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Maurício Santoro

mauricioMaurício Santoro is a professor of international relations in Rio de Janeiro. He earned his degree in journalism and a Ph.D. in political science. He wrote the book “Modern Dictatorship” as well as many articles and scientific publications published in Brazil and abroad. In addition to his large presence on Twitter, he also writes a column on Brazilian and international issues for the online paper “Brasil Post.”

Twitter: @msantoro1978

Sanam Dolatshahi

sanamSanam Dolatshahi is a journalist specialising in social media and citizen journalism. She currently works as a senior broadcast journalist at BBC Persian Television in London, and produces a daily live debate show with eye-witness accounts, social media comments and user-generated videos and photos by Persian speakers living inside Iran and Afghanistan and in diaspora. She started writing her blog Lady Sun in 2001 and is one of the pioneers of the Persian blogosphere. She co-founded the first Iranian e-zine, Cappuccino, and has also worked as the English editor of Iran’s first Persian feminist website Women in Iran.
Twitter: @khorshid

Alexander Morozow

morozowAlexander Morozow is a Russian journalist and political scientist. As a columnist, he writes for major online media in Russia, including, Forbes and He has headed the project, “Russian Journal” (усский журнал) since 2011.

Leila Nachawati

leilaA Madrid-based writer, communication consultant and human rights activist, Leila Nachawati teaches Communications at Carlos III University, where she is  currently pursuing a Ph.D.

In November 2004, Leila started as a Communications Officer for, a network of activists committed to supporting organizations, social movements and individuals through the use of information and communication technologies.

She is also part of the SyriaUntold team, a digital archive on the Syrian civil movement and its creative and artistic content. It was launched by a group of Syrian journalists, writers, programmers and designers based inside Syria and abroad.

Oksana Romaniuk

Oksana RomaniukOksana Romaniuk is a representative of Reporters Without Borders in Ukraine and heads the Kyiv Institute for Mass Information, a non-governmental organization. Protecting freedom of expression and improving citizens’ right to information have long been the focus of her work. The media expert and journalist has been involved in a number of projects dealing with journalistic standards, citizen engagement and digital security.


Alissa Wahid

Alissa 01Alissa Wahid is a trained family psychologist with extensive experience in community development and social movements. She has served as volunteer and professional in several civil society organization since 1990. Wahid is now then national coordinator of the GUSDURian Network Indonesia. The network comprises of more than 100 local communities and thousands of individuals in Indonesia and several cities around the world. As the head of this vast network, Wahid is involved in and supervises many kinds of social change programs. Her passion is to support the next generations of social leaders and to serve society.

Twitter: @AlissaWahid

Erkan Saka

Erkan SakaErkan Saka is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Design and Management at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. He teaches New Media Cultures and Cyber-Anthropology. He earned BA and MA degrees in the Sociology Department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. in the Anthropology Department of Rice University (Houston, USA). He has been a political blogger since June 2004. He is a co-coordinator of a Citizen Journalism Training Program at Bilgi Eğitim and he coordinates and presents the TV show SosyalKafa on new media at

Blog: Erkan’s Field Diary

Twitter: @sakaerka

Florian Ngimbis

Florian NgimbisFlorian Ngimbis is a Cameroonian blogger. His blog, one of the most popular in French-speaking Africa, has gained so much popularity lately due to his acerbic chronicles representing his daily life through the denunciation of a regime that to him has lasted too long (30 years) in addition to being a failure to the people. A Cultural animator, librarian, archivist, social media manager, he is also president of the Collective of Cameroonian Bloggers, which has taken on the struggle of facilitating faster and cheaper Internet access in Cameroon.

Blog: Kamer Kongossa
Twitter: @ngimbis

Renata Avila

Renata AvilaRenata Avila is a Guatemalan human rights and intellectual property lawyer, and an advocate for freedom of expression, privacy, access to information and indigenous rights. She worked with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum on the Universal Jurisdiction Genocide case in Guatemala. Renata is a member of Creative Commons Board of Directors and a member of the Web Index Science Council. She is currently leading the “Web We Want” campaign, which aims to create a positive, human rights agenda for Internet users.

Twitter: @avilarenata
Website: Renata Avila

Rohini Lakshané

Rohini Lakshane

Rohini Lakshané is a researcher at the Centre for Internet and Society, India. In her previous avatar, she worked as a technology journalist in the print and web domains. Her last assignment was that of the editor of EroTICs India, a research and advocacy project on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and technology. She wears a few more hats including those of a digital security trainer, an activist, a Wikipedian and a blogger.

Twitter: @aldebaran14
Website: Rohini Lakshané

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

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

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