anthony R. Tonson, Legal counsel
    Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA)

    Jihwan Park, General Counsel
    Open Net

    Prof. Park Kyung-sin, Professor
    Korea University, Open Net Korea

    Katitza Rodriguez, International Rights Director
    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Prasanth Sugathan, Counsel
    Software Freedom Law Center

    Amalia Toledo, Project Coordinator
    Fundación Karisma

    Miguel Morachimo, Investigator
    Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights

    Gabrielle Guilleman, Legal Officer
    ARTICLE 19

    Amie Stepanovich, Senior Policy Counsel
    Access

    Edmund Bon, Attorney
    Bon Advocates/Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights

    Peter Noorlander, Chief Executive Officer
    Media Legal Defense Initiative

    Mark Wallem, Senior Country Director
    National Democratic Institute

    Atty. Harry Roque Jr., Chairman
    Centre for International Law

    Jon Ungphakorn, Director
    iLaw

    Ellen Tordesillas, Journalist
    Malay.Com.Ph

    Silvana Fumega, Researcher
    University of Tasmania

    Firmansyah MS, Media Specialist
    Kinerja

    Gabe Baleos, Co-Lead Coordinator
    Open Data Philippines Task Force

    Michael Canares, Project Manager
    Open Data Lab Jakarta

    Noemi Lardizabal-Dado, Co-Founder
    Blog Watch

    Jane T. Uymatiao, Co-Founder
    Blog Watch

    Rick Bahague, Project Leader,
    VoteReportPH

    Lisa Kalenkiewicz, Customer Development Le
    engageSPARK

    Sameer Seth, Vice President
    Bubble Motions Pte Ltd (Bubbly app)

    Marina Azcarate, Head-Global Marketing
    Open Garden Inc. (Firechat app)

    Gabey Goh, Editor
    Digital News Asia

    Dipta Chakma, Regional Project Coordinator
    Indigenous Voices Asia, Asia Indigen​ous Peoples Pact​

    Klaikong Vaidhyakarn, Deputy Director
    ChangeFusion

    Gus Andrews (OpenITP)

    Andrew Puddephatt, Executive Director
    Global Partners Digital

    Kaustubh Srikanth, Head of Technology
    Tactical Tech

    Tarek Shalaby, Creative Director
    The Planet

    Fereidoon, Anti-Censorship Trafficker
    ASL19

    Ed Legaspi, Communications Officer
    Southeast Asian Press Alliance

    Shahzad Ahmed, Director
    Bytes For All

    Cheekay Cinco, Skills and Strategies Program Manager
    EngageMedia

    Nick O'Donnell, Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia Pacific
    Yahoo!

    Raman Jit Singh Chima, Asia Project Manager
    Access

    Ritu Srivastava, Programme Manager
    Digital Empowerment Fund

    Mr. Kees van Baar, Human Rights Ambassador
    Netherlands

    Osama Manzar
    Digital Empowerment Fund

    Cecille Soria
    Democracy.Net

    Suzanne Duke, Director of Public Policy - Europe
    LinkedIn

    Pranesh Prakesh, Policy Director
    Centre for Internet and Society

    Michael Cañares, Project Manager
    World Wide Web Foundation's Open Data Lab Jakarta

    Rizky Ananda Wulan Sapta Rini, Project Assistant
    Publish What You Pay Indonesia

    Muzayin Nazaruddin, Head of Department of Communications
    Islamic University of Indonesia

    Dody Priambodo, Program Officer
    Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia

    Jay Fajardo, Program Director
    Launch Garage

    Sasha Van Geffen, CEO
    Greenhost

    Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst
    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director
    Centre for Internet and Society

    Professor Kyung Sin Park, Law Professor
    OpenNet Korea

    Juan Carlos Lara, Attorney
    Derechos Digitales

    Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President
    BSR

    Pratap Chatterjee, Executive Director
    CorpWatch

    Indu Nepal, Regional Director
    EngageMedia

    Sasha Costanza-Chock, Worker-Owner
    Research Action Design

    Mimin Dwi Hartono, Investigator
    Indonesian National Human Rights Commission

    Marc Titus D. Cebreros, Chief of Information and Communication Division
    Commission on Human Rights Philippines

    David Kaye, Special Rapporteur
    United Nations Human Rights Council

    Nyan Zaw, Member
    Myanmar National Human Rights Commission

    Seelan Palay, Filmmaker
    Engage Media

    Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Senior Research Fellow
    New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI)

    Sylvia Cadena, Community Grants and Awards Specialist
    ISIF Asia

    Jennifer Cheung
    Hong Kong Transparency Report

    Jiwon Sohn, Researcher
    Korea Internet Transparency Report

    John Smock, Director
    Small World News

    Brian Conley, Co­founder
    Small World News

    Becky Kazansky, Lead Programme Researcher
    Tactical Tech Collective (TTC)

    Chat Garcia Ramilo, Deputy Executive Director
    Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

    Chris Schweidler, Co-founder, Worker-Owner
    Research Action Design (RAD)

    Patricia Curran, Head of Business Sustainability
    Telenor Myanmar

    Amos Toh, Katz Fellow and Counsel
    Brennan Center for Justice

    Liza Garcia, ICT Coordinator
    Foundation for Media Alternatives

    Engr. Edgardo Cabarios (tent.), Director Regional Branch
    Philippine National Telecommunications Commission

    William Gois, Regional Coordinator
    Migrant Forum in Asia

    Marizen Santos, Program Staff
    Migrant Forum in Asia

    Alexa Koenig, Executive Director
    Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley

    Friedhelm Weinberg, Programme Manager
    HURIDOCS

    Nilantha Ilangamuwa
    Asian Human Rights Commission

    Kasima Tharnpipitchai
    GitHub

    Giancarlo Frosio, Intermediary Liability Fellow
    Stanford University CIS

    Rebecca MacKinnon, Director Ranking Digital Project
    New America Foundation / Global Voices

    Mahima Kaul, Head, Cyber and Media Initiative
    Observatory Research Foundation Delhi

    An Xiao Mina,
    The Civic Beat

    Marek Tuszynski,
    Tactical Technology Collective

    Anqi Li,
    Access

    Elinor Buxton, Senior Research Analyst
    Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

    Elonnai Hickok, Researcher
    Centre for Internet and Society (CIS)

    Waqqas Mir, Lawyer
    Digital Rights Foundation

    Xianhong Hu, Program Specialist in Communication and Information
    UNESCO

    Richard Stallman, Founder
    GNU Project & Free Software Foundation

    Kamran Emad, ICT Research Leader
    Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

    Jamie Tomasello, Tech Director
    Access

    Maria Ressa, CEO
    Rappler

    Khailee Ng, Managing Partner
    500 Startups

    Celina Agaton, Managing Director
    Map the Philippines

    Gil Francis G. Arevalo, Communications with Communities /Accountability to Affected Populations Focal Point UNOCHA
    The Philippines

    Felino Castro V, Director III
    Information and Communications Technology Management Service, The Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development

    Bill Luz, Advisor
    Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation

    Tanya Zaldarriaga, Program Officer for Membership
    CodeNGO

    Bong Esguerra, Corporate Social Responsibility
    Globe Telecom

    Lory Tan, Former CEO
    WWF

    Jun Godornes, Philippines Associate Director for National Resource Development
    World Vision

    Mark Ruiz, Co-Founder and President
    Hapinoy Social Enterprise

    Denise Celdran
    Citizen Group

    Meerim Ilyas, Sr Program Officer
    Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

    Gul Bukhari, Independent Researcher and Human Rights Defender Specializing in Digital Rights and Gender Equity, and Columnist
    The Nation (Pakistan)

    Jelen C. Paclarin, Executive Director
    Philippine Women's Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc.

    Maimunah Mudjahid, Founder
    Bayt al-Hikmah

    Asaf Bartov, Sr Program Officer
    Emerging Wikimedia Communities

    Mr. Mike Godwin, ,Director of Innovation Policy and General Counsel
    R Street Institute

    Mr. So Sorthy, Communications and Advocacy Officer
    Cambodian Center for Independent Media

    Mr. Raul Cortez, Corporate Affairs Director
    Microsoft Philippines

    Gus Miclat, Executive Director
    Initiatives for International Dialogue

    John Liu, South & East Asia Programme Manager
    Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development - Forum-Asia

    Al Alegre, Executive Director
    Foundation for Media Alternatives

    Moe Thway, Member
    Generation Wave Youth Force

    Warina Sushil Jukuy, Western Mindanao Coordinator
    Hijaab-Niqaab Advocacy Network/Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
    Bertrand de La Chapelle, Director
    Internet & Jurisdiction Project

    Renata Avila, Global Campaigns Manager Web We Want
    World Wide Web Foundation

    Cathleen Berger, International Cyber Policy Coordinator Staff
    German Federal Foreign Office

    Marianne Diaz, Director
    Acceso Libre/Creative Commons Venezuela

    Nica Dumlao, Internet Rights Program Coordinator
    Foundation for Media Alternatives

    Sherif Elsayed, Deputy Director Global Issues
    Amnesty International

    Mong Palatino, Former Member House of Representatives
    The Philippines

    Danny O'Brien, International Director
    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Judy Taing, Senior Programme Officer
    Article 19

    Yana Rizal, Coordinator
    Projek Dialog

    Sadaf Baig, Program Manager
    Bytes for All

    Furhan Hussain, Manager of Advocacy and Outreach
    Bytes for All

    Ben Blink, Senior Policy Analyst
    Google

    Shahzad Ahmad, Executive Director
    Bytes for All

    Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel
    Access

    J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director
    Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

    Jon Camfield, Technology Strategist for Social Change
    Internews

    Yoonee Jeong, Research Director
    TRPC, Singapore

    Arthit Suriyamongkul, Co-founder
    Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture AND Coordinator
    Thai Netizen Network (TNN)

    Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota, Head of the Department of Journalism and Information
    Chulalongkorn University

    Professor Sinta Dewi Rosadi, Faculty of Law
    Padjadjaran University

    Htaike Htaike, Program Manager
    Myanmar ICT for Development Organization

    Gabrielle Guillemin, Legal Officer
    ARTICLE 19

    Laura Mottaz, Program Officer
    DRL Internet Freedom Program

    Leon Willems, Director Policy and Programs
    Free Press Unlimited

    Hope Esquillo Tura, Manager for the Regional Child Rights Governance Program
    Save the Children

    Amihan Abueva, Regional Executive Director
    Child Rights Coalition Asia

    Tanya Hisanan, Advocacy and Communications Officer
    Child Rights Coalition Asia

    Cheung Wing Yan, Aquarius, NetMission Ambassador
    NetMission.Asia

    Chan Wai Yee, Ruby, NetMission Ambassador
    NetMission.Asia

    Yannis Li Ka Yin, Coordinator of .Kids Initiative
    DotKids Foundation

    David Ng Ki Chun, Coordinator of .Kids Initiative
    DotKids Foundation

    Sam Gregory, Program Director
    WITNESS

    Bryan Nunez
    Open Society Foundation

    Fieke Janson, Project Lead Politics of Data
    Tactical Tech

    Raegan MacDonald, European Policy Manager
    Access

    Simon Henderson, Senior Policy Lawyer
    Human Rights Law Council of Australia

    Elinox Buxton, Senior Research Analyst
    Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

    Joseph Purugganan, Coordinator and Head
    Office for the Philippines of Focus on the Global South

    Alison Cole, Adjunct Professor
    NYU School of Law

    Jay Aronson, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Dept. of History
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Molly Land, Professor of Law
    University of Connecticut School of Law
    Sarah Knuckey, Faculty Co-Director Human Rights institute and Associate Professor of Human Rights
    Columbia Law School

    Keith Hiatt, Technology and Human Rights Fellow
    Human Rights Center

    Stephen Cody, Atrocity Response Program Director
    Human Rights Center

    Donny BU, Executive Director
    ICT Watch - Indonesia

    Nighat Dad, Director
    Digital Rights Foundation

    Hon. Charles Mok, Legislative Council
    Hong Kong

    Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Research Manager
    Citizen Lab

    Duy Hoang, Spokesperson
    Viet Tan
    Libby Liu, President
    Radio Free Asia

    Bishakha Datta, Executive Director
    Point of View

    Jac sm Kee, Programme Manager
    Association for Progressive Communications

    Kamilia Manaf
    EroTICs (Exploratory Research on Sexuality and ICTs)

    Anja Kovacs, Director
    Internet Democracy Project

    Hartoyo, Chairman
    Suara Kita

    Naomi Fontanos, Executive Director
    GANDA Filipinas

    Christina C. DiPasquale, Associate Vice President
    FitzGibbon Media

    Maria A. Ressa, CEO & Executive Editor
    Rappler

    Roberto Coloma, Bureau Chief
    Agence France-Presse

    Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive DirectorChon
    Southeast Asia Press Alliance

    Althea Acas, Attorney-at-Law
    Sed Lex Professional Partnership Co.

    Sam Kaddoura, Co-Founder
    BuyBitcoin.ph

    Macoy Mejia, Co-Founder
    MBTC.ph; Software Freedom Advocate and Humanitarian Volunteer

    Rey Refundo, Co-Founder
    Qwikwire.com

    Kilnam Chon, Founder
    Networking Inc.

    Ms. Jamila Rodrigues Venturini Journalist
    FGV

    Ken Carter, Counsel
    Cloudflare

    Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship
    Microsoft


MANILIA 2015 ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Charles Mok

Charles Mok

Legislative Council, Hong Kong

Mr. Charles Mok is the Legislative Councillor representing the Information Technology Functional Constituency of the Hong Kong SAR. Charles is well known as one of the ICT industry leaders and Internet pioneers in Hong Kong, and one of the most out-spoken IT professionals who advocates the application of ICT in the Hong Kong community. He is the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation and the former Chairman of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association. In 2006, he co-founded the Internet Society Hong Kong, the local chapter of Internet Society, the global technology and advocacy body for the Internet. Internationally, Charles served as the Chairman of the Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2011 to 2012. Further to his work in ICT, Charles is active in public services with a view to uphold and safeguard the core values of Hong Kong of which include democracy, liberty, human rights, rule of law and integrity. He serves as a member of the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and, CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee. He is an elected member of the Election Committee (IT Subsector) since 1998. As regards to his engagement in the civil society, Charles is the Chairman of the Professional Commons, a cross-sector professional think tank. He is also a member of the Management Committee of Cyber Senior Network Development Association and, a director of Hong Kong Democratic Foundation. Mong Palatino is the Philippines' first blogger turned legislator and the first elected youth representative in the legislative body. He is currently the regional editor for Southeast Asia of Global Voices Online.

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Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Gayathry Venkiteswaran (from Malaysia), is the Executive Director of SEAPA. She is responsible for the overall management of the Secretariat based in Bangkok, Thailand; and for liaising with the SEAPA Board of Trustees, members, partners and donors. She is responsible for the overall strategies in implementing SEAPA's programmatic and organizational objectives.

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Htaike Htaike Aung

Htaike Htaike Aung

Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

Htaike Htaike is interested in Internet Culture and has been involved in Myanmar's Internet propagation events since 2006. She is a computer privacy and circumvention activist and trains Myanmar human rights defenders in internet and digital security. Htaike Htaike is one of the founders of MBS (Myanmar Blogger Society). She is an organizer of Barcamp Yangon and works with NGOs in grassroots ICT training projects.

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May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim

Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders' Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

May-Ann has over a decade of experience in tech and development public policy across the Asia Pacific. She has worked with multiple regional and global institutions, including the World Bank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and the Singapore Internet Project, on thought leadership, government relations and stakeholder outreach efforts. May-Ann also lectures on Internet and ICT Policy in the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests include telecommunication networks and ICT policy, new media and communications, technology developments and applications, mobile platforms, disaster relief and development work in universal education, and access to finance.

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Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at - and was part of the founding team of - the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that engages in research and policy advocacy. He is also currently an Access to Knowledge Fellow at the Yale Law School's Information Society Project, the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India, on the Executive Committee of the NCUC at ICANN. In 2014 he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural "30 under 30" list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was nominated as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics and the law. His current work focusses on interrogating, promoting, and engaging with policymakers on the areas of access to knowledge (primarily copyright reform), 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, free/libre/open source software, and open access), freedom of expression, privacy and Internet governance. He is a prominent voice on these issues, with the newspaper Mint calling him “one of the clearest thinkers in this area”, and his research having been quoted in the Indian parliament. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on these topics. He has a degree in arts and law from the National Law School in Bangalore, and while there he helped found the Indian Journal of Law and Technology, and was part of its editorial board for two years.

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Al Alegre

Al Alegre

Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives

Al is executive director of Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), a 27-year old Philippine NGO seeking to promote communication rights and democratize information and communication platforms and resources to disadvantaged citizens and communities. He directly manages FMA's policy research and advocacy work to promote digital human rights as a public interest concern in national, regional and global arenas. He often represents civil society organisations (CSOs) in national, Asian, and global multi-stakeholder meetings, policy forums, and summits related to internet governance and infocomms policy, including as advisor in Philippine delegations. He is a Council Member of the global Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and has played coordinating roles in the Open Net Initiative-Asia and the PrivAsia initiative. He is now directly in charge of FMA's collaborations with Privacy International in the area of privacy rights advocacy. He remains a an occasional consultant with his country's Department of Science and Technology ICT policy office, particularly in the areas of open standards/open data, open governance, and data protection.

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Arthit Suriyamongkol

Arthit Suriyamongkol

Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator

Arthit (@bact) is a co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator for Thai Netizen Network (TNN), based in Bangkok. With TNN and their partners like human rights lawyers and academics, he helps fight court cases related to freedom of expression online, produces recommendations for Internet and information policies, and organizes forums on technology and current issues. Before joined TNN, Arthit was in software industry and linguistic research. He was trained in artificial intelligence and anthropology. His 2012 master thesis is about cultural-political activism and parody by Thai social media users.

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Jac Kee

Jac Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Jac sm Kee is a feminist activist, poet & writer. She is the Manager of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme. Her areas of focus include internet governance, human rights and freedoms, sexuality, women's rights, violence against women and the creative and strategic use of communications technologies for movement building and inclusive political engagement. Jac is also co-founder of Knowledge & Rights with Young People through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), an organisation working with young people on the issue of sexual rights in Malaysia. She is currently serving as a board member for the Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID), the New York chapter of Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action (CREA NY) and director of Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ).

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Merlyna Lim

Merlyna Lim

Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society in the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University

Merlyna Lim is a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She is the Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society. Lim's research interests revolve around societal implications of digital media especially in the non-Western context. She has investigated the use of digital media in recent uprisings, including the Arab Spring, the Malaysian Bersih (electoral reform) movement, and populist movements in Indonesia. She has held positions in Princeton University, Arizona State University, and the University of Southern California, among others. More about her, see: http://merlyna.org ).

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Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

Blogger and former legislator, Global Voices

Mong Palatino is the Philippines' first blogger turned legislator and the first elected youth representative in the legislative body. He is currently the regional editor for Southeast Asia of Global Voices Online.

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Bobby Soriano

Bobby Soriano

Security Expert

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MANILIA 2015 PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

Matt Perault

Matt Perault

Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Matt Perault is the head of policy development at Facebook, where he helps to develop the company's positions on global public policy issues. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked on privatization policy as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University.

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Professor Park Kyung-sin

Professor Park Kyung-sin

Founding Director, Open Net, Professor, Korea University Law School

Korea University Law School Professor PARK Kyung-Sin, a.k.a. K.S. Park, one of the founders of Open Net Korea , and has written academically and been active in internet , free speech, privacy, defamation, copyright, international contracting, etc. (quoted in Freedom House report , New York Times ). He has given expert testimonies in high-profile free speech and privacy cases concerning Minerva , the internet real name verification law , the military's seditious book blacklisting , the newspaper consumers' boycott , and Park Jung-Geun the one jailed for retweeting North Korean government twits. (The “false news” crime in the Minerva case and the internet real name verification laws were struck down as unconstitutional, Park Jung-Geun and Minerva acquitted, the soldiers challenging book blacklisting reinstated, the newspaper boycotters acquitted partially as to the “secondary boycotting” charge (2010-2013)).

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Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director of Ranking Digital Rights Project, New America Foundation

Rebecca MacKinnon is director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation, developing a system to rank the world's most powerful Internet, telecommunications, and other ICT sector companies on free expression and privacy criteria. Author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012) MacKinnon is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online, whose Board of Directors she presently chairs. She also serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. She is also a visiting affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication's Center for Global Communications Studies. Before launching Ranking Digital Rights, she was a senior research fellow (2012-2013) and Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow (2010-2012) at the New America Foundation. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN's Beijing Bureau Chief from 1998-2001 and Tokyo Bureau Chief from 2001-2003. Since leaving CNN in 2004 she has held fellowships at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press and Public Policy, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Open Society Foundations, and Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. For two years in 2007-08 she served on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, and taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Fall 2013. She received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan.

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Tonyo Cruz

Tonyo Cruz

Blogger, Advocate and Strategist

Tonyo wears many hats: Blogger, advocate and digital strategist for causes, and also a newspaper columnist. He is a co-conspirator of: telco watchdog TXTPower; citizens' election coverage #juanvote in 2010 and 2013; netizens' meetup group TweetUpMNL that organizes the annual Philippine social media day; the pro-internet freedom group Bloggers and Netizens for Democracy that fought the Cybercrime Law; and the digital-powered and award-winning social good projects #RescuePH and #ReliefPH. He has worked for cause-oriented groups, activist Members of Congress, advertising agencies, and a national newspaper. He is a longtime and tireless champion of the use of digital tools for causes, advocacies and grassroots-based media. He recently started writing an op-ed column for the Manila Bulletin. Check out his blog at tonyocruz.com, a winner of the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards, and follow him at @tonyocruz.

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Andrew Puddephatt

Andrew Puddephatt

Executive Director, Global Partners

Andrew is a recognised international expert on freedom of expression policy and practice with a particular focus upon digital policy. He has worked in the field of human rights for over twenty years and has been an expert advisor to international organisations such as the Council of Europe, Commonwealth, UNDP and UNESCO as well as national governments. He has published widely on different aspects of freedom of expression, written guides on assessing the impact of development programmes on human rights policy for UNDP and UNESCO, and made strategic assessments of future trends for European governments. He was previously director of Article 19, an international human rights organisation; is currently chair of International Media Support in Denmark, Deputy Chair of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and a management board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Bertrand de La Chapelle

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Bertrand de La Chapelle is the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project. He served as a Director on the ICANN Board from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he was France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.

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Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

Gayathry Venkiteswaran (from Malaysia), is the Executive Director of SEAPA. She is responsible for the overall management of the Secretariat based in Bangkok, Thailand; and for liaising with the SEAPA Board of Trustees, members, partners and donors. She is responsible for the overall strategies in implementing SEAPA's programmatic and organizational objectives.

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Htaike Htaike Aung

Htaike Htaike Aung

Co-Founder; Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO)

Htaike Htaike is interested in Internet Culture and has been involved in Myanmar's Internet propagation events since 2006. She is a computer privacy and circumvention activist and trains Myanmar human rights defenders in internet and digital security. Htaike Htaike is one of the founders of MBS (Myanmar Blogger Society). She is an organizer of Barcamp Yangon and works with NGOs in grassroots ICT training projects.

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May-Ann Lim

May-Ann Lim

Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association, Managing Director, TRPC Pte Ltd, & Convenor, Young Leaders' Programme Singapore (YLP SG)

May-Ann has over a decade of experience in tech and development public policy across the Asia Pacific. She has worked with multiple regional and global institutions, including the World Bank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and the Singapore Internet Project, on thought leadership, government relations and stakeholder outreach efforts. May-Ann also lectures on Internet and ICT Policy in the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her research interests include telecommunication networks and ICT policy, new media and communications, technology developments and applications, mobile platforms, disaster relief and development work in universal education, and access to finance.

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Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash

Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society India, Brown University

Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at - and was part of the founding team of - the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based non-profit that engages in research and policy advocacy. He is also currently an Access to Knowledge Fellow at the Yale Law School's Information Society Project, the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India, on the Executive Committee of the NCUC at ICANN. In 2014 he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural "30 under 30" list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was nominated as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics and the law. His current work focusses on interrogating, promoting, and engaging with policymakers on the areas of access to knowledge (primarily copyright reform), 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, free/libre/open source software, and open access), freedom of expression, privacy and Internet governance. He is a prominent voice on these issues, with the newspaper Mint calling him “one of the clearest thinkers in this area”, and his research having been quoted in the Indian parliament. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on these topics. He has a degree in arts and law from the National Law School in Bangalore, and while there he helped found the Indian Journal of Law and Technology, and was part of its editorial board for two years.

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Jac Kee

Jac Kee

Women's Rights Programme Manager, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Jac sm Kee is a feminist activist, poet & writer. She is the Manager of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme. Her areas of focus include internet governance, human rights and freedoms, sexuality, women's rights, violence against women and the creative and strategic use of communications technologies for movement building and inclusive political engagement. Jac is also co-founder of Knowledge & Rights with Young People through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), an organisation working with young people on the issue of sexual rights in Malaysia. She is currently serving as a board member for the Association of Women's Rights in Development (AWID), the New York chapter of Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action (CREA NY) and director of Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ).

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Merlyna Lim

Merlyna Lim

Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society in the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University

Merlyna Lim is a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She is the Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society. Lim's research interests revolve around societal implications of digital media especially in the non-Western context. She has investigated the use of digital media in recent uprisings, including the Arab Spring, the Malaysian Bersih (electoral reform) movement, and populist movements in Indonesia. She has held positions in Princeton University, Arizona State University, and the University of Southern California, among others. More about her, see: http://merlyna.org ).

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Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

Blogger and former legislator, Global Voices

Mong Palatino is the Philippines' first blogger turned legislator and the first elected youth representative in the legislative body. He is currently the regional editor for Southeast Asia of Global Voices Online.

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Bobby Soriano

Bobby Soriano

Security Expert

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Joana Varon Ferraz

Joana Varon Ferraz

Project Coordinator and Researcher on Digital Rights, Center for Technology and Society/Fundação Getulio Vargas

Joana Varon Ferraz is a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. She works on applied research on information and communication technology for development. Joana is a lawyer and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in law and development. Joana is concerned about how the lack of true Internet freedom impacts human rights, innovation and, ultimately, development. As these are political questions, she has recently been searching for news tools to engage users on Internet policies, mixing both film activism and new technologies.

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Lucy Purdon

Lucy Purdon

Programme Support Manager: ICT, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Lucy joined IHRB as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) researcher on the EC Human Rights Sector Guidance project. She manages IHRB's ICT Programme and works mainly on issues of freedom of expression and privacy in ICTs. Lucy graduated with an MA in Human Rights from The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS), University of London. Her thesis, 'Privatising Dissent', applied the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the ICT sector. Prior to this, Lucy was a documentary producer/director and ran film-making courses for young offenders in the UK. She also holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Film and Video from London College of Communications, University of the Arts.

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Sabrina Hersi Issa

Sabrina Hersi Issa

CEO, Be Bold Media

Sabrina Hersi Issa is the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to hunger, food security and humanitarian assistance and the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital agency focused on global advocacy. She organizes Rights Tech, a monthly gathering for technologists and activists and runs Survivor Fund, a political fund dedicated to support the rights of survivors of sexualized violence. Previously, she was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where she worked on issues related to technology, human rights and humanitarian disasters. She has worked for Afghans for Civil Society, Oxfam America and National Public Radio stations. She was named one of Forbes Magazine Top 30 under 30 for Law & Policy and her work in technology and media has been honored at the Women's Media Center, Levo League, Women's Information Network and the Women & Politics Institute. Sabrina is a graduate of Ohio State University where she studied International Relations & Diplomacy, Political Science and Women Studies. She is a Truman National Security Partner, advises human rights tech organizations Digital Democracy and CommunityRED. Sabrina sits on the board of directors of Exhale Pro-voice, Web of Change, Women, Action & the Media and the Project on Middle East Democracy.

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Nick Grossman

Nick Grossman

General Manager Policy and Outreach, Union Square Ventures

Nick works on public policy and regulatory issues that impact USV portfolio companies, open innovation the health of the web. Previously, he led an incubator for technology & media businesses at OpenPlans, which, among other things, pioneered the open311 web standard, founded the largest open source project in the public transit space, and built NYC's real-time bus data platform. Nick is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has a degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University and learned everything he knows about technology from people on the internet and by using view:source. He grew up in Brooklyn and now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two kids.

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Jillian York

Jillian York

Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Jillian C. York is EFF's Director for International Freedom of Expression. Although she specializes in freedom of expression issues in the Arab world, her work encompasses a broad range of topics, from digital security to the privatization of censorship. Jillian's work has been featured in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the New York Times, among others. She is also a regular speaker at global events. Prior to joining EFF, Jillian worked at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where she worked on several projects including the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict. She is the co-founder of the award-winning multilingual blog Talk Morocco, and has volunteered with Global Voices for many years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices, and on the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia's Open Technology Fund and R-Shief. Jillian holds a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University, where-like a surprisingly large number of individuals in her field-she also studied theatre. She alternately resides in the Internet or on an airplane and can often be found blogging or tweeting, as @jilliancyork.

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Carolyn Anhalt

Carolyn Anhalt

Researcher, Internews

Carolyn Anhalt has been researching and working with computers and technology her entire career, with a focus on cross-cultural communications and multi-lingual applications. She is currently contributing to research with Internews on a project documenting techniques and effects of digital censorship and surveillance in various countries. In addition to this, she also advises and trains organizations and individuals on information security practices. She was recently an advisor to OpenITP, CTO at InformSec, and translation community manager for the Tor Project. Prior to these activities, she worked on information technology projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia.

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Dave Steer

Dave Steer

Director of Advocacy, Mozilla Foundation

Dave Steer is Mozilla Foundation's Director of Advocacy, where he develops programs that enable Web users to have a voice in advancing and protecting the free and open Web. Dave joined Mozilla in 2014 from Facebook, where he was responsible for the company's global policy programs in a variety of areas including teen safety, education, digital citizenship, jobs and economy, and veterans' affairs. Prior to Facebook, he held leadership positions at Common Sense Media and GreatSchools.org, and ran Trust & Safety marketing at eBay and PayPal. Steer started his career as part of the initial team at TRUSTe, where he was responsible for marketing and public relations. Steer holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Vermont. He serves on the Bay Area advisory board for Little Kids Rock, is an avid Phish fan, and dreams of touring in a band when he grows up. He lives in San Francisco, CA, with his wife and daughter.

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Somphop Krittayaworagul

Somphop Krittayaworagul

Regional IT Project Manager, FHI 360

Somphop is an Professional IT engineer, with more than 15 years working at International NGO. He brings strong knowledge and idea to provide superb support at several country in Asia Pacific and Africa. He connect well across culturally and use to the multinational organization settings, especially in a developing world country.

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Onno Purbo

Onno Purbo

IT Leader and Expert

Onno is now well known as the Indonesian Internet evangelist. He is a writer, educator, and a speaker. To see a knowledge based society in Indonesia is Onno Purbo's ultimate dream and passion. He left his lecturer position at the Bandung Institute of Technology in February 2000 and has since dedicated his time to educating thousands of Indonesians on low cost Internet, Internet Telephony and free open source software. On many occasions shares his library stored on a USB hard drive 500Gbyte to spread IT knowledge to the people of Indonesia.

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Enrique Piracés

Enrique Piracés

Vice President, Human Rights Program, Benetech

Enrique Piracés is Vice President of the Human Rights Program at Benetech. He has been working at the intersection of human rights, science, and technological innovation for more than 10 years. His focus has been both the implications of the use of technology in the context of human rights as well as the opportunities that new scientific and technological developments open for NGOs and practitioners. He is an advocate for the use of open source and strong crypto as the baseline for human rights documentation and journalistic work.

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Sara Harrington

Sara Harrington

Sr. Director Legal- IP, Product and Privacy, LinkedIn

Sara leads the legal team that works to ensure that LinkedIn's products and services comply with applicable laws, are secure and honor our privacy commitments to our members. She also lead a legal team that seeks intellectual property rights for LinkedIn (trademarks, domains and patents) and works to ensure that LinkedIn respects the intellectual property rights of others.

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Winthrop Yu

Winthrop Yu

Trustee of the Philippine Chapter of the Internet Society

Consultant and writer Winthrop Yu is a former President and currently a Trustee of the Philippine Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-PH), where he is engaged on technical and policy issues with various stakeholders both nationally and internationally. Winthrop was formerly Senior Vice-President for Advocacies with the Philippine Internet Commerce Society (PICS) and editor of PC Magazine Philippines.

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Shita Laksmi

Shita Laksmi

Program Manager, Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia

Shita Laksmi is the Program Manager at Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia. She currently manages two initiatives at Hivos, covering some countries in Southeast Asia, the Making All Voices Count and Southeast Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative. She has over 14 years of experience with increasing roles and responsibilities that include managing and leading people in various programs. She has wide ranges of experience in the organizational development, management, fund raising and research. She has knowledge and special interest in the issue of media, community broadcasting, technology, transparency and accountability, and freedom of expression. She is very active in the development of Internet Governance in Indonesia and was acting as a deputy chair for Indonesia Internet Governance Forum in year 2012 - 2013. Ms. Laksmi received a master's degree fellowship from Konrad Adenauer Centre for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005 and joined Hivos afterwards.

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Katharine Kendrick

Katharine Kendrick

NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, Policy Associate

Kendrick leads the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights' efforts to effect practical change in the way technology and telecommunications companies address privacy and free expression rights. Kendrick developed Internet freedom policy for four years in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. At the State Department she worked on the formation of the Freedom Online Coalition, a group of 23 governments collaborating with other stakeholders to protect human rights online. Kendrick also led regional Internet freedom efforts with a focus on the Middle East/North Africa and Europe, and managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of grants committed to countering internet repression. Kendrick previously worked at the Center for International Media Assistance, the Hürriyet Daily News in Turkey, and the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. She is a graduate of Yale University. In 2013 Kendrick was named one of the "Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33" by Diplomatic Courier for her work on Internet policy.

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Sylvia Cadena

Sylvia Cadena

Community Awards and Grants Specialist, Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia)

Sylvia has been working for 2 decades supporting different organizations and groups to strategically use ICTs for development both in Asia and Latin America. She moved to Australia in 2008 and joined the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) to coordinate the information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia), a grants and awards program supporting innovation on ICTs in the region, where she currently serves. Following her studies, she joined COLNODO, where she worked to build a strong and consistent Internet presence from civil society organizations around the LAC region, providing technical training on web design, usability and accessibility. She coordinated the first telecenter project deployed in the Latin American region providing access for marginalized communities. In 2000, she joined the Tropical Whitefly IPM Project, a global research initiative on integrated pest management from the then Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research - CGIAR (now the CGIAR Consortium) where she developed the online platform and content management system for the project. In July 2003, her work was recognized with the "Annual Award for Young Professionals" by the International Development Research Center (IDRC). During her internship she supported ICAmericas to start-up a variety of initiatives such as OSILAC, FRIDA, WiLAC & TRICALCAR, the World Dialogue on Regulation, among others. From 2005 to 2008 she worked as a consultant, mainly on community wireless networking initiatives, focusing on collaboration platforms to provide training, localized materials (such as the Wireless Networking for the Developing World book series) as well as sourcing equipment to support network deployment across the LAC region.

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Jed Dominic Adao

Jed Dominic Adao

Philippines Representative, TechSoup Asia

I'm Jed, the representative of TechSoup Asia in the Philippines. TechSoup Asia is a nonprofit program that aims to help nonprofits in the Southeast Asian region be more effective through providing software donations from Microsoft and other leading technology providers. Behind the desk, I'm also a Microsoft YouthSpark advocate, promoting Microsoft's free, youth-oriented ICT programs via social media; a practitioner of Sociology; a frustrated chef; and most of all, a geek in my own right.

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Laura Mottaz

Laura Mottaz

Program Officer, Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Laura Mottaz is Program Officer for Internet Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State, where she co-manages DRL's multi-million dollar global Internet Freedom portfolio and oversees programs that focus on internet policy advocacy and research. Prior to joining DRL, Laura was Program Manager of ICT Policy and Programs at Internews, where she led internet policy and research initiatives with a focus on supporting and enhancing local internet policy advocacy worldwide. She also helped to manage Internews' digital security and technology development efforts. Prior to joining Internews, Laura worked as a Digital Coordinator at the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy and helped launch the Liberation Technology Program at Stanford University's Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Laura holds a B.A. in political science and M.A. in comparative politics from Stanford University.

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Jay Fajardo

Jay Fajardo

Philippines Representative, TechSoup Asia

Jay is a serial tech entrepreneur, a coder, and an avid soccer player. He is currently founder and CEO of Ruby development shop PROUDCLOUD, co-founder and CTO of HealthTech startup MEDIFI, and the Program Director of LAUNCHGARAGE, a startup accelerator based in Manila that funds and mentors early stage startups through a 6 month program. In 2002, he founded Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, which was acquired by PLDT in 2008. Jay holds roles as director, advisor, and mentor to various tech startups in Manila and regularly speaks on Lean Startup, Agile Development, and the South East Asian Startup Ecosystem. He is considered to be one of the thought leaders of the Philippines' tech startup scene. Jay regularly speaks at local and international forums on the South East Asian startup ecosystem including the Asia Business Conference at Harvard, the annual re:publica conference in Berlin, and the annual Echelon conferences in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Chim Manavy

Chim Manavy

Executive Director, Chairperson of the Executive Committee, and a Founder of Open

Through Open Institute Manavy's hope is to promote gender equality and women's empowerment. She is the founder of the Women Empowerment for Social Change programme that aims to promote gender equality and women's rights. Manavy is also the editor of the women's web portal and forum coordinator for online discussions. She also worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for more than 20 years.

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Bani Lara

Bani Lara

PREGINET Technical Head, Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI)

Bani's day job is mostly taking care of the three networks that the Department of Science and Technology runs. The first network is a national research and education network called the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network or PREGINET (http://www.pregi.net). Its aim is to be a nationwide research testbed to further science and technology in the country. The second network is called the Integrated Government network or iGov (http://i.gov.ph). It is a nationwide broadband network connecting all the government agencies in the Philippines. Its main goal is to make e-governance inclusive, cost-effective and efficient. The third network is called the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (http://www.phopenix.net). It is a local internet exchange that encourages peering and local routing among the networks within the Philippines.

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Ivan Sigal

Ivan Sigal

Executive Director, Global Voices

Ivan Sigal is the executive director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizen media initiative, and supports similar projects around the world. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies digital storytelling and online communities. He is a media producer who works on long-term photography, multi-media and writing projects. He is the author of White Road (Steidl, 2012), based on eight years of photography and writing about Central Asia and Russia. He spent over ten years in the former Soviet Union and Asia, where he designed and ran dozens of media projects focusing on conflict, humanitarian disaster and transitional societies.

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Angelina Huynh

Angelina Huynh

Advocacy Director, Viet Tan

Angelina Trang Huynh is the Advocacy Director of Viet Tan, an organization promoting democratic change in Vietnam. She directs Viet Tan's efforts on grassroots engagement and Internet Freedom through training of activists; localization and dissemination of circumvention and security tools; and international advocacy. She has successfully lead the lobbying for a US Congressional resolution (H.Res.672) supporting Internet Freedom in Vietnam. Angelina is also the head of Viet Tan's social media outreach and is responsible for Viet Tan's Facebook page which is the largest Vietnamese page featuring human rights content with over ¼ million followers from inside the country. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Nofirewall.net which is a circumvention and digital security portal. Angelina holds a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration.

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Andreas Pawelke

Andreas Pawelke

Project Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta, World Wide Web Foundation

Andreas Pawelke is the Executive Director of the Open Data Lab Jakarta, which was established by the World Wide Web Foundation to experiment with open data as a vital tool to tackle practical problems in developing and emerging economies. Before joining the Web Foundation, Andreas worked as an associate expert at the administrative reforms support program of GIZ Indonesia. He also spent time seconded to the World Bank and UN Global Pulse exploring innovative solutions at the intersection of governance, technology and open as well as big data. As a member of the project team at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, he was involved in shaping Germany's national open data initiative. Andreas studied at the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Berlin-based Hertie School of Governance and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy.

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