The list of all participants in attendance is available here. Submitted attendee bios are as follows:

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Susan Ariel Aaronson
GWU Professor and Senior Fellow, CIGI (Center for international Governance Innovation)
Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor and Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at George Washington University where she does research on digital trade and human rights. She is also affiliated with GWU and Indiana Universities cyber security Institutes as well as the Canadian think tank CIGI. Aaronson's current research focuses on digital protectionism and its impact on internet stability and digital rights. She is the author of 6 books and numerous articles on trade, globalization, human rights, internet governance, and digital issues. Her papers on internet issues are at
Ricardo Abramovay
Professor Titular, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Ricardo Abramovay is graduated in philosophy, master in political science and doctor in sociology. He worked during 30 years in the Department of Economics (USP) and nowadays belongs as professor senior to the environmental program of USP. Author of more than 40 articles in scientific journals and eleven books among them Beyond the Green Economy (Routledge, 2016).
Carolina Ines Aguerre
Researcher / Academic Coordinator at CETYS, Universidad de San Andres
Carolina Aguerre has over 12 years of experience in policy and research on Information Society issues. She specializes in Internet governance and policy, with a focus on critical Internet resources, as well as the intersection of innovation and technological governance, particularly in developing contexts. She is a professor, researcher and board member at the Center for Technology and Society (CETYS) at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires. She is currently leading a regional research with a team on Mapping IG initiatives in LAC and is the academic director of the Diploma on Internet Governance an academic program on Internet governance who held its first edition on August 2017. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and has an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Some of her most recent publications are available in U. of Texas (2017), MIT Press (2015), Internet Policy Observatory (2015), IberoAmerican Communication Review (2012), Wiley Blackwell (2012), among others. She is currently serving as GIGANET’s outreach chair. She was LACTLD’s general manager (2011-2016), and a member of the UN - IGF MAG (2012-2014). She has participated in different Internet Governance working groups and committees such as the ccNSO Council ICANN (2011-2016); LACIGF (2013-2015); ICANN LAC Strategy Steering Committee (2012-2015); and was the general coordinator of IGF Argentina in 2016. In 2016-17 she participated in the LAC DNS Marketplace Report as a co-principal researcher. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Sed blandit dui sed tortor tincidunt consectetur. Etiam sit amet justo ut ante ullamcorper ultricies. Sed gravida accumsan tortor ut feugiat. Nulla vel urna condimentum, consequat metus eget, efficitur ex. Quisque iaculis erat vitae nunc tristique, a ullamcorper mauris pharetra. In vitae bibendum diam, in iaculis odio. Nulla tempus laoreet eros, vitae congue arcu pulvinar non. Integer porttitor odio ipsum. Fusce placerat orci ut venenatis aliquet. Vestibulum varius vestibulum arcu, sed pharetra libero interdum at. Etiam vehicula velit et porttitor condimentum.
Gabriela Agustini
Executive Director, Olabi
Gabriela Agustini is the founder and executive director of Olabi, a social organization focused in promote technology for social change. The headquarters of the organization in Rio de Janeiro is a makerspace, part of the global network of fablabs (experimental spaces connected to electronics, robotics, design, 3D printing and DIY culture). Gabriela is a professor of culture and technology at Candido Mendes University, a curator of Colaboramerica Festival, and she is also a member of the Global Innovation Gathering's supervisory board, a Berlin-based organization that connects innovators from more than 20 countries (especially focused on the Global South). She co-organized "De Baixo para Cima" (Bottom-up), a collection on digital culture and social transformation and was a consultant to UNESCO in the area of innovation and creativity.
Victor Akinwande
Software Engineer, IBM Research Africa
I'm a Masters of Information Technology student at Carnegie Mellon University, Africa in Rwanda but currently working with IBM Research, Africa in Nairobi this Fall. I'm particularly interested in Artificial Intelligence and Energy systems and my current work at IBM RA focuses on improving and deploying artificial natural language understanding tools in the healthcare domain.
Virgilio Almeida
Professor at UFMG and Faculty Associate at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University
Virgilio Almeida is a full professor of Computer Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Virgilio received his PhD degree in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, a master's degree in computer science at PUC-Rio de Janeiro and a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Virgilio was the National Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil from 2011 to 2015. He was the chair of the Brazilian Internet Governance Committee (, from 2011-2015. He was the chair of NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder Conference on the Future of Internet Governance, that was held in Sao Paulo in 2014. Virgilio is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). He is also one of the commissioners of the Global Commission for the Stability of the Cyberspace.
Thiago Almeida
Diretor de Inovação Pedagógica, Centro Universitário Celso Lisboa
Educador e Pesquisador, é Doutor em Administração pelo COPPEAD / UFRJ e Mestre em Administração pelo IAG PUC-Rio. Diretor de Inovação Pedagógica do Centro Universitário Celso Lisboa e Coordenador da Plataforma de Inovação Aberta na Educação COLABORE. Foi Professor da ESPM Rio e do IBMEC, na graduação e pós-graduação. Trabalhou na LÒréal Brasil entre 2008 e 2013, nas áreas de Marketing e Novos Negócios.
Lucas Anjos
Professor, Institute for Research on Internet & Society IRIS
Founder and Vice-President of the Institute for Research on Internet and Society. Law Professor at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. He has a Master and a Bachelor degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, with a scholarship from CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education, a Foundation within the Brazilian Ministry of Education), and is currently a PhD student at the same institution. Specialist on International Law by CEDIN (Center for International Law). Assistant professor for the International Economic Relations and Law Courses at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Lawyer and member of the ABRI (Brazilian Association for International Relations).
Dennys Antonialli
Executive Director, INTERNETLAB
Professor of Law at the Department of Public Law of the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law (USP), where he also earned his PhD in constitutional law and his bachelor of laws degree. He holds a “Master of the Science of Law” degree from Stanford Law School and a “Master of Law and Business” from Bucerius Law School/WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Dennys has worked in the technology and civil liberties team of the Policy Department of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU/NC) and acted as a legal consultant for the “Timor-Leste Legal Education Project” (Stanford Law School/Asia Foundation). He has been awarded the first place prize of the “2011 Steven M. Block Civil Liberties award” for best written work on civil liberties at Stanford Law School and won the first place prize of the “Brazil’s Internet Framework Bill & Development Award” (Google/FGV-SP). In 2013, he was a fellow researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin). In July 2014, Dennys attended the Summer Doctoral Program at the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2016, he was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School at the invitation of Prof. Lawrence Friedman. Author of several articles and book chapters, he is a founding member of the Internet, Law and Society Research Nucleus at the University of São Paulo (NDIS-USP). He specializes in privacy and surveillance, having testified before Congress and the Supreme Court of Brazil and spoken in a number of national and international events.
Chinmayi Arun
Assistant Professor and Executive Director Centre for Communication Governance
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 a member of the Indian Government's multi stakeholder advisory group for the India Internet Governance Forum, a member of UNESCO India's Media Freedom committee and has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India in the past. She is also a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University. 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. She is currently working on a paper on a Global South perspective on governance of algorithms and artificial intelligence. 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.
Aparna Ashok
Design Researcher, Digital Asia Hub (DAH)
I am an anthropologist and experience designer with a background in social entrepreneurship and design strategy. I am currently building an 'ethics playbook' that tech teams can use to anticipate the ethical consequences of products they are building with emerging technologies. UWC alumni and MA Digital Experience Design student at Hyper Island.

Fabrício B Pasquot Polido
Director, Institute for Research on Internet & Society IRIS
LL.B. (São Paulo), LL.M. (Turin) and Doctor in International Law (University of Sao Paulo). Professor of Private International Law, International Intellectual Property Law and Internet Law at the Law School of Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil – UFMG. Director of IRIS - Institute for Research on Internet and Society. Member of the Brazilian Network of Private International Law and Co-Director of the Brazilian Private International Law Watch (Brazil PIL Watch Group). Visiting Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany (2012) and Member of Brazilian Branch of the International Law Association.
Rehema Baguma
Senior Lecturer & Researcher, Makerere University
Rehema Baguma is a Senior Lecturer & Researcher of Information Systems at Makerere University, Uganda. She is also the Coordinator of the Development Informatics Research Group at the same University. Her research interests include: Human Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D), digital inclusion, E-governance, E-learning, and ICT4D in general. Rehema has successfully coordinated two research projects based in Uganda but implemented in partnership with external collaborators in other African countries and Europe. She has also successfully executed several consultancies in Uganda and other East African countries in ICT4D. So far, she has published 28 research papers in journals, books as book chapters and international conferences. She has served as visiting lecturer in MSc at Uganda Christian University, Kigali Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) in Rwanda, and Kigali Independent University also in Rwanda. She has also served as an external examiner for PhD and Msc at Islamic University in Uganda and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha,Tanzania. Rehema has supervised one PhD student to completion and co-supervised another PhD student, also to completion. Three other PhD students are currently ongoing where she is the first supervisor. She has also supervised to completion 10 Msc students. She founded the ICT4D Research group now called Development Informatics at Makerere University and served as its coordinator from 2011-2013. This year, she was re-elected the coordinator of the same group.
Silja Baller
Economist / Practice Lead, Digital Economy and Innovation, World Economic Forum (WEF)
Silja Baller is an economist and Practice Lead, Digital Economy and Innovation at the World Economic Forum. She is co-author and co-editor of The Global Information Technology Report, co-author of The Global Competitiveness Report, and leads the Forum’s European competitiveness work. Prior to joining the Forum, she held economist positions at the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and in the London Economics practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge; a DEA in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva; and an MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Jefferson Barbosa
Coordinator, Voz da Baixada
Creator of free media collective Voz da Baixada-formed by young people living in Baixada Fluminense, focused on Human Rights and communication, also plays the Community College +Nós - Communication student at PUC-Rio. Participated in processes such as if the town were to be Our Public policy with the participation of Professor David Harvey and other experts in public management; with Amnesty International; and led the fight against the reduction of the age of majority in criminal group Brazil Amanhecer Contra a Redução. He currently writes the biography of Mother Beata de Yemanjá; part of the #Movimentos group: drugs, youth and slum with the CESeC; and in this second half of 2017 organized the meeting of free media featuring the actress Taís Araújo, among others, of journalist Ricardo Boechat, the ITS and article 19.
Roxana Barrantes
Professor, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Economist (PhD, Illinois 1992). Professor, Department of Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP), and Researcher, Institute of Peruvian Studies. DIRSI's (Dialogue for the Information Society) Steering committee member. Professional activities in applied microeconomics, focused on regulation and privatization of infrastructure sectors; and environment and natural resources. During her career, Barrantes has served as staff and member of the board of directors of the Peruvian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (OSIPTEL), consultant to the Transport Regulatory commission in Peru (OSITRAN), the National Superintendent of Sanitation (SUNASS), the Ministry of Transport and Communication, the National Ombudsman Office, and to the Inter American Development Bank. Recently, she served as Member of the Directory of Petroperu, and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Minging.
Elena Beretta
Ph.D Student, Nexa Center
I received the M.Sc. in Cooperation, Development and Innovation in Global Economy from University of Turin (Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martiis") in September 2016, working on an experimental thesis investigating the diffusion of innovation by agent-based models. I earned a second level Master degree in Data Science for Complex Economic Systems at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Moncalieri (TO), in June 2017. From April 2017 to September 2017 I got involved in an internship at DESPINA - Laboratory on Big Data Analytics at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University Study of Turin – working on the NoVELOG project ("New Cooperative Business Models and Guidance for Sustainable City Logistics"). In November 2017 I’m starting to collaborate as PhD student, and effective member, with Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politenico of Turin, by working on a project on Data and Algorithms Ethics under the supervision of Professor Juan Carlos De Martin.
Jennie Bernstein
Urban Innovation Specialist, UNICEF
I am an urbanist committed to making cities that are more equitable and resilient. Currently, I support UNICEF Innovation in their Urban Futures work. We are looking at the unique challenges facing children in a rapidly urbanizing world, and what innovations can best address them. I am also actively supporting our team lead, Erica Kochi, with her work with the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Human Rights. The Council is working on a report that seeks to answer and explain: what are the biggest risk areas for discrimination in machine learning, and how can businesses anticipate, prevent, identify, and redress such discrimination-- particularly in low and middle income countries. The council’s goal is to put forward a set of concrete guidelines and recommendations for businesses using machine learning applications to avoid algorithmic discrimination, particularly in the sectors of credit, employment, insurance and education. Alongside my work with UNICEF and WEF, my central research interests concern the challenge of urban sustainability in environmentally and socially sensitive places in the climate change era. My research ranges from ethnographic investigations into informal communities in the Northeast of Brazil, which became the subject of my 2013 TEDx talk, to in-depth academic research on the land use planning challenges brought on by Sea Level Rise in the SF Bay Area. My most recent research, completed for my capstone study as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, explores the issue of social vulnerability in the context of sea level rise adaptation planning through an extensive written report and a series of static and interactive maps.
Eduardo Bertassi
Master's Student, CEST - Centro de Estudos Sociedade e Tecnologia (Society and Techonology Study Center) from Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Graduated in Electrical Engineering (emphasis in Computer Engineering) from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (EPUSP) and has an MBA degree in Project Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). He was one of the Brazilian researchers that participated in the European Project INSTINCT (co-funded by the European Commission in the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development). He worked as software development coordinator for Société Générale banks (Banco Cacique e Banco Pecúnia) and in Groupon Brazil. He is currently a Computer Engineering master's student at Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo and his research is focused on system development for crowdsourcing.
Michael Best
Director, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society
Dr. Michael L. Best directs the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macau SAR, China. He is a professor, on leave, with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the Technologies and International Development Lab. Professor Best is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the widely read journal, Information Technologies and International Development and he leads the Global Computing column for Communications of the ACM. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT and has served as director of Media Lab Asia in India and head of the eDevelopment group at the MIT Media Lab. Best’s research focuses on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social, economic, and political development. In particular he studies mobile and Internet-enabled services and their design, impact, and importance within low-income countries of Africa and Asia. He researches engineering, public policy, and business issues as well as methods to assess and evaluate development outcomes. Professor Best is also interested in the impact of ICTs on the development-security nexus and on post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.
Balázs Bodó
Senior Researcher, Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Bodó, Balázs, PhD (1975) is a socio-legal research scientist at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. He is a two time Fulbright Scholar (Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society in 2006/7, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2012). In 2013-15 he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2017 he received a 1.5M EUR ERC starting grant to study the impact of blockchain technology on society.
Maja Bogataj
Director, Intellectual Property Institute
MAJA BOGATAJ JANČIČ is a founder and a director of the Intellectual Property Institute, a private research and consulting institution in the field of intellectual property, located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research and academic work as well as her consulting focus predominantly on copyright, trademark law, information law, media law and privacy law. She has published numerous article and several books in these fields. She is an arbiter in domain name disputes for the domain name .si and an arbiter at the Ljubljana Arbitration Centre at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. She is a trademark and design attorney. She was a Creative Commons lead for Slovenia. Her consulting work is diverse and includes counseling large corporations and start-ups, individual creators as well as public and institutions. She has earned her law degree from University of Ljubljana (law, ‘96) and holds master’s degrees from the universities of Ljubljana (economics, ‘99), Harvard (law, ‘00) and Turin (intellectual property, ‘05) and a PhD degree from University of Ljubljana (copyright law, ‘06).
Carolina Botero
CEO, Karisma Foundation
Carolina Botero Fundación Karisma, Colombia She is the CEO at Karisma Foundation a leading Latin America digital rights advocacy organization based in Bogota. She is a researcher, lawyer, lecturer, writer and consultant on topics related to law and technology, following debates on freedom of expression, privacy, access to knowledge and culture, from a gender perspective. She strongly supports citizen participation through research as a key democratic value. She holds a master's degree in international law and cooperation (VUB - Belgium), and a master's degree on Business and Contracting Law (2006, UAB - Spain). She writes weekly OpEds for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador.
Francisco Brito Cruz
Director, InternetLab
PhD candidate in Philosophy and Jurisprudence by the Universidade de São Paulo Law School (FDUSP). Bachelor and Master of Laws at the same institution. Visiting Researcher (2013) at the Center for Study of Law and Society of the University of California – Berkeley, through Rede de Pesquisa Empírica em Direito (REED) exchange program. Mr. Brito Cruz received the Marco Civil da Internet e Desenvolvimento Award of the School of Law of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (SP). Attorney-at-law, practices in areas such as CyberLaw, Intellectual Property, Consumer Law and Press. He was founder and coordinator of FDUSP Law, Internet and Society Nucleous (NDIS) and is currently a director of InternetLab.
Joanna Bronowicka
Director, Centre for the Internet and Human Rights (CIHR)
Joanna is a sociologist who conducted research on human rights, digitisation, migration, social movements and political participation. She is the Director at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights. and an advisor on digitisation at the European University of Viadrina in Frankfurt Oder. Before joining the CIHR, she had worked for the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation in Poland, where she contributed to the development of Polish digital strategies and policies. She had also previously worked as a journalist at Thomson Reuters in Warsaw, as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and as a consultant for migrant NGOs in Warsaw, Paris, and Boston.
Lionel Brossi
Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Institute of Communication and Image of the University of Chile and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
Lionel Brossi is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication and Image of the University of Chile. As a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center, he is part of the leading team of the network Conectados al Sur and supports ongoing efforts of research and application on the field of Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion, aiming to better understanding the ways in which AI systems can be conceptualized, designed, and deployed for creating a more diverse and inclusive society. He holds a Phd in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature, a Master in Communication, a Master in Comparative Literature: Cultural and Literary studies and a degree in Journalism and Social Communication.

Julien Cabay
Researcher FNRS (National Fund for Scientific Research), Professor ULB
I am a Researcher at Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and a young Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where I have been recently appointed holder of a “Chair in Intellectual Creations and Innovation Law”. There I carry out my research at Unité de droit économique [Economic Law Unit]. In addition, I am a part time Associate Professor at Université de Liège (ULiège), where I teach “Copyright Law” and “IP and Competition Law”. I hold a Ph.D. in Law (ULB, 2016), a LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2011) and a Master in Private Law (ULB, 2009). I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at Columbia Law School in New York (2012-2013) and an Erasmus exchange student at Università degli Studi Roma Tre (2008-2009). My Ph.D was entitled “The subject Matter and the Scope of Copyright Protection – Contribution to the Study on Freedom of Creation”. It focuses on European Union and Belgian (my home country) copyright law and aims at providing a complete overview of the case law. In addition, I proposed a methodology for setting the limits of copyright protection and infringement, based on fundamental rights. My other core interests are Copyright and Contemporary Artistic Practices; IP and Freedom of Creation; Copyright and New Technologies; IP Infringement Tests from the Perspective of Cognitive Sciences. I have an emerging interest in issues related to Artificial Intelligence and I plan to dedicate future researches to this area in connection with IP.
Daniel Calarco de Oliveira
President, International Youth Watch
My focus is on protecting the human rights of youth. Studies and research in the areas of public policy, law and international cooperation for development.
Luis Camacho Caballero
Research Projects Manager, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Telecommunications MSc., Electronics Engineering BSc., GIZ Alumni, Professional Engineer member of the Peruvian Engineering Board CIP 129592. An expert on Endangered Languages Automatic Speech Recognition, ICT for Rural Development, Information Systems and Open Source Software applications for Intelligent Transportation Systems and Wildlife Monitoring, Electrical Safety. Researcher in Innovation Management, Technology Transfer, Productivity and Industry University collaboration. Founder of Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D, 2016), Climate Change Technology Transfer Center (CCTTC, 2012) and Rural Telecommunications Research Group (GTR, 1998) all at Catholic University of Peru. Manager of more than twenty projects related to the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure (telecom towers, power system, lightning protection system, grounding, radio systems, and routing) in extremely rural areas of Peru. These projects were financed with competitive funds from cooperation agencies. Since 1999, GTR has launched projects worth more than $ 6 million.
Ana Paula Camelo
Researcher, Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School, São Paulo
Ana Paula Camelo is a senior researcher at the Law and Innovation Research Group, at Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in São Paulo (FGV/SP). She is also an Associated Researcher at the Science and Technology Policy Department, University of Campinas. She holds a Ph.D in Science and Technology Policy and holds a Master Degree in Science Communication, both from the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. She held a doctoral internship at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (UK).
Maria Paz Canales
Executive Director, Derechos Digitales
Chilean Lawyer, 2015-2016 Berkman Klein Fellow, 2015 LL.M. graduated with Certificate of Specialization in Law & Technology at UC Berkeley. Nowadays leads Derechos Digitales a non profit organization based in Chile working with Latin American reach, formed by dozen people, including research and policy, advocacy, and technology areas.
Jeff Cao
Senior Researcher, Tencent Research Institute
I am Jianfeng Cao, currently working at Tencent Research Institute, an affiliate to Tencent Company. I research and write mostly on AI law and ethics, digital copyright, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, net neutrality, and internet governance. I have published more than 50 articles in journals, newspapers and online. Recently, I shifted my research focus to artificial intelligence and law, studying issues like AI strategies, policies, ethics and legal issues, and AI's applications in legal industry. I graduated from Southwest University of Political Science and Law, a famous university located in Chongqing city, with a master degree in intellectual property law. In the law school, I studied extensively on intellectual property law, such as copyright, patent, trademark and other related disciplines.
Mariana Cartaxo
Project Manager at the British Embassy
Mariana Cartaxo has an undergraduate degree in Political Science in the University of Brasilia and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the same institution. She works at the British Embassy in Brasilia as Programme and Political Analyst and is supporting the cyber agenda in Brazil, specially following up project implementation and policy change.
Juan Diego Casteñeda
Researcher, Karisma Foundation
Juan Diego Castañeda studied Law at Universidad Externado de Colombia. Has worked on consultancy about media, internet and public policy. Since 2015, works at Fundación Karisma as researcher on privacy and security.
Corinne Cath
Ph.D. Student, OII
Corinne Cath is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research focuses on the politics and ethics of Internet governance and the management of the Internet’s infrastructure. Her other research interests include the impact of Internet policy, technology, and regulation on public interest issues like human rights, civil liberties and social justice. Her most recent research examines the ethical impact of policy proposals regulating artificial intelligence, the influence of changes in European politics on the technical stability of the Internet, and the responsibility of the technical community towards human rights. She is part of the inaugural cohort of students that received a doctoral studentship from the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science. She works with various civil society organizations, governments, and businesses providing policy guidance on the ethical and political issues arising out of new technologies. Prior to joining the OII for her DPhil, she worked as a program officer for the “Digital Team” of human rights NGO ARTICLE 19, and as policy advisor for the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Corinne has an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and an MA in International Relations from the University of Utrecht.
Julio Cezar Dantas
Founder, Fundacion Todo Mejora
Júlio Cezar Dantas Júlio is the founder of the Todo Mejora Foundation, a civil society organization that promotes the well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans children through the prevention of suicide, and the violence that affects all children based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE). The Chile organization pilots programs to better the health, education and communications sectors, while catalyzing public debates and gathering evidence needed for public policy changes. He currently lives in Chile and has consulted with UNICEF Chile and Brazil on innovation, adolescent participation and LGBT issues, and UNESCO. He has also worked with the European Union, the Oxfam network, and a variety of non-governmental organizations nationally and internationally. Projects Mr. Dantas managed related to the conference include: • Implementation of national text-it hotline to prevent child and adolescent suicide in Chile. • Coordination of global innovation challenge to respond to crisis & emergencies. • Spearheading capacity building program related to adolescent participation, innovation and public policy. Júlio earned his degrees in Sociology with a focus on Women’s Studies from UCLA and masters in Public Policy and Administration and a Latin American Studies Minor from the UMASS-Amherst.
Pedro Cezar de Andrade
Partner, IP Capital Partners
Pedro is a partner and co-portfolio manager at IP Capital Partners, an asset management firm based in Rio.
Yasodara Cordova
Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center
Yaso is an activist, researcher and developer, fellow of the CTS-FGV (Center for Technology and Society at Fundacao Getulio Vargas) and affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, where she works on technologies to bootstrap democracy, using open data, privacy, online identity and blockchain. She held several positions within the World Wide Web Consortium, Brazil office (W3C), the United Nations, Brazilian Presidency and Ministries of Justice and Culture. She successfully co-led the platform for Brazil’s participatory lawmaking. She also led/ participated in multiple free/open source software projects, including the Serenata de Amor anti-corruption project, which she presented in the Brazilian Congress. She regularly writes for Privacy International, and has won twice the Vladimir Herzog prize, the major prize in Brazil for journalism and human rights. She is advisor of the nonprofits Open Knowledge Foundation Brazil and Coding Rights and co-founder of the Calango Hackerspace.
Sandra Cortesi
Director of Youth and Media, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and there the Director of the Youth and Media project. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives, and is leading the Digitally Connected collaboration between the Berkman Klein Center and UNICEF. At Youth and Media Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Klein Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation.
Sasha Costanza-Chock
Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio ( Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (AMP); AMP convenes the annual Allied Media Conference and cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world (
Darius Cuplinskas
Director of Information Program, OSF
I head the Information Program at the Open Society Foundations, where I am deeply involved in the our work on protecting human rights in the digital environment, the use of networked technologies by civil society, and work on countering manipulation of the digital public sphere.
Manuela Curcio
Project Assistant, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio)
Has an Undergraduate Law Degree from IBMEC. She was a professors’ assistant for the Tax Law course and participated in the Business Law research program. Manuela received an award for her academic performance in the undergraduate Law course in 2012 and 2014, which led her to receive three awards in Academic Excellency. She interned at the law clinic in IBMEC in 2011, at the government Public Council in 2012, and at the law firm Gouvêa Vieira in 2013. She was part of the second EGI.jur course (a legal course from the Internet Governance in Brazil) in 2016, which occurred due to a partnership between, and ITS Rio. Manuela is currently a Project Assistant at ITS Rio. She coordinates the Fellowship Program of the institute and works in the educational area, giving courses on Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Fashion Law. She is also responsible for the management of events held at ITS Rio. On her spare time, she works as a musical producer.

Leonie de Jong
General Manager, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
Juan Carlos De Martin
Faculty Co-Director, Nexa Center for Internet & Society at Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Juan Carlos De Martin is a professor the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) where he teaches computer science and digital culture. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Socity at Harvard University. After two years at UC Santa Barbara and two years at Texas Instruments in Dallas, De Martin returned to Italy to establish the Creative Commons Italy team (2003) and the Nexa Center for Internet & Society (2006). Between 2007 and 2011 Juan Carlos De Martin was the coordinator of COMMUNIA, the European thematic network on the digital public domain, with 50 members from Europe and overseas. In 2012 he edited, together with Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, "The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture" (OpenBookPublishers, UK). His most recent main research interest is the future of university in the Internet age, a topic on which he published a book titled "Università Futura - Tra Democrazia e Bit" (Codice Edizioni, 2017). Juan Carlos De Martin also serves as member of the Scientific Board of the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani and of the Study Commission on Internet Rights established by the President of Italy's Chamber of Deputies. He is an op-ed contributor to the national newspaper "la Repubblica" and he often acts as a commentator in Italian media. Juan Carlos De Martin is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is the author, or co-author, of over 100 peer-reviewed conference papers, journal papers and book chapters.
Agustina Del Campo
Director, Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information CELE, Universidad de Palermo
Agustina Del Campo directs the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information CELE since March 2016 and was a researcher with the Center since 2012. She has over a decade working on freedom of expression and access to information issues within the Inter-American system for the protection of Human Rights. Prior to working with the Center, Agustina coordinated the Impact Litigation Project at American University Washington College of Law where she led litigation efforts to advance international standards for the protection of freedom of expression, access to justice and due process. Agustina teaches Internet and Human Rights at Universidad de Palermo in Argentina and International Human Rights Law at Universidad de San Andres. She has authored and contributed to numerous publications on the subject.
Alessandra Del Debbio
Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Alessandra Del Debbio leads Microsoft Brazil’s legal, external and corporate affairs department as Assistant General Counsel since 2014. With over 23 years of experience on Brazil’s and Latin American’s legal and corporate affairs matters, she has occupied different roles at large high-technology corporations, including 7 years as Brazil and Latin American Legal Director for Nokia. She spent 2 years in Europe, as the legal manager for Nokia’s subsidiary in Italy, Spain and Portugal. She has gathered much expertise on litigation, compliance, corporate and government affairs, as well as consumer and commercial law. Alessandra received a JD degree from Sao Paulo University in 1995, and has post-graduation in Tax, Corporate, Internet and Corporate Law, with vast experience on technology and compliance legal matters.
Danilo Doneda
Professor, State University of Rio de Janeiro
Danilo Doneda is Bachelor in Law (Federal University of Paraná) and PhD in Civil Law (State University of Rio de Janeiro). He is a Lawyer and Professor at IDP as well as advisor to the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( He is a member of the advisory boards of the United Nations Global Pulse Privacy Group, the Project Children and Consumption (Instituto Alana) and Open Knowledge Brasil. He previously served as General Coordinator at the Department of Consumer Protection and Defence in the Ministry of Justice (Brazil). He was a professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). He is on the editorial board of the Contemporary Civil Law Review. Previously he was a visiting researcher at the Italian Data Protection Authority (Rome, Italy), University of Camerino (Camerino, Italy) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany). He authored books and several papers and articles about civil law, digital rights, privacy and data protection. Part of his work is available at
Hannah Draper
Program Manager, Open Society Foundations
Hannah Draper is a program manager with the Open Society Foundations’ Information Program. She works to develop and implement strategies to protect digital rights using law and policy. She joined the Open Society Foundations in 2013 and is based in London, England. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Hannah worked as an advisor to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. Hannah’s personal research interests are focused on the intersections of technology, law and social justice. She holds a common law degree from the University of Ottawa and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Guelph.
João Duarte
Data Science Manager, Somos Educação
I cofounded AppProva in 2012 to help student better prepare themselves to the ENEM exam. The last 5 years were a very challenging, fun and gratifying jorney. After AppProva acquisition by Somos Educação, I'm now involved in building data-driven projects/solutions on the company.
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay
Associate Research Professor, Institute of Communication Sciences (ISCC)
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, PhD in law (University Paris 2, 2007) is an associate research professor (permanent researcher since 2010) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Head of the Information and Commons Research Group at the Institute for Communication Sciences of CNRS/Paris Sorbonne/UPMC, she is also a visiting fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Media and Communications. Her current appointments include managing board member of Internet Policy Review, vice-president of the board of OpenEdition scientific publishing platform and of Knowledge Ecology International Europe, and board member of the CNRS National Committee Interdisciplinary Commission on Methods, practices, and communications of science and techniques. Melanie’s research focuses on the techno-legal infrastructure and policy for information and digital commons. She is a workpackage lead of the H2020 project netCommons on community wireless networks. She also works on algorithmic regulation, distributed architectures, peer production, open access and licensing (for public sector information, scientific data and publications, public domain works and digital native heritage). Former Communia and Creative Commons France founding member, former staff at Berkman, IViR, Nexa, IRCAM and a cultural community center, she studied political sciences, international relations, and European law in Lyon, France; Leipzig, Germany; Tilburg, the Netherlands. She co-edited three open access books on digital commons and the public domain. Her second authored book, Digital Golems. Copyright and Lex Electronica was featured in Le Monde Diplomatique Books of the Month. Her first co-authored monograph Intellectual Property, Geopolitics and Globalisation was translated into Arabic.

Madeleine Clare Elish
Researcher, Data & Society
Madeleine Clare Elish leads the Intelligence & Autonomy Initiative at Data & Society in New York. A cultural anthropologist focusing on the social impact of artificial intelligence and automation, her research investigates how new technologies reshape understandings of values, efficacy, and ethical norms, and how this may advantage or disadvantage different populations. Madeleine has published ethnographic and historical research aimed at grounding and reframing policy debates around the rise of machine intelligence, including An AI Pattern Language, which presents a taxonomy of current social challenges and responses drawn from interviews with AI industry practitioners. She will receive her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in Fall 2017 and holds an SM in comparative media studies from MIT. She can be found occasionally on Twitter as @m_c_elish
Arisa Ema
Project Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo
Arisa Ema is Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo and Visiting Researcher at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project in Japan. She is a researcher in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and her primary interest is to investigate the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence by organizing an interdisciplinary research group. She is co-founder of Acceptable Intelligence with Responsibility Study Group (AIR) ( established in 2014, which seeks to address emerging issues and relationships between artificial intelligence and society. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI), which released the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence Society Ethical Guidelines in 2017, and an expert member of Japan Deep Learning Association, which introduces Deep Learning certification system and suggests guidelines that take into account the ethical aspect. She is also one of the organizers of "IEEE Ethically Aligned Design, Version 1 Workshop in Japan" ( in the spring 2017. She obtained Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 2012 and previously held a position as Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University.
Patricia Escauriza Butterworth
Education Manager, Paraguay Educa
Patricia Escauriza, holds a BA in English with a Master's Degree in Quality and Improvement of Education. Participated in training courses and seminars of Education in Argentina, Spain, South Korea, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay. Published articles on the subject of ICT and Education. Co-founder and Education Manager of Paraguay Educa, NGO that deploys the “One Laptop per Child” program in Paraguay and is co-founder of RoDI (a robotics initiative for education) and other start-ups in Paraguay.
Felipe Estefan
Principal, Omidyar Network
Felipe structures and manages investments in Latin America as part of Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. He leads the firm’s efforts to advance artificial intelligence, civic technology, independent media, open data, and fiscal governance in the region. In the context of his role, Felipe is a member in the Board of Directors of IMCO and Nossas Cidades, an observer on the Board of, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Chequeado. Before joining Omidyar Network, Felipe was the open government strategist at the World Bank, where he traveled to more than 30 countries advocating for and advancing efforts to make governments more open and to foster collaboration between state and non-state actors. He was also a founding team member of the Open Contracting Partnership, where he coordinated efforts to increase transparency in public contracting processes around the world. Prior to the World Bank, Felipe was a planning producer at CNN’s Washington, DC bureau and was part of the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations in Switzerland.
Monique Evelle
CEO, Evelle Consultoria
Monique Evelle, recognized in 2017 by Forbes magazine and in 2015 by Cláudia magazine as one of the 30 youngest 30 years of the country's most promising, created the organization Desabafo Social and Kumasi, a marketplace for Afro-descendant entrepreneurs. At age 22, Monique collects prizes and participates in major events such as TEDxRioVermelho, TEDxSãoPaulo, Social Good, Youth Business International, Laureate Brazil Award, Harvard Symposium, Conectados al Sur and more. Through its company, Evelle Consultoria, provides marketing and innovation services through data science for solutions in education and research.

Henrique Faulhaber
Board Member, CGI (Brazilian Internet Steering Committee)
Henrique Faulhaber is a entrepenneur on Information Techonology sector. Henrique is also a board member on Brazilian Internet steering committee.
Stefanie Felsberger
Senior Researcher, Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D)
Stefanie Felsberger graduated from Vienna University focusing on the shortcomings in democracy theory in analyzing Egypt with a magister (masters) in 2012, after studying at Warwick University for one year. At the same time, she started working for the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). After receiving her magister in Arabic studies in 2013, Felsberger worked in Palestine as a research intern at the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University. Since June 2014, she has been working as a senior researcher at A2K4D, focusing on data and development, surveillance and knowledge.
Christian Fieseler
Professor, Norwegian Business School, Nordic Centre for Internet and Society
Christian Fieseler is professor for communication management at BI Norwegian Business School and the founding director of the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society. He received his PhD in Management and Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, in 2008. At the former he worked as a postdoctoral researcher, as well as at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and at Stanford University, before joining BI, in 2014. Christian’s research interests center on organizational identity, corporate social responsibility and computer-mediated-communication. His research is focused on the question how individuals and organizations adapt to the shift brought by new, social media, and how to design participative and inclusive spaces in this new media regime. In this field, he has over the last few years, worked extensively on technology and new working modes.
Pedro Francisco
Researcher, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) / Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade (CTS)
Pedro is a project leader and researcher at the Center for Technology and Society, at FGV. He also has a master and is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His researches aims to understand the impacts of technology on culture and the constant changes in the relations between people, technologies and law. Currently, Pedro is studying the use o drones for border monitoring in Brazil.
Vera Franz
Deputy Director, Open Society Foundation
Vera Franz is deputy director of the Open Society Information Program, where she oversees the program’s interrelated portfolios on the threats to open society created by information technology. This includes work to limit surveillance powers of governments and corporations, counter discrimination based on algorithmic decision-making, and confront the manipulation of our public sphere. Previously, she led the program’s intellectual property reform initiative and was deeply involved in the launch and development of the global Access to Knowledge movement, including the successful campaign for the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind and Visually Impaired adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization. Franz represents the Open Society Foundations on the advisory board of Ariadne, the European network of funders for human rights and social change. Before joining Open Society, Franz held a research post with the Austrian Techno-Z Research and Development Institute, and was an external lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. She also lived in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, working for local nongovernmental organizations including the Mirovna Grupa Mladih Dunav. She has studied in Austria, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom and holds an MSc in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MPhil in political science from the University of Salzburg.
Juan Pablo Fuentealba
Infrastructure coordinator, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes. CECREA. Gobierno de Chile
Architect with a special focus on inclusion and work with children and young people. Currently leading the infrastruture of a national program to develop a new type of cultural projects in Chile that fosters creativity and innovation for kids and youth. LGBT activist, founder of Fundación Todo Mejora Chile, Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to promoting the wellbeing, and preventing bullying and suicide of LGBT youth.

Julio Gaitan
Professor, Centro de Internet y Sociedad Universidad del Rosario (ISUR)
Julio Gaitan is a Professor in constitutional law at the Universidad del Rosario. During the last year he has been working to set up a Center for Internet and Society at this University. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative research on topics of juridical anthropology and juridical pluralism. He is interested in to address the challenges of internet and society under these lenses. He has a master degree on Public Law at the Autonoma University at Barcelona and did his PhD on juridical sociology at the University of Lecce, was Fellow at the Robbins Collection at California University at Berkeley.
Alex Gakuru
Executive Director, Content Development and IP (CODE-IP) Trust
Alex Gakuru is a technology rights defender and advocates for the Open discourse with an interest on the intersection between culture, the arts, creativity and information and communication technology – the layers and processes therein for access to knowledge and their impact on new norms and culture. Gakuru understands Artificial Intelligence will alter and reshape societal interaction online and offline. Alex is Executive Director, Content Development and Intellectual Property (CODE-IP) Trust – a Kenyan non-profit catalyzing local content development and its intellectual property protection. He teachers CopyrightX course in Nairobi since 2014 and played an instrumental role in spreading the course to Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania following the 2012 Symposium at the Berkman Centre. His professional background includes information systems development and consultancy to over 200 companies, organisations and individuals in Eastern Africa region; Council Member, Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa; Member, Task Force aligning communication laws to the Constitution of Kenya, 2010; Involved in global Internet Policy formulation; Elected Africa representative at ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency Executive Committee from 2009 to 2012. Appointed Chairman, Broadcasting Content Advisory Council at the Communications Authority of Kenya to March 2013. Prior to his appointment he served on several other government Task Forces; Creative Content Task Force; ICT Standards Task Force; IPv6 Task Force; Kenya Bureau of Standards’ Documents Standards Committee; among others. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics from the University of Nairobi and has undertaken several short courses on ICT, media and communications, content, law and regulation.
Danit Gal
Yenching Scholar and Chair of Outreach Committee, IEEE Global Initiative
Danit Gal is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and International Strategic Advisor to the iCenter at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Danit is the chair of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Outreach Committee, and a member of the Executive, Policy, Mixed-Reality, and Reframing Autonomous Weapon Systems committees. She also chairs the working group of a new IEEE standard (P7009) on the Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems. In China, Danit consults companies and universities on the ethical, societal, and regulatory implications of AI and AS. Her current research focuses on the development, dissemination, and use of intelligent partner robots in East Asia.
Luis Fernando García Muñoz
Executive Director, (Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales) R3D
Executive Director and co-founder of R3D (Digital Rights Defense Network). He has a Law Degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico and has Master studies on International Human Rights Law at Lund University in Sweden. He was Google Policy Fellow at Asociación por los Derechos Civiles in Argentina, and has ample experience in human rights and technology issues.
Urs Gasser
Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching activities focus on information law, policy, and society issues and the changing role of academia in the digitally networked age. Current projects – several involving the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers, which he helped to incubate – focus on the governance of evolving and emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence, with a particular interest in privacy and security issues and the broader implications of these technologies, including questions of agency and autonomy. As a longer term research interest, he studies the patterns of interaction between law and innovation, and innovation with the legal system in the digital age.
Marketa Geislerova
Senior Policy Analyst, Global Affairs Canada
Marketa Geislerova is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Digital Inclusion Lab at Global Affairs Canada. The Lab works on issues at the intersection of digital technology and human rights, including the opportunities and challenges posed by AI for gender equality. She graduated with Masters in International Relations from Carleton University and joined Global Affairs Canada as an Intern to promote the Canadian Studies Programme in Eastern Europe. Since then she has been working as a researcher and analyst on emerging foreign policy issues, including the role of diaspora communities, the religious dimension of IR, and most recently gender and digital tech. She has also contributed to Canada's engagement in multilateral organisations and with non-state partners, including the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, the Coalition against DAESH Communications Working Group, and the Ismaili Imamat. She hails from Prague, Czech Republic.
Elena Goldstein
AI Project Coordinator, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
Elena Goldstein is a Project Coordinator at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society supporting the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence initiative. Her research interests include privacy and consumer protection, global digital rights advocacy, the evolution of labor, and the rich literature/sociology/technology intersection. Prior to joining the AI ethics and governance cohort, Elena was a Research Assistant contributing to the Youth and Media team’s online privacy project. Before BKC, she wrote an honors thesis on the new Library of Alexandria’s Digital Age memory politics/poetics, and carried out university-sponsored independent studies on technology in the dystopian novel and digital diplomacy. She also worked for Access Now, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Alwan for the Arts, and a couple Manhattan restaurants. Elena graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University where she majored in Comparative Literature & Society and Middle Eastern Studies.
Cesar Gonzales
Researcher and Academic, Centro de Investigación en Recursos Naturales y Sustentabilidad (CIRENYS), Universidad Bernardo OHiggins
My research has been focused on the animal responses to global environmental change. My actual project examines the roles of behavior, ecology and evolutionary history on urbanization in birds. I mostly use the comparative approach, assembling dataset with information available from the literature and also from open data set availables on the web. Because the power of open science to accelerate the scientific knowledgment and human wellbeing, more recently I´'m very interested on learn, use and disseminate open data skills.
Víctor Hugo Gutiérrez
Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica
Professor with a Master degree in Design of audiovisual and multimedia language at Universidad de Costa Rica. More than 15 years of professional career in multimedia and elearning development for private and public organizations. 39 years old.

Eldar Haber
Associate Professor, Haifa Center for Law & Technology, University of Haifa
Dr. Eldar Haber is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the Faculty of Law, Haifa University and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society. He is also a member of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) and the Center for Cyber, Law & Policy (CCLP). His main research interests consist of various facets of law and technology including cyber law, intellectual property law (focusing mainly on copyright), privacy, civil rights and liberties, and criminal law. His works were published in various flagship law reviews worldwide, including top-specialized law and technology journals of U.S. universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Over the years, he has won several academic awards such as the IAPP best privacy paper award in Europe (2017). His works are frequently presented in various workshops and conferences around the globe, and were cited in academic papers, governmental reports, the media, and U.S. Federal courts.
Aaron Halfaker
Principal Research Scientist, Wikimedia
Dr. Halfaker is a principal research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation and a senior scientist at the University of Minnesota. He studies the intersection of advanced algorithmic technologies and social issues in open production communities (like Wikipedia) using a mixture of experimental engineering, data science, and ethnographic methods. His studies of Wikipedia's editor decline and his development of "ORES," an open AI platform, have received substantial attention from the technology press. See also
Sedighe Hematpoori Farokhy
Lecturer, TABM School, Applied Science university
I was drawn to Artificial Intelligence during my undergraduate studies. Although I studied and enjoyed expert systems, neural networks, fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms; I did not have a chance to get familiar with their applications. Therefore, I focused my BSc final year project on one of the applications of neural networks: a comparison of the performance of hypothalamus brain cells simulated by the Hodgkin-Huxley's model and genetic algorithms. This motivated me to further understand the Hypothalamus system and perform research in a field which could help understanding the process of the mind. I continued my education the University of Southampton in order to attain my MSc in Artificial Intelligence. Although my previous work on brain cells had been very interesting, the root of my interest has always been the workings of the mind. Further studying Artificial Intelligence persuaded me to centre my Master's thesis around the question “How do humans solve IQ tests.” Through experimentation, I was able to reproduce IQ tests in the form of proportional analogies (A is to B as C is to D) using the SOAR cognitive architecture: an architecture which mimics human intelligence. After graduating, I came back to my country(Iran) and joined as a lecturer at Lorestan University and Islamic Azad University. The courses I teach include Artificial Intelligence, expert systems, advanced and basic programming. In my spare time, I worked on a PhD proposal to solve more complicated analogy questions as used in some famous advanced IQ tests like Standford-Binet, SAT or similar tests. I have a deep desire to continue this pursuit of understanding the mind through a PhD

Leyla Keser
Associate Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University IT Law Institute
Completing graduate degree at Marmara University Faculty of Law. Sha was research assistant at the same faculty till 1998. She was awarded PhD in 1998 and started to work at Istanbul Bilgi University. She is the founder and Director of IT Law Institute at Bilgi University since 2010. She has authored books, articles and reports on computer forensics, e-signature, e-government, e-commerce, information security, biometric methods, e-invoice, DRM (digital rights management), ICT Law, e-health records, data protection/privacy, Digital Company, online behavioral advertising and cyber security. She is the Author of Cyber Law Turkey (for Kluwer Law International, 2009 and 2014). She is Chairman of the e-Signature National Coordination Board and Registered e-mail at Turkish Information Technologies and Communication Authority (ICTA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Secondary Legislation of New Turkish Commercial Code on Digital Company. She is member of Council of e-Transformation Leaders, Internet Improvement Board at the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication and member of International Association of IT Lawyers. She is IT Law advisor to Mr. Binali Yıldırım, the Prime Minister for ten years. She is legal counsel of the Ministry of Customs and Trade on IT Law and advisor to the Ministry of Justice on Data Protection Law. She gives consultancy for several governmental organizations on IT Law since 2004, particularly to the General Directorate of Laws and Regulations of the Prime Ministry. She gives consultancy to the Presidency about drafting cyber security report of Turkey. She has close collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, ISOC and ICANN. She represents IT Law Institute within Network of Centers (an academic initiative of the Berkman Center). Currently she is a faculty fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She is co-author of joint Report on Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: Observations from Case Studies with the Berkman Center. She worked with the Ministry of Justice on the Law on Data Protection. Currently she is charged with preparing secondary legislation of the Data Protection Law.

Miguel Lago
President Director, Meu Rio
Miguel Lago, 29, is the President-Director of Nossas and co-founder of Meu Rio, a locally focused platform and network for civic engagement and people powered political action. Miguel holds a degree in Political Science and a master in Public Affairs both from Sciences Po Paris.
Solana Larsen
Editor, Internet Health Report at Mozilla Foundation
I am the editor of Mozilla's Internet Health Report, an open source initiative to document and explain the state of the global Internet. Previously, I was the managing editor of Global Voices, and even longer before then I was an editor with
Ronaldo Lemos
Director, ITS Rio
Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on technology, intellectual property, and culture. He is a director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and professor of law and innovation at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He is currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University´s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School and Harvard Law and has published a number books and journal articles. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil, a law enacted in 20014 regulating the Internet in Brazil, protecting civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. He was elected the vice-president of the Council for Social Communication in Brazil´s Congress, created by Brazilian Constitution to deal with matters related to media and freedom of expression. Lemos writes weekly for Folha de S.Paulo, a national newspaper in Brazil. He hosts a TV show focused on innovation at Globonews, a cable news channel, and has contributed to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper´s Bazaar, and Bravo!. In 2015 he was appointed a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum. In 2016 he was appointed a fellow with Ashoka. Dr. Lemos serves as a board member in various organizations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and Access Now.
Andres Lombana
Fellow, Berkman Klein Center
Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, innovation, and learning. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative, combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods, design-based research, and media technology design. He is a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Research Associate with the Connected Learning Research Network.
Jacques Ludik
President | CEO & Founder, Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa
Dr Jacques Ludik is a smart technology entrepreneur, AI expert, investor & ecosystem builder and currently Founder & President of Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), Founder & CEO of Cortex Logic, Founder & CTO of Bennit.AI, and Founder of SynerG. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (AI) has 25+ years’ experience in AI & Data Science and its applications. MIIA is an innovative community for Machine Intelligence & Data Science Research & Applications to help transform Africa, whereas Cortex Logic provides an AI Engine for platform businesses & corporates and Bennit A.I. is an intelligent virtual production assistant for manufacturing. Jacques was Vice President of Data Science & Chief Data Officer at JUMO (next generation mobile money marketplace for emerging markets). Jacques is also Founder & Executive Director of CSense Systems that provides AI software & solutions to customers world-wide in a range of industries via an international reseller & solution partner network. The company was sold to General Electric (GE) in 2011. At GE he held various leadership roles for 4+ years including Big Data & Analytics Leader and Director of GE Intelligent Platforms. Jacques was also Senior Lecturer & Researcher at Stellenbosch University, where dozens of his papers on AI were published in Journals and International Conferences as well as a book published by Cambridge University Press (UK). He also has a patent filed for Knowledge Fusion. Jacques holds a B.Sc (Cum Laude), Hons.B.Sc. (Cum Laude), M.Sc. (Cum Laude), and PhD degrees from Stellenbosch University.

Colin Maclay
Executive Director, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Colin M. Maclay (@cmac) currently serves as Executive Director for the Annenberg Innovation Lab and Research Professor of Communication at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He was the founding director of the Digital Initiative at the Harvard Business School, an effort to understand and shape the digital transformation of business and society. He also spent a decade helping lead, build, scale and make sustainable Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, including its transition to a university-wide center and significant growth of its team, community and resources. He remains a senior researcher and member of the Center’s Fellows Advisory Board. He helped found the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy online, and has advised numerous private and civil society organizations. Maclay’s research is intersectional, exploratory and participatory, taking diverse forms and often leveraging multi-stakeholder collaborations to reveal trends and needs, suggest experiments and research, and drive the development of strategy and tactics. Recent work explores digitization and the challenges of change in industries like journalism, story driven audio, music, Nigerian film and learning. Ongoing interests include civic media and public entrepreneurship, online free expression and privacy, innovation and technology infrastructures and emerging institutions and governance. As a researcher, teacher, facilitator and entrepreneur pursuing scholarship with impact, Maclay has performed research, given invited talks and organized events on five continents; taught and organized seminars and workshops at USC, Harvard, and elsewhere; and been featured in diverse media. Throughout, he has been an instigator, incubator and mentor, connecting people and ideas to track and guide the interaction of technology and society. Maclay holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD from Northeastern University.
Eduardo Magrani
Researcher, FGV
Eduardo Magrani has been working with public policy, Internet regulation and Intellectual Property since 2008. He is Professor of "Law and Technology" and "Intellectual Property" at FGV Law School. Researcher and Project Leader at FGV in the Center for Technology & Society since 2010. Author of the books “Digital Rights: Latin America and the Caribbean” (2017), "Internet of Things" (2017) and "Connected Democracy" (2014) in which he discusses the ways and challenges to improve the democratic system through technology. He is Senior Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. Associated Researcher at the Law Schools Global League and Member of the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers. Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Law and Ph.D. Candidate in Constitutional Law at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro with a thesis on Internet of Things' Regulation through the lenses of Privacy Protection and Ethics. Bachelor of Laws at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, with academic exchange at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3 (France). Lawyer since 2010, acting actively on Digital Rights, Corporate Law and Intellectual Property fields. Magrani has been strongly engaged in the discussions about Internet regulation that led to the enactment of Brazil's first comprehensive Internet legislation: the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (“Marco Civil da Internet”). Eduardo has coordinated at FGV the Access to Knowledge Brazil Project, as project Manager, participating and interested in the copyright reform and Internet regulation policies in Brazil. He is coordinator of Creative Commons Brazil and the Digital Rights: Latin America and the Caribbean Project, alongside with prestigious Latin American organizations.
Tobias Mahler
Professor, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL)
Tobias Mahler teaches law at the faculty of law at the University of Oslo. He is a professor at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL), specializing in information and communications technology law. His research is highly interdisciplinary, primarily combining legal research with computer science and sometimes economics. His research interests cover a broad range of legal issues arising in the context of (i) cyber-physical systems (such as robots, particularly with artificial intelligence capabilities), (ii) Internet governance (especially the domain name system), as well as (iii) cybersecurity and privacy. This focus on legal issues is complemented with research interests in legal informatics more closely related to computer science. The latter line of research has focused on software applications for legal practice, such as, legal risk management and visual representations of legal reasoning. Mahler holds a PhD from the University of Oslo, an LLM degree in legal informatics from the University of Hannover, and a German law degree (first state exam). He has practised law in Norway as corporate lawyer in the automotive industry, primarily working with international commercial contracts. Mahler teaches primarily European telecommunications law, international cybersecurity regulation, e-commerce law, and Norwegian/German civil law. At the NRCCL, Mahler has been the director of the center’s LLM programme and he has led several major research initiatives, primarily in EU-funded research projects.
Ciira Maina
Senior Lecturer, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Nyeri, Kenya
Ciira Maina graduated from the University of Nairobi, Kenya with a Bsc. degree in Electrical Engineering (First class honors) in 2007 and with a Ph.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA in September 2011. At Drexel he was a member of the Adaptive Signal Processing and Information Theory Research Group where he conducted research on robust speech processing. Between October 2011 and August 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher in computational Biology working with Prof. Magnus Rattray and Prof. Neil Lawrence at the University of Sheffield. Since September 2013 he has been a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya where he conducts research on bioacoustic approaches to environmental monitoring, sensor systems for livestock monitoring and novel approaches to electrical engineering instruction. In addition he serves on the organising committee for Data Science Africa, an organisation that runs an annual data science and machine learning summer school and workshop in Africa.
Vidushi Marda
Policy Advisor, ARTICLE 19
I am trained as a lawyer, and work in the areas of artificial intelligence, internet governance, privacy and pervasive technologies. My current research focusses on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence and algorithmic accountability. I represent ARTICLE19 at the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. I also lead the research efforts of the Cross Community Working Party on ICANN's Corporate and Social Responsibility to Respect Human Rights. (CCWP-HR). Previously, I worked at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, where I worked on issues of accountability, transparency and jurisdiction at ICANN. I also wrote a book chapter on standard essential patents and competition law in context of pervasive technologies in India. I am a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s working group “An Internet Free and Secure” that works towards human rights based approaches to cyber security.
Eduardo Marisca
Digital Innovation, La Victoria Lab
Eduardo Marisca is a digital media and technology researcher, designer, and strategist based in Lima, Peru. He's currently working on Digital Innovation at La Victoria Lab — a human-centered design studio part of the Intercorp Group, Peru's leading business conglomerate, in partnership with IDEO, the world's leading innovation consultancy. He is focused primarily on digital service design and technology strategy projects across a range of industries, including education, healthcare, financial services, entertainment, amongst others. Eduardo holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) in Lima, as well as an M.S. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. At MIT, he developed research on the emergence of indie video game development in Peru and the potential for digital creative industries, and worked as a Research Assistant at the MIT Education Arcade on projects connecting games and learning.
Judith Mariscal
Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Judith Mariscal (PhD in Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT at Austin ) is Professor and Researcher at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and Director of the Telecommunications Research Program (Telecom-CIDE). Telecom-CIDE has produced relevant knowledge for policymakers and the private sector for almost 15 years. She is member at the highest level (III) of the National Research System in Mexico (SNI). She is member of the Steering Committee of the Regional Dialogue on the Information Society (DIRSI), and member of the Steering Committee of the Communication Policy Research Conference (CPR-LATAM). Judith is Associate Editor of Information Technologies and International Development (ITID), former member of the Board of Advisors of the telecommunications regulatory agency COFETEL Her research focus is on ICT policy for development in Latin America as well as on ICT regulatory policies. She has directed numerous research projects at the national and international level for multilateral institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and International Telecommunications Union, She has published extensively on areas such as the first and second generation of telecommunications reforms in Mexico and is the author of numerous papers on regulatory policy in telecommunications, as well as the books: “Licitación 21: Public Policy Lessons in Telecommunications”, (CIDE 2014, Editor), Digital Poverty: Prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean, (CIDE 2009, co-editor with Hernan Galperín) and Unfinished Business: Telecommunications Reform in Mexico (Praeger Press 2002).
Anne Martel
SVP of Operations, ElementAI
Anne is a serial entrepreneur who most recently co-founded Element AI, an Artificial Intelligence startup which in just a few months had closed the largest AI Series A in the world, and attracted over 100 top talent to join its team. She previously had a successful exit in the medical sector, where her focus was in optimizing operations, restructuring and growing manufacturing and expansion capabilities. A graduate in both Arts and Finance, she is an avid art lover and philanthropist who dedicates her spare time working on her foundation and advocating for diversity.
Ernest Mwebaze
Lecturer/Researcher, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Research Lab, Makerere University
I am a lecturer in the school of computing at Makerere University in Uganda. My professional career began soon after graduating with a BSc. Electrical Engineering from Makerere University. I worked as a Technical Director in an innovative ICT project for health (UHIN). This propelled my interest in research and I joined academia. My passion is the research I do. I possess a Masters degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In my graduate research I focused on the application of cutting edge techniques in machine learning to local datasets. My current research is done under the auspices of the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science research lab, which I presently head. Mostly I am interested in solving the problems that we face in developing countries through computational means. I also do consultancy work for the UN PulseLab Kampala mainly focusing on data analytics and visualization particularly for non-standard datasets.

Juliana Ferreira Nolasco
Public Policy Manager, Google
Juliana is graduated in Business Administration and holds a Master in Public Administration and Government at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), where she was a researcher for GEPI (Innovation research group) at the Law School. She also worked for the Ministry of Culture and the Presidency, as an advisor for the Secretariat of Strategic Issues headed by Minister Roberto Mangabeira Unger. Mrs Nolasco was the executive Director of the Institute for Technology and Society and now works as public policy manager at Google.
Paulo Rogério Nunes
Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center
Paulo Rogério Nunes is the cofounder of Vale do Dendê Startup Accelerator and affiliated to the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He is the co-founder of the Instituto Midia Étnica, the leading Black media NGO in Brazil founded in 2005 and Correio Nagô, a portal that covers diversity, human rights and inclusion. In addition he is an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship at University of Maryland, where he studied Journalism and Digital Media . He is the representative for the Vojo Technology from MIT Media Lab in Brazil.⁠⁠⁠⁠
Nnenna Nwakanma
Senior Policy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF)
Nnenna advocates for open data, open government and the open web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the open agenda. She works to drive forward the Africa Data Consensus, the Africa Open Data Network, the Africa Open Data Conference and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Recently, she pioneered the Foundation’s first gender data project – TechMousso, which brought together the data and tech communities with women’s rights organisations to tackle gender challenges in Côte d’Ivoire. Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative. She has lived and worked in five African countries and is fluent in English, French and a number of African languages.

Mimi Onuoha
Artist/Researcher, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center; NYU ITP
Mimi Onuoha is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher examining the implications of data collection and computational categorization. Her work uses code, writing, and sculptures to explore missing data and the ways in which people are abstracted, represented, and classified. Recently, Onuoha has been in residence at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, the Data & Society Research Institute, Columbia’s Tow Center, and the Royal College of Art. She has spoken and exhibited in festivals internationally, and in 2014 she was selected to be in the inaugural class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows. She currently is an artist-in-residence at Studio XX and a contributor at Quartz, where she uses code and data to tell stories about the implications of emerging technologies.
Philipp Otto
Executive Director, iRights Lab
Philipp Otto is the Founder and Executive Director of the iRights.Lab. He is a publisher of the information portal and founder of iRights.Media publishing. His work focusses on the strategic development of structures, concepts and models for dealing rapidly and constructively with the challenges poses by digitalization and the internet for policy as well as for public and private institutions.
Spencer Overton
President, Joint Center
Spencer Overton is the President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which was founded in 1970 as the Black think tank. Today, the Joint Center focuses on the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the future of work for the 43 million African Americans in the United States. The Joint Center recently found that 27% of African American workers are concentrated in just 30 occupations that are at high risk to automation (e.g., drivers, cashiers, retail sales, security guards). Spencer chaired Government Reform Policy on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, and on the Obama transition he served as a lawyer in the General Counsel's office and as a member of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform (TIGER) policy team. During the Obama Administration, Spencer served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Policy, the “think tank” of the Department of Justice. Spencer is also a tenured Professor of Law at George Washington University, where he teaches race and the law, property law, and election law. He is the author of a book and several academic and popular articles on democracy, inclusion, and equality. Spencer is an honors graduate of both Hampton University and Harvard Law School, he clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith, and he represented large companies for four years practicing law at the firm Debevoise & Plimpton.
Juan Ortiz
Policy Fellow, World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF)
Juan Ortiz Freuler is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a Policy Fellow at the Web Foundation where he works closely with Sir Tim Berners-Lee on studying the societal impacts of the web. Juan has several years of experience researching and leveraging ICTs to advocate for government reforms, to increase transparency, citizen participation and accountability. His greatest concern is inequality and the role the web can play in making the world a fairer and more peaceful place. He was previously a Google Policy Fellow, an Open Society Fellow (OSIRG), and has worked with several NGOs in Mexico and Argentina. He developed a web-based methodology to monitor judicial appointments in Buenos Aires, researched ICTs and citizen participation practices implemented by oversight institutions in Latin America, and has researched and advocated for changes to Mexico’s Open Government Data and Universal Internet Access policies. A graduate from Di Tella Law School in Buenos Aires, Juan has recently completed Masters in both Public Policy and Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford.

Letícia P. Ferreira
Counselor at Fundação, BRAVA and Founder of BrazilLAB
Letícia has a master degree in Social Sciences and a graduate degree in Internacional Relations from Catholic University of São Paolo (PUC-SP). She has a specialization in Leadership from Harvard Business School and Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. For 15 years, Letícia worked in organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Instituto Empreender Endeavor, and Centro de Liderança Pública. Currently, Letícia works in different projects as a consultant, a speaker, a Professor and Coach in Public Leadership. One of her main projects is BrazilLAB, a program which focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship to transform the public sector in Brazil. Besides that, she also works as a Counselor at Fundação BRAVA.
KS (Kyung-Sin) Park
Professor, Korea University Law School
Professor, Korea University Law School. Co-founder of Open Net Korea. Served as Commissioner at Korean Communication Standards Commission, a President-appointed media content regulation body (2011-2014). Served as Member of the National Media Commission, a Parliament-appointed advisory body on media and Internet regulations (2010). Served as International Relations Counsel to the Korea Film Council and arranged the Korea-France Film Co-production Treaty, and advised on the UNESCO Cultural Diversity Convention (2002-2007). Has served both as Executive Director, PSPD Law Center (2008-2016), and Open Net Korea (2013-) which have pursued and won several significant impact litigation and legislative advocacies in freedom of speech, privacy, antitrust, net neutrality, web accessibility, digital innovation, and intellectual property, including the striking down (or defending against) of the Internet real name law, the Minerva false news dissemination law, the law on warrantless seizure of subscriber identity data, the film industry antitrust regulation, the search and seizure of electronic mails without notification to the mail authors, the bad faith copyright takedown notice, the law requiring government-backed electronic signatures for all online payments, imposition of excessive criminal penalties on small copyright violations, imposition of excessive stigmatizing criminal and monitoring penalties for viewing obscene material involving virtual non-existent child characters, the government websites inaccessible to visually impaired, etc. Founded Korea University Law Review and the Law Schools' Clinical Legal Education Center and spearheaded and under that Center. Graduated from Harvard University (Physics) and UCLA Law School (JD).
Ezequiel Passeron
Communication Sciences, Faro Digital
Communication Science specialist. Ex Coordinator of "Con vos en la web" Government awareness program of the Data Protection Agency of Argentina. Executive Director of the NGO Faro Digital, which studies the social impact of digital technologies.
Pedro Augusto Pereira Francisco
Researcher, FGV
Pedro is a project leader and researcher at the Center for Technology and Society, at FGV. He also has a master and is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His researches aims to understand the impacts of technology on culture and the constant changes in the relations between people, technologies and law. Currently, Pedro is studying the use o drones for border monitoring in Brazil.
Gustavo Piva
Partner, Dannemann Siemsen Advogados
Gustavo Piva de Andrade is a lawyer, a registered industrial property agent, a partner at the Dannemann Siemsen Law Firm and a member of the board at the Dannemann Siemsen Institute (IDS). He has 17 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law and his practice is focused on copyrights, trademarks, patents and technology issues. Gustavo also has an extensive experience in software litigation, representing clients in a wide range of cases in federal and state courts. He has an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law by the Franklin Pierce Law Center (USA).
Pranesh Prakash
Policy Director, CIS Bangalore
Pranesh Prakash is a Policy Director at — and was part of the founding team of — the Centre for Internet and Society, a non-profit that engages in policy research. He is also the Legal Lead at Creative Commons India and an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School's Information Society Project. In 2014, he was selected by Forbes India for its inaugural "30 under 30"​ list of young achievers, and in 2012 he was recognized as an Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. government. His research interests converge at the intersections of technology, culture, economics, law, and justice. 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, digital security, net neutrality, 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.
Edson Prestes
Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Edson Prestes is Professor at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; CNPq Productivity Fellow and Head of ϕ-Robotics Research Group. Edson is IEEE Senior Member; Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA P7007 - Ontological Standard for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems Working Group; Vice-chair of the IEEE RAS Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group (ORA WG); Member of the IEEE-SA The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems; Founding Chair of the IEEE South Brazil RAS Chapter; and Past vice-chair, IEEE RAS Standing Committee for Standards Activities. Please if you need more information visit my homepage
Robin Pierce
Associate Professor, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
Dr. Pierce is an Associate Professor at Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society where her work focuses on privacy and data protection, particularly in the health domain, with a focus on translational clinical research. Her work also explores ethics, law, and policy regarding translational research in the life sciences, e.g. genetics, neuroscience. She has taught across disciplines including courses in Data Protection and Privacy Law, Regulation of Technology, Ethics in the Life Sciences, as well as Torts, and Contract Law. In 2014 Dr. Pierce was appointed as Associate Editor Science and Genetics at the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. She holds a PhD from Harvard University in Health Policy where her work addressed genetic privacy, and a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.
Ana Pellegrini
Legal Director, Uber
Ana Pellegrini is the legal director at Uber in Brazilsince April 2015. She graduated from PUC/SP in 2002 and specialized in administrative law (2003-2004) and in telecommunications law (2005-2006) at FGV/SP. She also has a Master’s Degree in technology law (LL.M.) from the University of California (UCLA) – Berkeley (2013-2014). Ana has worked with regulatory issues at Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados (2000-2013), and was Head of the Regulatory area at the law firm Stocche Forbes Advogados (2014-2015).
Carlos Eduardo Pedreira
Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Prof. Carlos Eduardo Pedreira holds Bachelor in engineering; he received a Ph.D. degree (1987) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London. Presently, holds a Professor position at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he is the head of the Artificial Intelligence group at COPPE’s Systems and Computing department. He is a visiting researcher at the University of Salamanca, Spain since 2002. Prof. Pedreira has been an active researcher in Machine Learning. He holds worldwide patents and published in some of the most prestigious scientific journals. His articles have over 1300 citations. Prof. Pedreira is a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence in Brazil as he organized the first meeting in Neural Networks in 1992. He was the Founding President of the Brazilian Society of Neural Networks (presently Brazilian Society of Computational Intelligence). Received the Santander Bank Award of Science and Innovation in 2006 and the Nicola Albano Prize (Brazilian Society of Pediatrics) in 2010.
Javier Pallero
Policy Lead for Latin America, Access Now
Javier J. Pallero is Access Now's Policy Lead for Latin America. Before joining Access Now, he worked for several years with digital rights organizations in Argentina such as Ageia Densi, Derecho entre Lineas and Asociacion por los Derechos Civiles, conducting policy analysis and promoting human rights activism on the net. He also was a teaching assistant at Cordoba's National University in Argentina on the subject of Internet Law and Economics while serving as a consultant and speaker in the local media. In addition to all of this, Javier is an amateur musician who is passionate about the internet and its power for social change.

Ana Ramalho
Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property, The Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR), Maastricht University
Ana Ramalho is Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She holds a 5-year advanced LL.B. from the University of Lisbon (1999), an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (2007), a Research Master in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Lisbon (2008), and a PhD in Copyright and European Law from the University of Amsterdam (2014). Throughout her career she has taken on commissioned research and consultancy on a range of international and European intellectual property topics for several private and public institutions. Ana has published extensively on intellectual property law and policy. Her current research interests are intellectual property issues in the realm of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Ilit Raz
CEO, Joonko
I have 14 years of experience working in various product management and team management positions (6 years in startups and seven years in highly-regarded IDF intelligence unit 8200), with vast experience in NLP. Proven record of leadership and management (corporate and non-profit organizations). I have a Computer Science degree and an Executive MBA. My story began in early 2016, after 13 years as a woman in tech and experiencing unconscious, and conscious, bias - I decided to change the way people work. As a woman who felt alone in the tech world, from the age of 18, I wanted to do something to change the status of women in tech and gender bias in the industry. That's when I founded Joonko - the first AI-powered diversity and inclusion coach for companies, which can identify and solve unconscious bias in real-time. My drive with Joonko is to prevent other girls, who are now starting their computer science studies, not to have the same experience I had.
Bianca Reisdorf
Assistant Professor & Assistant Director, Quello Center, Michigan State University
Dr. Bianca (Bibi) C. Reisdorf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information and the Assistant Director of the Quello Center at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on digital divides and inequalities in across vulnerable groups. She uses multiple methods and theoretical viewpoints to address digital inequalities, often applying a cross-country comparative approach. Bibi's recent research projects include a pilot study on Internet access in prisons in Northern Ireland and England, digital inequalities and race, and digital inclusion in distressed urban neighborhoods in Detroit.
Nagla Rizk
Professor of Economics and Founding Director, Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D)
Nagla Rizk is Professor of Economics and Founding Director of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the American University in Cairo’s School of Business. Her research area is the economics of knowledge, technology and human development with focus on digital platforms, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, innovation and business models in the digital economy. She is Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Affiliated Fellow of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Copyrightx course. She is also member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association and the Management and Steering Committee of the Open African Innovation Research Network. At AUC she served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Business and Chair of the Economics Department. She taught at Columbia University, Yale Law School and the University of Toronto, and was hosted as Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Ottawa Law School. She is the recipient of the AUC Distinguished Alumni Award (2016), author of the National Strategy for “Free and Open Source Software in Egypt” (2014) and served as member of the Ministerial Committee on Right to Information law, Egypt (Fall 2013).

Marcela Sabino
Lab Director, Museum of Tomorrow
Marcela Sabino is the Director of the Museum of Tomorrow Activities Laboratory. She specializes in innovation and experiments with the practical impact of exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital fabrication, robotics, biohacking, big data, and the Internet of things on society. Marcela has developed strategies and solutions to complex problems using emerging technologies for organizations focused on international social development such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United Nations and major international companies. She holds a degree in Public Policy and Political and Economic Development from Harvard University and a BA from Amherst College.
Ramón Salaverría
Associate Dean of Research at School of Communication, University of Navarra
I am Ramón Salaverría (Ph.D.), Associate Dean of Research at the School of Communication, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain), where I serve also as Associate Director of the Center for Internet Studies and Digital Life (CISDL). I was Chair of the Journalism Studies Section at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) during the term 2010-2012. As Associate Professor of Journalism, I’ve taught online journalism skills for more than twenty years. My research focuses on media convergence, online news storytelling and new media trends. During the academic year 2014-15, I was visiting scholar at The University of Texas at Austin (USA). I am currently visiting professor for several Master’s Programs both in Europe and Latin America, lecturing on new media trends. I have also led many in-house training programs for media companies in different countries. All in all, during the last few years I have offered keynote speeches, courses and seminars in 31 countries. I have published more than 200 research papers, chapters, and monographs. My most recent book is ‘Ciberperiodismo en Iberoamérica’ (Digital Journalism in Iberian-America, 2016, 441 pp.), a comprehensive account of the evolution of digital news media in the 22 countries of this region since the 1990s up until today. I am an active media analyst on Twitter (@rsalaverria) and will be glad to receive your contact at my email:
Fadi Salem
Senior Research Fellow, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
Fadi Salem is a Sr. Research Fellow at the MBR School of Government (formerly Dubai School of Government) and heads the Future Government research group. He was the founding Director of the Governance and Innovation Program (GIP), and formerly a Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); and a Fellow at the I+I Policy Research Centre, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP), National University of Singapore. He is currently a PhD in Public Policy candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and is a graduate from London School of Economics. Fadi’s areas of expertise include big data and policy, digital governance, smart cities and digital transformation; including policy implications of IoT and big data. Additionally, he has extensive publications on digital governance, social media and public engagement, e-participation, ‘future of government’ directions. Fadi has over fifteen years of multidisciplinary working experience in the public sector, the media and policy research fields, including projects with the OECD, UN and the World Bank. Prior to joining the School, he worked in The Executive Office in Dubai, advising senior government leaders on technology policy and digital transformation. He also previously worked as an editor of two pan-Arab periodicals.
Patricia Sampaio
Professor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
Professor at the Federal State University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). Researcher at the Research Center for Law and Economics at FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro and associate researcher at the Research Center on Regulation and Infrastructure (FGV/CERI). Lawyer. Doctor and master degrees in Law from the University of São Paulo (USP).
Julianne Sansa-Otim
Senior Lecturer / Researcher, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Julianne Sansa Otim received a PhD in Communications Networks from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, after studying “Internet High-speed Data Transport Protocols”. Prior to that she had completed a MSc. in Computer Science and a BSc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Makerere University. Her current research interests are ICT4Development, appropriate e-services for developing regions, Communications Network Protocol Design, telecommunication policies analysis, Quality of Service, Quality of Experience, Wireless Networks and Systems Security. She finds it exciting working in these areas together with colleagues and students at Makerere University School of Computing and Informatics Technology, where she has worked since 2002 and is currently a Senior Lecturer. She has undertaken some multi-disciplinary studies with colleagues from the Health, Meteorology, Agriculture and Electrical disciplines. Her research team has won research grants from both the Norwegian and Swedish Development agencies. She has published widely in international peer reviewed journals and conferences.
Wolfgang Schulz
Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Wolfgang Schulz, Director, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Hans-Bredow-Institut. Wolfgang Schulz has been a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg since November 2011 with the university professorship “Media Law and Public Law including Theoretical Foundations.” His professorship is comprised of a joint placement at the University of Hamburg and the Hans-Bredow-Institut, where he has been a member of the board of directors since 2001. In February 2012, Wolfgang was also appointed director at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. His work emphasises freedom of communication, problems of legal regulation with regard to media contents, questions of law in new media, particularly in digital television, and the legal bases of journalism. Additionally, Wolfgang focuses on the jurisprudential bases of freedom of communication and the implications of the changing public sphere on law.
Graciela Selaimen
Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Graciela Selaimen works at the Ford Foundation Brazil office, where she supports work focused on media and internet rights and policy; and media, arts, and cultural issues, especially those with a strong commitment to racial and gender diversity. Her grant making has supported initiatives that advance freedom of expression and pluralism in the communications sector, especially those that promote democratic regulatory frameworks and a strong and diverse independent journalism ecosystem. In addition, she has worked on broadening access to and the diversity of media and new technologies, particularly in relation to underrepresented groups. Graciela has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of Internet policies; Internet governance; media rights; and digital culture, having worked with key national and international organizations and networks since the late 90s.
Elif Sert
Research Assistant, Istanbul Bilgi University IT Law Institute
After graduating from Bahcesehir University Law School in Istanbul, I started my masters at Istanbul Bilgi University in Information and Technology Law. During the same year, I worked at a legal tech company which assess companies' data privacy risks. Currently, as the research assistant of Information and Technology Law at Istanbul Bilgi University, I conduct research mainly on artificial intelligence technologies' developments and their relation with data privacy and cyber security. I also participate in giving trainings to the newly established Personal Data Protection Authority of Turkey. Next year, I will be advancing the artificial intelligence and privacy research as a master's student at Berkeley Law School.
Alexandre Pacheco da Silva
Professor and a researcher, Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School
Alexandre Pacheco da Silva is a professor and a researcher at Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in São Paulo (FGV Law School), where he coordinates the Law and Innovation Research Group and teaches Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, Law and Development and Entertainment Law. He is a Ph.D candidate in Science and Technology Policy at University of Campinas and holds a Master and a Bachelor Degree in Law and Development from FGV Law School. He is a member of Internet, Law and Security Chamber from the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee.
Kathleen Siminyu
Data Scientist, Africa's Talking
Kathleen is a Data Scientist at Africa's Talking and a Co-Organizer of the Nairobi Chapter of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science. With a background in Mathematics and Computer Science as well as the advantage of working on a small and very young data team, she has interacted with the full spectrum of data-related roles, from curating a suitable big data architecture to building the infrastructure, cleaning data and engineering features, down to the analysis, building of data and machine learning models and finally visualization of insights.
Matthew Smith
Senior Program Officer, IDRC
Matthew Smith is a Senior Program Officer in the Technology and Innovation program area at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). At IDRC, Matthew supports research for development to promote open, equitable, and sustainable societies. Matthew has a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE), an MSc in Development Studies from LSE, and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University.
Matthias Spielkamp
Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch and a founding member and now publisher of the award-winning online magazine Matthias gave expert testimony to committees of the German Bundestag on artificial intelligence and robotics, government surveillance, future developments of journalism, and copyright regulation. He held teaching positions at several German universities and has managed media development projects on four continents. Matthias serves on the board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and is a member of the advisory councils of the Whistleblower Network and the Politics & Public Affairs program at Quadriga University. In the steering committee of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D), he acts as co-chair for the academia and civil society stakeholder groups. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stiftung Warentest. Matthias holds an MA in Journalism (University of Colorado at Boulder) and an MA in Philosophy (Free University of Berlin) and is co-editor and co-author of several books on Internet Governance, Journalism and copyright regulation.
Thomas Struett
Research Specialist in the IT Law Institute, Bilgi University
I am currently a research special in the IT Law department at Istanbul Bilgi University. I am from Chicago where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Illinois Chicago. I am interested in the relationship between information, technology, policy, and society. For the next year, before I move on to further my formal education, I am focusing on privacy and algorithms.
Mark Surman
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark serves as Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like online privacy. Mark’s biggest focus is building the movement side of Mozilla: rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Before Mozilla, Mark was the Managing Director of and president of boutique consulting firm Commons Group. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy. Mark lives in Toronto with his sons, Tristan and Ethan.
Nishant Shah
Dean of Research, Artez University of the Arts, Hamburg
Nishant Shah is the co-founder of the Centre for Internet & Society, India, a Guest Professor at Leuphana University, Germany and the Dean of Research at ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands. He identifies as a Radical Humanist and an Ardent Feminist, and writes and teaches on intersections of digital cultures, identity politics, social justice, and education.
Eric Sears
Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation
Eric Sears leads MacArthur’s work focused on advancing technology in the public interest. This includes grantmaking seeking to strengthen civil liberties in the digital age and building the ecosystem of organization’s addressing the social and rights-based implications of machine intelligence through research, policy and practice. He has previously worked at Human Rights First in New York and Amnesty International USA in Washington, D.C. where he carried out a range of research and advocacy initiatives. While at Amnesty, Eric launched and managed the organization’s campaign aimed at reforming U.S. counterterrorism policies and helped create the organization’s Crisis Prevention and Response program. Eric is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Partnership on Artificial Intelligence and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and the Future of Trust Network. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Saint Louis University.
Daniel Schwabe
Professor, PUC Rio
Prof. Schwabe received his BSc degree in Mathematics from PUC-Rio in 1976, his MSc in Informatics also from PUC-Rio in 1976, and his PhD in Computer Science from UCLA in 1981. His early work focused on computer network protocols, and did pioneering work in the study of the Internet. He later conducted research on Knowledge Based systems, having built some of the earliest expert systems in Brazil in the medical and engineering domains. H is more recent work has focused on Social Machines in the Web, seen as men-machine teams that solve problems, specifically with the support of Knowledge Graphs (KGs). As an example of such Social Machine, he is currently involved with the "Se Liga na Politica" project, which aims to construct an open, freely accessible Knowledge Graph about Political Agents in Brazil. One distinguishing feature of this KG is the inclusion of provenance information to support the trust process of consumers of the information contained in the KG.
Lucas Santana
Head of marketing at Evelle Consultoria and n3 Group
Natalie Saltiel
Program manager, MIT Media Lab
Natalie Saltiel works on the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund at the MIT Media Lab. She is also the coordinating editor of the Journal of Design and Science.
Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi
Professor, Columbia University
Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi joined the Department of Computer Science as a Lecturer in Discipline in July 2015. Ansaf received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Orleans, France in 2003, after which she pursued her training as a postdoctoral fellow at INRIA, Rennes (France). She was appointed as an Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia University’s Center for Computational Learning Systems in 2006 and served as an adjunct professor with the Computer Science department and the Data Science Institute in 2014 and 2015. Ansaf’s research interests lie in machine learning and data science. She has done research on frequent patterns mining, rule learning, and action recommendation and has worked on data science projects including geographic information systems and machine learning for the power grid. Her current research interest includes crowd sourcing, medical informatics and educational data mining. Ansaf has published several peer-reviewed papers in top quality venues including JMLR, TPAMI, ECML, PKDD, COLT, IJCAI, ECAI and AISTAT. She has recently received a National Science Foundation award to study preterm birth and a multi-phase grant from Pearson Education to advance research on online self-learning.

Julian Thomas
Professor of Media and Communications, Social Change Research Platform; RMIT
Julian Thomas works on new communications technologies and public policy at RMIT in Melbourne. Recent publications include Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016 and 2017), Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Florent Thouvenin
Associate Professor, University of Zurich
Florent Thouvenin graduated from the University of Zurich Law School in 2001. From then until 2003, he was a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, first at the Chair of Information and Technology Law at the ETH Zurich then at the Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Zurich. In 2004, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich where he worked on his doctoral thesis. After completing his thesis he pursued his early legal career as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich and at Lenz & Staehelin Rechtsanwälte, a Zurich based law firm. After passing his bar exam in 2006 and 2007, he worked for Lenz & Staehelin as a lawyer. In 2008, he became a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Zurich. In 2010, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. During his time as a member of faculty in St. Gallen, he had research stays at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. In 2014, he became a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Information and Communications Law at the University of Zurich, where he now teaches as an Associate Professor. His main research areas are information law, intellectual property law and unfair competition law with a key focus on data protection and copyright law. Florent Thouvenin graduated from the University of Zurich Law School in 2001. From then until 2003, he was a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, first at the Chair of Information and Technology Law at the ETH Zurich then at the Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Zurich. In 2004, he was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich where he worked on his doctoral thesis. After completing his thesis he pursued his early legal career as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich and at Lenz & Staehelin Rechtsanwälte, a Zurich based law firm. After passing his bar exam in 2006 and 2007, he worked for Lenz & Staehelin as a lawyer. In 2008, he became a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Zurich. In 2010, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. During his time as a member of faculty in St. Gallen, he had research stays at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. In 2014, he became a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Information and Communications Law at the University of Zurich, where he now teaches as an Associate Professor. His main research areas are information law, intellectual property law and unfair competition law with a key focus on data protection and copyright law.
Ana Toni
Executive Director, ICS
Ana Toni is the Executive Director of Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) and Co-Founder of GIP (Public Interest Management). From 2003 until May 2011, Ana Toni was the Representative for the Ford Foundation in Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of human rights, sustainable development and racial and ethical discrimination. From 1998 to 2002, Ana was the Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil and also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993), representing the organization at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Ana was Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and Board Chair of Greenpeace International from 2010 to 2017. Ana was Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association) and Wikimedia Foundation. Currently, she is Board member of Agência Pública, WINGS, Gold Standard Foundation, ITS and of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity, and integrates the Brazilian Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustainability.
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún
Founder, Yorùbá Names Project
Kola Tubosun is a Nigerian linguist, critic, cultural advocate, writer, and teacher. His work spans the fields of education, technology, literature, journalism, and linguistics. He is a Fulbright Fellow (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2009) and recipient of the Premio Ostana Special Prize for Mother Tongue Literature (Cuneo Italy, 2016). He is the founder and curator of, a language documentation, lexicography, and technological effort. His writings, reviews, translations, essays, and interviews, have appeared in Aké Review, Brittle Paper, International Literary Quarterly, Enkare Review, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Saraba Magazine, and recently in Literary Wonderlands, an anthology edited by Laura Miller. He was the co-editor of Aké Review in 2015. His poetry chapbook, Attempted Speech & Other Fatherhood Poems was released by Saraba Magazine in September, 2015. He can be found online at
Marcelo Thompson
Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong
Marcelo Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, where his research reflects upon the roles and responsibilities of states and non-state actors in the governance and regulation of the information environment. Marcelo holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, where his thesis situated the legal problem of technological neutrality within the neutrality-perfectionism debate in contemporary political theory, an LLM (Law and Technology) from the University of Ottawa, and LLB and PgD (IP Law) degrees from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Before coming back to academia, Marcelo practiced law in Brazil for a number of years, first in the private sector and later in the government, focusing on the regulation of technological affairs. In the government, which he joined by public examination, Marcelo worked as a legal counsel and head of department at the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, and later as a general counsel at the Institute for Information Technology (ITI), under the Office of the President of Brazil.
Mark Surman
Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark serves as Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like online privacy. Mark’s biggest focus is building the movement side of Mozilla: rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Before Mozilla, Mark was the Managing Director of and president of boutique consulting firm Commons Group. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, where he explored how to apply open source approaches to philanthropy. Mark lives in Toronto with his sons, Tristan and Ethan.

Stefaan Verhulst
Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development, The Governance Lab, NYU
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. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good. 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. At Markle, an operational foundation based in New York, he was responsible for overseeing strategic research on all the priority areas of the Foundation including, for instance: transforming health care using information and technology, re-engineering government to respond to new national security threats, improving people’s lives in developing countries by connecting them to information networks, developing multi-stakeholder networks to tackle global governance challenges, changing education through information technology et al. Many of Markle’s reports have been translated into legislation and executive orders, and have informed the creation of new organizations and businesses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest; and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. 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. He has been a grant recipient of the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Markle Foundation.
Marisa Vasconcelos
Research Staff Member, IBM
Marisa Vasconcelos is a computer scientist in the Social Data Analytics group at IBM Research Brazil. She holds Ph.D. in Computer Science by Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). She received also an M.A. degree also in Computer Science from Boston University, US. She is a recipient of a Fulbright award for her M.A. studies and she is also a recipient of Google Women in Technology (Anita Borg) award. Her current research interest is in measuring conversational agents performance and studying bias problems in social data. Other interests are in user behavior analytics, social computing, computational social science, and prediction analysis.
Joana Varon
Executive Directress at Coding Rights and Mozilla Media Fellow
Joana is Executive Directress and Creative Chaos Catalyst at Coding Rights, a women-run organization working to expose and redress the power imbalances built into technology and its application, particularly those that reinforce gender and North/South inequalities. She is also a Mozilla Media Fellow, working on stories and creative media resources at to promote discussions about privacy and surveillance on the era of Big Data. Also Member of DeepLab, a women hackers collective, and of the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund, which is focused on supporting projects to develop tools for digital security. Willing to translate digital freedom to the all Internet users, she is co-creator of several creative projects operating in the interplay between law, arts and technologies, such as:, and

Flávio Wagner
Professor, UFRGS / CGI (Brazilian Internet Steering Committee)
Flávio R. Wagner received a BSc in Electronic Engineering in 1975 and a MSc degree in Computer Engineering in 1977, both from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, in Germany, in 1983. He is a Full Professor at the Institute of Informatics of UFRGS, where he served as Dean from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016 he was the Director of Zenit, the Science Park at UFRGS, and has been actively engaged with several activities promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Brazil. Flávio served in the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) for 12 years and has been its President from 1999 to 2003. From 2008 to 2017 he was a Board member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( and has been involved with several national and international Internet Governance activities. He is currently a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), which is responsible for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). He was also a member of the Executive Multistakeholder Committee of the NETmundial event.
Joe Westby
Researcher, Technology and Human Rights, Amnesty International
Joe Westby is an expert on business and human rights, and has worked in the field for over a decade. He is currently leading research on the human rights responsibilities of the ICT sector in relation to big data and artificial intelligence. He also has ongoing work on encryption and surveillance. Joe has been with Amnesty International since 2011, and has led the organisation’s global campaigns on corporate accountability, in particular in relation to the oil industry in Nigeria. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Joe was a Researcher at another international NGO, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Joe studied at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.
Miriam Wimmer
Director of ICT Policy and Sectoral Policies, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications
Miriam Wimmer holds a PhD degree in Communications and Cultural Policy from the Faculty of Communication of the University of Brasilia, and a Master degree in Public Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She took part in the one-year International Division Program of Waseda University, in Tokyo, between 2001 and 2002. She is a professional civil servant since 2007, with experience in different public organizations, such as the Brazilian telecommunications regulator, Anatel (2007-2011), the Ministry of Communications (2011-2016) and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication (current position). Her field of responbilities includes cyber policy and digital strategy.
Ursula Wynhoven
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Representative to the UN
Ursula Wynhoven is an international lawyer with 22 years’ experience. She joined the ITU in September 2017 as its Representative to the UN in NY. Previously, Ursula spent 14 years working for the UN Global Compact, where her last position was Chief, Social Sustainability, Governance & Legal and she was a member of the office’s Executive Committee. Ursula led the UN Global Compact's social sustainability and governance platforms and workstreams, including on human rights and decent work, gender equality, poverty and inequality, peace, anti-corruption and the rule of law. Ursula also led legal affairs and oversaw policy development and implementation of the UN Global Compact’s integrity measures. Ursula began working with the Global Compact in 2002 and as one of the earliest staff members played an active role in helping to grow the initiative to more than 13,000 signatories in more than 160 countries with a full roster of workstreams advancing virtually all aspects of corporate sustainability. Ursula's tenure with the UN Global Compact also included a six month loan as Senior Advisor, Business and Human Rights to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to joining the UN, Ursula worked in law firms and government human rights agencies in Australia and the US and for the OECD in Paris on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Ursula has Masters of Law degrees from Columbia Law School, where she was a Human Rights Fellow, and Monash Law School. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Law, Economics, and Letters. She is admitted to practice in jurisdictions in Australia, the US (California) and the UK and has passed the New York bar exam. Since 2007, Ursula has been an Adjunct Professor in Corporate Sustainability, Business and Human Rights at Fordham Law School and previously taught Business and Human Rights at the Reykjavik University School of Law. Ursula is a Trustee of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia Law School.

Rafael Zanatta
Program Leader, Brazilian Institute of Consumer Defense
I am the leader of the Digital Rights Program at the Brazilian Institute of Consumer Defense. I hold a Master of Science at the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law and a Master of Laws at the University of Turin. Representing Idec, I am a member of the of Technical Chamber of Internet of Things (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) and representative of the Committee of Defense of Users of Telecommunication Services at the Federal Agency of Telecommunications in Brazil. I cofounded the Coalition "Direitos na Rede" in 2016, that aggregates more than 20 NGOs in defense of civil liberties and digital rights in Brazil. Before joining the Institute, I was project lead at InternetLab - research center of law and technology in São Paulo. My main expertises are regulation of tech firms, personal data protection and defense of civil liberties online.