Afef Abrougui is a consultant and researcher working at the intersection of technology and human rights. She is currently leading research at SMEX, the leading digital rights organization in the Arab region, in addition to working on a wide range of other projects aimed at advancing protection for human rights in digital spaces. Afef holds a media studies MA (New Media and Digital Culture track) from the University of Amsterdam. She previously worked as a lead editor for Advox, a project by Global Voices which specializes in reporting on the intersection of technology and human rights in the Global South, and a Research Analyst for Ranking Digital Rights.
Arindrajit Basu is Research Lead at the Centre for Internet & Society, India (CIS), where he focuses on the geopolitics and constitutionality of emerging technologies.He has also held consulting positions on the same areas with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),Diplomat Risk intelligence (DRI),and Association for Progressive Communications (APC). He is a lawyer by training and holds a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and a LLM in public international law from the University of Cambridge, U.K. His writing can be found here.
Agustina Del Campo directs the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Universidad de Palermo in Argentina. The center provides legal technical analysis on cutting-edge free speech issues on and offline from a regional human rights perspective. Agustina teaches graduate and post-graduate courses on international human rights law and Internet and human rights at Universidad de Palermo. She is a guest expert at Columbia’s Global Freedom of Expression Project and an alternate member of the Board at the Global Network Initiative.
Dr. Sinta Dewi, SH., LLM is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University (UNPAD) since 1991. Dewi completed her undergraduate education UNPAD’s Faculty of Law with a specialization in International Law in 1987. She obtained a master’s degree in International Legal Studies at Washington College of Law in 1998. She achieved her doctorate from UNPAD in 2009, specializing in Technology, Information and Communication Law. She served as the head of the Cyber Law Study Center, and she is currently the head of the Department ICT and Intellectual Property at UNPAD’s Faculty of Law. Dewi studies Cyber Law, E-Commerce Law, Telecommunication Law, and Personal Data Protection Law.
Lillian Nalwoga is a technology researcher and advocate interested in promoting and advancing the appropriate use of ICT for empowerment and development. She has over 10 years in internet policy research and implementing ICT4D projects in Africa with active involvement in Internet governance debates at the local, regional, and global level through her role as a coordinator of the Uganda and East African Internet Governance Forums. Lillian works as a Programmes Manager at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and is co-founder and past president of the Internet Society Uganda Chapter. She has served on the UN - Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the global Internet Governance Forum from 2012–2014. She currently serves on the Global Network Initiative (GNI) Board; and has served on the Danish Institute for Human Rights Advisory Board for Digital transition and Human Rights project in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is Internet Governance expert on the Africa Union Commission (AUC) Policy and Regulatory Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA) Africa Union Technical Committee.
Jonathan Corpus Ong is Associate Professor of Global Digital Media in the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. He is the author of two books and over 25 journal articles in the areas of media ethics, humanitarian communication, and digital politics. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Accelerator Grant (2021-2023) entitled “FACT Champ,” which investigates racially targeted misinformation and hate against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the wake of Covid-19. Jonathan is currently Research Fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. He leads the “True Costs of Misinformation” project that aims to develop new conceptual tools and practical models that can measure the financial, social, and human costs of misinformation. In his disinformation studies research, Jonathan uses ethnography to understand the social identities, work arrangements and moral justifications of workers behind shadowy influence operations. His pioneering study “Architects of Networked Disinformation” demystifies the collaborative work structures of the advertising and PR strategists behind toxic political campaigns in Duterte’s Philippines.
Irene Poetranto is a senior researcher at the Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, where she studies the politics of internet regulation in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Jan Rydzak is a human rights researcher focusing on technology and the Company and Investor Engagement Manager at Ranking Digital Rights (RDR), a non-profit research initiative focused on human rights and corporate accountability. His research revolves around how effectively technology companies address the human rights risks their users face, how online dynamics reverberate in the offline world, and how collective mobilization works in volatile circumstances (e.g., network shutdowns and protest). He has previously worked as Associate Director for Program at Stanford University's Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), a fellow with the European Commission, a consultant with the United Nations, and a Google Policy Fellow with the multi-stakeholder Global Network Initiative. He holds a PhD and an MA in Government & Public Policy from the University of Arizona as well as an MA in Modern Languages from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Poland.
‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a pan-African social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights through its offices in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. Prior to starting Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga led the Lagos Digital Village, a joint project of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, Microsoft, and Lagos State Government. Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, he 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. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, as well as a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, and Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006) and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013) and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40.
Janjira Sombatpoonsiri is assistant professor at the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and research fellow at the Media, Technology and Society Program, ISEAS Isak-Yusof Institute (Singapore). Her research focuses on nonviolent activism, civil society, civic space and recently digital repression in autocracies. She is the author of Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2015). Her academic articles appear in, for instance, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Journal of Civil Society, and Journal of Contemporary Asia (forthcoming). She is also a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Civic Research Network.
Akin Unver is an associate professor of international relations at Ozyegin University in Istanbul. Previously he was a research fellow at the Oxford University's Center for Technology and Global Affairs, Oxford Internet Institute, the Alan Turing Institute in London, and taught graduate courses on political conflict at Princeton, Michigan, and Oxford. His research interests sit at the intersection of emerging technologies, diplomacy, and international security, with a particular focus on how social media affects subnational conflict and civil war dynamics. Dr. Unver also previously served as a scientific advisor to the European External Action Service, United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Innovation Cell and Facebook's Content Policy Team. He serves as an associate editor of the Global Studies Quarterly, and a member of the International Studies Association's (ISA) Governing Council. He has a PhD in Government from the University of Essex.
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