Collin Anderson

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

Gregory Asmolov is a PhD candidate at the Media and Communication department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His PhD research investigates the role of crowdsourcing platforms in natural disasters. In particular he is interested how similar Internet platforms and applications are used in order address the same crisis situations (e.g. floods, wildfires, missing people) in different countries. (For list of his publications please check:


Gregory served as a visiting lecturer at Media and Communication department at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). 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. Gregory has previously worked as a contributing editor for “Global Voices Online”, a correspondent for major Russian newspapers “Kommersant” and “Novaya Gazeta”, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV.

Olga Guedes Bailey

Olga Guedes Bailey is based at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is the programme leader of the MA ‘Media and Globalization’. She is a member of the executive board of the ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).

She was the managing-editor of the international journal ‘Body and Society’, Sage Publisher. And chair of the section “Migration, Diaspora and Media’ (ECREA) for  six years.

Her previous experience includes senior posts in Brazilian universities and the Brazilian media – television, radio and newspapers – before moving to England where she obtained her PhD from the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. She worked at the University of the West of England and Liverpool John Moores University, prior to joining Nottingham Trent University in 2005.

She was visiting Professor in several universities including Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Humanities College’, China, the ‘University of Fortaleza’, Ceara, Brazil, Carlos III University, Spain, among others.

She has published essays on global audiences, environmentalism, journalistic practice, alternative media, race and representation, Latin American media, the politics of communication of ethnic minorities and diasporas in western societies, and on digital cultures in particular on digital identities.  Her publication includes also a co-authored book entitled ‘Understanding Alternative Media’ (UK, Open University, 2008) and an edited collection ‘Transnational Lives and the Media: re-imagining diasporas’ (UK, Palgrave, 2007).

Joan Barata

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).

Dr. Anat Ben-David

Dr. Anat Ben-David is a post-docotoral researcher and lecturer at the Media Studies department, University of Amsterdam.  She holds a PhD from the Science, Technology and Society program, Bar-Ilan University. Her dissertation conceptualises border-work online through a spatial analysis of the Palestinian Web.  Anat’s research focuses on the geopolitics of the Web and on Web historiography.  Anat is affiliated with the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, a research group which develops tools and methods for the social and political study of the Web.

Paolo Cavaliere

Paolo Cavaliere is a researcher officer at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policies and coordinates 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.

Richard Danbury

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.

Christopher Dawes

Christopher Dawes is an Assistant Professor at New York University. The primary goal of his research is to identify and clarify the sources of individual differences in political preferences and behaviors. His work utilizes genetically informative samples and experimental methods to better understand why some individuals participate in politics while others do not, as well as the types of political acts citizens choose to engage in.

Abdirashid Duale

Abdirashid Duale has worked for Dahabshiil since his school days, helping his father Mohamed Said Duale develop a small Somali family business into an international firm operating in more than 150 countries. Today Mr Duale is responsible for Dahabshiil’s global operations.

Mr Duale has established a reputation as an expert in the remittance industry, and has vast experience in all areas of money transfer operations. His business network stretches from Africa to Asia, from Europe to the Middle East, and from the USA to Australia. He was recently named as one of the 50 most influential Africans by the respected publication Africa Report.

Over a period of 20 years, Mr Duale has founded new companies in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He is involved in community regeneration projects in Africa and elsewhere in the world, in which Dahabshiil invests a substantial amount of its profits each year.

Mr Duale is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences. He has spoken about remittances, telecommunications, emerging markets and development finance at events including those at the London School of Economics, Oxford University and the United Nations. Dahabshiil has featured in local and international media including The Financial Times, the BBC, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Economist and The Guardian.

In 2013 Dahabshiil won the Excellence for Enterprise category at the Muslim News Awards in London. The award was presented by the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. The Prime Minister David Cameron, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and the Labour leader Ed Milliband all sent congratulatory messages. Dahabshiil in 2010 won the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Award for excellence in the community, and, in 2008, Mr Duale was named Top Manager of the Year by the International Association of Money Transfer Networks.

Mr. Duale also serves on various advisory boards including at the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP), a research project based at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and the International Association of Money Transfer Networks (IAMTN) which represents Money Transfer Industry/Payment Institutions across the globe.

Professor Johan Eriksson

Professor Johan Eriksson is Research Director at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. In 1997, Eriksson received his PhD in Political Science from Umea University, Sweden. In 1998, he was tenured at Sodertorn University, Stockholm, where he is now Professor and continues advising PhD students and teaching courses. Johan Eriksson is a member of the board of the European International Studies Association (EISA). He has been a visiting research fellow at Columbia University and Leiden University, and he has given guest lectures at Universities in Canada, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland and Malaysia. Johan Eriksson’s research interests are international relations, foreign and security policy, politics of technology, politics of expertise, ethnopolitics, regionalism, and territoriality. Empirically he has studied internet control, securitization of cyberspace, space policy, chemical regulations, Swedish and American foreign policy, and mobilization in the Basque and Sami regions of Europe. Eriksson has numerous publications including seven books, and articles in for example Cooperation and Conflict, Foreign Policy, Globalizations, International Political Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Review, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Review of International Studies, Review of Policy Research.

Marianne Franklin

Marianne Franklin is Professor of Global Media and Politics and Convener of the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA Program at Goldsmiths (University of London). Over the last two years she has served as co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition at the UN Internet Governance Forum which is the homebase for the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet. Her latest book, Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet, is out with Oxford University Press.

Dr. Myria Georgiou

Dr Myria Georgiou is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 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). Her research focuses on migration and diaspora, the city and the ways media and communication contribute to constructions of identity and meanings of citizenship. She has also worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. Her most recent book, Media and the City, was published in 2013 (Polity Press). She is currently leading a research project titled Community through digital connectivity? Communication infrastructure in multicultural London.

Doug Griffin

Doug Griffin, Director, Albany Associates, 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.

Simon Haselock

Simon Haselock is co-founder and Director of Albany Associates and a pioneer in media intervention in countries emerging from violent conflict.

Following the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in late 1995 and throughout 1996 he was the NATO Spokesman in Sarajevo. He stayed on in Bosnia from 1997 until early 2000 as Deputy High Representative for Media Affairs in the Office of The High Representative responsible for the public presentation of policy and media reform.

As Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo in 2000 he began the process of building the professional, legal and ethical structures necessary for the independent media to flourish there. He then served as the Director of Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 2001 to spring 2003 when he went on to head the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Media Development and Regulatory Advisory Team in Iraq.

Since co-founding Albany he has directed projects in Kosovo, Darfur, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Somalia. He is an Associate of the Program for Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCLMP) at Oxford University and served for 23 years in the Royal Marines attending the Royal Navy Staff College in 1986.

Ryan Heath

Ryan Heath is the Spokesperson for Vice President Neelie Kroes at the European Commission. Ryan specializes in speechwriting, interviews, panels and debates, governmental liason and strategy, copywriting, negotiation, competition law, technology strategy, procurement and regulation. Previously, Ryan was Assistant Director at the Uk Cabinet Office, political advisers to formr Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has written for publications such as the Sydney Monring Herald, and published a book on Generation Y, as well as editing The Gay Marriage Blog.

Matthias Kettemann

 Matthias Kettemann is a Post-Doctoral Felow at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” of the University of Frankfurt and lecturer at the Institute of International Law of the University of Graz , Austria. He has studied international law in Graz, Geneva, and at Harvard Law School.

Markus Kummer

Markus Kummer is the Internet Society’s Vice-President for Public Policy. He has extensive experience with Internet policy at the global, regional, and national levels. Before joining the Internet Society in February 2011, he was the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum. In February 2013, he was appointed by the United Nations as Interim Chair of the Open Consultations and meetings of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group preparing the 2013 IGF annual meeting

Prior to joining the United Nations in 2004, Markus held the position of eEnvoy for the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Berne. He went on to serve as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Working Group on Internet Governance from 2004 to 2005. Before his involvement with WSIS, he served as a career diplomat in several functions in the Swiss Foreign Ministry and was posted in Lisbon, Vienna, Oslo, Geneva, and Ankara.

Marília Maciel

Marília Maciel is a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. 

She is also a lecturer and tutor in courses offered by DiploFoundation, such as the Internet Governance Capacity Building Program and the course on E-diplomacy. She serves as a Member of ICANN 

Non-commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and representative of NCUC in NCSG Policy Committee. Marília was a member of the Executive Multistakeholder Committee, which took part on the organization of NETmundial and she is a former member of the Working Group on IGF improvements (2011-2012), created under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD). She represented CTS / FGV in meetings of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (2008-2010). Currently she is a member of the Advisory Board on Internet security, created under the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( She is also a member of the editorial board of PoliTICs Magazine. Marilia is a 

PhD candidate on International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC – Rio de Janeiro) developing a thesis on Internet Governance, cyber security and defense. She holds a MA in Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2008), and a BA in Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2005). Her latest publication “Internet Governance and Institutional Innovation: Brazil as a vantage point” was translated into Mandarin and published in the World Economy and Politics.

Robin Mansell

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is internationally known for her work on the social, economic, and political issues arising from new information and communication technologies. She is a leading contributor to policy debates on the potential of and risks associated with the information society. Her current research focuses on knowledge, power and social media platforms, conducted jointly with the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. She served as Head of the Media and Communications Department at LSE (2006-2009), was President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (2004-2008) and was Scientific Chair of EUROCPR (2008-2014), an annual European conference of digital media, networks and regulatory policy. She is the author of many academic and papers and books including Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance (Oxford University Press 2012), co-editor of The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (Blackwell-Wiley 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press 2007).

Dr. Daniel McCarthy

Dr. Daniel McCarthy (PhD Aberystwyth 2011) is a Fellow in Global Politics in the Department of Government. He was previously an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sussex and Lecturer in Security Studies in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.  His research interests centre upon the role of technology and the non-human world in global politics.

His current research project explores the nature of technology as a form of institutional power in international politics through an examination of the Internet in American foreign policy. His other interests include theories of social property relations and uneven and combined development in International Relations, concepts of property in American foreign policy, and the relationship between culture and technology in processes of technological development.

Joe McNamee

Joe McNamee is EU advocacy coordinator at European Digital Rights.

Stefania Milan

Stefania Milan ( is curious about internet activism, global communications governance, and the politics of code. She holds a PhD in political and social sciences of the European University Institute, Italy, and is the author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and co-author of Media/Society (Sage, 2011). Currently, she is assistant professor at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and is the Founding Director of the Data J Lab, focusing on big data analytics. She has taught media policy and communications governance at the Central European University, Budapest, and at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Stefania enjoys seeking ways of bridging research with policy and action: she serves in the Executive Committee of the NonCommercial Users Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN), and in the Steering Committee of /1net. As a consultant, she has worked for, amongst others, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the European Commission.

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray is Professor in Law at the London School of Economics. After graduating with a degree in law from the University of Edinburgh he took a position as a Lecturer in Business Law at the University of Stirling in 1996. In 2000 he moved to the Law Department of the LSE as a Lecturer in Information Technology Law and was progressively appointed Senior Lecturer in 2006, Reader in 2008 and Professor of Law in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a member of the Executive Board of Creative Commons UK and an Expert Panellist for The ICC International Centre for Expertise in relation to limited public interest objections for new generic Top-Level Domain Names. As well as holding memberships of: The Society of Computers and Law (SCL); The Higher Education Academy (HEA), The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and The David Hume Institute, Andrew was from 2001-2004 an Executive Member of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA); and was from 2002-2008 a recognised Independent Expert for the Nominet UK Dispute Resolution Procedure and was from 2007-2012 a Fellow of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Andrew is author of over fifty books, articles and commentaries on Cyberlaw issues, including the books Information Technology Law: The Law and Society 2ed, OUP, 2013 and The Regulation of Cyberspace: Control in the Online Environment, Routledge-Cavendish, 2007. He is also co-editor of Human Rights in the Digital Age, Glasshouse Press, 2006. His most recent papers include ‘Nodes and Gravity in Virtual Space’ Legisprudence and ‘Transparency, Scrutiny and Responsiveness: Fashioning a Private Space within the Information Society’ Political Quarterly. He has also recently published book chapters on international informational governance for the Handbook on the Politics of Regulation (ed. David Levi-Faur) and Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law: (ed. Antonio Cassese).

Suthaharan Nadarajah

Suthaharan Nadarajah is a lecturer (assistant professor) in International Relations and Global Public Policy at SOAS, University of London. Dr. Nadarajah’s research examines how the international community secures itself against emergent threats to international order through global frameworks which combine themes of security, development and liberal governance. His doctoral thesis used Sri Lanka’s armed conflict and the 2002-2006 Norwegian-led peace process as case study. He has conducted donor-funded policy research on Sri Lanka’s conflict, terrorism proscriptions, armed groups and war-to-peace transition, diaspora mobilisation, and donor-recipient dialogue for the Asia Foundation, Berghof Foundation and European Commission. He was editor of the Tamil Guardian, the leading diaspora English language weekly (now online news-site,, during the 2002-6 Sri Lankan peace process.

Julien Nocetti

Julien Nocetti is a Research Fellow at the Paris-based think tank French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) since 2009. He currently focuses his research on the interactions between foreign policy and global Internet governance, with an emphasis on emerging nations. His research interests also include the evolutions of the current Internet governance regime, and how digital technologies are impacting decision-making. He extensively wrote on ‘Internet politics’ in Russia, and regularly advises the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on these above-mentioned issues. He participates in international and regional forums across Europe and regularly publishes opinion columns in international media. He is currently coordinating a special issue of Politique étrangère on ‘post-WSIS Internet governance’, and is writing a book on Russia’s Internet politics under Vladimir Putin. He will publish an in-depth study on Russia’s global Internet governance policy by the end of the year.

Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar is ITV’s International Affairs Editor, responsible for covering major news stories across the world. He is also the Presenter of “On Assignment”, ITV’s new Current Affairs programme. He was previously Senior Foreign Correspondent for the BBC, where he covered the 2nd Gulf war from Baghdad, before leaving to report and present for Al Jazeera.

Monroe E. Price

Monroe E. Price is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, where he works with a wide transnational network of regulators, scholars, and practitioners in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as in the United States. Price also founded the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University and remains a research fellow there. He also chairs the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University. Price has served on the President’s Task Force on Telecommunications Policy and the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications (both in the 1970s) and on the Carter-Sagalaev Commission on Radio and Television Policy (in the 1990s). He was a long-time member of the International Broadcasting Institute (now the International Communications Institute). He is the author and editor of numerous publications including Media and Sovereignty:  The Global Information Revolution and its Challenge to State Power, Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China, and the Routledge Handbook of Media Law.

Manuel Puppis

Manuel Puppis is an associate professor in media systems and media structures at the Department of Mass Media and Communication Research, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He currently serves as chair of ECREA’s “Communication Law & Policy Section”, co-chair of the “Netzwerk Medienstrukturen” and board member of SwissGIS, the Swiss Centre for Studies on the Global Information Society.

Puppis holds a PhD in Communication Science and an M.A. in Communication Science (major subject), Political Science and Economic and Social History (minor subjects) from the University of Zurich. His research interests include media policy, media regulation and media governance, media systems in a comparative perspective, political communication and organization theory.

Gary D. Rawnsley

Gary D. Rawnsley is Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. He is also the University’s Director of International Strategy. The author or editor of over a dozen books, his research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, diplomacy and communications, and he has published extensively on propaganda, public diplomacy, psychological warfare, soft power and political communication. He is also interested in the relationship between the media and democratisation, especially in East Asia. Before joining Aberystwyth University, Gary Rawnsley taught at the Universities of Nottingham and Leeds, and was the founding Dean of the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China (UNNC). He has also held visiting positions in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Malaysia. He maintains a blog on Public Diplomacy and International Communications at and Tweets as @GDRaber.

Dr. Krisztina Rozgonyi

Dr. Krisztina Rozgonyi has been a senior regulator and legal adviser for a number of governments, regulators, and companies in Hungary. Dr. Rozgonyi was 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.

Dr. Prashant Sharma

Dr. Prashant Sharma is an Open Society Fellow and is currently engaged in examining the accountability question in the working of Public-Private Partnerships with a focus on public service delivery in India. He is also associated with the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), University of Lausanne where he is carrying out comparative research on the interface between transparency and democratisation.

Dr. Sharma did his PhD in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His doctoral thesis examined the social and political processes that led to the enactment of the Right to Information Act in India, and is being published later this year as “Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act“. He also has degrees from at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and the University of Delhi. Previously, he has worked with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal, the World Bank, the BBC World Service Trust, the London School of Economics, and University of Delhi.

Michael Starks

Michael Starks is an Associate of Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy. He is the author of Switching to Digital Television (Intellect Books, 2007) and The Digital Television Revolution: Origins to Outcomes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He was the founding Editor of The International Journal of Digital Broadcasting.

Michael Starks managed the UK Digital TV Project from 2002 to 2004, working for the UK Government to plan the UK’s full switch to digital television. Prior to that, he led the BBC’s Free-to-View Digital TV Project, which culminated in the formation of Freeview, and the BBC’s initial feasibility study of digital television. He was also the founder Chairman of the industry-wide UK Digital TV Group.

His main career was with the BBC, initially as a television Current Affairs producer and later a senior manager. He was also a regulator of commercial radio at the Independent Broadcasting Authority.

Since 2005 he has been in Oxford. He has been an academic visitor to the University of Melbourne in Australia and has lectured there and in New Zealand, where he has been a consultant to the New Zealand government. He has been a Research Fellow at the University of Westminster’s China Media Centre and has lectured at the Communication University of China in Beijing and the University of Zhejiang in Hangzhou. He has also undertaken consultancy work for the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, the National Communications Authority of Ghana and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation – as well as for Ofcom in the UK.

Stefaan G. Verhulst

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU  (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good.

Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor.  At Markle, an operational foundation based in New York, he was responsible for overseeing strategic research  on all the priority areas of the Foundation including, for instance: transforming health care using information and technology, re-engineering government to respond to new national security threats, improving people’s lives in developing countries by connecting them to information networks, developing multi-stakeholder networks to tackle global governance challenges, changing education through information technology et al. Many of Markle’s reports have been translated into legislation and executive orders, and have informed the creation of new organizations and businesses.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest; and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications.

Previously at Oxford University he co-founded and was the Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies, and also served as Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College. He is still an emeritus fellow at Oxford.  He also taught several years at the London School of Economics. Verhulst was the UNESCO Chairholder in Communications Law and Policy for the UK, a former lecturer on Communications Law and Policy issues in Belgium, and Founder and Co-Director of the International Media and Info-Comms Policy and Law Studies at the University of Glasgow School of Law. He has served as a consultant to numerous international and national organizations, including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, the UK Department for International Development among others. He has been a grant recipient of the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Markle Foundation.

Benjamin Wagner

Benjamin Wagner holds a PhD from European University in Florence. His thesis focuses on the globalized governance of freedom of expression on the Internet, while his research interests extend to digital foreign policy, human rights, privacy and surveillance. His research has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications and he has authored several studies for the European Parliament and UNESCO.

Ben was previously a Visiting Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, the European Council on Foreign Relations and Human Rights Watch and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Communication Studies, at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania. He holds an M.A. in Political Science, International Law and Statistics from LMU University Munich and an M.Sc. in International Development Administration from the Universiteit Leiden.

James Waterworth

James Waterworsth is Vice-President, Europe for the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) advising members and policy makers on a wide range of issues including intellectual property, international trade and internet regulation. He brings with him more than a decade of experience in technology policy having held government affairs posts for Nokia, Cable and Wireless and Telefonica in Brussels and London.

As Director of Government Affairs for Nokia he lead calls for the European Union to create a Digital Single Market; a unified market to the advantage of business and consumers. He took Nokia into the field of internet policy for the first time. From 2007 to 2008 he worked for the Nokia CTO on media relations.

Between 2001 and 2005 he worked in London for Cable & Wireless and then Telefonica UK on telecommunications network regulation, most notably on the regulation of the wholesale broadband market and the structural separation of the former UK telecommunications incumbent BT.

Between 2009 and 2012 he was President of the European Digital Media Association.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Leeds and a master’s degree in European Politics from the University of London.

Chris Watson

Chris Watson is Partner and Head of the Telecoms team at CMS Cameron McKenna.

Chris focuses his international practice on commercial matters in the communications, media and technology sectors, particularly in areas 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 as well as broad experience on commercial, corporate, and financial matters.

Chris works extensively with clients in the global telecommunications industry and has been named one of the world’s top six lawyers in Telecoms in the 2008 fourth edition of the ‘Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers’.

Chris has a strong interest in the Middle East, having lived for a number of years in Iran. Since qualifying, he has worked extensively in the region and has developed a global practice with approximately half of his clients based outside the UK.

Chris is a regular contributor to magazines, a sought after speaker and is frequently quoted in the media. He is dually qualified as a solicitor in England and as an avocat in France.

Chris is vice chairman of the Communications Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). His memberships also include Supreme Court of England and Wales, Paris Bar and board membership of the Space Law Committee.

Sudharma Yoonaidharma

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

Bendert Zevenbergen

Bendert Zevenbergen joined the Oxford Internet Institute in 2012 to work on the EU Internet Science project. He has worked on legal, political and policy aspects of the information society for several years. Most recently he was a policy advisor to an MEP in the European Parliament, working on Europe’s Digital Agenda. Previously Bendert worked as an ICT/IP lawyer and policy consultant in the Netherlands. Bendert holds a degree in law, specialising in Information Law.