RightsCon invites stakeholders from all sectors to participate. Below is a sample of the speakers you can expect to see at RightsCon Southeast Asia. To view the RightsCon program, click here.

RIGHSCON 2015 SPEAKERS

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gabrielle Guilleman

Gabrielle Guilleman

Senior Legal Officer at 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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).

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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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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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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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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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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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 at 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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Khailee Ng

Khailee Ng

Managing Partner, 500 Startups. Founder, SAYS.com

Khailee is Managing Partner of 500 Startups, the world's most active seed stage technology investor, having invested in over 1,000 startups in 50 countries. Prior to this he was an entrepreneur, founding SAYS.com, a Southeast Asian social news network which was acquired by Catcha Group, and Groupsmore, which grew to Malaysia's 2nd largest e-commerce operations before getting acquired by Groupon.

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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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Klaikong Vaidhyakarn

Klaikong Vaidhyakarn

Deputy Director, ChangeFusion

Klaikong is Deputy Director at ChangeFusion, where he leads ICT innovation projects to ChangeFusion's partners. He also leads the technology specialist team on ICT for learning and health projects, and is project leader of Mobile Technology for Social Development Projects. Klaikong also works as a correspondent to the Thailand OpenData Initiative. He previously worked as a network member at Creative Commons Thailand, and as ICT Team Leader at the Thai Fund Foundation.

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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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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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Tonyo

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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Marina Azcarate

Marina Azcarate

Head-Global Marketing, Open Garden Inc. (Firechat App)

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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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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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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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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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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Nica Dumlao

Nica Dumlao

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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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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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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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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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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Prasanth Sugathan

Prasanth Sugathan

Counsel at 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, EFF

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 “NetCh@kra: 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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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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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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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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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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Darwin Mendiola

Darwin Mendiola

Project Coordinator, Medical Action Group

Darwin Mendiola is currently the Project Coordinator of the Medical Action Group, a health and human rights organization. He has worked in various non-government organizations for the past ten years that engage the Philippine government in policy reforms and institutional changes for the promotion and protection of human rights including internet rights. He is one of the members of the Technical Management Team of Human Rights Online Philippines (HRONLINE.COM), an online network of human rights advocates and digital activists. He is a writer and blogger and has been actively utilizing the internet to share his organizational and personal advocacy. He was named "2011 Blogger of the Year" by the Human Right Online Philippines. As a former student leader from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in the early 1990s, he remains an activist in his own right.

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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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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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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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Valentian Sri Wijiyati

Valentian Sri Wijiyati

SATUNAMA Foundation

Valentina Sri Wijiyati is staff of Department of Knowledge Management, Networking, and Media of SATUNAMA Foundation (a NGO based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia). She has been actively involved in rights-based policy advocacy particularly budget advocacy since 2004. She served as Selection Committee member for the Information Commission of Yogyakarta Province for the period of 2012-2015. In her service she had also been advocating the rights to information including the information access for deaf people. Since November 2011, Valentina took her post as Steering Committee of Global Movement for Budget Transparency Accountability and Participation (www.globalbtap.org).

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

COMPLETE SPEAKER 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 Getulio 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

    Morgan Marquis-Boire, Director of Security
    First Look Media

    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

    Valentina Sri Wijiyati, Department of Knowledge Management, Networking, and Media
    SATUNAMA Foundation

    Dody Priambodo, Program Officer
    Hivos Regional Office Southeast Asia

    Jacob Appelbaum, Independent Computer Security Researcher & Core Member of Tor Project

    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
    Darwin Mendiola
    HROnline Philippines

    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


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