Kees de Vey Mestdagh

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.

Dawn Nunziato

Dawn Nunziato

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.

Ben Roome

Ben Roome

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

Tala Dowlatshahi

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.

Shelly Han

Shelly Han
Shelly Han is since 2006 a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe as policy advisor in the fields of Economics, environment, technology and trade. She has worked at the department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce on international security, where she advised about policies related to the export of sensitive goods and technology. Shelly Han has a lot of experience, and now is fluent in Mandarin, with the Asia Pacific region as she has worked over 15 years in trade policy and promotion, with a focus on this region.She has an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science and Oriental Studies from the University of Arizona.

Bob Boorstin

Bob Boorstin
Bob Boorstin is the director of Corporate and Policy Communications for Google. He has a long career in national security, political communications and journalism, as he was a reporter for the New York Times. He has aided the Clinton adminstration with communications on national security. Furthermore he was foreign policy adviser to the Treasury and State department. Mr. Boorstin has worked on more than a dozen national and international political campaigns and advised Fortune 500 CEOs and some of the nation’s leading advocacy groups. Prior to coming to Google, he helped found and served as Senior Vice President for National Security at the Center for American Progress. A graduate of Harvard University (1981), he received a master’s degree in international relations from King’s College, Cambridge University (1983).

Delphine Halgand

Delphine Halgand
Delphine Halgand has been working as the Director of the Washington DC office for Reporters Without Borders since December 2011. She runs the US activities for the organization and advocates for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Acting as RWB’s spokesperson in the US, Delphine regularly appears on American (PBS, Wall Street Journal,…) and Foreign media (Al Jazeera, NTN24,…) and lectures at conferences in US universities (Harvard University, UCLA,…) on press freedom violation issues around the world. Previously, she served as Press attaché in charge of outreach at the French Embassy to the US. Since graduating from Sciences Po Paris with an M.A. in Journalism, Delphine has worked as an economics corespondent for various French media, focusing mainly on international politics and macroeconomic issues.

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake
Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician for the social liberal party D66. In June 2009 she was elected for the European Parliament. Ms. Schaake studied Liberal Arts at Wittenberg University in Ohio and Sociology, American Studies and New Media at the University of Amsterdam. After graduation and an internship with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, she was granted the Lantos Fellowship of the United States House of Representatives, where she focused on international relations and human right issues. Currently she is a member of the European Parliament as well as member of several committees. She is a member of the parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs; the Committee of International Trade; the Committee on Culture, Media and Education; and for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe she speaks on human rights and coordinates the monthly human rights resolutions. Her main policy areas are human rights, internet freedom and the digital agenda. She also has her own website: marietjeschaake.eu.
Marietje Schaake will talk about her position and the position of the European Commission and Parliament regarding Online Freedom and Corporate Responsibility.