Dawn Nunziato, Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, is an internationally recognized expert in the area of free speech and the Internet, where she coordinates the Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project. Her primary teaching and scholarship interests are in the areas of Internet law, free speech, and digital copyright. She recently published her book Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age (Stanford University Press), and has lectured and written extensively on issues involving free speech and the Internet.
Professor Nunziato has taught Internet law courses and lectured on Internet free speech issues around the world, and has been an invited presenter and speaker at Yale, Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and University of Virginia, among other institutions.
Her recent publications include “Procedural Protections for Internet Expression” and “How (Not) to Censor: Procedural First Amendment Values and Internet Censorship Worldwide”.
Dr. Yaroslav Skvortsov is the Dean of the International Journalism Faculty at MGIMO-University. He has a university degree in international journalism and a PhD in Sociology and has collaborated with several Universities, including TEC de Monterrey (Mexico), Duke University, Berkley University of California (USA), Frei Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), Science Po (Ftance), Universität Wien (Austria).
At present has the position of Professor at Russian-Armenian Slavic University (Yerevan) and Professor of Russian Academy of Military Science (Moscow).
Apart from his academic accomplishments, Dr. Skvortsov has a distinguished carrer in journalism, having served as head of the news department of Postfactum information agency and “Commersant”, head of finance department of “Commersant”, “Russky Telegraph” and “Vremya Novostey”, as well as deputy editor-in-chief of “Russky Telegraph” and “Vremya Novostey” and head of the Moscow office of the magazine OST in West (Munich, Bavaria).
Yaman Akdeniz (LLB, MA, PhD) is a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Law Research Center, Faculty of Law, and the Pro Rector for the Istanbul Bilgi University. Between 2001-2009 Akdeniz was at the School of Law, University of Leeds.
Akdeniz acted as an expert to several international organizations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Office, and the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media with regards to human rights aspects of Internet law and policy. Akdeniz has been recently appointed to the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Rights of Internet Users as an 'elected independent expert' (July 2012 - December 2013).
He has written extensively since the mid 1990s and his recent publications include Internet Child Pornography and the Law: National and International Responses (London: Ashgate, 2008); and Racism on the Internet (Council of Europe Publishing, 2010).
Expert on media development in countries of Europe and Eurasia. 1992-2007 Executive Director Internews Russia. 2007-2010 Executive Director Internews Europe. 2010-current Director of "Alternative Resources in Media" project, Armenia, region manager E&E.
Mr. Asomudin Atoev is an expert on ICTD in Tajikistan and the broader CIS region. He is currently leading the Association of ISPs of Tajikistan. Graduating with a MSc from Manchester University, he has dedicated himself to the field of ICTD for the last 20 years. During this period, he managed and successfully implemented several major national ICT projects including: (1) the first public email service in Tajikistan; (2) Internet Capacity Building in Tajik education system; and (3) regular monitoring and evaluation of the ICT market programme.
As an International Policy Fellowships (IPF) 2004-2005 fellow he conducted research on issues concerning the intellectual property rights in software market of the Central Asian countries with expansion of Internet in the region (http://www.policy.hu/atoev). It was supported by the Center for Policy Studies at Central European University (http://cps.ceu.hu/) and Open Society Institute Budapest.
Daniel Baer was sworn in as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on November 23, 2009.
Dr. Baer’s portfolio for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor includes the Office of East Asian Pacific Affairs, the Office of African Affairs, the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs and the Internet freedom office.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Dr. Baer was an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he taught business ethics to MBA and undergraduate students. In 2007-2008 he was a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
A Colorado native, Daniel Baer holds doctoral and masters degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in social studies and African American studies.
Since 2000, Wim Bekkers is Director of NICAM, the Netherlands Institute for the Classification of Audiovisual Media. NICAM is a foundation set up by the Dutch public and private broadcasting companies and the cinema film, dvd and game sectors. In near cooperation with the government NICAM introduced a uniform cross media classification and information system in 2001. This system, named Kijkwijzer, is based on conditional self -regulation or co-regulation.
NICAM is also the Administrator of the Pan-European Game Information system PEGI.
Before being appointed as the Director of NICAM, Wim Bekkers was formally responsible for a number of executive positions in the NOS, the Netherlands Public Service Broadcasting Organisation. He was in charge of the NOS departments for Audience Research and Documentation and Library.
During his NOS career he was President of the EBU Group of European Audience Researchers and also Lecturer at the University of Nijmegen.
Since November 2011, he worked in his current position at UNESCO HQ in Paris. Before that, he was head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. Berger has published and lectured extensively in press freedom issues, including in regard to the Internet.
After studying law at Exeter and Saarbrücken, Ross Biggam worked as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee before joining ITV, the leading television channel in the UK, where he ended up as Head of European Affairs.
In April 2000, he moved to Brussels to become Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) which represents 33 media companies active in 37 European countries and encompasses several business models, from free-to-air television broadcasters to multimedia groups and digital TV platforms operators. The ACT is consulted on a regular basis by the Community Institutions on all questions impacting on the future of the audio-visual sector in Europe, in particular with regard to digital TV, copyright, state aid and media regulation including the AVMS directive'.
In 2010 she co-founded the CivilMedia, a non-governmental organization that promotes freedom of opinion and the freedom of the press (http://en.civilmedia.net/civilmedia). She provides legal assistance to journalists, persons who shape public opinion and to anyone whose freedom of expression has been unjustifiably limited. Her primary focus is the media coverage of disadvantage groups.
Over the last 15 years, she has served as legal counsel before Hungarian and international courts in the defence of Romas, persons with disabilities, women, and members of the LGBT communities. She has directed various human rights programmes, including training on discrimination law for over 200 judges, subsidized by the European Union and in collaboration with the Hungarian Judicial Academy. A trainer and mediator, she has published widely in the field of human rights, and has also co-authored a commentary on the law of equal treatment. Currently she is writing a handbook covering all (Hungarian) legislation on freedom of expression.
Barbora Bukovska is a Senior Director for Law and Policy at ARTICLE 19, a leading international freedom of expression organization. In this capacity, she leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to all legal work of the organization.
Barbora has an extensive experience working with various organizations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development. She also initiated about 50 cases at the European Court of Human Rights on these issues.
She graduated from the Law School of Charles University in Prague and has earned a doctorate degree in law in Slovakia and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999, she was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Law School in New York. Barbora has published widely on human rights issues and is qualified to practice law in the state of New York and in the Czech Republic.
Patricia Cartes started working in the technology industry in 2006 when she joined Google's Webspam team. After building an expertise in site integrity, she joined Facebook's User Operations team in February 2009 to lead their support efforts for Southern Europe. During her time in User Operations she managed Facebook's Intellectual Property and Safety teams in EMEA, focusing on legal issues as well as suicide prevention and the prevention of child exploitation.
In 2011 she joined the Public Policy organization where she's the Safety lead responsible for maintaining relationships with online safety organizations, Law Enforcement & Military agencies, government hotlines and data protection authorities, across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Paul Conneally is a specialist in strategic and digital communications and has a keen interest in digital inclusion issues and looking at how technology is transforming society. In September 2011 Paul joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU - the United Nations specialized agency for telecommunications and technology) as their Head of Communications and Partnerships.
Paul has a background in print and broadcast journalism and joined the International Red Cross in 1995 where he stayed for 15 years working primarily in communications and media but also in operations.
Paul holds a BA degree in Communications, a Master's degree in International Development and Cooperation and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in International Humanitarian Law.
Pierre-François currently serves as vice-president of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (the independent regulatory authority for audiovisual media in French-speaking Belgium).
He is a researcher and expert in the fields of human rights law, media law and regulation. He has written, delivered talks and organized training sessions on topics such as comparative EU-US free speech law, the regulation of Internet communication, Internet neutrality, the governance of the virtual worlds, the European Convention on Human Rights, and various aspects of freedom of expression in worlds that are digitized (or not).
Pierre-François received his Ph.D. in law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in January 2009 for a doctoral dissertation entitled 'Freedom of Expression in the worldwide communication networks: proposals for a theory of the right of access to privately- owned public spaces' (prix Alice Seghers 2010).
Pierre-François currently serves as vice-president of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (the independent regulatory authority for audiovisual media in French-speaking Belgium).
Olof Ehrenkrona, ambassador and Senior Advisor to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, H E Mr. Carl Bildt. In the ministers’ office he is primarily dealing with issues regarding globalization and the cyberagenda.
Olof Ehrenkrona got his first public assignment in 1978, when he became advisor to the Minister for Economic Affairs. In the early 90s, Olof Ehrenkrona was Head of Policy Planning in the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office and between 1995 and 2006 CEO in a private consulting company.
Olof Ehrenkrona has been editorial writer in Svenska Dagbladet (1984-1990) and has published a number of books about Swedish political and economic history in the 20th century. His academic subjects are History of Ideas and Learning, Political Science and History.
Nico van Eijk
Nico van Eijk is Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam). He studied Law at the University of Tilburg and received his doctorate on government interference with broadcasting in 1992 from the University of Amsterdam. He also works as an independent legal adviser. Among other things, he is the Chairman of the Dutch Federation for Media and Communications Law (Vereniging voor Media- en Communicatierecht, VMC), a member of the supervisory board of the Dutch public broadcasting organisation (NPO) and chairman of two committees of The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER).
Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler is the academic director of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism (EBI) and professor for international journalism at the Institute of Journalism, TU Dortmund University (www.brost.org). She is also the director of the EU-funded research project Media Accountability and Transparency (MediaAcT) (www.mediaact.eu), which involves 14 countries.
Her professional experiences include journalism and political communication. Other research interests are comparative journalism studies, political journalism, development communication, and the economic theory of journalism.
She has published numerous national and international books and articles and is co-editor of the textbook series "Kompaktwissen Journalismus".
Divina Frau-Meigs, a Fulbright scholar, is professor of media sociology at the Université Sorbonne nouvelle, France. With degrees from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania), she is a specialist of media and information technologies, in a comparative perspective. She is also a research associate with CNRS and directs a research project on "translitteracies", about the convergence of media and computer literacies online.
She is currently working on issues of media governance, cultural diversity, media education and e-learning in a global perspective. She is an expert with UNESCO, the European Union, the Council of Europe and a variety of governmental agencies. She promotes medias in relation to human rights and ethics and has contributed to the framing of various recommendations on media education, regulation and empowerment of young people.
Jean-François Furnémont qualified in Journalism Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and in International Relations and European policy at the Université de Liège (ULG). Former freelance journalist, he is the author of several political biographies. He joined the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) of the French Speaking Community in Belgium in 2000, of which he is Director General since 2003. He is active in the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA, www.epra.org) as vice-Chairman from May 2008 to May 2011 and as Chairman since May 2011.
He is the author of numerous articles and conferences on media regulation and participates to various expertise missions financed especially by the European Commission (DG Enlargement), by the Council of Europe (DG Human rights) and by the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) or by various Foundations active in the field of media regulation and promotion of media pluralism, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Dr Myria Georgiou teaches at the Dept. of Media and Communications, LSE. She has a PhD in Sociology (LSE), an MSc in Journalism (Boston University) and a BA in Sociology (Panteion University, Athens) and her research focuses on the areas of diaspora, transnationalism and the media, and media and the city.
Before becoming a full time academic she worked as a journalist for ten years in organisations such as BBC World Service and Greek press.
She has written the book Diaspora, Identity and the Media (2006) and co-edited (with O. Guedes-Bailey and R. Harindranath) Transnational Lives and the Media: Reimagining Diasporas (2007). She has just completed the manuscript for her new book Media and the City (Polity Press).
Dmitry Golovanov is a practising media lawyer of the Russian company WebTV, promoting web service zoomby.ru offering ad-supported on-demand streaming legal video content. He provides expertise on the issues of intellectual property law and mass media regulation for key players of the Russian video content market and governmental authorities. He is also a regular contributor to IRIS publications.
Douglas Griffin is a lawyer and an expert in communications and media strategy, law and policy, particularly in conflict, post-conflict and transitional environments. Examples of projects include drafting a media development strategy for Somalia with input from ministries, other stakeholders, the United Nations and UN agencies and donors; drafting key legislation and regulations concerning media and telecommunications in Iraq; training senior management of national regulators of broadcasting and communications and government officials; and providing comprehensive broadcast and other regulatory advice to communications regulators and government ministries in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Robin D. Gross is founder and Executive Director of IP Justice an international civil liberties organization that promotes balanced intellectual property rights and protects freedom of expression on the Internet (www.ipjustice.org).
Robin Gross serves as the Chair of ICANN's Non-Commercial Users Stakeholders Group (NCSG), and was previously an Advisory Group Member of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the first staff attorney for intellectual property rights with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Ms. Gross currently runs a private legal practice in San Francisco (www.ImagineLaw.com).
Robert Guerra is a civil society expert specializing in issues of internet governance, cyber security, social networking, multi-stakeholder participation, internet freedom and human rights. Robert is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian based organization that works with private industry and nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy, secures communications, information security, internet governance and internet freedom. Robert also works as special adviser to the Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Robert serves as a member of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), as well as a member of the US IGF Steering Committee. Additionally he has participated as a member of the official Canadian delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS).
Miklos Haraszti is a Hungarian author, professor, and human rights promoter. His books have been translated into many languages. He was a founder of Hungary's human rights and free press movement in the 1970s, and a Member of Parliament in the 1990s.
From 2004 to 2010, he served as the OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media. Recently, he headed the OSCE's election observation missions for the U.S and Kazakhstan. He has been teaching on media democratization at several universities.
November 1, 2012, he was appointed as the UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.
Mina Hauge Nærland
Mina Hauge Nærland has worked with online newspapers in Norway since 2004. She is educated in journalism and political science, and has worked as a feature journalist as well as with comments and opinion.
At Aftenposten she oversees the web and mobile publishing of essays, comments, editorials and opinion. She also works with readers' comments online, as well as with readers engagement in social media, and with web and mobile development.
Liz Henry is a writer, editor, and public speaker, concentrating on the intersection between hacker culture, popular culture, feminism and social justice. She works for Mozilla on the automation tools team, and previously worked as a web producer for BlogHer. She contributes as a writer and developer to Geekfeminism.org, the FeministSF blog and wiki, the Organization for Transformative Works, and Noisebridge, a hackerspace in San Francisco. Her latest book, Unruly Islands, is poetry collection about technology and social revolution.
Lee is coordinating Council of Europe work in various international forums on internet governance related issues, in particular the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Governmental Advisory Committee in ICANN. As a result, he has a strong focus on communities of practice and knowledge management in policy making on Internet governance matters.
At the content level, he works with the 47 CoE member states governments and other communities (business, civil society, technical) in the conception and development of pan-European policy on human rights and Internet issues (i.e. public service value of the Internet, freedom of expression, Internet service providers, net neutrality, Internet infrastructure etc). This has led to the adoption of the CoE’s Internet Governance Strategy 2012-2015.>
Floriane Hohenberg has been working for OSCE/ODIHR since 2005. She has acted as the Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department since 2009. From 2000 until 2004 she was the Head of the Berlin Office of the Commission for the Compensation of Victims of Spoliation Resulting from the Anti-Semitic Legislation in Force during the Occupation in France. She co-authored a study commissioned by the French government on the extent of the confiscation of Jewish assets in France during World War II published in 1999.
Michael Holoubek is a Professor of public Law at the Department of Austrian and European Public Law, Vienna University for Economics and Business Administration.
He is currently a justice at the Austrian Constitutional Court and has previously served as member of the Federal Communication Senate of Austria, the working group of the Council of the European Union and the Federal Authority for Private Broadcasting - Federal Authority for Regional Radios / Cable- and Satellite-Broadcasting, as well as having chaired the Federal commission for the supervision of public procurement procedures.
Professor Holoubek is also a member of the research advisory council, Institute of European Media Law, Saarbrücken/Brussels.
Adeline Hulin has been a project coordinator for the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media since 2006. Prior to that, she has worked as a consultant for the French Liaison Centre between the Media and Education (CLEMI) and for UNESCO, dealing with media education programmes. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the University Paris Dauphine and a Bachelor’s in Political Sciences from the Bordeaux’s Institut d’Etudes Politiques.
Mark Johnson is The Economist's Community editor. He manages and develops reader discussion features on Economist.com and across several social networks. He is also the paper's Internet and society correspondent, writing about technology, politics and international affairs. Before joining The Economist in 2010 he worked in publishing, developing digital strategy at HarperCollins.
Pete Johnson has been Chief Executive of The Authority for Television On Demand Ltd (ATVOD) since its Designation by Ofcom in March 2010 as the co-regulatory authority with responsibility for editorial content in On-Demand Programme Services. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that UK video on demand services comply with the requirements of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive as they apply to editorial content.
He was previously Head of Policy and Business Development at the British Board of Film Classification, where he was responsible for all aspects of regulatory policy and research, and for the development of new classification services for both packaged media and video on demand providers.
Anna Kachkaeva, PhD in Philology, Dean of Media Communication Department, Head of Media Research Lab, National Research University "Higher School of Economics", Moscow.
Recent research - Collaborative Project on Inter-Media Debate, Agenda-Setting and Contagion in Russia and a research into the Economy of Runet.
Member of National Television Academy. Work experience in journalism and journalist's education - almost 25 years. Since 1992 till 2012 - columnist and presenter of Radio Liberty, Moscow. For more than 20 years Anna has led the TV and Radio Department of Moscow State University named by M. Lomonosov. In 2011 became one of the founders and then the Dean of Media Communication Department in Higher School of Economics.
Author of more than hundred publications in Russia and abroad (books, publications in professional magazines, digests of articles). A.Kachkaeva is also one of the authors of the tutorial book for the universities "TV journalism".
Karr has led Free Press' Internet freedom and international media rights campaigns. As senior director of strategy he builds on Free Press' grassroots and policy work to advance the organization's strategic goals and reach new communities in the U.S. and globally.
Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and vice president of Globalvision New Media. He has also worked extensively as an editor, reporter and photojournalist for the Associated Press, Time, Inc., the New York Times and Australia Consolidated Press.
Tim critiques, analyzes and reports on media and media policy for the Huffington Post and on his personal blog, MediaCitizen.
Sanja Tatic Kelly
Sanja Kelly is the project director for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's assessment of global internet freedom. In that capacity, she heads research, writing, and administrative operations for the project, and manages a team of over 60 international consultants, most of whom are bloggers, scholars, and technologists from the countries under study. In 2012, she was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the IGF's Multistakeholder Advisory Group as a representative of the civil society sector.
Ms. Kelly has ten years of experience in international development, eight of which she has spent at Freedom House, where she has managed and helped develop methodologies for various multinational studies. She is the author and editor of several articles, books, and numerous country reports examining internet freedom, democratic governance, and women's rights.
A native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, she holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Columbia University.
Wolfgang Kleinwächter is a Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Studies of the University of Aarhus in Denmark.
He is involved in Internet Governance issues since the early 1990s. He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG/2003-2005), a Special Adviser to the chair of the Internet Governance Forum IGF/2005-2010) and a member of the UNCSTD IGF Improvement Working Group (2010-2012). He is involved in ICANN since 1998 where he chaired, inter alia, the Nominating Committee (NomCom). Since 2011 he is member of the GNSO Council. He is also a member of the "Panel of High Level Advisers" of the "Global Alliance for ICT and Development" (GAID), a co-founder of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG) and chair of the ICANN Studienkreis. In 2009 the Council of Europe appointed him to chair the COE Cross Border Internet Expert Group. He is chair of the IOT Governance Sub-Group of the EU Task Force on the Internet of Things and worked as evaluator in the EUs Safer Internet Action Program (SIAP).
Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Warsaw, Poland. Lenarčič took over as Director in July 2008, bringing with him many years of experience in international affairs. He was the Slovenian Ambassador to the OSCE from 2003 to 2006.
In 2005, when Slovenia held the OSCE's rotating Chairmanship, he chaired the Permanent Council in Vienna, the Organization's regular political decision-making body. After his Vienna assignment, he was appointed State Secretary for European Affairs in 2006, heading the working group for the preparation of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU (January to June 2008) and, subsequently, assuming responsibility for co-operation between the Presidency and the European Parliament. He also served as Diplomatic Adviser in the office of the Slovenian Prime Minister and in the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations in New York.
Lenarčič, born in Ljubljana in 1967, holds a degree in international law from Ljubljana University
Since 1996, Emmanuelle Machet is responsible for the Secretariat of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA), a network aiming at promoting the exchange of information and best practices between 53 broadcasting regulators over 40 European countries. The EPRA Secretariat is hosted by the European Audiovisual Observatory in Strasbourg.
Emmanuelle has previously been working as a Project Manager at the European Institute for the Media (EIM) in Düsseldorf with focus on European media regulation and policies. She studied media law at the University of Poitiers, France and did a post-graduate course in European Studies at the University of Aachen, Germany. She has written several publications and articles dealing with comparative broadcasting regulation in Europe and regulatory authorities.
Helena Mandić graduated from the Sarajevo Faculty of Law, and has worked in the Communications Regulatory Agency (Agency) since its inception in 1998 where she has performed various duties, including that of Head of Legal Department and Head of Division of Programme Standards, Complaints and Broadcasting Regulation. She is currently holding the position of Director of Broadcasting.
Helena participated in the work of expert groups drafting BiH Press Code as well as laws on defamation, freedom of information and communications. She has also been a member of the team representing BiH in cases before the Human Rights Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
She represented BiH in the work of the Standing Committee for Transfrontier Television and chaired the meetings of the Executive Council of the European Audiovisual Observatory, during the BiH Presidency. Currently, Helena represents the Agency at the meetings of European and Mediterranean networks of regulatory authorities, as well as on various other international fora.
Helena is a co-author of the Media Law in BiH, a comprehensive overview of the media law framework in BiH.
Dr. Tarlach McGonagle is Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, where he is also coordinator of the specialised Information Law Masters Programme. His expertise spans a broad range of topics relating to international human rights law, especially freedom of expression and religion, the rights of persons belonging to minorities and cultural and linguistic rights, as well as international media law and policy. He regularly writes expert reports for various branches of the Council of Europe, OSCE and other IGOs and NGOs and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Audiovisual Observatory.
He has published widely on numerous aspects of the right to freedom of expression, international regulation of the media and new media, the rights of persons belonging to minorities, tolerance, human dignity, "hate speech" and various legal aspects of pluralism and diversity.
Joe McNamee is Director of European Digital Rights, an association of digital civil rights associations from 20 European countries. He holds Master's Degrees in International Law and in European Politics. Prior to joining EDRi, he worked for a consultancy, primarily on Internet regulation issues. He also was responsible for three studies for the European Commission - on local loop unbundling, convergence of telecoms and internet networks and communications markets and regulation in eight former Soviet states. He has a strong interest in industry self-regulation issues, particularly with regard to privatised law enforcement.
Emin Milli is a writer and dissident from Azerbaijan. Milli was imprisoned in 2009 for two and a half years for his critical views about the government. He was conditionally released in November 2010, after serving 16 months of his sentence, in part due to strong international pressure on the government of Azerbaijan.
From 2002-2004, Milli was director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and also advised the Council of Europe on more than 40 cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, many of whom were released following pressure from the Council. Prior to that, he was a coordinator for the International Republican Institute in Azerbaijan. He studied at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he wrote his dissertation on new media and Arab revolutions.
Christian Möller is an independent media researcher and consultant (theinformationsociety.org). From 1999-2001 he worked for the German federal media regulatory authority ULR in Kiel/Germany, 2002-2008 he was a Project Officer at the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in Vienna/Austria. 2008-2010 he served as the Spokesperson of the U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg/Germany.
He is the editor of several books, including the OSCE Media Freedom Internet Cookbook (2004) and Governing the Internet. Freedom and Regulation in the OSCE Region (2007).
Moeller is a lecturer at the University of Applied Studies in Kiel/Germany and External Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media and served as an international expert for the European Commission Safer Internet Action Plan and the Council of Europe. He holds an M.A. in media studies, public law, and German literature from Christian Albrechts University Kiel/Germany.
Peter Molnar, as Senior Research Fellow, is one of the founding researchers of the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University since 2004, a writer and activist, and organizer of the One Million for Hungarian Press Freedom Facebook group.
As former member of the Hungarian Parliament (1990-1998) he was one of the principal drafters of the 1996 Hungarian media law, was member of the Hungarian Radio-Television Board`s Complaint Commission (2001-2010), German Marshall Fellow, two times Fulbright Fellow and Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University, has been legislative advisor since 2002, and has taught and lectured at numerous universities around the world since 1994.
In 2006, he drafted the Budapest Declaration for the Freedom of the Internet that was signed by many media scholars.
Tom Moring (Dr. Pol. Sc., University of Helsinki) is Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of Helsinki in Finland. His research and publications focus on minority languages and the media, political communication, and broadcasting. His recentmost research project (within the EU/FP6 DYLAN project) focused on language use in universities in Northern Europe. He has a background as Secretary General of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages and member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. He also holds a part time position as Professor II in Journalism at the Sami University College in Kautokeino, Norway.
Nils Muižnieks was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 24 January 2012 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up his position on 1 April 2012. He is the third Commissioner, succeeding Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).
Born in 1964, Mr Muižnieks is a Latvian national educated in the United States of America, where he obtained a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, he held prominent posts such as Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga (2005-2012); Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2010-2012); Latvian minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development (2002-2004); and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies - now Latvian Human Rights Centre (1994-2002).
Ženet Mujić, Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media holds a degree in German literature and media studies from the University of Konstanz (Germany) (M.A.) and in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary) (M.A.).
She is currently Senior Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media where she is in charge of Internet freedom issues, including the free flow of information and pluralism on the Internet. She is also the focal point for media developments in South East Europe.
Before assuming the post, she was working in Kosovo, Moldova and Croatia. In Pristina, she was coordinating the work of the Media Unit of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo where she helped in the creation of a media framework in Kosovo, concentrating on the legislative, regulatory and educational aspect. She also managed a project which established the first radio network for minority media.
Head of Department Legal Information, co-ordinator and editor of IRIS - Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory as well as all other publications published by the department.
Joined the Observatory in 1998 following a career as media, telecoms, international trade and EU competition lawyer associated with the American law firm of Covington & Burling (1995-1998). As a member of the bars of Germany, Washington D.C. and Brussels, has worked in private practice in Germany, the United States and Belgium with particular exposure to audiovisual issues on the international and European level as well as on the national level.
Obtained her first law degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1988, followed by masters degrees from the European University Institute in Florence (LL.M. in European and Comparative law, 1989) and the University of Michigan (LL.M. in US law, 1994) and her doctorate in law (comparative legal studies, thesis published in 1997) from the University of Trier (1996).
Leonard Novy (born 1977) is Director at the Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM) in Berlin. He studied History and Politics and obtained a Masters Degree and PhD from Cambridge University. He was Visiting Scholar at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and Fellow at Harvard University.
A guest lecturer at several universities, he has published on issues pertaining to European politics, political communication and democracy. He is also co-publisher of carta.info, a leading German blog.
Katrin Nyman-Metcalf is Head of the Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn University of Technology. Her main areas of interest include communications law in a wide sense (telecommunications, internet including e-governance, media law) especially in post-conflict and developing nations and she has published about 30 scientific books and articles in these areas.
Apart from her academic work, Professor Nyman-Metcalf works as an international consultant with communications related projects. She has worked in more than 40 countries, including on e-governance as well as communications regulatory issues in for example Albania, Afghanistan, Jordan, Palestine and Tajikistan; on setting up communications regulators in Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq; on digitalisation of broadcasting in for example Armenia and Moldova. She regularly performs legal analysis for the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media.
Marco Pancini was born in Rome in May 1972. After his studies in Law, Marco started his professional career as part of the start-up project of iBazar, the first on line auction web site in Europe, and then he joined eBay, when iBazar was acquired. From 2002 to 2007 Marco was Head of legal and Trust and Safety at eBay.it, the Italian subsidiary of the world biggest online marketplace.
On July 2007 he joined the Google team as European policy counsel in charge of government relationship for the Italian market, representing Google in important international meetings as the Internet Governance Forum of United Nations. From February 2011 Marco is member of the Google policy team in Brussels, where his main areas of responsibility are open Internet issues, freedom of expression, child safety, and intermediary liability.
Mr. Rabavolau graduated from the Higher Military and Political Educational Agency in Minsk in 1984, History and Political Science; the faculty of law of the Military Institute in Moscow in 1992, Jurisprudence; and the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus in 2013, Governance of Economics.
Mr. Rabavolau is engaged on scientific research in the sphere of legal theory and administrative law. He is the author of 25 scientific articles and of 4 monographs.
For more than 20 years he has been working in the field of legal support of the activities of the state bodies, including the information sphere.
Since 2008 Mr. Rabavolau has been the first deputy head of the Operational and Analytical Center under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
Dainius Radzevićius is the Chairman of Lithuanian Journalists Union since 2003 and Chairman of the Council of Lithuanian National Radio and Television since 2010.
Holding a master degree from the Institute of Journalism of the faculty of Communication, Vilnius University, Mr. Radzevićius has work experience from most of the different formats of media and journalism; journalist at weekly law-newspaper "Sargyba", author and manager/editor for programs at Regional TV "Channel 5" and "11 channel", and author for news radio "Ziniu rarijas", to name a few.
Apart from the journalistic deeds, Mr. Radzevićius has also worked as a public servant in his capacity as Spokesman for the Public relations department and Director of the Department of Courts at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania.
Andrey Georgievich Rikhter
Andrey Rikhter (Andrei Richter) is the Director of the OSCE Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, and a professor at the School of Journalism, Moscow State University, where he teaches on mass media law.
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1959, he has university degrees in law, foreign languages, and a doctorate in journalism. Richter is a commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and former co-chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
Richter sits on editorial boards of a number of international journals on communications and the media. He has authored numerous publications on media law in Russian, English, Armenian, Azeri, Tajik, Ukrainian, Serbian, Slovak, German and French, including the only standard media law textbook for journalism students of Russian colleges and universities (2002, 2009), a textbook on international standards of media regulation (2011), and a book on censorship and freedom of the media in post-Soviet countries published by UNESCO in English (2007).
Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeD66) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighbourhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU's external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.
Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights.
Attorney at law, General Manager, Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of European Media Law (EMR), Saarbrucken/Brussels (2000 to date). Scheuer is a member of the Advisory Committee and of the IRIS Editorial Board, both at the European Audiovisual Observatory. Since 2003 he has been member of the Scientific Advisory Board (Kuratorium) of the Voluntary Self-Regulation of Private Televisions in Germany (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen, FSF), Berlin.
Scheuer has been responsible for several major studies in the area of media and telecommuniations law, commissioned, at European level, i.a. by the European Commission (co-regulation; media market definitions), the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, and the Council of Europe, as well as, at the national level, by different media authorities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
He has published widely on European media, telecommunications, protection of minors and copyright law.
Brett is co-founder and Executive Director of Access (accessnow.org). Access defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world.
Brett sits on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. Previously, he was Campaign Director at Avaaz.org, a global movement which has rapidly grown into the largest online activist community in the world at almost 20 million subscribers in all 193 countries. He was the first Executive Director of GetUp, an Australian independent political movement which uses new technologies to facilitate Australians' participation in democracy.
Brett has a bachelors degree in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a masters degree in International Law from the University of New South Wales.
Tim Suter established Perspective Associates in January 2008 offering specialist advice on strategic media policy and regulation to clients in broadcasting and media companies, government, and regulatory authorities in the UK and internationally.
In 2003 he was a founding Partner in the UK’s media and communications regulator, Ofcom. He led Ofcom’s engagement with the international institutions, and has represented the voice of forward-looking media regulation in policy forums and conferences for the past decade.
Tim started his media career in the BBC, where over fifteen years he was variously a producer of drama and documentary, and a reporter and senior editor of current affairs programmes.
In 1999 he joined the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a specialist advisor to the Secretary of State, before being appointed Head of Broadcasting Policy, overseeing the 2003 Communications Act and the creation of the newly converged regulatory body, Ofcom, which he was invited to join at its inception.
Born 1973 in Turkey, Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey's best-known journalists and political commentators. She graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law.
She has been a journalist since 1993 and writing political columns since 2000. Her articles have been published on international media outlets such as Nawaat, New Left Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Global Voices Advocacy, Al Akhbar, New Statesman and the Guardian. Her journalism has won numerous awards including the Pen for Peace Award and Turkish Journalist of the Year.
She has published 12 books, with two currently available in English: Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide and Book of the Edge. Her first novel "Muz Sesleri" (Banana Sounds) has recently been published in Arabic and is presently being translated to be published in 2013 in seven countries including Netherlands. Her latest novel "Düğümlere Üfleyen Kadınlar" (The Women Who Blow on the Knots) will be published in February, 2013.
Gavan Titley lectures in media and communications in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Previously he taught in the University of Helsinki. Gavan's research focuses on the politics of migration, racism and multiculturalism in Europe, with a particular interest in how racism is circulated and shaped in 'old and new' transnational media spaces.
His most recent book is The Crises of Multiculturalism in Europe: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Alana Lentin, 2011) and he is currently writing a book on 'hate speech' and racism online. His work has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journalism, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, and he is a frequent contributor to a range of media and publications, including The Guardian.
1963 born in Vienna; Law school University Vienna (1988 Master; 1993 LLD); after practical judicial service at Court and being an assistant teacher at the University of Economics, Institute for Austrian and European Public Law for several years, Matthias became a civil servant at the Constitutional Service of the Federal Chancellery of Austria. There he works as Director of the Department Media Law and Information Society. Moreover he is teaching public and media law at several universities (University of Economics, University of Vienna, University of Graz and European Viadrina University/Frankfurt Oder).
He has been working as the national representative in various European committees of the European Union (e.g. Digital Agenda High Level Group) and in the Council of Europe (Steering Committee of Media and Information Society), in the WISIS and IFG process. He is board member of the "Research Institute concerning the Law of Eelectronic Media (REM)" in Vienna and is the author of several publications in broadcasting and media law.
Lionel Veer became the Dutch human rights ambassador in august 2010. This position was created in late 1999 to strengthen the human rights component in foreign policy and make it more coherent.
The mission of the human rights ambassador has a threefold purpose:
1) To integrate human rights into all areas of foreign and development cooperation policy, and across all issues in which human rights play a role.
2) To conduct missions, to discuss human rights questions, explore the scope for dialogue and, occasionally, form part of the delegation of foreign and development ministers.
3) To maintain and develop contacts with Dutch society (in particular parliament, universities, human rights organisations, the media, businesses) in order to propagate human rights policy and acquire new ideas.
Lionel Veer has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1984, in such policy fields as European affairs, asylum and migration, and international cultural policy. In recent years he has held the posts of Dutch ambassador in Zagreb and consul-general in Munich.
Knut Vollebaek has served as the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) since 2007.
A member of the Norwegian Christian Democratic Party, Ambassador Vollebaek has served two terms in Government, as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) (1989 - 90) and later Minister (1997 - 2000) for Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Vollebaek joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1973, and has been posted to India, Spain, and Zimbabwe. He has served as Ambassador of Norway to the Central American States (1991-93) and the United States of America (2001-07).
Ambassador Vollebaek holds a M.Sc. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and studied Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He speaks English, French and Spanish.
Journalistic lecturer with a focus on digital and social media at University of Southern Denmark. Previous a journalist and webmaster at regional tv-station TV/MIDT-VEST and digital reporter at nationwide tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.
Has created several projects focusing on digital and social media. For instance "viralnews" - a project monitoring what content from danish news media users shares , likes and comments on social media. The URL is http://filip.journet.sdu.dk/viralnews.
Aidan White is the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign launched in 2012 to promote ethics and good governance across all media platforms. He is former General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists. Before he joined the IFJ he worked as a journalist with The Guardian.
He is the author of books and reports related to journalism including: The Ethical Journalism Initiative (2008); The Future of Journalism as a Public Good (2011, IFJ) ; and Media Ethics and Human Rights in Europe with Thomas Hammerberg (Council of Europe, 2011).
Sara Yasin works for Index on Censorship. She writes for the website on issues including religion, digital freedom of expression and access to freedom of expression. She leads Index's campaign to promote free expression in Bahrain. She speaks Arabic and has a particular interest in gender as well as the Middle East and North Africa.
Jillian C. York
Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She writes regularly about free expression, politics, and the Internet, with particular focus on the Arab world. She is on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online, and has written for a variety of publications, including Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg.
Journalist. Graduated Vilnius University, Communication faculty, Journalism Institute. Information and Communication science Master degree. Defended thesis on "Lithuanian Internet media market trends". Journalist work experience includes; TV reporter, TV news editor, author of cultural TV programs about artist and books (Lithuanian TV channels: "Vilsat" "11 kanalas"), daily newspaper reporter about capital city actualities (the biggest Lithuanian newspaper "Lietuvos rytas", "Sostinė"), and news editor of the biggest online news portal in Lithuanian for 8 years (2000-2008).
Online Communication and marketing work experience in the biggest online news portal DELFI in Lithuania (for 4 years, till now), as well as trainer and Lecturer at seminars and conferences on the development of online media (in content and marketing spheres). Work experience in Internet media regulation sphere: monitoring it, preparing suggestions to the Parliament. Member of Lithuanian Journalists and Publishers Ethics Commission.
Ms. Ljiljana Zurovac, Executive Director of the Press Council in BiH, is a bachelor in Theatrology / Dramaturgy, and bachelor in Comparative literature. Apart from her journalistic career, she works as theatre play writer and TV screenwriter.
Before the Press Council, she worked for 6 years as the Program Director at the High College of Journalism, apart her active radio-journalists work.
She is the founder and producer of the radio program on media ethics and media self-regulation named "Your Voice in Media", that she runs with a team of ten students of journalism.
She is co-author of publications "Media Self-regulation and Judiciary", and "The First Shadow Report for BiH" on media ethics and media freedoms in BiH, compared to standards of Council of Europe, and she has also published many articles about media ethics and hate speech in the BiH media.
She is a member of Consulting Group of TACSO program in BiH, and a member of Article 10 ECHR Working Group at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder.