Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Engine Room
Alix is a specialist in organisational development and strategy, and technology for social change. She advises partners on how to use data and technology effectively, responsibly and impactfully. She is a leading trainer and advisor in data and technology for partners ranging from activists to international and local CSOs to foundations.
Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam
Stefania Milan is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. She is a researcher, writer and digital rights activist whose work explores the intersection of technology, governance and activism.
John Adams is an independent security advisor, focusing on information security, user privacy, and secure distributed systems. As one of the earliest engineers at Twitter, he spent the last seven years building Twitter’s Information Security team and ensuring secure operations at scale.
Marcin de Kaminski was a Policy Specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), with a specific focus on ICT and digital development. He coordinated large parts of Sida’s efforts within the digital sector, including accessibility issues, technology, and innovation.
Anthony D. Joseph is Director of Intel Research Berkeley, and a Chancellor’s Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Joseph holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Computer Science from MIT and a B.S. in EECS from MIT.
Tom Ritter is a distinguished security engineer and recovering consultant now at Mozilla, working on anti-exploitation, Tor, and other new and evolving security features. Previously, he did all manner of security consulting at NCC Group and iSEC Partners, including managing the Cryptography Services practice and pioneering the production of fully-public audit reports.
Nicolas Sera-Leyva is Director of Program Operations at SMEX in Beirut, Lebanon, the leading NGO advocating for self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa, where he leads operational support across a diverse portfolio of research, training and advocacy initiatives on internet policy and digital rights.
Jantine van Herwijnen is working for Hivos at the Digital Defenders Partnership. In late 2012, the Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was established to provide rapid response to threats to internet freedom. The Partnership aims at keeping the internet open and free from emerging threats, specifically in internet repressive and transitional environments.
Roya Ensafi is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Her research focuses on security and privacy, with an emphasis on designing techniques and systems to protect users from hostile networks. She won the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize from the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) for her research on the Great Firewall of China. While earning her Ph.D.
Wojtek Bogusz is a digital information and communication security consultant, providing training and support to human rights activists on how to increase the privacy and freedom of communication in repressive environments. He currently works for the Dublin-based Front Line Defenders, an international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org).
Matt is a security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who leads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Previously, he worked as a data journalist for The New York Times and as a developer for CNN, Aol/Huffington Post, and other news organizations.
Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Leigh Honeywell is a Security Engineer at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce.com, Microsoft, and Symantec. Founder of several hackerspaces, she is currently Chief Security Officer of Double Union, a women’s hackerspace in San Francisco and advisor to several nonprofits and startups.
Jennifer R. Henrichsen is a doctoral research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is researching the tensions between freedom of expression and regulation and surveillance by state and corporate actors. She co-wrote a book titled, War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists? which was published by Praeger in 2011.
Philipp Winter is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Philipp does research on computer networking, security, and privacy. When not writing research papers, he enjoys working on free software and making research more accessible to the general public.
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010.
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books – including his latest best-seller Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive – as well as hundreds of articles and essays, and many more academic papers.
Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Columbia Journalism School
Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science.
Program Officer at Open Society Human Rights Initiative
Bryan Nunez is a program officer with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. His work focuses on technology and human rights. A technologist who has spent over 10 years working on technologies for human rights and social change, Nunez was previously a member of the Guardian Project, an open-source mobile-security software organization.
Carrie is a Design Strategist and User Experience Designer whose work generates excitement. She operates a freelance business, providing services in design strategy and user experience. Carrie is the co-founder of Okthanks, a design partnership located in Lubbock, Texas.
Usable Security & Privacy Lead, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Karen leads the Security Science Cluster and coordinate the Human-Centred Security Research Group. She is interested in the interplay between users and security in the context of societal and industrial use. Karen wants to work towards creating a natural easy yet secure interaction between humans and devices.
Adviser on Technology and Human Rights, Amnesty International
Tanya has led the development of Amnesty International’s strategy on technology and human rights for the past three years. In that time she has spearheadeaded several technology projects focused on tools and tech-based strategies for protecting human rights defenders in their work.
Ian is a leading innovator in the use of technology to advance democracy and human rights. He has assisted hundreds of civil society organizations, political movements, and government institutions in more than 40 countries to utilize technology for political reform and citizen empowerment. In 2013, he founded the New Rights Group (NRG), a network of technologists hacking for freedom.
Dr. Joseph Ayo Akinyele is a Research Scientist at Zeutro, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. In 2007, he earned an M.S. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S.
Dr. Michael Geist is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
Matthew is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute. His research includes techniques for privacy-enhanced information storage, anonymous payment systems, and bilinear map-based cryptography. Matthew was formerly a partner in Independent Security Evaluators, a custom security evaluation and design consultancy and I currently consult independently.
Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Nadia Heninger is an assistant professor in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on security, applied cryptography, and algorithms. She is best known for her work identifying widespread entropy problems in cryptographic keys, and developing the “cold boot” attack against disk encryption systems.
Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper. In 2011, Andrew served as executive director of Civic Commons, and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School, teaching “Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World”.
Gustaf has been gaining professional experience as a technologist and information security specialist since 1994, most recently in the area of surveillance technology. He has worked in many different ICT environments and reckons he has seen just about everything. He has worked for dot com startups, led from the front during the internet boom, and endured the dot com bust.
Katherine Maher is the Interim Executive Director at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, Maher was the director of Strategy and Engagement for Access, worked with the World Bank to launch the Open Development Technology Alliance, acted as Program Officer for Internet Freedom projects at the National Democratic Institute, and was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team.
Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine
Kavita Philip is Associate Professor of History with affiliate faculty positions in Anthropology and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She has a M.S. in Physics (University of Iowa) and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (Cornell University), with a specialization in the History of Science in South Asia.
Technology Projects Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Peter Eckersley is Technology Projects Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He keeps his eyes peeled for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users’ freedoms—and then looks for ways to fix them. He explains gadgets to lawyers, and lawyers to gadgets.
Moxie Marlinspike has worked as a software engineer, hacker, sailor, captain, and shipwright. Moxie is currently a fellow at the Institute For Disruptive Studies, running a cloud-based password cracking service, and a co-founder of Whisper Systems.
Joana Varon Ferraz is a consultant and independent researcher on Internet Governance and Digital Rights. Previously, Joana was a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.
Collin Anderson is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is a Washington D.C.-based computer scientist focused on Internet controls and restrictions on communications, including network ownership, disruption of access and regulatory regimes, with an emphasis on countries that limit the free flow of information.
Zane Lackey is the Founder/CSO at Signal Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Internet Bug Bounty Program. Prior to Signal Sciences, Zane was the Director of Security Engineering at Etsy and a Senior Security Consultant at iSEC Partners.
Nadia Eghbal explores how we can better support open source infrastructure, highlighting current gaps in funding and knowledge. Her work is supported by the Ford Foundation. Nadia is a former founder and VC based in San Francisco. In a previous life, she worked in nonprofits and impact investing.
Associate Director, Center for Information Security Research and Education
Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is an assistant professor of computer and information systems and associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education. He holds additional appointments in Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
Sanne Stevens is sociologist. She is very interested in how technology affects society and its power-structures, in social movements and strange music. She worked for the Digital Defenders Partnership from Hivos on Rapid Response after digital attacks. She is now senior online editor at the Dutch VPRO Documentary ‘ Backlight’ series.
Michael Brennan works as at SecondMuse as a technologist and organizer for the global social impact technology projects Random Hacks of Kindness and The International Space Apps Challenge, among others. Previously, Michael worked as a technologist for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.