Kees de Vey Mestdagh
Prof. dr. Kees de Vey Mestdagh is founder and manager of the Center for Law & ICT, and member of the executive board of the department of Legal Theory at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Law, a master’s degree of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He is supervisor of several research programmes, inter alia in the fields of Internet Governance, of Privacy & Intelligent Agents (both funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Fundamental Scientific Research) and of Legal Knowledge Based Systems. He is a honorary member of the Dutch foundation for legal knowledge based systems. He initiated and implemented the bachelors and masters programmes of Law and IT at the University of Groningen and participates in the Honoursprogramme of the University of Groningen (module Space, Time and Identity Dimensions of the Legal System). He teaches and lectures in the fields of Internet Law, Internet Governance, Legal Information Science and Normative Decision Making. His recent research focuses, amongst others, on the Global Convergence of IT-Law, esp. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Access to Information, Privacy rights, Intellectual Property rights and Cybercrime. He published several books and (international) papers on all of these subjects. His multidisciplinary background and interests recently led to the co-publication of the book Information and Computation. Essays on the Scientific and Philosophical Understanding of the Foundations of Information and Computation, with a number of prominent scientists from all disciplines. It is also from this multidisciplinary background that he became convinced that the traditional political-legal approach to solve the problem of Internet Governance will not be effective without adding explicit instrumental knowledge from other disciplines (economics, social sciences, technical sciences) to the equation.
Professor Nunziato is an internationally recognized expert in the area of free speech and the Internet. Her primary 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, including at Oxford University; the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center; Tsinghua University in Beijing; The Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information of the University of Palermo Law School, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City; and in Doha, Qatar. She has been an invited presenter and speaker at Oxford, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and University of Virginia Law Schools, among other institutions.
Roome has been with Nokia Siemens Networks since April 2008, joining the company from Nortel, where he was the communications director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is the company’s corporate spokesperson and responsible for the reputation and awareness globally. In 2009, Roome was part of a working group at the company that worked to improve its policies with respect to the human rights implications of its technology. This work resulted in Nokia Siemens Networks being the only telecoms vendor to implement a human rights policy and due diligence process covering privacy and freedom of expression. The company was also instrumental in forming a the Telecoms Industry Dialogue on privacy and freedom of expression, which as of January 2012 incorporated Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Millicom, Nokia Siemens Networks, Tele2, Telefonica, Telenor, TeliaSonera and Vodafone Group.
Tala Dowlatshahi is the Senior Advisor at Reporters Without Borders, but she is also producer, reporter and filmmaker. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her documentaries and films on social issues. Ms. Dowlatshahi is also creator of the web tv program Reporters Uncensored. As a reporter, she has interviewed people like Prime Minister Tony Blair, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Ms. Dowlatshahi often discussed challenges to a free and open press in her work as a representative of Reporters Without Borders. She holds a master’s degree in international development with a focus on the Middle East from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in mass communications. Tala Dowlatshahi is a native of Iran.
Marietje Schaake will talk about her position and the position of the European Commission and Parliament regarding Online Freedom and Corporate Responsibility.