Erik Albrecht is a freelance journalist and researcher specializing in post-Soviet countries. He works as a researcher and editor at DW Akademie, where he has also been employed as a country manager and regional manager responsible for diverse countries of the former Soviet Union. Previously, Erik worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow reporting mainly on Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus for German media outlets, including DW and the German press agency, dpa. Erik completed a master’s degree in journalism with a thesis exploring journalistic culture and press freedom on Russia.
Research Director of the Centre for Communication Governance, Assistant Professor of Law at the National Law University
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 and a member of UNESCO India’s Press Freedom committee. She is also a Faculty Associate 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.
Prof. Leo Van Audenhove is head of the Department of Communication Studies and researcher at iMEC-SMIT – Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape. In 2013, he was instrumental in setting up the Knowledge Centre for Media Literacy in Flanders, of which he subsequently became Director. The centre was established by the government, as an independent institute to promote media literacy in Flanders. His research focuses on Internet governance, media literacy, e-inclusion and ICT4D.
William is the Director of Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and is both an Ashoka and Linc fellow both in recognition of his work focused on children and the media. MMA is a media watch NGO. At MMA William has overseen or been directly involved in over 100 media monitoring projects on subjects ranging from gender based violence, sexual harassment, HIV, and racism to children and the media and public broadcasting. Some highlights include the conceptualising a range of data journalism tools including, Newstools.co.za, (and our own media Diversity Index), Wazimap.co.za and MMA’s own monitoring tool, Dexter. He is also involved in conceptualising MMA’s tools to build media credibility and combat dodgy news.
William has been making policy submission since his first years at MMA and most recently worked on MMA’s submission on draft principles on Access to Information and Elections for the African Commission. William has also presented to parliament on several occasions, most recently before the SABC Adhoc Inquiry into the SABC. In his spare time William likes to monitor the media, and as a father of two boys has already introduced his children to the wonderful world of media monitoring.
Harlem Désir was appointed as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media on 18 July 2017 for a period of three years. Prior to this position, Désir (France) was French Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, since April 2014.
Harlem Désir was a Member of the European Parliament for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2014. He was a member of the Committee on Industry, Energy and Research, the Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Development. He was also Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the United States (2002-2004), member of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (2002-2009) and member of the Delegation for relations with India (2009-2014). Désir served as Vice-President of the Socialist Group of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2009 and as First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 2012 to 2014.
In October 1984, Harlem Désir co-founded the French not-for-profit association “SOS Racisme”, whose objective is to fight against racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of discrimination. In 1989, he also co-founded the international federation of “SOS Racisme”. Désir was President of both “SOS Racisme” France and of the eponymous international federation.
Harlem Désir holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the Paris I Sorbonne University. He has been awarded the Olof Palme Prize (Sweden, 1990) and the Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece, 2016).
Friederike von Franque has been involved with the media from several angles: she worked in TV production, for newspapers, for a multimedia company and for an MEP, researched about the role of media development in democratisation, stability and conflict, and was involved in media development initiatives. She co-founded the Germany-based Institute for Democracy, Media and Cultural Exchange (IDEM e.V), a non-profit organisation that conducts media development projects, and, until recently, was Chair of the Board. She holds a PhD in political sciences from the Institute for Security and Peace Research at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). Recent involvements include data security, protection of journalists and the role of media concerning in violent extremism.
Helani Galpaya is CEO of LIRNEasia, a pro-poor, pro-market think tank working across the emerging Asia Pacific on ICT policy and regulatory issues. She assumed the CEO role in Jan 2013. Prior to that she was LIRNEasia’s Chief Operating Officer. She researches, does consulting work and engages in public discourse on issue related to net neutrality, policy and regulatory barriers in Internet access, e-Government, broadband quality of service, and how knowledge and information disseminated via ICTs can improve inclusiveness SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) in agriculture and micro-work markets. She has been working in Myanmar since 2013, and is currently carrying out an impact analysis of the mobile phone roll-out that is taking place. Prior to LIRNEasia, she worked on at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka implementing e-Government projects. She was a management consultant at Booz&Co.(now Strategy&) in New York and has also worked at Citibank and Merrill Lynch in USA. She has a MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA and a BA in Computer Science from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA.
Technologist and Researcher, Amnesty International, t.b.c.
Claudio Guarnieri is a hacker, security researcher, artist, and human rights activist.He works as a Technologist and Researcher at Amnesty International. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with Citizen Lab, University of Toronto and has co-founded the NGO Security Without Borders.
Nalaka Gunawardene is a science writer and multimedia journalist in Sri Lanka.
Over the past 25 years, he has worked for national newspapers, international news magazines, business magazines, radio and TV channels, as well as global websites on science, development and media related issues.
From the early 1990s, Nalaka has been chronicling and critiquing the evolution of information society in Sri Lanka. He is considered a leading commentator and analyst on social, cultural and political impacts of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in South Asia. In numerous op-ed essays and radio/TV shows, Nalaka has consistently called for a measured response to the web, so as to optimize its potential for economic, social and cultural transformation of developing countries like Sri Lanka.
He has written and spoken widely on issues such as the digital divide, gender disparities in ICT use, rise of digital natives, social media proliferation, ICTs for good governance, online hate speech, political campaigning online, and Internet freedom. From 2003 to 2009, he was a contributing author to Digital Review of Asia Pacific, an Asian regional publication that surveyed the growth and impact of digital technologies. During 2003-5, he covered the UN World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) as a journalist and broadcaster, participating in both summits (Geneva & Tunis) and also being involved in regional consultations on Internet governance and digital inclusion.
He teaches new media as a visiting faculty member at the Colombo University, and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, two leading universities in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Stefan Heumann is Co-Director of the Berlin based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV). He joined SNV in 2013, helping to establish its European Digital Agenda program and has shaped the development of SNV into a think tank at the intersection of technology and public policy in Germany. He has worked, published and spoken on a wide range of national and international issues related to cybersecurity, technology policy, and digital economy. From 2014 to 2016 he was a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s working group 3 on „privacy and transparency online“. Stefan Heumann holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Dr. Jeannette Hoffmann heads the project group The Internet Policy Field at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). The WZB conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons.
Jeannette Hoffman’s areas of research and teaching are: governance theory, internet governance, transnational regulation, empirical copyright law, emergence of policy fields, information economy, digital society, science and technology studies
Sofie Jannusch is responsible for Asia and Eastern Europe at CAMECO, a consultancy for media and communications in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Pacific. She has a background in journalism and communication research, and a cross-regional specialisation on evaluation, organisational development, and strategic planning. At the service of donor organisations, her expertise is sought for assessment of funding applications, advice on funding policy in the field of media and communications, and evaluation of programmes and projects. At the assistance of local media partners in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Sofie coordinates and carries out participatory evaluations, strategic planning workshops, assessment of training needs, planning of media strategies of non-governmental organisations, and participation strategies of community media.
Stephen Kovats is founding director of r0g_agency for open culture & critical transformation, a non- profit organisation applying open source technologies in post-conflict and rapid transformation regions. Previously artistic director of transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture, his current work with r0g_ includes #DefyHateNow – mitigating social media hate speech, the #peacehackcamp, #OpenTech4Life and ASK (Access to Skills and Knowledge), all initiatives supporting education and innovation in South Sudan, Ugandan refugee camps and Pakistan. In 2014/15 he was co-initiator of the YOGYA2015 Summit of Critical Making. Tweet him @intertwilight http://openculture.agency
Markus Kummer is the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Previously he headed the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). Before joining the United Nations in 2004, he held the position as eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Berne. Mr. Kummer was a member of the Swiss delegation during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) where he chaired several negotiating groups, including the group on Internet governance. He served as a career diplomat in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry and was posted in Lisbon, Vienna, Oslo, Geneva and Ankara.
Flutura Kusari is a Legal Advisor at the ECPMF. As a media lawyer she is in charge of the Legal Support Programme that provides legal assistance to journalists, free speech activists and organisations working throughout Europe. Flutura is specialised in whistleblowing, the protection of sources, access to public documents and self-regulation. She previously worked for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo. Flutura holds a Bachelor of Laws from Prishtina University, Master of Laws from Queen Mary University of London and is currently pursuing her PhD at Ghent University.
Koliwe Majama is a Zimbabwe born journalist, digital and media rights. Her journalistic experience includes working in both the print and broadcasting media as a desk reporter and producer/presenter with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Earlier this year she ventured into digital journalism as a blogger with the launch of her personal website; where she analyses broadcast and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa within global developments. In her current position as Programme Officer for Broadcasting and ICT at the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe Chapter, Koliwe is involved in lobby and advocacy work for diversity, plurality and democratic governance.
Dr Jim McDonnell is the Director of Development and Advocacy for SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication. He has been a CAMECO Board member since 2011. His independent communications and public relations advisory service, McDonnell Communications, has been in operation since 2002. In recent years, he has specialised in crisis and strategic communications, and has published widely on media, broadcasting and digital media. He conducts seminars, training workshops and courses in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
Daniel Moßbrucker is a German journalist, security trainer and Internet Freedom Desk Officer at the human rights organization Reporters Without Borders. He focusses on the interdependencies of press freedom and digitization, especially on export controls for surveillance technologies, encryption politics and regulation of free speech on social media.
Commissioner Dr. Joseph Wamocha Nasongo is holder of PhD degree in Conflict Resolution and Management of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Master’s degree in Philosophy of Education and Bachelor’s degree in Education arts of Kenyatta University. His PhD thesis was titled ‘An analysis of feminist epistemology: Logical pedagogical implications to education in Kenya’. He joins the Commission from the world of academia with twenty four years’ experience as an educationist, seven of which he taught in secondary schools, six years at Maseno University and eleven years at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. He has vast experience in teaching, research and publications. His research interests include: Peace studies, conflict resolution and management, Education, feminism, and philosophy. He has attended and presented papers at conferences in local as well as international conferences.
Dr. Joseph W. Nasongo is also a member of professional associations namely: Association of Disaster Management and Conflict Resolution of Kenya (ADMCRK), Organization of Social Science Research in Eastern Africa (OSSREA) and Association of Third World Studies. He has actively participated in community development through engagement in civic education, review of peace building training manual, research on impact of violent conflicts on education and member of boards of management of schools and sub county district education board. His worldview is guided by the philosophy that the human person has a rich endowment of potential that requires conducive environment to flourish. Conducive environmental factors include: peace, access to basic needs, quality education, respect for human dignity and freedom to exercise talents in enhancing individual and societal development.
Mark Nelson is a former journalist and development specialist who has written extensively on aid effectiveness, governance and the role of media in development. He joined CIMA from the World Bank, where he spent 17 years as a governance and capacity development expert. Before moving to Washington in 2004, he spent eight years in Paris as head of the World Bank Institute’s European office, where he focused on democratic governance, including the role of the media. From 1985 through 1996, Mr. Nelson was European diplomatic correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, based in Brussels, Berlin and Paris. He covered the negotiations leading to the Maastricht Treaty, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the war in Bosnia. From 1992 to 1993 on leave from the Wall Street Journal, he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He began his career as a researcher on international affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1983 through 1985, he was a staff reporter at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where he covered local government. A native of South Carolina, he is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio and completed a masters-level degree in international economics at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
Daniel O’Maley is the Associate Editor at CIMA. In this capacity he conducts research on changes in the global media environment, curates CIMA’s blog, and manages the organization’s social media presence. His policy portfolio includes Internet policy, Internet governance, and the implications of new digital technologies on media systems worldwide. A cultural anthropologist by training, his doctoral research, which was funded by the Fulbright Foundation, focused on how Brazilian Internet freedom activists have used new media and the Internet to foster increased citizen participation in the policy making process.
Chido Onumah has worked for over two decades as a journalist, rights activist and media trainer in Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, India, the USA and the Caribbean. He is currently the coordinator of the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), Abuja, Nigeria, the co-chair of Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media & Information Literacy (GAPMIL), and a doctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. The African Centre for Media & Information Literacy is a non-governmental organisation that focuses on media, information, research, advocacy and training. It aims to promote media and information literacy as a key component in the enhancement of democracy
and good governance, and the promotion of accountability and orderly society.
Lorena Jaume-Palasí researches on philosophy of law and politics. She focuses on the contemporary idea, dynamics and ethics of digital publicness and privacy. Lorena heads the secretariat of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and is the Director for Communications and Youth Engagement of EuroDIG, the European IGF. She has been working on the advancement of Internet governance structures both nationally and regionally for the past seven years. She additionally engages pro bono at the Internet & Society Collaboratory helping in the development of technical applications such as the offlinetags, which are new forms of social conventions to signalise publicness preferences with regards to personal pictures. Lorena has co-founded AlgorithmWatch and serves in the advisory board of Code Red, a global initiative to accelerate reform of security organisations.
Andrew Puddephatt is Executive Director of Global Partners Digital’s working on internet human rights issues and communications policy. This includes providing support for public interest groups in Africa, Latin America and South and South East Asia and leading the Secretariat for the inter-governmental Freedom Online Coalition.
Recent policy work has included developing a methodology for assessing the impact of media on democracy, a set of journalist safety indicators and a methodology for assessing the state of internet development for UNESCO. He also acts as the facilitator for the steering committee of Best Bits, a civil society network on Internet governance and Internet rights that offers an open space for groups to discuss how to advance human rights online.
Isabel Rodde is a human rights adviser at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), focusing on freedom of expression, access to information, digital rights and digital security. Before joining GIZ´s Human Rights Programme, she worked as a research associate at the media department of the University of Flensburg. From 2005 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2013 she worked as a journalism trainer and media monitoring adviser in Cambodia and Kenya.
Isabel Rodde will facilitate the panel on cybersecurity and human rights.
Nanjira Sambuli leads the Web Foundation’s advocacy efforts to promote digital equality in access to and use of the Web, with a particular focus on the Foundation´s Women´s Rights Online Work. Immediately prior to joining the Web Foundation, Nanjira was Research Lead at the iHub in Nairobi, where she helped shape governance and tech research. Her recent research includes work on ICT and Governance Landscape and Cybersecurity and Cyber-resilience in East Africa, research into the challenges of promoting Internet access in developing countries while upholding net neutrality principles, and Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement. Nanjira is also a columnist for the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya.
Laura Schneider’s work focuses on the topics of media viability, media development policy, and regional multi-stakeholder consultations for media reform. Another area of Schneider’s expertise is international media freedom measurement: In several publications she has critically analyzed the existing press freedom rankings. Ms. Schneider has been a consultant for UNESCO, an analyst for Freedom House, and project coordinator at the International Media Center in Hamburg. She has worked as a journalist for several German media outlets such as Spiegel Online and the German press agency dpa, and was a radio and newspaper reporter in Mexico.
Matthias Spielkamp is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine iRights.info – about legal issues in the digital world, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. In 2011, Matthias co-founded the independent Berlin think tank iRights.Lab, where he developed solutions for dealing with the challenges of digitisation – for stakeholders from the public sector, civil society, politics, and business. He continues this work in his own consultancy iRights.international.
More recently, he co-founded the research and advocacy organisation AlgorithmWatch, aiming to increase accountability in algorithmic decision making and so-called artificial intelligence (AI).
As a consultant and trainer Matthias has worked with journalists and activists in Germany, South-Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East for institutions like Deutsche Welle Akademie, the International Institute for Journalism of GIZ and others for more than 15 years.
Matthias testified before several committees of the German Bundestag on AI and robotics, surveillance, future developments of journalism, online journalism and copyright regulation. He is co chair for the academia and civil society groups in the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D).
From September 2015 to February 2016, Matthias was a Fellow of Stiftung Mercator and visiting researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).
He serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the advisory council of the Whistleblower Network.
Matthias has co-authored and co-edited several books on Internet Governance, journalism and copyright regulation and holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin. Twitter: @spielkamp
Dr. Bob Wekesa is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the school of literature, Languages and Media Studies, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand University, South Africa. He is also a Research Associate at the same University.
Dr. Wekesa graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in English linguistics and literature from University of Nairobi, Kenya. He later became a Master of Arts in International Communications and attained his PhD in Philosophy, Media and Public Diplomacy from the Communication University of China. Dr. Wekesa, sits on the steering committee of Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network. He is a founding research coordinator at the African Communication Research Centre at Communication University of China.
Dr. Wekesa has research interests in China – Africa relations with a specific focus of International Communication and International Relations. He has vast journalism experience that involves reporting, editing and leadership across multiple media platforms. He was a Commonwealth Press Union fellow in the UK in 2002(Harry Britain Fellow) and has published in peer reviewed academic journals on the China-Africa communications.