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Amber SinhaAmber Sinha

Amber is a lawyer, and works as a Senior Programme Manager at the Center
for Internet and Society. He works on issues surrounding privacy, big data, and cyber security. Amber is interested in the impact of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and learning algorithms on existing legal frameworks, and how they need to evolve in response.

Amelia AndersdotterAmelia Andersdotter

Amelia is a Technical Consultant at Article 19. She was the youngest member of the European Parliament from 2011 to 2014.

Anita Gurumurthy and Bhavna JhaAnita Gurumurthy and Bhavna Jha

Anita Gurumurthy is a founding member and executive director of IT for Change, where she leads research collaborations and projects in relation to the network society, with a focus on governance, democracy and gender justice.

Bhavna Jha is a Senior Research Associate at IT for Change. She works on the intersection of gender, law, and digital justice. Her current research focus is online gender-based hate speech.

Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini ChamiAnita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami

Anita Gurumurthy is a founding member and executive director of IT for Change, where she leads research collaborations and projects in relation to the network society, with a focus on governance, democracy and gender justice.

Nandini is the deputy director at IT for Change. Her work largely focuses on research and policy advocacy in the domains of digital rights and development, and the political economy of women’s rights in the information society.

Ansgar KoeneAnsgar Koene

Ansgar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Institute for Digital Economy Research (University of Nottingham) and chairs the IEEE working group for the P7003 Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations. He has also been asked to lead the expert group on algorithmic bias for the IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS), and recently joined the IEEE European Public Policy Committee working group on ICT.

Aram AharonianAram Aharonian

Aram is a Uruguayan journalist of vast Latin American experience (in Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venzuela).He has got a master’s degree in Integration.He is the creator, founder and first director of Telesur and also is the president of the Foundation for Latin American Integration (FILA).He is the director of the Latin American Centre of Strategic Analysis (CLAE), author of several books on information and communication (Vernos con nuestros propios ojos, La internacional del terror mediático, El asesinato de la verdad) and has also worked on regional integration in Latin America (El progresismo en su laberinto, Las derechos latinoamericanas -publication pending-).

Bhavna JhaBhavna Jha

Bhavna Jha is a Senior Research Associate at IT for Change. She works on the intersection of gender, law, and digital justice. Her current research focus is online gender-based hate speech.

Cai YipingCai Yiping

Cai Yiping is a DAWN Executive Committee member, a Chinese feminist, author and activist. She co-leads DAWN’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) activities. She participated in creating several vibrant women’s NGOs in China after the 4th World Conference on Women, held in Beijing (1995). Yiping has deep experience working with government, international agencies and non-profit organizations. Her areas of focus include media and communications, gender-based violence, SRHR and gender mainstreaming. Her current work focuses on the sustainable development agenda, the ICPD and Beijing review processes.

Carolina RossiniCarolina Rossini

Carolina has more than 20 years of experience in technology policy, non-profits management, strategy, and development. She has worked for companies including Telefonica and Facebook, as well as being RightsCon Director. She is a board member of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), and #IamtheCode (Global), and serves as an advisor to various non-profits.

avatar for Cecilia AlemanyCecilia Alemany

Cecilia Alemany is a member of DAWN’s Executive Committee and an independent consultant for several UN agencies. She is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies on Gender at the Universidad de Islas Baleares (UIB). She has a Master's on International Forecasting from Paris V René Descartes.

Charlotte SlaimanCharlotte Slaiman

Charlotte Slaiman is Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, focusing on competition issues and digital platforms. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, she worked in the Anti-Competitive Practices Division of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez and Masaya Llavaneras BlancoCorina Rodríguez Enríquez and Masaya Llavaneras Blanco

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez is a feminist economist. She works as a researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Conciet) (National Council of Scientific and Technical Research) and at the Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas (Ciepp) (Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Public Policy) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Masaya Llavaneras Blanco is a feminist political economist. Masaya is a Research Associate at the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) in Ontario and has been an associate with the Caribbean Migrants Observatory (OBMICA).

Data Justice LabData Justice Lab

The Data Justice Lab is a center for research and engagement at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK. It explores the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, highlighting the politics and impacts of data-driven processes and big data. It was founded by Lina Dencik. Arne Hintz and Joanna Redden who also conducted the research project ‘Data Scores as Governance’ on which this text is based.

Deepti BharthurDeepti Bharthur

Deepti Bharthur is a Research Associate at IT for Change. She contributes to academic, action, and policy research in the areas of e-governance and digital citizenship, data economy, platforms and digital exclusions. She has also coordinated and co-developed design based digital interventions for gender training and leads fund-raising and grant development activities at the organization. She received her PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University in 2015, where her thesis work was on the policy architecture of rural connectivity in India.

Dr. Katherine Reilly and Adjua AkinwumiDr. Katherine Reilly and Adjua Akinwumi

Dr. Katherine Reilly is an Associate Professor, and Director of the MA Double Degree Program in Global Communication, in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She researches the relationship between information and communications technologies (ICTs) and development, particularly in Latin America. Her current work examines how the platform economy reorganizes social, political and economic processes, and the implications for social justice.

Adjua Akinwumi is a PhD student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include African politics, technology studies, and knowledge production. Leaning on critical and political-economy approaches, she explores how power and economic interests negotiate inclusion and exclusion. She holds an MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and an MSC in Development and Conflict from SOAS, University of London.

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Fairwork FoundationFairwork Foundation

Fairwork Foundation studies work practices and working conditions in the emerging gig economy.

Gita SenGita Sen

Gita Sen is a founding member and currently the General Co-coordinator of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era), a feminist network based in the global South.

Himal SouthasianHimal Southasian

Himal Southasian is a Colombo-based digital magazine of politics and culture. They publish a wide variety of articles, from sharp commentaries and longform reportage, to reviews and essays, focusing on in-depth journalism.

Ingrid BrudvigIngrid Brudvig

Ingrid is the Web Foundation’s Gender Policy Manager. Her work focuses on coordinating advocacy strategies and projects to close the gender gap in technology, data and policymaking. Ingrid coordinates the Women’s Rights Online initiative and its network of partner organisations across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
An anthropologist by training, Ingrid has eight years of experience designing, managing and carrying out research and advocacy projects. Prior to joining the Web Foundation, Ingrid coordinated a research network of anthropologists across Africa.

Ira Anjali AnwarIra Anjali Anwar

Ira's research has focused on analyzing the impact of the digital economy on labor. She is interested in examining the intersection of digital platforms, political participation, and resistance.
Ira has previously worked as a Research Fellow with Tandem Research in Goa, and has also assisted Aruna Roy's work in the sphere of participatory democracy and public policy. When she is happy, she writes poetry and short stories.

Jai VipraJai Vipra

Jai researches the digital economy, particularly regulatory debates in fintech, AI, platforms and data. She is also part of the organisation's advocacy efforts in national and international fora on digital trade. Jai graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. She was previously at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, where she worked on fintech, cryptocurrency and payments on a project with the Ministry of Finance. She is also a translator from Marathi to English.

Javier RuizJavier Ruiz

Javier Ruiz is a UK-based independent consultant on tech policy and digital rights. His work covers a broad range of areas such as state surveillance, transparency, privacy, and ethics. He is a member of the UK Government's Expert Advisory Group on Digital Trade and the former Policy Director of the Open Rights Group.

Kartini SamoanKartini Samoan

Kartini Samoan is a researcher at the non-profit organization GRAIN that supports farmers in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. She has spent several years working with the Indonesian peasant movement, SPI, and supporting La Via Campesina South East and East Asia Youth's communication team. Kartini has a nutritionist and rural development background. She's actively involved with the peasant and rural youth movements in her country.

Khawla ZainabKhawla Zainab

Khawla is a research associate at IT for Change. She currently works with women workers in agriculture, garment factories, and the beauty and wellness sector to develop alternative pro-labor digital platforms, which distribute gains more equally across the value chain. She is also interested in feminist frameworks on data privacy, surveillance and data ownership.
Her other research interests include questions of identity in Indian contemporary social movements.

Kumudini SamuelKumudini Samuel

Kumudini Samuel is a DAWN Executive Committee member. She heads DAWN’s Political Restructuring and Social Transformation (PRST) thematic analysis team. Kumi is a co-founder and works at the Women and Media Collective, a feminist organisation advocating on legal and policy reform in relation to gender and sexuality, work, politics and media.

Maria Paz CanalesMaria Paz Canales

María Paz Canales is a Chilean lawyer and holds a Master's Degree with a specialization in Law and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work in private practice and academia covers telecommunications regulation, competition, data protection, and intellectual property. Since 2017 she is the Executive Director of Derechos Digitales, an NGO based in Chile, working across Latin America on human rights in the digital environment, with a special focus on freedom of expression, privacy, and access to knowledge and information.

Marianne Diaz and Vladimir GarayMarianne Diaz and Vladimir Garay

Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO Acceso Libre, a volunteer-based organization that documents threats to human rights in the online environment in Venezuela.

Vladimir Garay is Advocacy Director at Derechos Digitales, a Latin American, non profit, digital rights organization. Vladimir is a journalist and holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Communication from Universidad de Chile.

Matthew Daniels and Marissa TaylorMatthew Daniels and Marissa Taylor

Matthew Daniels, JD, PhD, is the Founder of Good of All, an international human rights education organization and Creator of

Marissa Taylor is a writer and human rights advocate currently pursuing graduate study in Public Policy & International Affairs.

Mawii Zothan and Iona EcksteinMawii Zothan and Iona Eckstein

Mawii Zothan is a Research Fellow at Tandem Research. Her areas of research include work and the digital economy in the Global South, gender and technology, and the care economy.

Iona Eckstein is a Research Associate at Tandem Research's Future of Work initiative. She is interested in the intersections between technology and work, including the platform economy, digital labour and worker surveillance.

Michael GeistMichael Geist

Michael Allen Geist is a Canadian academic, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

Nandini ChamiNandini Chami

Nandini is the deputy director at IT for Change. Her work largely focuses on research and policy advocacy in the domains of digital rights and development, and the political economy of women’s rights in the information society She is part of the organisation’s advocacy efforts around the 2030 development agenda on issues of ‘data for development’ and digital technologies and gender justice.

Parminder Jeet SinghParminder Jeet Singh

Parminder is executive director of IT for Change, and leads the organisation’s work in the areas of Internet governance, e-governance and development in the digital age. At the global level, he has played a major role in shaping a Southern discourse on global Internet governance, and a positive rights-centred approach to cyberpolicy. He is a founding member of three key global coalitions in the Internet governance domain – Just Net Coalition, BestBits and Internet Rights and Principles Coalition.

R Vaishno BharatiR Vaishno Bharati

Vaishno works as a project associate at IT for Change. Her work focuses on the programmatic aspects of the online magazine Bot Populi’s feminist track. She also contributes to the research and advocacy of national and international projects undertaken by the organization.
Outside of work, she loves reading and writing fiction. Her other areas of interests include dance, music, languages, and mythology.

avatar for Richard HillRichard Hill

Richard is involved in discussions on internet governance both in
Switzerland and at the international level. Previously, Richard was the Secretary for the ITU-T Study Groups dealing with numbering and tariffing issues, network operations, and economic and policy issues.Richard holds a PhD. in Statistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T.

Roland KulkeRoland Kulke

Roland is a political scientist and works for TRANSFORM! Europe, the political foundation of the European Left Party. Previously, he has worked for some years for Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Brussels, after having finished his PhD on Hindu Nationalism in India. He is coordinating the working group on “productive transformation”, which focuses on the socio-ecological reconstruction of the European economies. The topics they deal with are environmental and energy policies, monetary policies of the Eurozone, industrial, regional and international trade policies.

Sally BurchSally Burch

Sally Burch is a British-Ecuadorian journalist, based in Ecuador, where she is executive director of the Agencia Latinoamericana de Información –ALAI, a regional communications organization. She is a former president of the Foreign Press Association (APE) in Ecuador. 

Sohel Sarkar and Deepti BharthurSohel Sarkar and Deepti Bharthur

Sohel Sarkar is a former journalist and handles the day-to-day editorial functions of Bot Populi. She is a senior communications associate at IT for Change.

Deepti Bharthur is a Senior Research Associate at IT for Change. She contributes to academic, action, and policy research in the areas of e-governance and digital citizenship, data economy, platforms and digital exclusions.

Sonia CorrêaSonia Corrêa

Sonia Corrêa has been involved in research and advocacy activities related to gender equality, health and sexuality since the late 1970´s. She is currently a research associate at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary Association for AIDS, in Rio de Janeiro, and was visiting Leverhulme Professor at the LSE Department of Gender Studies in the years 2016-2017. Sonia also co-chairs Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW), a global forum comprised of researchers and activists engaged in analyses of global trends in sexuality-related policy and politics. She has extensively published in Portuguese and English. The list includes, among others, Population and Reproductive Rights: Feminist Perspectives from the South (Zed Books, 1994) and Sexuality, Health and Human Rights, co-authored with Richard Parker and Rosalind Petchesky (Routledge, 2008).

Timothy KarrTimothy Karr

Timothy Karr is the Senior Director of Strategy and Communications at Free Press. Tim builds on the organization’s grassroots and policy work to promote universal access to open networks, defend acts of journalism and protect free speech everywhere. His criticism, analysis and reporting on the media and media policy have been featured in USA Today, The Guardian, Time, MSNBC, The Chicago Tribune, HuffPost, The Japan Times, The Jakarta Post, Al Ahram and dozens of other publications worldwide.

Uma RaniUma Rani

Uma Rani is Senior Economist at the Research Department, International Labour Organization (ILO). Her current research focuses on digital platforms and new business models, wherein she explores how labour and social institutions interact with public policies and shape the patterns of economic and social inequality. She has recently published and co-authored a report on Digital labour platforms and the future of work: Towards decent work in the online world.

Valerio De Stefano and Christina J ColcloughValerio De Stefano and Christina J Colclough

Valerio De Stefano is the BOFZAP Professor of Labor Law at KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds a PhD from Bocconi University (2011). His research interests covers labor and technology, platform work, and artificial intelligence at the workplace.

Dr Christina J Colclough is a Future World of Work expert specializing in data and AI governance and workers' data rights. She is a sought-after keynote speaker across the world.

Victor FamubodeVictor Famubode

Victor Famubode is a policy researcher working on artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. He is a committee member for the Institute for Electrical Electronics Engineer – Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems – P7003 project. His work cuts across digital transformation, designing data governance, policy frameworks for the application and implementation of artificial intelligence in diverse domains such as the public sector and finance. He is interested in algorithms bias, autonomy, deepfakes and value alignment.

Yujie (Julie) ChenYujie (Julie) Chen

Yujie (Julie) Chen is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (ICCIT, Mississauga) and holds a graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information at at the University of Toronto. She is the lead author of 'Super-Sticky WeChat and Chinese Society' (2018). Her recent project explores the changing work conditions, employment patterns, and struggles in the booming platform economy in China, with a focus on the ride-hailing and food-delivery service sectors.

Zara RahmanZara Rahman

Zara Rahman is the Deputy Director at The Engine Room, an international non-profit organisation supporting civil society to use tech and data more strategically and responsibly. Her research has focused on supporting the responsible use of data and technology in advocacy and social justice, and interrogating the relationship of power and technology. She currently holds a non-resident fellowship with the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University, and in the past was a Visiting Fellow with digitalHKS at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City. She is also a regular contributor to Global Voices, where she writes about technology and digital rights in Bangladesh.

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