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

Carolina Aguerre  is the Policy and Capacity Building Coordinator of LACTLD,an association of ccTLDs in Latin American and Caribbean region. She is also a researcher at the Technology and Society Center at the University of San Andrés in Buenos Aires and lecturer at the same institution and visiting lecturer at the Catholic University of Uruguay. She is pursuing her doctoral studies on the national dimensions of internet governance. She is a CONICET (Argentine National Council for Science and Technology) doctoral fellow. She has been involved in research for the Argentine Ministry of Science and Innovation and for non-governmental organizations such as AMARC Latin America and the Caribbean, Convenio Andrés Bello and CIPPEC (Argentine Think Tank on Public Policy Implementation). She worked in cooperation affairs at the British Embassy in Montevideo

Gregory Asmolov is a PhD candidate at the Media and Communication department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gregory served as a visiting lecturer at Media and Communication department at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He has consulted on information technology, new media, and social media projects for The World Bank and Internews Network, and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. 

Gregory is a co-founder of Help Map, a crowdsourcing platform, which was used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia in 2010 and won a Russian National Internet Award for best project in the “State and Society” category. Gregory has previously worked as a contributing editor for “Global Voices Online”, a correspondent for major Russian newspapers “Kommersant” and “Novaya Gazeta”, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV.

Bolo Bhi is a non-profit geared towards gender rights, government transparency, Internet access, digital security and privacy. Bolo Bhi means ‘Speak up’ in Urdu. With our expertise and experience in research based policy advocacy we are well-placed to conduct an in-depth independent study on the conditions, processes, and stakeholders that are influencing the development of the internet nationally, regionally, and globally.

In the area of internet policy, Bolo Bhi has engaged with public and private stakeholders on the issues of website blocking in Pakistan to try and find a policy solution. Bolo Bhi has also continuously worked to advocate for digital rights.

Andrea Calderaro, PhD, is a researcher at the Centre for Media Freedom and Media Pluralism at the European University Institute. His research focuses on ICTs and International Politics. He works on the relation between ICTs and conflict transformation, and their opportunities to support resilience and enhance freedom of expression. His publications include the guest-editing of ‘Policy and Internet’ special issue on “Online Collective Action and Policy Chance” (2013), and the inaugural issue of the International Journal of E-Politics, IJEP – “E-Politics in a Global Context” (2010). He serves as Chair of the ECPR Internet & Politics standing group, a member of the CSISAC board at the OECD, and he is an Executive Member of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association. Previously, he has been Adjunct Professor at the University La Sapienza of Rome in “New Media and International Relations”, Visiting Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and directed the “ICTs for the Global Governance of Peace and Security” Project at the University of Oslo (2012). He served as expert consultant to the European Commission, European Parliament, Tactical Technology Collective, and the OECD. He holds his PhD and M.Phil in Internet and International Politics from the European University Institute.

Leshuo Dong is a scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University, where she teaches a graduate level course on International Communication. Leshuo Dong has also been consulting for Communications & Society Program at the Aspen Institute. Leshuo Dong is currently completing her Ph.D. in the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her research interests lie in International Communication, with a concentration on public diplomacy. She has published in Communication, Politics and Culture, Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication, Introduction to Journalism Research, Media Observer, Chinese Journalists and other journals both in Chinese and English. She has the experience of working for multiple organizations, including China Central Television and China Youth Daily.   Leshuo is currently working with the IPO to conduct research on Chinese internet foreign policy.

Iginio Gagliardone is a research fellow in the Program in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and a member of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University. His research and publications focus on media and political change, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, and on the emergence of distinctive models of the information society worldwide. He is leading numerous research projects, from examining the role of Information and Communication Technologies in peace-building and state-building in Eastern Africa, to understanding the increasing role of emerging powers such as China in the media and telecommunication sectors in Africa, to analysing the nature and significance of hate speech online ahead of elections. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, investigating the relationship between development and destabilization in Ethiopia. He is also Research Associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and of the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Hernán Galperin is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Technology and Society Professor. He is also co-director of the Master of Journalism and Master of Technology Management and Telecommunications Services. Before joining the university in 2006, he was Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USA). Since 2005 he serves as a member of the (Regional Dialogue on the Information Society) DIRSI Steering Committee, a network of telecommunications research and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Galperin leads several research projects on the regulation and the impact of new information and communication technologies (ICTs), whose funding comes from foundations and donors such as IDRC (International Development Research Centre), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Telefónica Foundation. His articles have been published in leading international journals in the area, including Telecommunications Policy, The Information Society and Information Technologies and International Development. His most recent books are “Digital Poverty: Perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean” (with Judith Mariscal), published in 2009 by Editorial CIDE-Mexico, and “Mobile Communication and Socio-Economic Development in Latin America” ​​(with Mireia Fernández and Manuel Castells), forthcoming by Editorial Ariel (Barcelona).

Frederick Golooba-Mutebi is a Political Scientist and Senior Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda. He was educated at Makerere University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 2001 to 2004 he was a Research Officer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the MRC/University Public Health and  Health Transitions Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg where he is an Honorary Senior Researcher. He has been a Research Associate of the Crisis States Research Centre at London School of Economics and Political Science, the Chronic Poverty Research Centre at the University of Manchester, and is currently an research associate of the Africa Power and Politics Programme at the Overseas Development Institute in London. He has conducted research in Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and South Africa, and published articles, reports, and newspaper columns on politics, health, local government, poverty, refugees, and witchcraft.

The Governance Lab (The GovLab) aims to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab is seeking new ways to solve public problems using advances in technology and science, and builds, studies, and implements experimental, technology-enabled solutions that advance a collaborative, networked approach to re-invent existing institutions and processes of governance to improve people’s lives. Housed at New York University and funded by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the GovLab encompasses three major initiatives: GovLab Observatory, GovLab Living Labs, and GovLab Academy. The Center for Global Communication Studies and the IPO repost the GovLab’s Selected Curation of Articles on Net-Governance (SCAN) weekly. The GovLab tweets at @TheGovLab.

Tatiana A. Indina, PhD is an Internet researcher and social scientist, fellow of the Center for New Media and Society (Moscow, Russia); research affiliate at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. Tatiana’s research interests include Internet governance and Internet regulations, Internet and Social media studies, and cross-cultural differences in  online communication. Born in Central Asia, Tatiana has broad International experience in research work in Russia, CIS countries, and the United States.  In 2011 Tatiana was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington DC; and in 2012, a Visiting Scholar at School of Communication, American University (Washington DC). Since 2013, Tatiana has been working as a research fellow at the Center for New Media and Society in Moscow, Russia. She participated in a number of International research projects, including:  “Internet Regulation Policy,” (Internews and New York University, 2013); “Ranking Digital Rights” (New America Foundation and Internews, 2013-2014); “Fostering freedom online ” UNESCO study, UPENN, 2014). Currently (2014-15),  Tatiana holds a research affiliate position with the Berkman Center where she is conducting a study on Internet regulations in Russia and users’ rights in the Runet. Tatiana has written over 50 scientific papers and 4 books.  Her recent book, “CEO 2.0,” reflects how Internet technologies shape new competences of the new generation of  leaders.

Ephraim Percy Kenyanito is a fellow of the African School of Internet Governance in South Africa and a Research Associate at Access. The IPO commissioned Ephraim to develop African internet policy content for the IPO blog and website. Ephraim has put together a “round up” update with important information about relevant internet policy developments in Africa and written for IPO on African contributions and perspectives with regard to African regional internet policy and cyber security issues as well as African participation and perspectives on international internet governance arenas (IGF, ICANN, NETmundial). In Summer 2014, the IPO sponsored him as a participant at the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute. 

Matthias C. Kettemann (Mag. iur, Dr. iur., LL.M. (Harvard) is post-doc fellow at the Cluster of Excellence „Normative Orders at the University of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) and lecturer at the  Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Graz (Austria). Matthias studied law in Graz and Geneva and was Fulbright and Boas Scholar at Harvard Law School where he pursued studies in international human rights and comparative constitutional law. His doctoral research focused on the power of individuals in international law at the example of International Internet Law. In his post-doctoral research, he analyzes the role of international law in normatively framing the future of Internet governance and regulation. From 2011 to 2013 he was co-chair of the Internet Rights & Principles Coalition. Matthias has worked for the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on issues of human rights law and the Internet. The scientific lead of international multistakeholder initiatives on human rights and the Internet, Internet politics and Internet governance, he is the author of numerous publications on human rights and the Internet and Internet governance. Matthias also runs a blog. Selected  recent publications include Freedom of Expression and the Internet (2014, co-authored), Net Politics in Austria (2013, co-edited)The Future of Individuals in International Law (2013), and the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2013 (2013, co-edited). He can be reached by mail.

Arzak Khan is a researcher at the National Database and Registration Authority in Pakistan. He studies the marketing of human rights, new media, international activism and social movements. His research focuses on understanding the role played by new information communication technologies in mediatization of society, the development of ICT infrastructure, broadband development strategies, and regulation of the internet.

As a PhD candidate at University of Waikato, Arzak was awarded British Chevening Scholarship in 2007 to attend the highly esteemed Master in Communication Management program at Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. He is also a recipient of DiploFoundation Policy Research Fellowship in internet governance and ICT policy capacity building program. Arzak also holds a Master in Computer Science from University of Balochistan, Pakistan. He has published and presented his research at national and international forums on the issues of broadband development, mediatization of society, social activism, internet freedom, media regulation and next generation infrastructure advancement in the South. He is the co-author of Freedom House report on “Freedom on the Internet in Pakistan” published in 2011.

Mathias Klang is an Associate Professor at the University of Göteborg. His principle research focuses on the ways in which communication technologies both enable and control our social interactions. Within this area he is especially interested in the impacts of technology on human rights. Among his longer published works in the field are Human Rights in a Digital Age and Disruptive Technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy. These works contribute to the discussion of the discrepancies between the potential of technology for the advancement of civil rights and democracy, and the emergence of sophisticated surveillance and regulation through technology. For more information see

Alexandra Kulikova has recently joined ICANN as Global Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Most recently Alexandra ran a research program “Global Internet Governance and International Information” at PIR Center where she now acts as a consultant. Alexandra’s research interests include national and global internet governance, privacy and data protection online, state and corporate policies on ICT security, international cyber-strategies and policies. She also is a member of the editorial board of the new Chatham House Journal on Cyber Policy. In 2012-2014 she participated in the LSE Media Policy Project research group at the LSE as a research assistant contributing to the ongoing study project in the field of media policies in the UK and EU. Previously in 2007-2012, Alexandra ran the RBCC Bulletin, the monthly business magazine of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. She holds an honours MSc degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in media and communication governance and an honours graduate degree from Moscow State Linguistic University in theory and practice of intercultural communication and teaching foreign languages and cultures.

Celia Lerman is an Intellectual Property Fellow, professor, and researcher at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina and Coordinator of Internet Governance Regional Initiatives. She is also a member of ICANN’s Business Constituency. Ms. Lerman was an ICANN Fellow at ICANN 42 in Dakar, and at ICANN 46 in Beijing. Her research proposal to Columbia Law School focused on the investigation into copyright laws surrounding graffiti and the intersection of IP and real property rights that are often at odds with regards to graffiti and street art. She was a Visiting IP Scholar at the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts at Columbia Law School for the spring 2012 semester. From 2008 to 2010, she was a lawyer at the Mitrani, Caballero, Rosso Alba, Francia, Ojam, and Ruiz Moreno. She serve as a teaching assistant at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, she was an intern at Clarke, Modet and Company for four months. In August 2011, she was invited by the American University and other event organizers to present work at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest; she presented in the session on “Open Access and the Public Domain.” Similarly, she participated in Yale University’s “Access to Knowledge, Global Community Workshop” to discuss a global knowledge policy. She holds a master’s degree in Intellectual Property from the Universidad Di Tella. She was a Fulbright Scholar, and thus studied at the Institute on Leadership and American Studies.

Ronaldo Lemos is the director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) School of Law in Rio de Janeiro.  Dr. Lemos is the head professor of Intellectual Property law at FGV Law School.  He is also the director of the Creative Commons Brazil and chairman of the Board of iCommons.  He has earned his LL.B. and LL.D. from the University of Sao Paulo, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.  He is the author of three books, including “Direito, Tecnologia e Cultura,” published by FGV Press, 2005, and “Tecnobrega”, published in 2008. He coordinates various projects, such as the Cultura Livre project, and the Open Business Project, an international initiative taking place in Brazil, Nigeria, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and the UK.  He is one of the founders of Overmundo, winner of the Digital Communities Golden Nica, granted by the Prix Ars Electronica 2007.  He is also curator of the TIM Festival, the largest music festival in Brazil.

Sarah Logan is the Digital Politics Research Fellow in the State Society and Governance in Melanesia Program in School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on the political economy of information and communications technologies in developing democracies and on the impact of such technologies on the practice and theory of International Relations, and her doctorate analysed the emergence of online counterterrorism policies. She has conducted her research as a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, and has presented at a variety of fora including the Internet Governance Forum and the World Bank. She is a member of the Canadian International Council’s International Relations and Digital Technology<> project and the Internet and Jurisdiction<> project hosted by France’s International Diplomatic Academy. Prior to entering academia she worked as an analyst of foreign affairs for the Australian government and has consulted for UNDP on the impact of ICT on post-conflict societies and fragile states. She tweets as @circt.

James Losey has five years experience in public policy and over ten years researching the intersection of information, technology and power. He is currently a PhD candidate with the School of International Studies and the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden working on a dissertation focused on the tensions between states and internet companies and the relationship to national sovereignty, citizenship and the flow of information. Additionally, he is an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Previously, James has been a Google Policy Fellow with the Global Network Initiative and a Consortium on Media Policy Studies fellow.

James is also a fellow with X-Lab at the New America Foundation where he researches issues related to the control of communications, digital craftsmanship, and internet freedom.  He has worked with the the New America Foundation since 2009 as an analyst and fellow with the Open Technology Institute researching information policy issues including freedom of expression online, intellectual property, spectrum, network neutrality and the digital divide. James bridges developer, activist, and government stakeholders and has given public presentations and advised policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been published in Advances in Computing, Ars Technica, CommLaw Conspectus, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Spectrum, Slate, and the Journal for Information Policy.

James holds an Mssc. from Uppsala University in Sweden, where he researched civil society involvement in information policy and the European ACTA debate, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his work in public policy and academia, James plays drums, banjo, and guitar and is a photographer.

Stefania Milan (; @annliffey) is curious about the interplay between technologies and society, the politics of code, and communications and internet governance. Currently, she is assistant professor at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and a fellow at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, and at the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University (Budapest). She is the author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and co-author of Media/Society(Sage, 2011), and of various articles and book chapters on activism, cyberactivism, and multistakeholder governance. She holds a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute, and has taught media policy and communications governance at the Central European University, and at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. As a consultant, she has worked for, amongst others, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the European Commission. Stefania enjoys seeking ways of bridging research with policy and action: as such, she serves in the Executive Committee of the NonCommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN), and in the Steering Committee of /1net.

Milton Mueller is Professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. His research and teaching explore the political economy of communication and information. For the past 15 years his research, teaching and public service have concentrated on problems related to global Internet governance. His books Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) are acclaimed scholarly accounts of the global governance regime emerging around the Internet. His complete list of publications can be found here. His commentary and analysis of current events can be found on the Internet Governance Project blog.

Erik C Nisbet is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, the School of Environment and Natural Resources (by courtesy), and the Department of Political Science (by courtesy) at the Ohio State University. His research includes the intersection of political and science communication, focusing on how people engage in motivated reasoning when processing scientific information and forming policy preferences.

Shawn Powers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University.  He specializes in international political communication, with particular attention to the geopolitics of information and information technologies. His current book project focuses on how nation-states adjust to an international system increasingly governed by information-driven financial, political and media networks rather than the geographic and temporal networks of old

His previous research essays have appeared in Media War & Conflict, Global Media & Communication, Ethnopolitics, Argumentation & Advocacy, Orbis and the Journal of Middle East Media and in edited volumes published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Peter Lang Publishing, the New Press and Routledge.

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

Parminder Jeet Singh is the Executive Director of ITforchange, an NGO located in Bengaluru, India, that works for the innovative and effective use of information and communication technologies to promote socio-economic change in the global South. He worked for nearly a decade in the government, where he initiated innovative e-governance projects. During this time, in 2001, he co-authored the book, “Government@Net: E-governance opportunities for India” (Sage Publications). He was invited to do a research study at the INSEAD Business School in France on ‘New ICTs for community and governance institutions’. Subsequently, he has worked with many ICTD field projects, as well as in policy research and advocacy related to information society issues. In the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Parminder was active in the debates around financing and information society governance issues. He is closely associated with post-WSIS structures, namely the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), UN Global Alliance for ICTs and Development (GAID), and the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF). He is currently a co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus. Parminder is a member of the Strategy Council of the UN’s Global Alliance on ICTs and Development, and a Special Advisor to the Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum.

Small Media is an action lab helping the free flow of information and creative expression in closed societies, with training, technology and research initiatives that focus on Iran. Their projects are informed by their research. Small Media analyses the flow of information and provide solutions to improve it. They work with partners and help others to implement their ideas. For more information about Small Media’s projects go to

Harsh Taneja is a doctoral candidate in the Media, Technology and Society program at the School of Communication, Northwestern University. He is particularly interested in patterns of consumption in new media environments and the implications they have on media companies. A related interest is in the development of audience measurement systems, as it is these systems that enable scholars and practitioners to make sense of media consumption in a given media market. Before joining Northwestern, Harsh worked in advertising and media companies, which includes an audience research role at the Global News Division of the BBC. He obtained his bachelors and masters degree from India.


Angela Xiao Wu is a doctoral candidate in the Media, Technology and Society program at the School of Communication, Northwestern University. Her research addresses the connections between emerging media and cultural changes. Her interests include internet use, political discourse and cultures, everyday life and subject formation, memory and media use, and reading cultures. Her dissertation project explores the microprocesses whereby people become political actors through their Internet use in China. It investigates, during the decade-long development of the Chinese Internet, what kind of personal Internet use trajectory accompanies the rise of alternative self-understanding and views of politics, and how these use patterns contributed to transformations in people’s micro-worlds. This project enriches the existing literature on the Internet and political changes in China by its emphasis on the historical development of Chinese Internet technologies, patterns of use, and the subjectivities of Internet users. It also helps rethinking the cultural and political implications of the Internet in authoritarian regimes beyond facilitating direct oppositions between the state and society, but in the establishment of a local democratic culture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, China, and a Master’s Degree (M.Phil.) in Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.