RightsCon invites stakeholders from all sectors to participate. Below is a sample of the speakers you can expect to see at RightsCon Southeast Asia.

RIGHSCON 2015 SPEAKERS

Please check back again for more speakers as the conference approaches. New speakers announced regularly!

Dr. Agnes Callamard

Dr. Agnes Callamard

Freedom of Expression & Information Project; Special Adviser to the President of the University, 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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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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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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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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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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Arthit Suriyawongkul

Arthit Suriyawongkul

Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture and a coordinator for Thai Netizen Network (TNN)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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David Kaye (UN)

David Kaye

Special Rapporteur for the 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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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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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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Duy Hoang

Duy Hoang

Spokesperson for 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jacob Appelbaum

Jacob Appelbaum

Independent Computer Security Researcher & Core Member of Tor Project

Jacob Appelbaum is an independent computer security researcher, photographer, and independent investigative journalist. He is a core member of the Tor project, a free software network designed to provide online anonymity, and he trains interested parties globally on how to effectively use and contribute to the Tor network. Jacob he writes for various publications about surveillance, censorship, anonymity and privacy issues. His research has in internationally recognized; he was recently awarded the Henri Nannen Preis, Germany’s highest journalism prizes for his work documenting NSA surveillance in Germany.

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Jennifer Cheung

Jennifer Cheung

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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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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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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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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Khailee Ng

Khailee Ng

Managing Partner, 500 Startups. Founder, SAYS.com

I enjoy a creative life. I indulge in singing, making music, dancing, writing, interior design, and my favourite – creating businesses. I believe tomorrow’s game changing companies can be created by giving people from anywhere in the world equal access to global resources and opportunity. This belief was borne out of personal gratitude. I was born and raised in Malaysia, started building web products at age 15, started building companies at 24, two of which were successfully listed or acquired. All this because of the information and inspiration I got through the web! I believe that like me, there are millions of other people in markets around the world, waiting to write the next chapter of history with the companies that they will build. I get excited by the thought of being able to be of service to this potential. To do this, I work with the world’s most active technology venture capital firm, 500 Startups, as Managing Partner. I lead their global expansion, manage the Southeast Asian micro-fund, and build bridges between emerging markets and Silicon Valley. My hope is that the work I do can accelerate this global renaissance.

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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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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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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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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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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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Miguel Morachimo

Miguel Morachimo

Director, Hiperderecho

Miguel Morachimo is the Director of Hiperderecho, a peruvian non-profit organization devoted to enhance the public understanding of law and technology. He specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies. His writings have appeared several times in national newspapers, magazines and online media, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Morachimo is a frequent guest lecturer in universities and has participated in many consultations in Congress. He holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

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Morgan Marquis-Boire

Morgan Marquis-Boire

Director of Security for First Look Media

Morgan Marquis-Boire is a researcher. In addition to being a contributor to The Intercept, he acts as the director of security for First Look Media. He is also a senior researcher and technical advisor at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Additionally, he serves as a Special Advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and as a member of the Free Press Foundation’s security advisory board. His research on surveillance, censorship, and the targeting of activists and journalists has been featured in numerous print and online publications.

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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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Nicole Karlebach

Nicole Karlebach

Senior Legal Counsel, Business and Human Rights, Yahoo

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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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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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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Patty Curan

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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Professor Pirongrong Ramosoota

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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Simone Halink

Simone Halink

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

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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