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Falk Steiner

Falk-SteinerFalk Steiner has grown up with digital equipment and is currently working as a correspondent for Germany’s national radio broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur covering mainly Internet policy related issues in the German capital. Before that, he worked as a freelance journalist and consultant for newspapers and magazines, organized conferences and in 2010 co-founded the German digital issues NGO Digitale Gesellschaft.

Blog: Kühlschranknotizen
Twitter: @flueke

Alena Popova

Alyona_Popova_1Alena Popova is a journalist, blogger, Internet-businesswoman and citizen activist who spends much of her time engaged in increasing citizen involvement, open government, transparency, and public supervision of politics. Popova was a member of the organizing committee for the citizens’ initiative “For Free Elections,” which organized the independent observation of Russian parliamentary elections in 2011 and the presidential vote in 2012. In 2012, she started a foundation to support online initiatives of public relevance.

Blog: Alena Popova. Twitter: @alyonapopova

Hu Yong

Hu Yong

A professor of journalism and communication, Hu Yong is also the author of 13 books. He is also a social activist and entrepreneur as well as a translator, veteran journalist, and innovator in digital and social media.

Blog: Cool Knowledge
Twitter: @huyong

Georgia Popplewell

georgia_1Georgia Popplewell is a writer and media producer from Trinidad and Tobago. She has worked in independent media in the Caribbean and elsewhere since 1989 and has written extensively on culture, music, film and sport. In 2005, she started Caribbean Free Radio, the Caribbean’s first podcast.

Popplewell is Managing Director of Global Voices, an international community of bloggers who report on global citizen media founded at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Site: Georgia Popplewell at Global Voices Online
witter: @georgiap

Mustafa Nayyem

Mustafa Nayyem_1Mustafa Nayyem is a Ukrainian blogger and journalist who comes from Afghanistan. He is an investigative reporter for the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainskaja Pravda, which was founded in 2000 by the murdered journalist Georgij Gongadze. In his blog, Nayyem discusses domestic development in Ukraine with his readers. He also moderates a political talk show on TVi, a broadcaster critical of the Ukrainian government. As a citizen and journalist, Nayyem works to fight corruption, censorship and xenophobia. Blog: Mustafa Nayyem  Twitter: @mefimus

Özgür Uçkan

ozgur_uckan_1Dr. Özgür Uçkan is a columnist and author of several books on politics and the Internet. He teachers information and communications design at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. He is also works as a consultant and project manager. He writes a regular column in the IT magazine BThaber and in 2011 published “Wikileaks: Welcome to the New World Order,” with Cemil Ertem. Blog: Özgür Uçkan Twitter: @ozuckan

Ravish Kumar

ravish_1Ravish Kumar is a journalist and moderates several television programs for the Indian private broadcaster NDTV. He uses his popularity to begin discussions on difficult and controversial topics. His blog, Qasba, is regarded as one of the best in the Hindi language. Blog: Qasba. Twitter: @ravishndtv

Christian Mihr

Mihr_1Christian Mihr has led the German sector of Reporters Without Borders since 2012. He is also involved in fighting Internet censorship and promoting net neutrality. Previously, he has worked in a number of roles dealing with international media and internet policy as well as freedom of information and the challenges of an European public.

Site: Reporters Without Borders Twitter: @cmihr

Tarek Amr

Tarek AmrTarek Amr is an Egyptian blogger who has been writing his blog since 2005. He joined Global Voices in 2007 and has observed and analyzed the actions and reactions of bloggers and citizen journalists to the events happening in his country and occasionally in other Arab countries as well. Tarek regularly speaks at social media conferences and workshops. Most recently he participated at the Third Arab Blogger Meeting in Tunisia. He’s also interested in photography, computer networks and software development.

Blog: Kelmeteen. Twitter: @gr33ndata

Shahidul Alam

A Bangladeshi photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. Returning to Dhaka in 1984, he produced his seminal work, documenting the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam’s work has been exhibited in MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou and Tate Modern. A speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, Alam is a visiting professor of Sunderland University and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in the UK. He is the only person of color to have chaired the international jury of World Press Photo. In describing Alam’s recent book, John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine called it “the most important book ever written by a photographer.”

Site: Twitter: @shahidul

Rosana Hermann

Rosana Hermann is an author, script writer, TV host and one of Brazil’s most popular bloggers. In 2008, Rosanna won the BOBs Award in the “Best Portuguese Weblog” category. Rosanna studied journalism and nuclear physics at university. She has worked for the Brazilian TV stations SBT, Rede Globo and Band. She is currently creative director at R7, one of Brazil’s biggest internet portals.
Blog: Querido Leitor. Twitter: @rosana


Marilin Gonzalo

Currently the head of product at the online Spanish newspaper, Marilin Gonzalo is involved in every phase of building new products in order to get the best out new media. She is also a partner of Hipertextual, where she was director of contents until November 2012.
A graduate of Social Communication & Journalism, with expertise in radio, television and traditional media, she has specialized in Internet content. She has written her blog, since 2004. She has actively participated in multiple projects related to online journalism, information and new technologies.

Twitter: @marilink

Enda Nasution

Dubbed the “Father of Indonesian Bloggers,” Enda is the first Indonesian contributor to Global Voices. He chaired the first Pesta Blogger in 2007, Indonesia’s annual blogger conference and remains a member of the conference steering committee. He’s also a TED Fellow for TEDIndia Dec 2009.
Blogging since 2001, Enda now works to get more Indonesian young people to actively share, express, exchange ideas as a way to built the nation’s self-confidence, an underlying problem to the country. With over 10 years of creative and online experience in Indonesia and in the region, he combined his creative talent and technical strength to found an online political discussion website. He also consults, helps and encourages corporations and organizations to use social media effectively to communicate to their growing audiences. Blog:Enda Nasution’s Weblog. Twitter: @enda

Claire Ulrich

claire ulrich_1A media professional for 20 years, Claire has advocated for bloggers and citizen journalism since 2004. Claire is a linguist and currently editor of the Global Voices in French site, the Francophone arm of the citizen media site Global Voices Online. She is involved with various organizations promoting digital literacy, social activism, freedom of expression, and the transformative power of citizen journalism, blogs and social media, with a focus on francophone Africa.
Site: Claire Ulrich at Global Voices Online. Twitter: @ClaireInParis

Arash Abadpour

Arash AbadpourKnown as Kamangir (archer) online, Iranian blogger Arash Abadpour started blogging back in 2004, first in English but now mainly in Persian. Now living in Toronto, Canada, Arash writes about the Persian blogosphere and regularly provides commentary and analysis for international media outlets. Statistics show that his blogmis among the top 20 most-read Persian blogs. Arash has earned a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering.

Blog: Kamangir (Archer). Twitter: @kamangir