Lea Gilmore

Director of Network Coordination, Moving Maryland Forward Network

Lea is the Director of Network Coordination for the Moving Maryland Forward Network. A former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and program director for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, in addition Gilmore has testified before local, state and federal commissions on issues ranging from immigration laws to the civil rights and liberties of women of color. Appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, she served for several years as a member of the Maryland Advisory Board to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Lea has been recognized as one of 25 women shaping the world by ESSENCE Magazine, one the Top 100 Women by The Daily Record for 2014, and 2013 Advocate of the Year by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition.

Shannon Dosemagen

Co-founder, Public Laboratory

A co-founder of Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (publiclab.org), Shannon is based in New Orleans as President of the organization. Public Lab is a recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge, a runner-up for the Ars Electronica Digital Communities prize and a two time Knight Foundation, Knight New Challenge winner.

With a background in community organizing, environmental education and anthropology, Shannon held positions with Louisiana State University as a Community Researcher and Ethnographer on a study about the social impacts of the BP oil spill in Louisiana and was Oil Spill Response Director at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, conducting the first on-the-ground health and economic impact study in Louisiana post-spill. Shannon is specifically interested in infusing traditional organizing methods of the environmental sector with new media technologies and tools.

Shannon has an MS in Anthropology and Nonprofit Management and has worked with nonprofits for over fourteen years. She is a 2013 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow and current Senior Fellow, a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow, on the advisory board of Global Community Monitor, a current member of the Public Participation in Scientific Research web and communications steering committee, a member of the Louisiana Bar Association technology committee and a consultant for the New Orleans Food and Farm Network.

Matthew Burton

Matthew Burton believes in the power of citizen-technologists to improve our democracy, but he prefers that they stop trying to "hack government" and instead refactor it as full-time civil servants. He recently finished his second stint of federal service in Washington, where he served as Acting CIO (among other roles) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While there, he led over 100 civil servant-technologists in the creation of highly acclaimed digital tools and web sites. He now lives in Brooklyn, where he advises various government agencies and other organizations. He writes at matthewburton.org.

Jake Brewer

Leader, External Affairs Team at Change.org

Over the last decade, Jake has been generally obsessed with solving critical social problems at scale - though no problem more so than making citizens' voices have real impact in executive offices and the halls of government.

Today, Jake leads the External Affairs team at Change.org with the aim to remake the relationship between decision-makers (e.g. government or corporate leaders) and the 60 million Change.org users around the world impacted by their decisions. It's time for advocacy to allow citizens to work with decision makers, not just at them.

Jake also serves as co-founder and board chair of Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, where their work has included reframing the narrative of the American immigration debate in media and culture - including the cover of TIME magazine and the recently released CNN Films documentary "Documented." Some of his other work has included leading the engagement division of the Sunlight Foundation, launching a first-of-its-kind White House initiative on Veteran employment with Code for America, helping create US Ignite - a national "gigabit" initiative to transform healthcare, education, transportation and more through next-generation Internet applications - and designing the national Civic Data Challenge, helping bring critical "civic health" data to civic decision-makers in ways they can actually use it.

Outside the office, Jake is a competitive triathlete, a widely published photographer, and serves in a variety of advisory and board roles with organizations building healthier democracy.

Adam Harvey

Artist, technologist, and designer focused on privacy issues

Adam Harvey is an artist, technologist, and designer focused on privacy issues. His countersurveillance art projects have earned recognition in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wired, BBC, as well as a classified intelligence document. He is the recipient of a Core77 design award, a Rhizome art commission, and was recently nominated as a Future Great by Art Review magazine.

Adam lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where he runs the Privacy Gift Shop, an online marketplace for countersurveillance art and privacy accessories.

Scott Zumwalt

Senior Director, Bully Pulpit Interactive

Scott Zumwalt has nearly a decade of experience in digital strategy and marketing for non-profits and progressive political campaigns. He is currently a senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive. Scott leads some of BPI’s major client engagements drawing on his diverse background in digital advocacy for non-profits and political campaigns.

Scott is the chief digital strategist that helped launch and develop the award winning It Gets Better Project. He previously worked for Blue State Digital where he directed strategy accounts for American Red Cross and the Communications Workers of America. In 2008 he was the New Media Director for Kay Hagan’s successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina against former Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Scott was also a digital aide on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and with former Gov. Tom Vilsack.

A native of Chappaqua, New York, Scott graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Political Economy and minor in Sociology. Scott also holds a certificate in Graphic & Web Design and focus in web design and development from Boston University Center for Digital Imaging and Arts. He currently serves on the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Campaign Board.

Bettina Warburg

Public Foresight Strategist, Institute for the Future

Bettina has a background in global governance and cultural diplomacy. Her interest in engaging the future by looking at the past has led her to projects across the world: she has written for Georgetown University Press on German nationalism, researched the Tamil diaspora, and produced cultural radio shows for NPR in Berlin. Bettina received her MSc from Oxford University and BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Governance design, futures thinking, and how to grow the public imagination inform much of her research and project areas at the Institute for the Future, including in launching the Governance Futures Lab. As a Public Foresight Strategist at IFTF, Bettina works on a variety of strategic initiatives that push for foresight in the public realm, including the Future of Philanthropy, the Future of Learning, and the Future of Work. Bettina's current research examines the roles of creative social spaces in developing new models for generating value and systemic change.

Nicole Aro

Director of Digital Strategies, AFL-CIO

Nicole Aro is the AFL-CIO Digital Strategies deputy director. Before this, Nicole worked as the Organizing Director at the Sunlight Foundation, and as an online organizer at Organizing for America and the DNC. Prior to organizing, she taught middle school in Philadelphia and has a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago.

Andre Banks

Co-founder and Executive Director of All Out

Andre Banks has spent most of the last decade harnessing the power of both storytelling and technology to build innovative social movements in the US and around the world. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of All Out (www.allout.org), which mobilizes millions of people to create a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love. Andre is also the Senior Advisor at Purpose (www.purpose.com), where he was formerly Partner and Director of Strategy. While leading strategy development on global movements to fight cancer and eliminate nuclear weapons, Andre also incubated All Out. His background in organizing (AFL-CIO and Africa Action), media and public affairs (Applied Research Center), and in publishing (ColorLines Magazine) informs his work. All Out's 1.9 million members, an unprecedented alliance of LGBT people and allies, inspire his work and his worldview.

Ben Berkowitz

Founder/CEO, SeeClickFix

Ben is a proud resident of New Haven, CT. The inspiration for SeeClickFix came from a desire to improve his own community with his neighbors and his government. At SeeClickFix he is CEO and a Co-Founder. Ben was named Huffington Post's 2010 Tech Gamechanger.

Mike Bracken

Executive Director of Digital, Cabinet Office, UK

Mike Bracken is the Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office, which sits at the centre of Government and aims to make Government work better. He joined in July 2011, and spent the first several months in Government creating the Government Digital Service (GDS). The GDS includes GOV.UK, the digital transformation programme, the Identity Assurance programme, and the Data and Performance platform for public services.  In addition, the GDS has developed the Government digital strategy, and works as part of the Efficiency and Reform Group to reform public services.

Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, he worked as the Director of Digital Development at Guardian News & Media.

Chris Casey

Director of Digital Strategy

Chris builds networks of advocacy leaders and develops campaigns around the causes they promote to generate support and move their desired change forward.

Chris joined Netcentric Campaigns in November 2011 and immediately oversaw the launch of the Moving Maryland Forward Network (MMFN), a project funded by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to support progressive change in the Old Line State. MMFN brings together advocates who work on a diverse array of issues in Maryland. Through collaboration and the use of online advocacy, these leaders generate grassroots support and advance their causes. The network has created strong, powerful connections among a growing group of Maryland’s most influential and effective advocates. MMFN campaigns have included successful efforts to promote marriage equality, increase the minimum wage and ban the death penalty, as well as pushes to address foreclosure reform and raise awareness of human trafficking.

In addition, Chris is currently charged with launching the new Halt the Harm advocacy network, which will connect and support advocates nationwide who are working to address the negative impacts of fracking. Leaders working in the field, as well as individuals who have been negatively impacted by fracking, will be able to share and develop needed resources to collectively enhance their efforts to address the dangers of fracking in their communities.

Chris long has been in a leader in the arena of online politics. In 1994, Chris helped Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) become the first member of Congress to have a website. He then worked with the Democratic Technology and Communications Committee to bring the rest of the Senate Democratic Caucus online. In 2000, Chris left Capitol Hill to run his own successful Internet consulting business that helped Democratic candidates and officeholders to utilize the Internet. He then spent seven years as the Director of New Media Services at the political technology firm NGP VAN.

Chris’ work has been honored with industry awards such as Pollie, Golden Dot, and Reed. Website Magazine named Chris as one of “The 100 Most Influential People on The World Wide Web” in 1996, and Politics Online named him as one of “The 25 Who Are Changing The World of Internet and Politics” in 2000. He is the author of the book The Hill on the Net: Congress Enters the Information Age.

A Virginian by birth and a Californian by upbringing (Navy Dad), Chris graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987 with a degree in political science. He enjoys researching his family tree, running, hiking, brewing and drinking beer, and spending time with his wife and three children (not necessarily in that order).

Josh Cohen

Founder and Chairman, Open Supporter Data Interface Project

Josh Cohen is a software professional, gay activist and the Founder and Chairman of the Open Supporter Data Interface Project (OSDI). Josh was involved for 20 years in the corporate software industry with a concentration in Open Standards Wonkery. Josh has lead or participated in standards efforts for Microsoft , Netscape, and UPS, among others. He first cut his teeth in the IETF Working Group for HTTP. Later he was the Vice Chairman of the Board for DMTF.org and has participated in ISO in efforts including SOAP (At least is wasn't CORBA), systems management, and Cloud Standards.

In 2012 Josh served as the Director of Technology for Washington United for Marriage, the 2012 campaign for Marriage Equality in Washington State. Since then he has provided technical consulting to a number of campaigns.

The OSDI effort seeks to define common API and data structures for interoperability among products in the progressive cause-based, campaign and non-profit marketplace. The existence of a common API will reduce customer costs related to moving data between different systems, lower integration costs and enhance the ability of innovators to create products for the marketplace.

Chuck DeFeo

Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Digital Officer, Republican National Committee

Chuck DeFeo is a digital pioneer who is continually recognized for innovative digital grassroots and issue advocacy campaigns. He designed the first digital campaign for an incumbent President of the United States, oversaw data and technology projects for the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice in 2001, built the largest conservative online community of its time, and organized an international Twitter campaign that helped free a political prisoner in Iran.

Today, as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Digital Officer for the Republican National Committee (RNC) he is building the new Digital and Data division and leading the effort to move the RNC to a data-centered organization and transform the Party’s digital marketing efforts.

Prior to the RNC he was a Senior Vice President for Edelman, where he led the Washington, D.C. office’s digital issues management and public affairs practice.

DeFeo was first nationally recognized for writing the strategic plan and managing the digital efforts for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign. The tactics pioneered by that campaign have become standard in candidate digital efforts. Innovations included the first online activist “dashboard,” featuring volunteer managed door-knocking efforts, call-from-home, online voter registration & early vote tools, voting location look-up with map and driving directions, an integrated offline and online voter contact management system, and several word-of-mouth marketing tools.

While leading the RNC’s digital efforts during the historic Republican gains of the 2002 election, he executed the first online advertising buy that used voter and consumer data to target online advertising to voters.

After the 2004 election, he became Vice President and General Manager for Townhall.com and the Salem Communications network of news and opinion websites. The substantial profit growth under his leadership enabled the launch of Townhall Magazine in which DeFeo was the co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.

He later went on to build the digital division for the the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a free speech and religious liberty organization. The team and technical infrastructure DeFeo put in place, serves content and calls to action in multiple languages across seven Websites and numerous social media platforms around the globe. Innovations include the first one-click donation system by a not-for-profit, and was the first non-profit to integrate Facebook’s open-graph across multiple digital applications. It is at the ACLJ that he built the Tweet for Youcef campaign – part of the international effort that lead to the freeing of a pastor illegally imprisoned in Iran. The effort enabled over 14 million Twitter accounts across the globe to be reached daily with the same message in multiple languages.

DeFeo spent much of his career as a technology and legislative aide to Senator and Attorney General John Ashcroft. In 2001 and 2002 he managed priority information technology (IT) projects for the Attorney General, assisted in the realignment of IT expenditures towards Administration goals and the global war on terror, and helped set up the first Chief Information Officer (CIO)’s division for main Justice.

Other notable accomplishments include serving as a senior digital consultant to the McCain for President 2000 campaign, acting in a digital leadership role for two Republican National Conventions, and directing digital for the 2004 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Charlie DeTar

Web developer and activist

Charlie DeTar is a web developer and activist working on tools for democratic engagement. He earned his PhD from the MIT Media Lab in 2013 with work on InterTwinkles, a collection of tools to support consensus-based group decision making. He is also co-founder of Between the Bars, a blogging platform for people in prison. Charlie is currently working with the Unhangout project at MIT, which is developing a platform for online unconferences.

Kimberly Ellis

Dr. Goddess

Affectionately known as “Dr. Goddess,” Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. is a Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur who loves Travel, Technology and Social Media. She has become a staple at such conferences as Netroots Nation, Blogging While Brown, Blogalicious, Black Thought 2.0 (Duke University) BlogHer and SXSW. A published author, speaker and producer, she has successful campaigns under her belt and her work can be found on Alternet.com, Salon.com, Ebony.com, BlackEnterprise.com, MSNBC.com, TheLoop21.com, BlackVoices.com, NPR Radio, BBC_WHYS Radio, Voices of Russia Radio, MomsRising Radio, Sirius/XM Radio and a member of the Women's Media Center "SheSource" expert database for television and radio.

@DrGoddess is also a social media maven listed as one of the "Top Ten People to Follow on Twitter," one of the "Top Creative Women in Social Media," and one of the "Most Influential Black Women on Twitter." She was on the Official Twitter Team for President Barack Obama's 2012 Election, is a Digital Trainer for Democracy for America. and is one of the authors cited in the recent publication, "The Best Online Organizing Guide Ever." She has had extremely successful Twitter Trainings at Netroots Nation in 2012 and 2013 (check the tweets!) and provides "Twitter Training for Trial Analysts" for lawyers, journals and trial enthusiasts who comment on televised trials. @DrGoddess is also the author of an upcoming book entitled, "The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter." As a performing artist, Dr. Goddess has created new pieces entitled, "Headlines and Hashtags," the latest of which is "#JusticeForJordanDavis."

John Paul Farmer

Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

John Paul Farmer serves as Senior Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. As such, he directs the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which brings top innovators and entrepreneurs from the private sector for tours of duty in government, where they team with top government innovators to make game-changing progress on projects of national importance. John has also served as a Senior Advisor for Healthcare Reform at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, working on healthcare information technology, delivery system reform and economic issues. Previously, John worked in the investment industry for Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. He played professional baseball as a shortstop in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves minor league systems. John holds an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and a BA with honors from Harvard University.

Sue Gardner

Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

Sue Gardner is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia – the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 20 million volunteer-authored articles in over 280 languages, and is visited by more than 476 million people every month, making it the number five most-popular website in the world.

Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of CBC.ca, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, CBC.ca won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada's most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC's "As It Happens," an internationally-recognized groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has worked in radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online.

Barton Gellman

Journalist, The Washington Post

Barton Gellman, a critically honored journalist and author, is senior fellow at the Century Foundation and visiting lecturer at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. After 21 years at The Washington Post, where he served tours as legal, military, diplomatic, and Middle East correspondent, Gellman resigned in 2010 to concentrate on book and magazine writing. He returned last spring on temporary assignment to anchor The Post's coverage of the NSA after receiving an archive of classified documents from Edward Snowden. Gellman's current book project for Penguin Press is a secret history of the surveillance-industrial state. His previous books include the bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency (New York Times Best Books of 2008) and Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power. Gellman's professional honors include two Pulitzer Prizes, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, two George Polk Awards, the Henry Luce Award, and Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. Find him online at bartongellman.com and @bartongellman.

Adam Greenfield

Senior Urban Fellow, LSE Cities

Adam Greenfield is Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities, founder and managing director of the New York-based design practice Urbanscale, and author, most recently, of "Against the smart city" (2013).

David Evan Harris

Social Change Agent, Institute for the Future

David brings an international perspective and a deep passion for social justice to his roles as IFTF’s social change agent and member of the Ten-Year Forecast and Governance Futures Lab core teams. As social change agent, he works to bring a critical social activist perspective to IFTF’s work. He is responsible for strategically identifying and developing collaborations that contribute to IFTF research, with a special focus on social action organizations and initiatives. He also contributes regularly to the Technology Horizons, Health Horizons, and Global Food Outlook programs. His research across programs focuses on poverty and inequality, development, geopolitics, political economy, social movements, and new media technology.

A cross-disciplinary mediamaker, David founded the Global Lives Project, a growing video library of life experience; wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV; and penned articles and shot photos for the BBC, the Guardian, Adbusters, Focus on the Global South, AlterNet, and Grist. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at the Smithsonian, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, United Nations University, Apple, Google, Adobe, and numerous other venues around the world. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. David joined IFTF in 2008 and holds a BA in the political economy of development and environment, with a minor in forest science, from UC Berkeley and an MS in sociology from the University of São Paulo.

Marci Harris

Co-Founder and CEO of POPVOX

Marci Harris is co-founder and CEO of POPVOX, the award-winning online advocacy platform that meshes real-time legislative data with users’ personal stories and sentiment in a format optimized for Congress.

She jokes that her "first startup was a town." In 2004, an F4 tornado struck her town of Jackson, Tennessee, the night before an election for which she was running the campaign of the incumbent mayor. He directed her to "find out what people need and get it," which led to a position as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for the long process that followed.

This taste of public service led her to law school and eventually to the LL.M. program at American University, where she specialized in administrative law, with internships for the U.S. Attorney in Memphis, Chief Judge of the West TN U.S. District Court, and the House Ways and Means Committee.

In 2007, she became Tax, Trade, and Health Counsel to Pete Stark and managed Medicare program integrity and transparency issues for the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

She left the Hill in February 2010 to co-found POPVOX, which won the SxSW BizSpark Accelerator startup competition in 2011 and was named one of seven Top Open Government Websites by Read Write Web. Marci serves on the board of LaunchTN, public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of entrepreneurship and high-growth companies in Tennessee. She is also a mentor at the Code for America Accelerator in San Francisco.

Noel Hidalgo

Co-Founder and Executive Director, BetaNYC

For the last 15 years, "noneck" has explored the creative spaces and innovative technologies that link us together. His work has focused on entrepreneurial ideas that have changed the world. Currently, he is the co-founder and Executive Director of BetaNYC, the nation's largest open government and civic technology meetup.

Noel Hidalgo has a storied past in changing the world. In 2013, he joined the board of StreetsPAC, a political action committed to improving the safety, mobility and livability of one of New York City's greatest assets: its streets. He was a charter member of the the New York City Transparency Working Group (nycTWG), a group of NYC civic groups who advocate for greater transparency in city government. In 2012, nycTWG lobbied for the passing of NYC Local Law 11 of 2012, America's premier municipal Open Data law. In 2009, he forged the NYC cycling community in to using #BikeNYC, a peer-to-peer tool to organize and communicate. In 2005, he co-founded one of the first Drupal User Groups, the NYC's Drupal user group and hosted DrupalCamp.

He has journeyed around the world documenting communities that live on the Internet and documented the process of becoming a New York City Yellow Cab driver. In 2009, he traveled to Iraq to teach Government ministers about the power of open government. In 2008, he was awarded membership to Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. At 18, he was awarded the Boy Scouts of America's Rank of Eagle Scout.

From 2009 till 2011, Noel served the New York State Senate as the Director of Technology Innovation where his team launched NYSenate.gov, one USA's premier state legislative portal. His team organized the first unconference inside a State house, CapitolCamp. From June 2011 till October 2012, he worked at the World Economic Forum building internal technology and launched the Global Shapers Community Website. From November 2012 till December 2013, he worked for Code for America's Brigade Program as NYC's program manager.

Ilyse Hogue

President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Ilyse Hogue has been the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since January 2013.

She is an expert in both electoral and advocacy campaigns who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Friends of Democracy, Media Matters for America and MoveOn.org. She has worked to organize constituencies in service of social-justice outcomes from environmental sustainability to human rights to media reform and representation. In her six years at MoveOn.org, Ilyse served as the director of communications and political advocacy, using cutting-edge online engagement strategies to mobilize around issues such as health care and financial reform, and to engage millions of Americans in grassroots lobbying and participation in federal elections. During Ilyse's time at MoveOn the organization grew by more than 2 million members. 

Ilyse is a frequent guest on network and cable news shows as an expert on the political and policy landscape for reproductive freedom. She writes regular commentary for CNN.com and The Nation, and has had dozens of opinion pieces published in local and national outlets.

She is the co-founder of the Center for Story-Based Strategy, which works to amplify the impact of grassroots organizing with new strategy and training resources, values-based communications and narrative campaigning. Ilyse serves on the board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and on the editorial board for The Nation magazine, the country’s oldest progressive news publication. Ilyse holds a Master of Science in resource ecology management from the University of Michigan, where she studied the impact of resource constraints on politics and culture. Her Bachelor of Arts is from Vassar College.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Co-founder, Global Voices Online

Rebecca MacKinnon is a co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online, where she's also a blogger. In addition, she's director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation, developing a methodology to rank Internet, telecommunications, and other ICT sector companies on free expression and privacy criteria. A pilot study will be conducted in 2014, then an annual index or ranking of companies will be launched in 2015.
MacKinnon is also a visiting affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communications Studies and was a 2013 adjunct lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Previously a senior research fellow and Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, MacKinnon is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (Basic Books, 2012). She serves on the boards of directors of the Global Network Initiative and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent in China and Japan in the late 90s and early 00’s.  In 2007-08 she taught online journalism and conducted research on Chinese Internet censorship at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press and Publicy Policy, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Open Society Foundations, and Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.
MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fullbright scholar in Taiwan. She lives in Washington D.C.

An Xiao Mina

Creative Technologist and Writer

An Xiao Mina is an artist, writer and creative technologist passionate about the space where art and technology meet social change and human rights issues. She is co-founder of The Civic Beat, a research group and media consultancy focused on social change memes in global contexts. In the tech sector, An works at the SF-based Meedan Labs as product owner for Translatedesk, a platform for social translation of social media. Their first project aims to translate geolocated tweets for Out of Eden Walk, a global journey tracing the historic path of human migration led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek.

An has spoken at venues like ROFLCon, Twitter University and Creative Mornings, and she has contributed writing to publications like The Atlantic, Wired and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She was a 2013 fellow at the USC Annenberg / Getty Arts Journalism Program and serves as a consulting editor to the New York online art publication Hyperallergic. Having recently served as a section editor for Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters (published by MIT Press and Tate Publishing), she is currently working on a book about online creative culture and civic engagement around the world.

Photo credit: Marcus F. Benigno

Alexa O'Brien


Alexa O'Brien is an independent investigative journalist. Her work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, and Public Radio International. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the UK.

Her reporting on the Chelsea Manning prosecution provided some of only analysis available on the case, a forensically reconstructed appellate exhibit listwitness profiles, and a searchable database of the available court record.

Alexa was also a "key player" in the original organizational effort to Occupy Wall Street and is party to a lawsuit brought against the Obama administration for Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act FY2012, which allows for the indefinite detention without trial or charges of anyone suspected of terrorist-sympathizing.

Sandra Ordonez

Outreach Manager, OpenITP

Ordonez currently serves as Outreach Manager for OpenITP, an organization that supports the community behind FLOSS anti-censorship, anti-surveillance, and humanitarian tech tools. Through her consultation business, Collaborative Nation, she provides organizations with collaborative management, community management, digital strategy and cross-cultural services and trainings. Currently, she is helping Journalism that Matters improve diversity in the newsroom, as well as increase the number of women in technology.

Recipient of the US Latino Award by the Spanish Government and Fundacion Carolina, which included a week to Spain to meet government and private leaders. Maynard Institute named her as one of 30 hispanics to celebrate for Hispanic Heritage Month in 2012. She was also nominated as a SXSW Revolucionaria 2013.

Previously, Ordonez served as Wikipedia's first professional director of communications. She served on the Board of Joomla, one of the top three open source CMSs in the world, and was the director of Girls in Tech New York. A native New Yorker, she is bilingual in Spanish and an avid hiker.

Jerry Paffendorf

CEO, LOVELAND Technologies

Jerry Paffendorf is the CEO of LOVELAND, a tech firm based in Detroit and the San Francisco Bay Area. LOVELAND works with governments, neighborhood groups, development, and conservation projects to gather and present public information about properties (the physical space and legal subdivisions that define the world) in clearer, more actionable ways. This helps to address issues like foreclosure prevention, blight identification and reduction, the reuse of vacant space, and the preservation of community assets.

Jerry loves developing new ways for the super powers of the web to impact the realities of the world. The challenges of Detroit have become an endless inspiration, leading to the property mapping, crowdsourcing, and open data work at makeloveland.com. He has deep experience in the world of social technology startups, art and media, and a Masters of Science in Studies of the Future from Houston-Clear Lake.

Emily Parker

Author, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground

Emily Parker is the author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground, as well as a digital diplomacy advisor and senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Previously, Ms. Parker was a member of Secretary Clinton's policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, where she covered 21st century statecraft, innovation and technology. While at State, she advised on issues related to Internet freedom and open government. Ms. Parker is the co-founder of Code4Country, the first open-government codeathon between the United States and Russia. She spent over five years working on The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, first as an editorial writer in Hong Kong and later as a New York-based editor. She was also a staff op-ed editor for The New York Times. Ms. Parker graduated with Honors from Brown University and has a Master's from Harvard in East Asian Studies.

Rainey Reitman

Activism Director, EFF

Rainey Reitman serves as director of the activism team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is particularly interested in the intersection between personal privacy and technology, particularly social networking privacy, network security, web tracking, government surveillance, and online data brokers. She also works on issues related to financial censorship, free speech, and software patents.

Reitman is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization that defends and supports unique, independent, nonprofit journalistic institutions. She, along with co-founders Daniel Ellsberg, Trevor Timm, and J.P. Barlow, received the 2013 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Journalism.

Reitman is a founder and steering committee member for the Private Manning Support Network, a network of individuals and organizations advocating for the release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Private Chelsea Manning. Additionally, Reitman serves on the board of the directors for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a nonprofit whose mission is to organize and support an effective, national grassroots movement to restore civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. She is also a steering committee member of the Internet Defense League, a netroots coalition working to fend off threats to the free and open Web.

Prior to joining EFF, Reitman served as Director of Communications for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit advocacy and education organization promoting consumer privacy. She earned her BA from Bard College in Multidisciplinary Studies: Creative Writing, Russian & Gender Studies.

Ethan Roeder

Executive Director, New Organizing Institute

Ethan has over ten years of experience in political organizing and data ranging from electoral and issue campaigns to labor organizing, electoral research, and LGBT rights advocacy. He ran the Data departments for the Obama presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, pioneering the use of a large-scale data operation to support individualized, relationship-based organizing. Ethan has also done extensive work with voter files and voting information, leading the team at NOI that created the first ever comprehensive and free database of polling locations in the US in 2010. Ethan worked with NOI as the Director of Data and Technology from 2009-2011 and rejoined in the Spring of 2013 as Executive Director. He brings to NOI a passion for developing the specialized skills of organizers, diversifying the ranks of Digital and Data practitioners on campaigns, and growing the social justice movement by always being open to talent and promise sprouting from unexpected places.

Sharon Rubinstein

Communications Consultant

Sharon Rubinstein is a lawyer and former journalist with extensive communications and advocacy experience in the non-profit world. For nearly a decade, she was Communications Director at Advocates for Children and Youth in Baltimore, where she was also a lobbyist. She has been a communications consultant for numerous clients, including Medicaid Matters Maryland, Health Care for All, the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute, and New York's Teaching Matters, Inc. In 2012, she was certified as a Licensed Consultant by the Standards for Excellence Institute, and she was named one of ten "leaders" by the Moving Maryland Forward Network.

Some of Ms. Rubinstein's writing credits include BusinessWeek Magazine; Newsweek International; CNN; CBS News, and the Baltimore Sun. Much of her writing has concerned social issues. She has been active in academia as well, and was a Senior Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law's Center for Families, Children and the Courts, which operates a Truancy Court Program that addresses student attendance problems. Ms. Rubinstein taught child advocacy courses at the University of Maryland's College Park Scholars program, and taught law and education policy for the George Washington University Graduate School of Education. Much earlier in her career, she was a federal law clerk. Ms. Rubinstein has a J.D. from the University of Michigan's School of Law, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Patrick Ruffini

President, Engage

Patrick Ruffini is the president and founder of Engage, a leading digital agency that partners with Fortune 500 companies, technology disruptors, and candidates and causes across the nation and around the globe.

Patrick was one of the first digital organizers in American politics, starting at the Republican National Committee in the 2002 cycle, for President Bush’s victorious 2004 re-election campaign, and returning to lead the RNC’s digital strategy in 2006. He is a veteran of three Presidential election campaigns, and in 2013 oversaw outside web and technology efforts for Australia’s Liberal Party as they achieved their biggest election victory in 107 years.

In these roles, Patrick has led the development of technology to engage millions of supporters that would later become the standard for national campaigns.

Known for his involvement in causes that unite his passion for bare-knuckle politics and technology-driven disruption, Patrick helped shape the strategy behind the come-from-behind defeat of the SOPA and PIPA Internet censorship bills and co-edited Hacking Politics, a book chronicling the fight. He is a fierce believer in the power of the Internet to change political campaigns and government for the better.

Named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian magazine in 2011 and 2013, and a Rising Star in American Politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2008, Patrick has written for numerous publications including theWashington Post and National Review, and he has appeared on Fox News, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and NPR. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

MEP Marietje Schaake

Dutch Member of the European Parliament

Marietje Schaake (Twitter: @MarietjeSchaake) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighborhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU´s external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.

Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights.

Bruce Schneier

Author & Security Technologist

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books -- including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Security Futurologist for BT -- formerly British Telecom.

Clay Shirky

Professor, NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program

Clay Shirky teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU, where he is an Associate Arts Professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of three books on social media: Cognitive Surplus (2010), Here Comes Everybody (2008), and Voices from the Net (1994). His writings on the internet and media can be found at shirky.com.

Andrew Slack

Co-Founder and Director, Harry Potter Alliance

Andrew Slack is creator, co-founder, and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance which takes a creative approach to activism by mobilizing thousands of kids to spread love and fight for justice in the spirit of the Harry Potter novels. The HP Alliance has been featured in over 200 US publications including Time Magazine, the LA Times, and the front covers of both the Chicago Tribune Business Section and Politico Newspaper.

In his prior career, Andrew performed comedy at hundreds of venues across the US and produced four videos that have been viewed close to eight million times.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth and new media can transform our lives both personally and collectively. He lives in both Honolulu and Boston.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO, New America Foundation

Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited six books, including A New World Order (2004) and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Dr. Slaughter writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 80,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

Brad Smith

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA)

Brad Smith is Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries and is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business, and its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer.

Since becoming general counsel in 2002, Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments around the world and with companies across the IT sector. He has helped spearhead the growth in the company's intellectual property portfolio and the launch of global campaigns to bring enforcement actions against those engaged in software piracy and counterfeiting, malware, consumer fraud and other digital crimes. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on privacy, immigration, and computer science and STEM education policy issues.

Smith has played a central role in ensuring that Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities. In recent years Microsoft has consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He serves as Microsoft's senior executive responsible for the company's corporate citizenship and philanthropic work, including Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth over three years. In its first year alone Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in over 100 countries around the world. Smith has also helped advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, both within Microsoft and in the broader legal profession. He currently co-chairs the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and is the chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

In Washington state, Smith has served as chair of the Washington Roundtable, a leading Washington state-based business organization, and he has advanced several statewide education initiatives. In 2010 he chaired for Governor Christine Gregoire her Higher Education Funding Task Force, and in 2012 he co-chaired the transition team for incoming Governor Jay Inslee. Since 2011 he has chaired at the appointment of the Governor the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program, the nation's first private-public funded endowment to enable more students to attend college. In 2010-11, Smith and his wife, Kathy Surace-Smith, also an attorney, co-chaired the annual campaign for the United Way of King County, the country's largest United Way campaign.

Before joining Microsoft in 1993, Smith was a partner at Covington & Burling, having worked in the firm's Washington, D.C., and London offices. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received his law degree at the Columbia University School of Law. He also studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

In early 2013 Smith was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. He has written numerous articles and commentaries regarding international intellectual property and Internet, immigration and education policy issues, and has served as a lecturer at The Hague Academy of International Law.

Anthea Watson Strong

Civic Innovation Team, Google

Anthea is a technologist and community organizer working at the intersection of the internet and urban systems. Anthea is part of Google's Civic Innovation team, building products that facilitate civic engagement, open societies and free expression across digital platforms.

During the 2012 campaign cycle, Anthea worked as the Director of Voter Experience with the Obama technology team. On the Obama campaign, Anthea product managed voter engagement and volunteer management tools. Prior to joining the campaign, she ran the Voting Information Project. This project is an effort to collect, standardize and distribute, through an open API, a nationwide database of polling locations and election related information. The API received 22 million look-ups in 2012 and was used by Google, AT&T, Microsoft, Foursquare, CNN and Politics-360 among many others.

Before getting her start in civic technology after attending PDF in 2009, Anthea worked as a lawyer in the House of Representatives as well as for several years in the field on political and issue campaigns.

Hallie Montoya Tansey

Co-founder and Principal, The Target Labs

Hallie is the co-founder and CEO of The Target Labs, a company dedicated to making best-in-class analytics affordable and accessible to smaller Democratic and progressive campaigns. She worked on her first campaign in 2003 in San Francisco, and fell in love with electoral politics. She subsequently co-founded the League of Young Voters, a national non-profit organization, and played a key role in building the organization out to 24 staff and a $2 million annual budget over three years. Hallie joined the Obama campaign in Nevada early in 2007, ultimately leading field operations for the campaign in New Mexico, Texas, Chicago HQ and Wisconsin. Hallie studied analytics and targeting at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she earned her MBA in May 2013.

Trevor Timm

Executive Director, Freedom of Press Foundation

Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a writer, activist, and lawyer who specializes in free speech and government transparency issues. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Politico, PBS MediaShift and Salon.

Trevor formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment.

In 2013, he received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for journalism.

Nicole Titus

Digital Director, Ready for Hillary

During the 2012 election cycle Nickie served as Director of Digital Media for Tim Kaine's successful senate campaign. She previously worked for new media firm Blue State Digital (BSD) as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining BSD, Titus worked for O'Brien, McConnell and Pearson as a Director of Client Services, managing multi-million dollar national fundraising programs for the Democratic National Committee, Senator Harry Reid, the ACLU and Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign. Nickie also worked for EMILY's List during the 2004 election cycle.

Tom Tresser

Educator, Organizer, Creativity Champion, Public Defender and Fighter of Privatization

Tom Tresser is an educator, organizer, creativity champion, public defender and fighter of privatization. He has doing civic engagement and grassroots democracy efforts for over 40 years. His first voter registration campaign was in 1972.

Tom has acted in some 40 shows and produced over 100 plays, special events, festivals and community programs. He was director of cultural development at Peoples Housing, in north Rogers Park, Chicago, where he created a community arts program that blended the arts, education and micro-enterprise. Tom was elected to the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s Local School Council and served from 2004 to 2006.

He was a co-founder of Protect Our Parks, a neighborhood effort to stop the privatization of public space in Chicago. He was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago, an all-volunteer grassroots effort that opposed Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. He has taught workshops on “The Politics of Creativity – A Call To Service”for arts service organizations in six states. He teaches a number of classes on art, creativity and civic engagement for Loyola University, School of the Art Institute, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and DePaul University. Tom has published a web-based project, “America Needs You!” – about the need for artists to get involved in politics.

Tom was the Green Party candidate for the position of President of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County in November 2010 election. Tom is extremely proud to announce the launch of a new civic project, The CivicLab, a space where activists, educators, coders and designers meet to collaborate, teach, and build tools for civic engagement. The space is located in Chicago’s West Loop at 114 N. Aberdeen.

He is the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project that is investigating and explaining the impacts of Tax Increment Financing districts on a ward-by-ward basis. Tom and the TIF Illumination Project are profiled in the cover story of the July 22, 2013 issue of The Nation entitled “Chicago Rising!” Tom consulted with the Rockford Housing Authority on a local economic development program that combines the arts and creative enterprise.

Zeynep Tufekci

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina

Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at the School of Information and a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy and Princeton University. Her research revolves around examining how technology and society interact especially for sociality, surveillance, social movements and civics. She also blogs at http://www.technosociology.org.

Jeff Warren

Co-founder and Research Director, Public Laboratory

A co-founder and the Research Director for Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.

He is a fellow at MIT's Center for Civic Media, on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media's WeGov and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.

With 10 years of experience in project management and software architecture in open source code, Jeff has founded and contributed to dozens of widely-used software projects, from data visualization to geospatial applications. His experience in user experience, interface and graphic design have guided his work both in industry -- consulting and designing for GE and Intel -- as well as in the academic and open source space.

At Public Lab he has led software and hardware development efforts, coordinating a diverse team of project contributors from many organizations around the world. His hardware work has ranged from electronics design for air quality sensing to optics and imaging design for remote sensing and mobile spectrometry.

Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs.

Lindsea K. Wilbur

Research Affiliate

Lindsea K. Wilbur, born and raised in the countryside of Hawai'i, is professionally curious about storytelling, the lived experience of governance, and emerging technology.

Following her inquiries into alternative governance systems, she's gone from a network of underground tunnels beneath Paris to New York City's MacArthur and Knight Foundation-funded Governance Lab to the deep playa at the Burning Man Art and Music Festival.

In August 2013, sponsored by Institute for the Future, she took Governance Futures Lab's Inventors Toolkit across America with the Millennial Trains Project. Exploring what it means to do human-centered political design, she used this hands-on tool to explore citizen systems and futures thinking in 7 cities and regions: the Bay Area, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.. She is helping design the next Millennial Trains Project journey, which will take place August 2014 and travel from Portland to New York City.

She also serves as Resident Futurist in the Planetary Collective, and is an affiliate at the Institute for the Future and the Hawai'i Research Center for Futures Studies.

Jillian York

Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work is at the intersection of technology and policy, with a focus on the Arab world. She is a frequent public speaker and has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the GuardianForeign Policy, and CNN.  With Katherine Maher, she has a regular web show, Interrobang‽, hosted on Bloggingheads.tv

Jillian contributed chapters to Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communication, Journalism and Society (Palgrave Macmillan; March 2013) and State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide (Ashgate Publishing; expected November 2013).  She serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online, and on the Advisory Boards of R-Shief, Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund, and Internews’ Global Internet Policy Project.

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