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.
Chinmayi Arun is an Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University Delhi, where she is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Communication Governance. She is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Chinmayi Arun is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers, a member of the Indian Government’s multi stakeholder advisory group for the India Internet Governance Forum and UNESCO India’s Press Freedom committee and has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India in the past. She is one of the international experts associated with Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression project, and is a part of the Internet and Jurisdiction Project’s academic observatory. She teaches specialised courses on information policy and Internet governance at National Law University, Delhi. Chinmayi has published academic papers on surveillance and the right to privacy in India, and on information gatekeeper liability in the context of internet intermediaries. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report for 2014 and 2015, and of the India report in the Global Network of Centres’ study of online intermediaries. Chinmayi has studied at the NALSAR University of Law, and London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, she read regulatory theory and new media regulation, and was awarded the Bernard Levin Award for Student Journalism. She has worked with Ernst & Young and AZB & Partners, Mumbai in the past, and has taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences from 2010 – 2013 where she introduced courses on regulatory theory and communication regulation and also taught a course on Legal Methods.
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.
Jessica Dheere is co-founder and co-director at Social Media Exchange (SMEX), a media advocacy and development organization with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial, development, and postconflict media environments. In addition to day-to-day management of the organization, she has led the design and delivery of innovative media development programs in strategic social media, digital advocacy, and digital journalism. Currently, she researches the emerging legal framework for internet rights in the Arab region and its contribution to the rising tensions between states, corporations, and citizens, security and human rights. She is a member of the Digital Development and Openness working group of the Freedom Online Coalition. Before launching SMEX, she worked as a magazine editor and independent journalist in New York and Lebanon, respectively. She has a master’s degree in media studies from the New School in New York City and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Princeton University. In 2014 she was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School.
Dr. Jackie Kerr is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is also an Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Her research examines cybersecurity and information security strategy, Internet governance, and the Internet policies of non-democratic regimes. Areas of interest also include risk and governance in relation to emerging technologies, and the relationships between security, privacy, and freedom of expression in Internet policy. She was a Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Cyber Security Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University in 2015-2016 and a Cybersecurity Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford’s CISAC in 2014-2015. Jackie holds a PhD and MA in Government from Georgetown University, and an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and a BAS in Mathematics and Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. She has held research fellowships in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Qatar, and has previous professional experience as a software engineer.
Nani Jansen Reventlow is a a human rights lawyer specialised in strategic litiation and freedom of expression. She is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was a 2016-2017 Fellow. She has been an advisor to Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic since 2016. Nani is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. She currently works together with Leigh Day to bring new cases to the African regional human rights courts. Between 2011 and 2016, Nani has overseen the litigation practice of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) globally, leading or advising on cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and several African regional forums. Nani obtained the first freedom of expression judgment from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Konaté v. Burkina Faso) and the East African Court of Justice (Burundi Journalists’ Union v. Burundi), and appeared before the Supreme Court of Rwanda to argue international and comparative law standards on freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial. As a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, Nani developed the Catalysts for Collaboration website, which offers a set of best practices and case studies encouraging activists to collaborate across disciplinary silos and use strategic litigation in digital rights campaigns. A Dutch-qualified attorney, Nani graduated in civil law and public international law from the University of Amsterdam and specialised in human rights at Columbia Law School and the European University Institute. She has developed and delivered training sessions on freedom of expression and human rights litigation to dozens of lawyers from several diverse jurisdictions, including India, Russia, Cambodia, Hungary, Botswana and Croatia.
Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His current research interest is in free expression and internet policy. Before Lokman joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was the Head of Free Expression for Google in Asia and the Pacific (2011-2014). Lokman was a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (2008-2009). He is co-editor of The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age (2008) together with Dr. Joseph Turow. He was guest editor of China Information for a theme issue on the socio-political impact of the Internet in China (2005). Lokman received his Ph.D. degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (2010); his dissertation “A Journalism of Hospitality,” a critical interrogation of how new technologies challenge us to rethink journalism, received the Gene Burd Journalism Research Prize for Best Dissertation in Journalism Studies. He graduated from Leiden University with an M.A. degree in China Studies with a cum laude thesis on internet control and regulation in China (2001). He was born and raised in the Netherlands and previously managed the unofficial website for filmmaker Wong Kar Wai for many years.
Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, and Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest. Previously at Oxford University he co-founded and was the Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies, and also served as Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College. He is still an emeritus fellow at Oxford. He also taught several years at the London School of Economics. Verhulst was the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, a former lecturer on Communications Law and Policy issues in Belgium, and Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law. He has served as a consultant to numerous international and national organizations, including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, the UK Department for International Development among others.
Bendert Zevenbergen is aDPhil student and Research Assistant at the Oxford Internet Institute to pursue a DPhil on the intersection of privacy law, technology, social science, and the Internet. He runs a side project that aims to establish ethics guidelines for Internet research, as well as working in multidisciplinary teams such as the EU funded Network of Excellence in Internet Science. He has worked on legal, political and policy aspects of the information society for several years. Most recently he was a policy advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament, working on Europe’s Digital Agenda. Previously Ben worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the Netherlands. Bendert holds a degree in law, specialising in Information Law.