Yaman Akdeniz
Professor of Law, Human Rights Law Research Center, Faculty of Law, and Pro Rector, Istanbul Bilgi University

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). Akdeniz also authored the 2006 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (UNHCHR) entitled Stocktaking on efforts to combat Racism on the Internet (E/CN.4/2006/WG.21/BP.1, January 2006), 2010 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Turkey and Internet Censorship and 2011 Report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media entitled Freedom of Expression on the Internet: Study of legal provisions and practices related to freedom of expression, the free flow of information and media pluralism on the Internet in OSCE participating States.

Collin Anderson
Independent Researcher

Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher currently working on documenting online activism, electronic surveillance and Internet censorship in the Middle East, specifically Iran and Syria. Currently, Collin is developing mechanisms to detect and measure the usage of filter circumvention methods, to quantify the proliferation of tools among the general public in Internet-filtering countries. He has also been involved in identifying the international flow of surveillance equipment and exploring alternative means of communications that bypass normal channels of state-control. His participation in issues of connectivity has lead to documenting of availability and legality of online communications services to the public under sanctions restrictions, as well as the ramifications of export regulations to democratization movements.

Gregory Asmolov
PhD Candidate, London School of Economics

Gregory Asmolov is a PhD candidate at “New media, innovation and literacy” program at the LSE. His PhD research investigates the role of crowdsourcing platforms in natural disasters. The focus of the research is investigating the association between the socio-political environment and the modes of mobilization of volunteers that rely on ICT. For list of publications please check: http://lse.academia.edu/Asmolov

Gregory is a visitor lecturer at Media and Communication department at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He conducts trainings and gives lectures about social and political role of new media, and in particular role of crowdsourcing for addressing social issues. He has consulted on information technology, new media, and social media projects for The World Bank and Internews Network, and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.

Gregory is a co-founder of Help Map, a crowdsourcing platform, which was used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia in 2010 and won a Russian National Internet Award for best project in the “State and Society” category. He also participated in development of crowdsourcing platform for coordination of mutual aid in crisis situations Rynda.org and a number of other projects.

Gregory has previously worked as a journalist for major Russian newspapers Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV.

He blogs at http://www.globswarm.com and tweets as @pustovek.

Joan Barata Mir
Professor of Communication Law and Vice Dean of International Relations, Blanquerna Communication School, Universitat Ramon Llull

Joan Barata is a Professor of Communication Law and Vice Dean of International Relations at Blanquerna Communication School (Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona). He was a Professor at the University of Barcelona (2001-2005), the Open University of Catalonia (since 1997) and the Universitat PompeuFabra (2010-2011), as well as visiting scholar at the University of Bologna (Italy) (2003) and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York) (2003-2004).

His writings and research interests include topics such as freedom of expression, media regulation, public service broadcasting and political and legal media transitions. He provided assistance to several institutions and organizations regarding these issues in countries such as Thailand, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Albania, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Colombia and the United States. In particular, his recent writings on Tunisia have been commissioned by Internews. He was Head of President’s Cabinet (2005-2009) and Secretary General of the Catalonia Audiovisual Council (2009-2011). He also provided assistance to the OSCE (2004) and the Council of Europe (2012 and 2013).

Susan Benesch
Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

Susan Benesch is the Project Director for WPI’s “Dangerous Speech on the Road to Mass Violence” working to identify speech that is likely to catalyze violence, and to find the best policies to limit the force of such speech without curbing freedom of expression. This work began in February 2010 as a pilot project for the U.N. Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, and has been extended into 2013, thanks to renewed funding from the MacArthur Foundation and a new grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Benesch also teaches advanced international human rights at American University’s School of International Service. She has taught human rights and refugee law at Georgetown and Princeton, among other universities, and has lectured at schools including Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, and Humboldt University in Berlin. A human rights lawyer trained at Yale, she has also worked for the Center for Justice and Accountability, Amnesty International, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First).

Her publications related to speech include: “The Innocence of YouTube” (with Rebecca MacKinnon), Foreign Policy, Oct. 5. 2012; “Song as a Crime Against Humanity,” in Trials and Tribulations of International Prosecution (Lexington Books, in press); “Words as Weapons,” World Policy Journal 24.1 (Spring 2012); “The Ghost of Causation in International Speech Crime Cases,” in Propaganda, War Crimes Trials & International Law: From Speakers’ Corner to War Crimes (Routledge, 2011); “The ICTR’s Prosecution of a Pop Star: The Bikindi Case,” African Yearbook of International Law 17 (2009); “Vile Crime or Inalienable Right: Defining Incitement to Genocide,” 48 Virginia Journal of International Law 485 (2008) and “Inciting Genocide, Pleading Free Speech,” World Policy Journal 21.2 (Summer 2004).

Benesch’s interest in speech dates back to her first career as a journalist. Before law school, she was chief staff writer for the Miami Herald in Haiti. She also covered wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, and reported from many countries for the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Crimes of War website, among other publications.

Camilla Bustani
Communications Policy, Ofcom

Camilla Bustani specializes in international communications regulation. She works on communications policy at Ofcom, having previously spent eight years practicing law at Clifford Chance. Camilla was a senior editor of the Journal of International Affairs and has published on a variety of international issues. She was on the board of the OpenDemocracy Foundation and has run successful fundraising campaigns for relief in Iraq, Iran, Darfur and Niger.

David Campbell
Director, MEDIAE

David Campbell is recognized as a leader in the field of development communications and has devised a range of interventions over the years that have now become established approaches in the use of media to promote education and development in Africa South of the Sahara. During his career he has built institutions to promote rural development, Agricultural Information Centre in Kenya, trained media production staff in many countries in film, video, radio and print production. He has consistently pursued the concept of sustainable media interventions with government, donor, civil society and the commercial sector involvement to sustain research based, focused media that meets audience’s needs and builds large audiences over time. An example of this is the “Temba Na Majira” radio soap and magazine program currently in its 10th year with over 5 million regular listeners weekly. A sister TV show – Makutano Junction currently reaches 7.5 million Kenyans , 2.5 million Ugandans and is the most popular show in both countries. Recently Mediae has produced two new series Know Zone for children and Shamba Shape Up a “make over” style reality show for rural and peri-urban audiences in East Africa (est. 7 million viewers). Mediae has often supported peace and governance issues with media initiatives including building Mega FM in Gulu, Northern Kenya used as means of stabilizing information in the Kony/Ugandan army situation and to bring child soldiers home, rebuilding and developing MW radio in Mozambique post war to broadcast in local languages and support development and education, and radio soaps in Somalia supporting women’s rights.

He has worked with many international donors, governments and civil society organizations as an adviser and manager of media campaigns including the Roll Back Malaria campaign to change the front line treatment drugs and to inform the East Africans of this change, leading a team to research and define the media strategy for Southern Sudan working with the World Bank and DFID, to support the need for HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, to encourage youth to discuss sexual issues (Straight Talk radio program). He worked for DFID for 18 years researching and developing ways to use media to promote education and development and in 1997 set up his own non-profit organization, the Mediae Trust, and then the Media company in the UK, Kenya, Tanzania and recently in Rwanda.

His field of expertise includes Communications Project Design and Management, Communications Strategy Development at National level, Media production to award winning international standards, Media research and evaluation to improve effectiveness and adoption for behavior change, Designer and principal lecturer of MSC course in Communications for Development in UK.

Paolo Cavaliere
Research Officer, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policies

Paolo Cavaliere is a researcher officer at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policies and helps to coordinate the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Programme.

Prior to joining the CSLS he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest where he taught Media and Communications Policies in the MA program in Public Policy.

In 2011 he spent six months at the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication and the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a joint visiting researcher. During his stay in Philadelphia he undertook research on the developing concept of pluralism as a citizens’ right in the recent case-law systems of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, and on the different regulative toolkits in the news market provided in the EU and in the US. From 2006 to 2010 he has been a teaching assistant and a teaching fellow in Italian Public Law, Italian and European Constitutional Law, Regional Law and Constitutional Justice at Bocconi University.

His main interests in research include the discipline of pluralism and diversity in the media, e-democracy and the relationship between new media and politics, regulation of audiovisual industries and digital media. He has written about different aspects of Media law, including “mediacracy” and the democratic deficit of the EU; media pluralism in the European sphere; digital technologies and the political debate in the public sphere.

Paolo received his Ph.D. in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University of Milan. His doctoral dissertation focused on the issue of pluralism and diversification of information in the European landscape of news media, combining a survey on media law and policy in a comparative perspective with elements of economic analysis and public choice theory. He also holds a laurea in Law from the University of Pavia and an LL.M. in Public Law from University College, London. He completed his law apprenticeship and passed the bar examination in Italy.

Ge Chen
Research Associate, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Ge Chen is currently a Research Associate in Intellectual Property and Global Regulation at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge. Ge Chen wrote his Dr iur. (PhD in law) thesis at the Institute for International Law and European Law at the George-August Universität Göttingen, where he used to be a research fellow and Konrad Adenauer scholar. He was also a Visiting Academic of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policies (PCMLP) based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) of the University of Oxford.

Ge Chen’s research interest lies in global constitutionalism and media law (freedom of expression, copyright, privacy), with a focus on the interplay between international law and national law. One of his papers won an annual prize by the Chinese Society of International Economic Law. Ge Chen is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Göttingen Journal of International Law. He has also provided legal consulting service to both Chinese and German governments in a variety of China-EU-related legal projects over the past few years.

Richard Danbury
Doctoral student, Oxford University

Richard Danbury is a lawyer-turned-journalist, turning into an academic. For about a decade he worked in BBC News and Current Affairs, where he won awards for his journalism, and before that he was a barrister specialising in criminal law. He is currently mainly engaged in the last stages of his doctoral research at Oxford University into the special treatment of institutional journalists in English law. He also is the mentor on Channel 4’s Investigative Journalism training scheme, and trains BBC journalists in media law for the BBC’s College of Journalism. He is a former fellow of Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

James Deane
Director of Policy and Learning, BBC Media Action

James Deane is Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action where he oversees the organisation’s research, technical assistance and policy activities.  James has spent more than 30 years working in the field if media development.  He was a founding member and later executive director of the Panos Institute, London and immediately before joining BBC Media Action in 2007, Managing Director of the Communication for Social Change Consortium, a New York-based organisation set up by the Rockefeller Foundation.

He has provided formal strategic advice and consultancies to Dfid, Sida, Norad, Danida, Swiss Development Cooperation, the World Bank, WHO, Unicef, Unesco, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFPA, IFAD, FAO, the Rockefeller Foundation among other agencies, mostly related to communication and media in development. He has a Masters degree (distinction) in international communication and development.  He has written numerous papers and publications on media, information and communication technologies.

Iginio Gagliardone
British Academy Post- Doctoral Research Fellow, PCMLP

Iginio Gagliardone is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow. His research and publications focus on new media and political change in Sub-Saharan Africa, the adaptation of international norms of freedom of expression in authoritarian regimes, and the role of the media in peace-building processes.

His current research, developed in collaboration with the PCMLP, explores the role of emerging powers such as China in promoting alternative conceptions of the Internet in Africa. It analyses in particular whether and how the ideas of state stability, development and community that characterize the Chinese model are influencing and legitimizing the development of a different conception of the information society. Iginio completed his PhD at the LSE investigating the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and nation building in Ethiopia. Iginio is also a Research Associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and at the Centre for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Sam Geall
Departmental Lecturer, Human Geography in China, University of Oxford

Sam Geall joined the School of Geography and the Environment in September 2012. He also teaches in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS). His research focuses on environmental policy and the public sphere in contemporary China, with a particular focus on environmental journalism, the politics of climate change, public participation, citizen science and green NGOs.

Sam has a BA in Chinese from Leeds University and an MA in Anthropological Research from University of Manchester, where he is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology (expected completion 2012). He has also studied at Harvard University, Peking University, Taipei Normal University and Tianjin Normal University, and has received scholarships from the Kennedy Memorial Trust, the British Inter-university China Centre and the British Association of Chinese Studies.

He is Executive Editor of chinadialogue.net, a bilingual online journal dedicated to open discussion of all environmental issues, with a special focus on China. He is an editor of Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 7/10: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability and is Associate Editor of thethirdpole.net, a website focused on Asia’s water crisis. Sam was a member of the East Asia Jury for the Earth Journalism Awards 2009, was long-listed for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers scheme and is a Fellow of the RSA. He has delivered speeches and talks at universities, think-tanks, NGOs and schools, including the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), SOAS, University of Westminster, Australia-China Youth Dialogue, Free Word Centre, Wilton Park and the EU-China Civil Society Dialogue.

Doug Griffin
Director, Albany Associates

Doug Griffin is an expert in communications and media strategy, law and policy, particularly in conflict, post-conflict and transitional environments.

He is a lawyer with expertise in drafting important legal documents and assisting with the development of communications and media law and policy. He has significant experience communicating effectively with stakeholders, including the public, government officials and the international community, about key law and policy issues.

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. Prior to joining Albany, Doug was in private practice with an international law firm in New York, Moscow and Paris.

Esben Q. Harboe
Programme Manager, International Media Support, Burma/Myanmar

As Programme Manager for International Media Support (IMS) Esben Q. Harboe is responsible for one of the largest media development programmes in Burma/Myanmar. The programme, funded by the three Scandinavian countries, focuses on five key areas: coordination and partnerships, media policy and legislation, professionalization of media, outreach and access to information, and the peace process. More information can be found on http://www.i-m-s.dk/areas/asia/myanmar.  From 2009 to 2012 he was the Special Assistant to the UN Resident Coordinator in Burma/Myanmar responsible for media relations, inter-agency coordination and policy development. Prior to joining the UN, Esben held positions with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the INGO Medicines Sans Frontieres, and the private sector. He has taught media development and online communication at Copenhagen Business School and is the author of the book ‘Sense of Change – Managing Communication in Transitions’. He holds a BA in Journalism from the Danish School of Media & Journalism and a MA in Development Studies from University of Copenhagen.

Xianhong Hu
Assistant Program Specialist, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Communication Sector, UNESCO

Xianhong Hu has been Assistant Program Specialist at Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Communication Sector of UNESCO Headquarter in Paris since 2006. Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression, media development and Internet governance. She has been managing the Organization’s projects on promoting freedom of expression, privacy and safety on Internet  and has also been involved in the process of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

She used to be a researcher on “World Internet Project” in China.    (http://www.worldinternetproject.net/) starting in 2001. She has published a number of academic paper related to public service broadcasting and digital divide; and she conducted an Internet survey “Approaching the Internet in Chinese Small Cities”  in 2003 and 2005 funded by Markle Foundation in the U.S.  She received a Ph.D from School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University in China in 2007.

Her recent work at UNESCO is accessible at:


Her previous Internet survey report is available at:

http://www.policyarchive.org/handle/10207/bitstreams/15540.pdf  ”

José Alberto Azeredo Lopes
Associate Professor, Portuguese Catholic University

Jose Alberto Azeredo Lopes gradated with a degree in Law (Oporto Law School, Portuguese Catholic University, 1984). He Received his Diplôme de l’Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales (Nice, 1985), Master in Law, International Law (Faculty of Law, Portuguese Catholic University, 1990) and PhD in International Law (Faculty of Law, Portuguese Catholic University, 2002). Azeredo is the former Dean of the Oporto Law School, Portuguese Catholic University (2005-2006) and former President of the Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social (Portuguese Media Regulatory Authority, 2006-2011). He was a Visiting Professor at Blanquerna Comunicació, Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona) and member of the World bank Mission to East Timor, 1999 (rapporteur, Judiciary). Azeredo’s main fields of research and interest include International Law, International Relations, Internationalization of Law, International Human Rights Law, Self-Determination of Peoples, and Minority Rights.

Robin Mansell
Professor of New Media and the Internet, London School of Economics and Political Science

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet and former Head of the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is Past President of IAMCR – the International Association for Media and Communications Research. Her research focuses on the social, economic, and technical issues arising from new technologies, especially in the computer and telecommunication industries. She has a longstanding interest in the structure of communications and media markets, the sources of regulatory effectiveness and failure and issues around Internet governance, including intellectual property rights, privacy and security. She is author of many scholarly articles and books, most recently, Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance, Oxford University Press 2012 and The Handbook of Global Media and Communications Policy, (co-editor with Marc Raboy) Blackwell-Wiley 2011. Her more recent policy report is Renewing the Knowledge Societies Vision: Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development, co-authored with Gaëton Tremlay, prepared for WSIS+10 UNESCO, 2013.

Tarlach McGonagle
Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor, Institute for Information Law

Dr. Tarlach McGonagle is a Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he is also coordinator of the specialised Information Law Masters Programme.


He is an Associate Senior Researcher of the inter-university School of Human Rights Research in the Netherlands. In Spring 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar, Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow, Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law (RIIPL), Rutgers School of Law-Camden, New Jersey.


His expertise spans a broad range of issues relating to international and European law and policy in three main fields: the media, information and human rights. Recurrent themes in his research include freedom of expression, the rights of persons belonging to minorities and cultural and linguistic rights.


Dr. McGonagle 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 was also one of the independent experts involved in the drafting – at the invitation of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities – of a set of international Guidelines on the use of Minority Languages in the Broadcast Media (2003). He was an invited expert speaker at the Thematic Discussion on “Racist Hate Speech” organised by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2012.


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. See here for a fuller professional profile and selected publications.

Lucy Montgomery
Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Visiting Fellow, Big Innovation Centre, Research Director, Knowledge Unlatched

Dr Lucy Montgomery is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Visiting Fellow at the Big Innovation Centre in London and Research Director for Knowledge Unlatched. Her work explores the role of digital technology and intellectual property in business model innovation in the creative industries.

Lucy trained as a China specialist at the University of Adelaide, before going to complete a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at Queensland University of Technology. She has a decade of experience as both a researcher and as project manager, working on major international research projects on the emergence of China’s creative industries. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of transformative technological change on the growth of the creative economy. Her book, China’s Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age is published by Edward Elgar.

Ben O’Loughlin
Professor of International Relations and Co- Director of New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London

Ben O’Loughlin is Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London.  He is co-editor of the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict. His books include Radicalisation and Media: Terrorism and Connectivity in the New Media Ecology (2011) and War and Media: The Emergence of Diffused War (2010) (both with Andrew Hoskins). He has carried out projects on media and security for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. He has contributed to the New York Times, Guardian, OpenDemocracy, Sky News and Newsweek. Alongside the completion of two books on Strategic Narratives, Ben is currently completing a study of global responses to the 2012 London Olympics with the BBC. Follow him on Twitter @Ben_OLoughlin

Oreste Pollicino
Associate Professor, Department of Law, Università Bocconi

Since September 2007, Oreste Pollicino has served as an Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law, at Bocconi University. From 2004-2007, Oreste was a Post-doc in Comparative Public Law, also at Bocconi University. He has a PhD in Constitutional Law from the State University of Milan, an LLM in European Law, from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a Master in European law, from the University of Bologna.

Currently, Oreste teaches Italian Public Law, Information and Internet Law and Constitutional Adjudication in a Comparative Perspective. Additionally, he is director of the series “Law and Policy of the New Media” Aracne, editor of International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and member of the Editorial Board of Diritto Pubblico comparato ed europeo; Panoctica, Revista Eletrônica Acadêmica de Direito.

Rob Procter
Professor of Social Informatics, University of Warwick and Exchange Professor, New York University

Rob Procter is Professor of Social Informatics, University of Warwick and Exchange Professor, New York University. His research interests include methodologies and computational tools for ‘big data’ social research, including large-scale social media analysis. Rob put together and led a multidisciplinary team to work with the Guardian/LSE on the ‘Reading the Riots’ project, analysing tweets sent during the August 2011 riots. This work has won the Data Visualization and Storytelling – National/International category of the inaugural Data Journalism Awards sponsored by Google and the 2012 Online Media Award for the ‘Best use of Social Media’.

Rob is a member of the Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (www.cosmosproject.net), a multidisciplinary group of researchers in England, Scotland and Wales that is building an open platform for social media analytics. He is also involved in the Center for Urban Science and Progress (cusp.nyu.edu), a multi-national, multi-disciplinary, public-private sector research programme led by New York University, whose aim is to create the world’s leading authority in the emerging field of “Urban Informatics.”

Krisztina Rozgonyi
Senior Regulator and Legal Advisor

Dr. Krisztina Rozgonyi has been a senior regulator and legal adviser for a number of governments, regulators, and companies in Hungary. Dr. Rozgonyi used to be the Chairperson of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary, acts as adviser to the Serbian Government in digital switchover, works in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Georgia as director for the World Bank CAS InfoDev project. As an ITU/UN expert she also works for governments and regulators in Africa, e.g. for the Rwandan regulator (RURA). Her special areas are media and telecommunications regulation, digital switchover legal strategies, media law focusing on digital age issues and copyright law focusing on digital archives. Dr. Rozgonyi is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Digital Television.

Christian Sandvig
Associate Professor in Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Christian Sandvig is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he is a researcher specializing in the development of Internet infrastructure and public policy. Sandvig’s work examines such topics as wireless Internet design and use, expanding broadband access, the difference between rural and urban Internet users, and the role of government in the provision of broadband service.

He is also a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He previously served as the founding director of the Center for People & Infrastructures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Markle Foundation Information Policy Fellow at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Oxford University. Sandvig received the Ph.D. in Communication Research from Stanford University in 2002.

Quotations, interviews, and articles about Sandvig’s research have appeared in stories in/on The Economist, The New York Times, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, Businessweek, CBS News, and other media outlets. Sandvig’s writing appears in The Huffington Post.

Sandvig has been named a “next-generation leader in science and technology policy” in a faculty competition organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He previously received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER) in the area of Human-Centered Computing.

Sandvig’s scholarly work has received best paper awards at meetings of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), the International Communication Association (ICA), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference (TPRC).

Sandvig is also a computer programmer with industry experience consulting for a Fortune 500 company, a regional government, and a San Francisco Bay Area software start-up.

Daniela Stockmann
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Leiden University

Daniela Stockmann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. Her research on political communication and public opinion in China has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Political Communication, The China Quarterly, and the Chinese Journal of Communication, among others. Her book, entitled Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China (Cambridge University Press, 2013), examines the impact of market-based media on the production of news and public opinion in China.  Her 2006 conference paper on the Chinese media and public opinion received and award in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association.

Nicole Stremlau
Co-ordinator and Research Fellow, PCMLP

Dr. Nicole Stremlau is Co-ordinator of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a Research Fellow in the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies.

Nicole Stremlau’s current research is in on media policy in post-war situations. She has conducted extensive research in Ethiopia and lived there for several years.  She also worked at a local newspaper in Addis Ababa.  Dr. Stremlau has studied the communication strategies of guerrilla movements and their approach to media policy after seizing power. Her current research is on information flows in Somaliland and Somalia examining how they affect the nation and state building process.  She recently started an ESRC research project on China’s media policy in Africa that explores the role of Chinese media as well as Chinese support to local media.

Prior to coming to PCMLP, Dr. Stremlau was director of the Africa programme at the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research.  Further information can be found on the CSLS website.

Richard Tynan
Research Officer, Global Surveillance Monitor Project

Richard is a Research Officer on the Global Surveillance Monitor project, with a specific focus on the arena of surveillance technologies. He focuses on wired and wireless surveillance mechanisms and the strategies employed by cyber-criminals to harvest valuable private information from a wide range of ubiquitous devices such as cell phones and personal computers. Richard holds a first class honors BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD in Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Sensor Networks from University College Dublin, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Katrin Voltmer
Senior Lecturer, Political Communication, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds

Dr. Katrin Voltmer is Senior Lecturer in Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her main research interest focuses on the role of the media in emerging democracies from a comparative perspective. She has also widely published on the changing relationship between politics and the media in established western democracies, the interplay between the media and public policy and media influences on citizens’ political orientations. Her most recent book on ‘The Media in Transitional Democracies’ has been published by Polity Press (2013). Other books include ‘Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy. Challenging the Primacy of Politics’ (ed. with Kees Brants), Palgrave 2011 and ‘Public Policy and Mass Media. The Interplay of Mass Communication and Political Decision Making’ (ed. with Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten), Routledge 2010. Katrin Voltmer is member of the editorial board of several academic journals, member of the Editorial Board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, and member of the Executive Board and Treasurer of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).

Chris Watson
Partner, Telecoms and Technology, CMS Cameron McKenna

Chris is a partner in the firm’s Technology and Litigation practice and head of the TMT sector group.  Chris advises on all aspects of international and domestic communications, media, and technology, particularly in the areas of where competition and regulation overlap and on EU law arising in cross-border and complex telecommunications transactions.  He also has extensive experience in other regulated network sectors such as postal and other utilities

Chris works extensively with clients in the global telecommunications industry and has consistently been named one of the world’s top 6 lawyers in Telecoms since the 2005 edition of the ‘Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers’.  Chris regularly writes and lectures on communications law.

Chris is past Chairman of the Communications Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). His memberships also include the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the Paris Bar and membership of the Space Law Committee.  He speaks several European languages.

George Weiss
Founder and CEO, Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation

George Weiss is the founder and CEO of Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation (“La Benevolencija”), an organization that sets up media projects to teach populations to resist hate speech and incitement to mass hate violence. The organization is one of the first to use long-duration nation-wide broadcast campaigns to mass audiences for the purpose of a citizen “inoculation” against scapegoating and propaganda in general, as well as teaching trauma healing techniques to the wounded populations. Based on Weiss’ experiences working for La Benevolencija Sarajevo, a unique local NGO during the Bosnia War of 1992-95, this work promotes an agenda of sanity, empathy and mutual help among minorities and individuals who are the target of hate speech, as well as among societies that have suffered its consequences.

A film and television producer, Weiss moved into the emerging field of Humanitarian Activist Media in 2001, in cooperation with genocide psychologist and scholar Ervin Staub and trauma psychologist Laurie Pearlman. He set up Radio Benevolencija HTF in 2002. The organization’s Great Lakes Reconciliation Radio, a regional project in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi using radio and TV broadcasts in coordination with grass roots activities, has gained international acclaim for its unique combination of applied psychology with education-entertainment techniques. The Rwanda part of the operation serves as a prototype intervention whose results are evaluated regularly to test its impact over a long duration, in order to enable the project to be used to counteract a continuum of violence, ranging from hate speech to incitement to genocide, anywhere around the world.


Joss Wright
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Dr. Joss Wright is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the themes of privacy enhancing technologies and online censorship, both in the design and analysis of techniques and in their broader societal implications. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of York in 2008, where his work focused on the design and analysis of anonymous communication systems.

Dr. Wright has published a number of articles on privacy-enhancing technologies and online censorship, and has acted as chair of the USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet, as well as acting as reviewer and programme committee member for various other conferences and journals. Dr.  Wright has also provided advice to the European Commission, as well as a number of EU research projects, on the social, legal and ethical impacts of security technologies, and has written articles on privacy, social media and online activism for the Guardian and Observer, amongst others.”

Hu Yong
Associate Professor, Peking University School and Journalism and Communication

Hu Yong is an associate professor at Peking University’s School of Journalism and Communication, and a well-known new media critic and Chinese Internet pioneer.

Before joining the faculty of Peking University, Hu Yong worked for a number of media sources for over 15 years, including China Daily, Lifeweek, China Internet Weekly and China Central Television. He is active in industry affairs as he is co-founder of the Digital Forum of China, a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness of digitization and advocates a free and responsible Internet. He also co-founded Chinavalue.net, a leading business new media in China. In 2000, Hu Yong was nominated for China’s list of top Internet industry figures.

Hu Yong is a founding director for Communication Association of China (CAC), China New Media Communication Association (CNMCA) and China Information Economics Society (CIES). His publications include Internet: The King Who Rules, the first book introducing the Internet to Chinese readers, and The Rising Cacophony: Personal Expression and Public Discussion in the Internet Age, documenting major transformations in the Chinese cyberspace.

Hu Yong is an active blogger/microblogger. His blog boasts a readership of 3.5 million, and his microblog has nearly 3 million followers. He is a frequent analyst on TV and newspapers/magazines. He has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, The Economist, Financial Times, Guardian and BBC.

Sudharma Yoonaidharma
Dean, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce

Professor Sudharma Yoonaidharma is the Dean of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Law School, Dean Yoonaidharma worked as the country’s first National Telecommunications Commissioner. His expertise covers international trade laws, utility and transport law as well as intellectual property. Apart from teaching and consulting, Dean Yoonaidharma is also appointed Adjunct Judge in the Central Intellectual Property & International Court. Some of his past professional experience includes: a negotiator (telecom & broadcast) of many trade negotiation such as the Thai-Japan FTA negotiation, Thai-US FTA negotiation, Thai-Australia, Thai-ASEAN RTA; legal advisor to Prime Minister, advisor to Foreign Minister, advisor to Minister of Transport and Communications; a World Bank legal expert on privatization attached to Ministry of Finance and; Director General of the Chulalongkorn University Intellectual Property Institute. Dean Yoonaidharma received his LL.M from Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Law.