Media - Freedom of expression and information

 Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO)

Activities
STANDARD-SETTING
  Steering Committee (CDMSI)
  Bureau of the Committee (CDMSI-BU)
  Former Steering Committee (CDMC)
  Former Bureau of the Committee (CDMC-BU)
  Committee of Experts on Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists (MSI-JO)
  Committee of Experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom (MSI-INT)  
CONVENTIONS
  Transfrontier Television
  Conditional Access
COOPERATION
  Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building
FORMER GROUPS OF SPECIALISTS
  Rights of Internet Users
  Information Society
  New Media
  Public Service Media Governance
  Cross-border Internet
  Protection Neighbouring Rights of Broadcasting Organisations
  Media Diversity
  Public service Media
 
Events
  Conference Freedom of Expression and Democracy in the Digital Age - Opportunities, Rights, Responsibilities, Belgrade, 7-8/11/2013
  Conference "The Hate factor in political speech - Where do responsibilities lie?", Warsaw18-19 September 2013
  Conference of Ministers, Reykjavik - Iceland, 28-29 May 2009
  European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)
 
Documentation
  Conventions
  Committee of Ministers texts
  Parliamentary Assembly texts
  Ministerial Conferences
  Publications
  Translations
 
Useful links

Pan-European Forum on Human Rights in the Information Society:
Responsible Behaviour By Key Actors

Strasbourg, 12-13 September 2005

Biographies

Parry Aftab, Executive Director, WiredSafety.org

Phil Archer, Internet Content Rating Association

Lynda Bergsma, Ph.D., President University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Rob Borthwick, Public Policy Executive, Vodafone

Ian Brown, INHOPE

Alexander Campbell, Office of Communication (Ofcom)

Peter Coroneos, Internet Industry Association

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Forum des droits sur l'Internet

Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Sociologue des Médias

Robert Guerra, Managing Director, Privaterra

Dr. Kathrin Hahne, Principal Officer with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in Germany

Henry Ingberg, Secrétaire général du Ministère de la Communauté française, Bruxelles

Dinko Kanchev, Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation

Mark Kelly, Human Rights Consultants

Stuart Lawley, International Foundation for Online Responsibility

Pär Lundgren, Institution for Culture and Communication, University of Karlstad Sweden.

Meryem Marzouki, European Digital Rights (EDRI)

Shereen Meharg, Microsoft Corporate Responsibility Manager for MSN Europe, Middle East & Africa

Laura Oana Stefan, Ministry of Justice of Romania

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Parry Aftab, Executive Director, WiredSafety.org

Short Bio and What Others Have to Say About Her

Parry Aftab was one of the first lawyers in the world to practice Internet law, beginning shortly after the Web was launched. Known for her ability to think outside the box and find common sense solutions, she quickly became a leader in the emerging area of Internet law and policy. She now only accepts a handful of cases a year – just enough to pay her rent, devoting most of her time to protecting families and children in cyberspace and helping form Internet policy. Parry has been identified by the Boston Herald as the leading expert in cybercrime in the United States and writes the award-winning Privacy Lawyer column for Information Week magazine. She is a regular expert resource for television, news and media outlets, online and offline, around the world. Parry is a sought-after public speaker and is quoted or referenced several times recently in leading publications and news programming.

How She Got There

Parry started out on Wall Street, as a corporate takeover lawyer. She had sacrificed her own education to help put her spouse through medical school. After starting a family, Parry returned to school intent on becoming a lawyer. She had to complete her four year degree before going on to law school, though. Worried about the cost of school and babysitters, she found a loophole that allowed her to take 2-3 times as many credit hours as anyone else and classes during mid-term and summer breaks, to accelerate her undergraduate degree. She managed to graduate in less than two years, as class Valedictorian and a Phi Beta Kappa key. With her two children in tow she began law school, which had been her dream since she was six years old.

After spending five years on Wall Street, Parry left and opened her own firm. When she realized that she didn't know how to do the kinds of things that suburban lawyers relied on, she formed a virtual law firm, gathering talent from all over the world and linking them together using the Internet. She began running online legal discussion groups and networks, pro bono, to offer legal information to consumers and help smaller law firms compete with the large ones. She, along with a few others, began focusing on Internet law and helped form cyberlaw as we know it. Law journals from around the United States found her quickly, and began publishing her online legal discussions and chats in articles.

How she became involved in Internet safety issues

One thing lead to another, and in 1997 CNN called asking her to appear on camera to discuss free speech and the Internet in connection with the Communications Decency Act which was being reviewed by the Supreme Court. Parents from everywhere wrote and called her, asking for help on keeping their children safe online. Parry explained that she protected corporations online, not children. But her sister, who was AOL's online pediatrician, asked her to write a book for parents. When Parry refused (her writing in those days was devoted to cyber-privacy and technology in the workplace issues), her sister appealed to a higher authority -- their mother. Six months later, Parry's first book for parents was published. It became the bible on the subject. Her second on the same topic followed two years later, and was adapted for the UK, Singapore and Latin America. Her third was written especially for China and is the official guide on Internet safety for China. Parry’s next book, adapted just for Spain and Spanish-speaking parents outside of the United States, is expected in Fall 2005.

In 1998 she created the world’s largest Internet safety and help group, using the name “Cyberangels.” For 4 years she built the group into the world’s most respected Internet safety and help group, recruiting more than 10,000 volunteers in 76 countries. In 2002, the group changed its name to WiredSafety.org and continues to operate its many programs under that charity and name. Its award-winning Teenangels.org program uses the FBI and other leading law enforcement agencies to train a special group of young teens and preteens in all aspects of safe and responsible interactive technology use. Cyberlawenforcement.org houses training and resources to assist law enforcement agencies in cyberspace. And its two latest projects, Katiesplace.org (designed to provide a place where young people who have been victimized by Internet sexual predators can find help and support) and Peers2Peers.org (providing education and awareness about intellectual property piracy and infringement issues online) standalone in their space in both meeting an unmet need and empowering young people to help frame their own solutions.

What others think about her accomplishments and what inspires her

She has received many awards over the years either individually or through her charity, WiredSafety.org. One she particularly prizes is the “Internet Innovator Award” presented to her in 2001 by Family PC Magazine, from her peers. Parry Aftab was presented with the Child Abuse Prevention Services annual Community Leadership Award in 2005 for her work in helping protect children online and offline, following in the footsteps of Senator Hillary Clinton and noted others. Under its former name, WiredSafety.org received the President’s Service Award from the Whitehouse in 1998. But, Parry measures her success not in awards or in the amount of money she earns. She measures it one child at a time.

The promise of the Internet is what inspired Parry in 1992. She understood that in cyberspace there is no race, no creed, no religion…and that online every child can walk, talk and see. She often quotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream that one day our children will be judged, not on the basis of their color, but on the quality of their character. Parry believes that online the quality of the character of our children can shine, unhindered by their physical limitations or attributes. She believes that the Internet can be the place envisioned by Dr. King and has devoted her life to giving young people, especially, a safe place to pursue their dreams.

Parry Aftab is best described as a passionate pioneer dedicated to making the lives of everyone better in cyberspace and teaching young people to control the technology, instead of being controlled by it.

Biography

Parry Aftab is a security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer, as well as an author, columnist and child advocate. A substantial portion of her time is donated to Internet issues involving children, from equitable access, to privacy, to safety, to helping develop quality and reliable content for children. She has also legally represented or acted as a consultant to most of the children's Internet industry, helping them comply with the law, while improving the Internet experience for children. When children and the Internet are concerned, Ms. Aftab's name is the first mentioned.

Parry Aftab is a worldwide leader in the area of online safety and parent and child Internet education. As Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, the oldest and largest online safety and educational program in cyberspace, Ms. Aftab helps prevent and assist law enforcement agencies in investigating cybercrime against children and families. Under its former name, her group was awarded the President's Service Award in October 1998 from the White House and Points of Light Foundation. Ms Aftab also works closely with law enforcement around the world to prevent cybercrimes and police the Internet and is part of the Home Office CybercrimeTask Force in the UK.

In 1999, Ms. Aftab was appointed by UNESCO to head up its Innocence in Danger project for the U.S. The project was designed to address Internet sexual exploitation of children. The Innocence in Danger work continues in the US under the WiredSafety name.

WiredSafety operates several websites and programs, including Teenangels.org (FBI-trained teens and preteens devoted to helping others stay safe online), Wired Kids.org (providing Internet safety and good cybercitienship programs for children, pre-teens, schools and librarians), InternetSuperHeroes.org (using Marvel’s popular super heroes to help teach children to find the superhero within themselves and practice responsible technology use) and WiredSafety.org itself (designed to be a one-stop source for all matters related to children online, including family online safety and privacy).

Her first book, A Parents' Guide to the Internet...and how to protect your children in cyberspace, was released in December 1997. It was a guide for the “technology challenged” parents providing practical solutions to parents’ concerns about Internet safety. Her second book, The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace, was published by McGraw-Hill and released in 2000 in the United States. It was subsequently adapted for the UK, Singapore and the US Spanish-speaking market. Her third book on Internet safety was written expressly for families in China. It was released in November 2004, in Chinese. Her upcoming book is a shorter and updated version of her second book, being written exclusively for Spain and Spanish-speaking South and Central American families. Her second book, even out-of-date and out-of-print, it is still considered the leading resource for parents on Internet safety for their children. Ms. Aftab reacquired the rights to that book and will be making sections of it available without charge at WiredSafety’s website.

Although her vocation was Internet security and privacy law, her avocation is children online – helping them become good cybercitizens and keeping them safe, private and secure online. She is dedicated to helping curb Internet-related crimes against children and assisting law enforcement in bringing the child predators to justice. Everyone who encounters Ms. Aftab is impressed with her passion and energy when children’s Internet issues are involved. She has devoted all of her money and time to these issues, since stumbling on an Internet image of a 3-1/2 year old girl being raped online. Ms. Aftab defines that moment graphically as “a branding iron being applied to your brain. It leaves a permanent and painful memory. It stays with you forever.”

While her passion is for protecting children from Internet sexual exploitation, she is also devoted to empowering them through access to the wonders of the Internet. She hopes to help all children become better informed and responsible cybercitizens, controlling the technologies instead of being controlled by them. Her programs are designed to teach them safe, private and responsible technology use, which includes teaching them good netiquette and respect for each other and the rights of others, including intellectual property rights of the music, movie, gaming and software industries.

Her newest project, Peers2Peers (peers2peers.org) is designed to teach children and teens to understand and respect intellectual property rights, whether to music, software, games, movies or trademarks. Understanding that the fastest way to stop wholesale piracy ) especially of motion pictures) is to teach the children to pay for what they download, Ms Aftab has combined forces with some of the key players in the IP markets, including major artists, Marvel Comics, multimedia lawyers, software manufacturers, game designers and members of the motion picture industry to help teach kids that everyone has a stake in protecting the legal rights of others. The Peers2Peers program includes classroom lesson plans and curricula, videos and public service announcements as well as a competition where youth volunteers can design their own public service awareness campaigns.

Ms Aftab was among the first in the world to devote her talents to keeping children safe online. She has helped design programs for parents and children in a wide range of Internet-related issues since 1997, including the P.I.E. Program (Parent Internet Education) for the Baltimore County School system. This was the first of its kind, in educating parents and families about safe and fun online use. She is also an expert on filtering and blocking products.  The FBI has even (unofficially) endorsed Ms. Aftab's work with online safety and her first book.

Her work has been recognized by leading technology influencers, such as Family PC Magazine, when she was awarded Internet Pioneer of the Year in 2001. And child protection agencies have recognized her as well, when Child Abuse Prevention Services presented her with their 20th anniversary Community Leadership Award in 2005. (Past recipients of this award include Senator Clinton, Linda Fairstein, Judy Collins, Dr. Joyce Brothers and the “God Squad.”)

Parry Aftab also provides parent Internet education and online safety content for such diverse sites as Nickelodeon, Children’s Television Workshop, Disney, Microsoft, AOL, AT&T and MSNBC.  She is a regular keynote speaker, and resource on camera for the media on diverse cybercrime, safety, privacy and cyberlaw issues. Recently she became The Privacy Lawyer columnist for Information Week Magazine where she writes on a range of topics that affect technology, policy and privacy. Her expertise is especially in demand on children’s Internet issues, because no one knows more about children online than Parry Aftab.

While she is devoted to protecting children online, Ms. Aftab seeks to empower children and their parents, not the censors. Her common sense approach to technology risks and solutions works as well anywhere in the world as it does in the United States. But what really makes her special is her ability to tap into the caring and creativity of young people to craft solutions that are written in their language and designed for their needs.

She is a frequent and respected resource for news programming and print journalists around the world. Her expertise has been featured nationally and internationally in online and print publications, including Readers Digest, Playboy, TV Guide Magazine, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Redbook, Biography, USA Today, Information Week, Working Women, Teen People, U.S. News & World Report, Family Circle, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal, Smart Money Magazine, PC Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, Family PC Magazine, Yahoo! Internet Life, Information Week, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, most regional newspapers in the United States, The London Times Magazine, The Strait Times (Singapore), The South China Morning Post Sunday Magazine (Hong Kong), and more. As a result of her work online with children, Ms. Aftab was selected as a charter member of Children Television Workshop’s Advisory Board, as well as appointed to The National Urban League’s Technology Advisory Committee. In 2003 she was elected to TRUSTe’s Board of Directors. She served on the advisory board for the Ad Council for two terms.

Parry Aftab has spoken to many governmental agencies and groups worldwide, conducted briefings for the U.S. Senate, been a key speaker at the White House Summit on Online Content, the sole Internet-related expert speaking at the 2002 White House summit on Missing and Exploited Children and testified before leading legislative committees and The House of Lords, all with the same message: The Internet is a wonderful resource for families, and once parents understand the online risks, they can use common sense (and perhaps some filtering tools) to help their children enjoy cyberspace safely.

As one of the first lawyers in the world to specialize in Internet legal issues, Parry Aftab is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She attended law school at NYU School of Law where she received her J.D. degree. She received her B.A. degree as Valedictorian of Hunter College (having completed her full undergraduate degree in less than two years), where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

She resides in the New York metropolitan area and is a mother of two.

Professional Curriculum Vitae

Internet privacy and security lawyer, licensed to practice law in NY and NJ, The Privacy Lawyer columnist, author, consultant and public speaker

Areas of expertise

Worldwide Cybercrime Protection and Prevention/Identity Theft/ Privacy, Data Collection and Security / Workplace Risk Management and Security/ Consumer Protection, Advertising and the Internet / E-Commerce/ Cyberstalking and Harassment/ Child Exploitation and Child Pornography, Children Online, Online Marketing, Cyber-workplace issues, Privacy training and coaching

Current positions

President/CEO - Aftab Cyber-Consulting, Executive Director, WiredSafety.org (a 501c-3 corporation), The Privacy Lawyer columnist for Information Week

Education

City University of New York, B.A., 1981, Hunter College, Valedictorian, (Completed 4 yr degree in 2 yrs), Phi Beta Kappa (Nu Chapter); New York University J.D., 1984, School of Law

Selected honors

Community Leadership Award, 2005; Awarded by the Child Abuse Prevention Services; American Society of Business Publication Editors Award “Gold”; Original Web Commentary; Informationweek.com for Parry Aftab’s “Patriotism, Compliance and Confidentiality” article; Activist of the Year Award, 2002; Awarded by Media Ecology Association; Internet Pioneer of the Year, 2001; Awarded by Family PC Magazine; Home Office, U.K.; Child Protection, Criminal Laws and Law Enforcement Task Forces

Organizations

TRUSTe Member- Board of Directors (Elected December 2002); Ad Council Advisory Committee member (1999 - 2003); Children’s Television Workshop Online (Sesame Workshop), Advisory Board (1998 – present); UNESCO; President, U.S. National Action Committee, Innocence in Danger (appointed 1999)1998-present); The Internet Society; Elected Chair, Internet Societal Task Force and Societal Steering Group (worldwide, 2001); Member of Public Policy Committee ISOC (2001–present); Chair, Privacy and Security Working Group of The Internet Society Task Force (2000-2001) appointed member since 1999; WiredSafety (wiredsafety.org) the world’s largest Internet safety and help group, formerly functioned as “Cyberangels,” recipient of President’s Service Award, 1998, Executive Director (1998-present); The National Urban League, Technology Advisory Committee (1997 – present)

Authorships and related activities

Author, selected books

Children and the Internet (official Chinese Internet safety guide), China 2004; The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace, McGraw-Hill, (U.S. edition, January 2000; UK edition, March 2000; Singapore edition May 2000 and Spanish language US edition November 2000); A Parents’ Guide to the Internet, SC Press (October 1997).

Contributor, selected books

Child Abuse on the Internet.... Ending the Silence, (2001) Carlos A. Arnaldo, Editor; Chapter 21: The Technical Response: Blocking, Filtering And Rating The Internet - by Parry Aftab; The Best In E-Commerce Law, (2001) Warren E. Agin, Editor; Children’s Online Privacy Law

Selected On-line Activities

Internet safety guide to MySpace.com; The Privacy Lawyer blogger (theprivacylawyer.blogspot.com); Frequent Chair and Moderator of Law.com legal seminars; Advisor and Featured Expert, Children’s Television Workshop website; Privacy and safety advisor to Disney Online’s Internet safety project, surfswellisland.com; Advisor and Contributor, GetNetWise; Advisor and Contributor, ABC’s Children’s First

Selected Speaking Engagements

The Westchester County Cyberbullying Summit, February 8, 2005

The US Copyright Office – Luncheon Speaker (LA and SF events) February 2005

Child Abuse Prevention Service 20th Anniversary Luncheon Speaker, April 2005

FTC Workshop on P2P, December 2004

House of Commons – Parliamentary Briefing on Internet Safety, October 2004

IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals), June 11, 2004

EU- Safer Internet – Warsaw, March 2004

Media Development Authority- Singapore, Family Internet Week – March 15, 2004

Western Attorneys General Conference, July 29, 2003

Domain Day, Milan, Italy, November 5th, 2002

Wired Kids Summit, Washington D.C., October 15th, 2002 (Mediator and Host of the event at the Russell Senate Building);

White House Conference on Missing and Exploited Children, October 2nd, 2002 (Only panel speaker selected to discuss Internet issues). Other speakers included President George W. Bush, Colin Powell, John Ashcroft, Rod Paige and many distinguished others.

Council of Europe, Children’s Online Safety, Belgium, November 2001

Microsoft, Privacy and Security Summit, Privacy Speaker, San Francisco, November 2001

Intellectual Property Organization, Featured Speaker on Internet Law, Privacy and Digital Rights, New York, November, 2001

SCOPE, Keynote Speaker, Cyber-terrorism, New York, October 2001

Rappateour, E.U. Online Content Regulation, Luxembourg, June 2001

Bertelsmann Foundation, Experts Meeting, Singapore, February 2001

Microsoft, Privacy and Security Summit, Speaker (only female speaker), Seattle, November 2000

Keynote Speaker, House of Lords, Kids Helping Kids, London (April 2000)

Keynote Speaker, Singapore Broadcasting Authority and Ministry of Information Conference, Children Online, Regulatory Issues, Singapore (November 1999, May 2000, February 2001)

Panelist, FTC Hearings on COPPA Regulations, Washington (June 1999)

Keynote Speaker, White House Summit, Online Content, Los Angeles (June 1998)

Keynote Speaker, C.A.R.U., Conference On Children’s Online Privacy, (September 1998)

Featured Speaker, Littleton Town Meeting hosted by Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley, MSNBC (April 1999)

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Phil Archer, Internet Content Rating Association

After early careers in broadcasting, advertising and countryside conservation, Phil Archer joined ICRA in April 2000. A year later he was appointed as Chief Technical Officer. Since then his work has focussed on developing improved methods of labelling online content. From 2003 onwards this has meant collaborating with many sectors of industry on harnessing Semantic Web technologies for child protection.

He represents ICRA on the Advisory Council of the World Wide Web Consortium where he is an active member of the Mobile Web Initiative and the Semantic Web Interest Group.

In addition to technical work, Phil also represents ICRA’s interests and speaks on its behalf throughout the world.

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Lynda Bergsma, Ph.D., President University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Lynda Bergsma, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Interim Director of the Rural Health Office, and Director of the Media Wise Initiative which she founded in 1992. In addition to teaching courses and chairing the Health Education and Behavioral Sciences Concentration in the MPH Program, Dr. Bergsma combines a background in media production and education with her training and work in public health to plan and implement programs, develop curricula, provide training and consulting services, and conduct research on the impact of our media culture on public health issues and the efficacy of media literacy education as a prevention strategy.

She is a national leader in the use of media literacy education as a tobacco use prevention education strategy for youth. A nationally recognized speaker and workshop facilitator, Dr. Bergsma also writes many articles on media literacy. Recently publications include: The Vital Role of Media Literacy: When Seeing Is No Longer Believing; Media Literacy and Prevention: Going Beyond "Just Say No" and Empowerment Education: The link Between Media Literacy and Health Promotion.

Dr. Bergsma holds a Master's Degree in Health Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Sociology from the University of Arizona. She was a founding board member of the AMLA, Program Chair for two NMECs, 1st Vice President, and has been President since 2004.

AMLA POLICY STATEMENTS

PUBLIC POLICY

The AMLA calls for universal media literacy education in the United States.

A media literate citizenry is essential to the basic functioning of democracy. Therefore media literacy education should be as common in U.S. schools as reading print, writing, or basic computation.

The AMLA supports media literacy education in the broadest possible number of settings.
By themselves, K-12 schools cannot meet the need for media literacy education. AMLA recognizes the importance of media literacy education efforts outside of K-12 classroom walls, including initiatives in: communities, after school programs, pre-K settings, higher education, religious institutions, parenting programs, adult education, the juvenile justice system, civic groups, public health programs, media arts projects, and independent and mainstream media.

The AMLA calls for the integration of media literacy into existing core content at every grade level.

AMLA believes that the most effective way to ensure that every student in the United States receives comprehensive media literacy education is to integrate media literacy into existing curricula and that every subject area holds opportunities for including media literacy skills and content.

The AMLA advocates for a model of media literacy education that includes both analysis AND production skills.

One would not be print literate without being able to write. Likewise, one cannot be media literate without being able to create media as well as being able to understand and analyze media “texts”.

The AMLA advocates for a model of media literacy education that is non-partisan.
Just as learning to read or subtract are not the exclusive province of any particular political party, media literacy education is not about advocating for or against a particular ideology. How people teach media literacy and how media literacy skills are used can become expressions of particular ideologies, but the skills themselves are non-partisan.

The AMLA believes that media literacy education is always more effective than media censorship.

Just as you can’t make a person print literate by keeping them away from books, limiting media access cannot achieve a media literate populace. Policy makers and legislators would better meet their goals by supporting media literacy education than by limiting media access or controlling media content.

The AMLA supports government regulation of media when such regulation helps ensure that media are able to fulfill their unique and critical role in making possible an “informed citizenry” which is necessary for democracy.

The AMLA supports government regulation of media that expands access for diverse and independent perspectives.

The AMLA believes that it is essential to integrate media texts that present diverse voices and communities into media literacy education.

Independent work, media arts, youth made media, and community media can provide access to a range of perspectives, ideas, cultural viewpoints, and groups that are under represented in mainstream media. Community radio stations, spoken word, blogs, independent video productions, etc. demonstrate new forms and ideas; they are also important venues where future leaders are turning to have their voices heard, set agendas and practice democracy.

The AMLA acknowledges the importance of media literacy education that is informed by research and evidence.

Documenting our successes will provide models for excellent practice as well as proof of efficacy for administrators, public officials, parents, and potential funders. Identifying our weaknesses will help guide practitioners to more effective teaching strategies.

The AMLA approaches media literacy as a “field” or “discipline” rather than as a “cause.”
The AMLA advocates for media literacy education because we believe it is an essential life skill for the 21st century. We frame media literacy education as a “field” or “discipline” because we believe that provides the best frame for healthy, respectful, evidence-based discourse.

OPERATIONAL POLICY

Debate

AMLA is based on the principle that disagreements are essential to a vibrant field; we not only welcome debate, we encourage it.

Discourse

AMLA believes that AMLA members can and should serve as models for conducting discussion in respectful ways. We expect a standard of behavior from all members in which put-downs, hate speech, slander, threats, or attempts to silence opponents are off-limits.

Diversity

AMLA is committed to attracting membership and leadership that reflect the diversity of the communities in which we work and live.

Duplication

AMLA will not choose projects or allocate resources without first considering whether or not it would be duplicating the work of its members or of existing organizations. The AMLA will strive to avoid such duplication.

Focus on Education

The word that best defines AMLA’s mission is “education.”Though we recognize that there are many important issues related to media, such as media reform and government policy, AMLA will avoid stretching itself too thin or duplicating other’s work by prioritizing the research, development, and dissemination of sound pedagogical practices for teaching media literacy skills and content.

Leadership

The AMLA will position itself as a leader in media literacy education by defining, identifying, disseminating, and innovating best practices for the field. This type of work will take precedence over serving as a clearinghouse that uncritically assembles the work of others.

Recycling

AMLA will print its publications on recycled paper stock, even if doing so increases the cost of those publications.

Term Limits
To ensure the continued expansion of leadership in the field of media literacy, AMLA national board members will serve no longer than three consecutive terms (6 years) without taking at least one year off before running for a board position again. The only exception will be for board members ascending to the presidency, where board experience is an important prerequisite for office. A president’s term limit begins when they take office as president, irrespective of how many consecutive years they have served on the national board.

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Rob Borthwick, Public Policy Executive, Vodafone

Rob is responsible for regulatory issues relating to new product development for Vodafone internationally. His work includes: providing economic and policy advice on new mobile propositions and services under development by Vodafone Group, issues on the regulation of new forms of mobile content and work to ensure that Vodafone's customers enjoy a safer mobile environment. This includes the development of Vodafone's international approach to combating malicious communications and bulk unsolicited communications (spam) as well as approaches to internet filtering.

Prior to Vodafone he has worked for a number of telecommunications operators and public bodies on telecommunications policy, interconnection and pricing.

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Ian Brown, INHOPE

Mission

The mission of the INHOPE Association is to facilitate and co-ordinate the work of Internet hotlines in responding to illegal use and content on the Internet

Objectives

To facilitate the exchange of expertise

    · Identifying and establishing policies and procedures for individual hotlines in responding to complaints about illegal material available on the Internet
    · Promoting best practice by individual hotlines based on the exchange of expertise among hotlines

To facilitate the exchange of reports

    · Identifying consistent, effective and secure mechanisms for exchanging reports of illegal content between hotlines
    · Promoting the maximum possible exchange of reports about illegal items between hotlines
    · Achieving better co-ordination of hotlines in responding to incidences of illegal content and activity on the Internet

To interface with initiatives outside the EU

    · Establishing good relationships and strong links with hotlines outside Europe and exchanging expertise and reports with them
    · Achieving better co-operation with relevant sectoral agencies on an international level

To support new hotlines

    · Identifying and supporting potential new hotlines in countries without such initiatives

To educate and inform policymakers, particularly at the international level

    · Establishing good relationships with government, law enforcement and international agencies
    · Promoting better understanding among key decision makers in the European parliament and other international fora of the work of hotlines and the need for and limits to international co-operation

To promote awareness of the INHOPE Association and individual hotlines

    · Ensuring that the INHOPE network will be widely recognised by key figures in the various relevant sectors, and that its one stop shop website will be widely linked with high traffic figures

To ensure that the central administration of the hotlines’ network is provided in an efficient, transparent and accountable manner:

    · Achieving efficiency in the organisation of the Association with targets for specific work being met
    · Creating a forward looking, open, democratic European association which the members support and which will attract the trust of governments, the European Institutions, law enforcement, the Internet industry, Internet users, child welfare associations and the public
    · Establishing a financially sound association with good forward planning and verifiable accounting standards.

INHOPE Issues

It is the experience of INHOPE that the number of illegal reports on the internet reported to hotlines is increasing.

It is the intention of INHOPE to extend its global coverage to include those countries not currently in the network where it is believed that illegal material originates. INHOPE has worked closely with the European Commission on this issue and are fully supportive of the aims of the Safer Internet Action Plan.

It is the view of INHOPE that to effectively deal with the problem of illegal material on the internet, government, law enforcement, child welfare organizations and the internet industry need to work together.

It is the view of INHOPE that to achieve a safer internet the general public need to be fully engaged in the process and to that end we fully support the work be undertaken by INSAFE and other awareness organizations.

INHOPE encourages it members to work closely with its country stakeholders and policy makers to promote the awareness of illegal content on the internet.

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Alexander Campbell, Office of Communication (Ofcom)

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Ofcom has a statutory duty to promote media literacy, which it defines as the ability to access, understand and create communications in a variety of contexts. An information society, with respect for human rights, demands a media literate population who are able to access the communications technologies necessary for them to engage fully with that society; media literate citizens are better able to question, analyse, appreciate and evaluate information they receive through the media, thus strengthening the bonds of democracy.

Alex is a media literacy policy executive for Ofcom, where he works with a wide range of organisations from civil society, Government and industry to promote media literacy. Before joining Ofcom, Alex was a consumer policy adviser for four years with Oftel, the preceding UK telecommunications regulator. Prior to this he worked for a global telecoms firm and a financial software house. He has a Masters degree in International Political Economy and media.

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Peter Coroneos, Internet Industry Association

Is Chief Executive of the Internet Industry Association, the national industry body for the Internet in Australia. In addition to his role as primary industry advocate, political strategist and spokesperson for the IIA, Peter drives the IIA's policy development work and has instigated the formation of specialist taskforces to leverage member expertise in diverse legal, economic and technical areas.

Peter is currently overseeing the development and implementation of industry codes of practice within the IIA representing industry's proactive response to a range of challenging social policy areas within Australia, ranging from cybercrime to online privacy. Peter acts as industry representative on a number of high level bodies and regularly appears before House of Representatives and Senate inquiries to advise on the development of facilitative and workable rules for the internet and new media.

Prior to his appointment in 1997, he enjoyed a diverse professional life as a science educator, marketing consultant and senior officer with the national competition and telecommunications regulator, as well as State Convenor and National Management Committee member of the Australian Republican Movement. His multidisciplinary education includes a First Class Honours degree in Law, Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics, and a postgraduate Diploma in Education.

A specialist in internet governance and joint industry-government co-operation, Peter has addressed audiences in the US, Europe and Asia. His previous and current appointments and participations include:

Appointments

- Member, Australian Teleworking Advisory Committe -- Ministerial appointment (current)
- Member, Privacy Advisory Committee - Vice Regal appointment (2002-current)
- Director, NetAlert, national community advisory body for protecting children online - Ministerial appointment (1999-current)
- Attorney General’s Consultative Group on Protecting Australia’s Critical Information Infrastructure (now under National Office for the Information Economy) (2000-2)
- Tax Commissioner's Consultative Committee (eForum) on Electronic Commerce (2000-1)
- Australian Tax Office GST Implementation Industry Consultative Group ( 2000)
- Business Entry Point Business Consultative Group (current)
- Chair, Internet Advertising Industry III Steering Committee (current)
- Australian Information Economy Advisory Council (AIEAC) -  Ministerial appointment (1999-2001)
- National Bandwidth Inquiry Committee (subgroup of AIEAC) (1999)
- National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee (subgroup of AIEAC) (1999)
- Private Sector Core Consultative Group to the Federal Attorney General on Proposed Privacy Legislation for Private Sector (1999)
- Digital Broadcasting 'High Level Consultative Group' (1999)
- Digital Broadcasting Industry Coordinating Group (1998)
- Model Code Reference Group - Consumer Protection in E-Commerce, Department of Treasury (1998-9)
- ‘Children and Online Content’ Ministerial Taskforce (1998)

Presentations/invitations

- Canadian Taskforce on Spam Roundtable (Ottowa, December 2004) - Keynote address
- OECD International Spam Summit (Korea, September 2004) - Keynote address
- Internet Society of China Spam Symposium (Beijing September 2004) - International presenter
- APEC Privacy Symposium and Electronic Commerce Working Group (Santiago Chile, March 2004) - Presenter
- US Federal Trade Commission Spam Forum (Washington DC, May 2003) - International panellist
- US/Australian bilaterals on Critical Infrastructure Protection (Washington DC, October 2002) - Leader of industry delegation
- OECD Working Group on Information Security - (Sydney, Feb 2002) - Delegate
- US/Australian bilaterals on Critical Infrastructure Protection (Canberra, August 2001) - Industry representative
- Global Advertising Summit (Washington DC, April 2001) - Working Group leader
- World Internet Gambling Summit, (Miami FL, March 2001) - Presenter
- Berkman Center of Internet Law, Harvard Law School (Cambridge MA, March 2001) - Presenter
- Bertelsmann Foundation, International Experts' Roundtable for the Protection of Children on the Internet (Singapore, February 2001) - Presenter
- ISPCON (San Jose CA, November 2000) - Presenter
- ISPCON (Orlando FL, May 2000) - Presenter
- International Network 2000 (New York NY, May 2000) - Presenter
- Economic Strategy Institute (Washington DC, October 1999 ) - Presenter
- Convention on Combating Child Pornography on the Internet (Vienna, October 1999) - Delegate invitee of Ministry of the Interior, Austria
- Internet Content Self Regulation Summit (Munich, September 1999) - Delegate invitee of Government of Bavaria/Bertelsmann Foundation
- Australian industry representative to E-commerce APEC Business/Government Roundtable (Kuala Lumpur, 1998) - Delegate invitee of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- numerous Australian conferences and events since 1998

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Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Forum des droits sur l'Internet

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin has been a Councillor of State in France since 1986 and is President of the Internet Rights Forum, Paris (Le Forum des droits sur l'internet: FDI).

The FDI (www.foruminternet.org) is an independent advisory organisation, supported by the French Government. The FDI advises the Government and Internet stakeholders on ICT-related social and legal issues. It aims to bring together all parties with an interest in Internet regulation including private companies, non-profit organisations, public authorities and users to promote dialogue and common understanding of the problems and possibilities of regulating online activities. It includes more than seventy members, drawn from public organisations, user-groups and private companies from France. In addition, the FDI has led the formation of the European Internet Coregulation Network (EICN - www.internet-coregulation.org), seeking to shape Internet governance and regulation in Europe.

Ms Falque-Pierrotin is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) and Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). She worked as official representative to the chairman in the Bull group of companies (1991-1993). She then joined the cabinet of Jacques Toubon, within the Ministry for Culture, as an assistant secretary (1993-1995). She has served as an expert for the OECD on the development of international co-operation on Internet (1996-1997) and coordinated the work of the French Council of State on Internet issues. In 2000 she was charged with the task of setting up the Internet Rights Forum, of which she has been President since May 2001. She has been a member of the French data protection agency (Commission nationale de l'information et des libertés: CNIL) since 2004.

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Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Sociologue des Médias

Divina Frau-Meigs, a Fulbright scholar, is professor of media sociology at the Université Paris 3-Sorbonne, France. With degrees from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications (University of Pennsylvania), she is a specialist of media and information technologies in English-speaking countries. She is also a research associate with CNRS (Social Uses of Technology). Her other activities include being editor-in-chief of Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines (RFEA) and a member of the editorial board of MédiaMorphoses (INA-PUF).

She has published extensively in the areas of media content (Les Ecrans de la Violence, Economica, 1997; Jeunes, Médias, Violences, Economica, 2003), the technologies and sub-cultures of the screen (Médias et Technologie: l’exemple des Etats-Unis, Ellipses, 2001) and the relationship between media and technologies (Médiamorphoses américaines, Economica, 2001, du journalisme en démocratie, DeBoeck, 2005). She is currently working on issues of cultural diversity, acculturation and digital gatekeepers. Her other research interests have made her an expert with Unesco and the European Community on issues of media regulation, self-regulation as well as media education and digital literacy.

She has served as vice-president for international affairs on the boards of Société Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (SFSIC) and of the European Consortium for Communications Research (ECCR). She is currently vice-president of the International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR); she is also a founding member and vice-president of MENTOR, a global NGO for Media and ICT education. She participates in the WSIS process as focal point for the “education, academia and research” taskforce.

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Robert Guerra, Managing Director, Privaterra

Contact Information

Robert Guerra
131 Beecroft Road, Suite 2109
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M2N 6G9

E-mail: rguerra@privaterra.org
Tel: +1 (416) 893-0377
Fax: +1 (416) 893-0374

Citizenship: Canadian and European Union (Spain) Citizen

Languages: Spanish & English (Fluent), Advanced French

Education

Universidad de Navarra, (Pamplona, Spain): 1991- 1996 Completed 5 years of the M.D. program

Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain): 1991 Intensive course in Spanish; Certificate in Spanish proficiency

University of Western Ontario, (London, Canada): 1984-1988Bachelor of Science Degree, Honors Physiology and Pharmacology

Awards

2004: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Civil Society Bureau, Travel Fellowship

2002: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Civil Society Secretariat, Travel Fellowship

1991: Government of Spain, Reina Sofia student scholarship

1988: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, John D. Schultz science student scholarship

1987: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, John D. Schultz science student scholarship

1986: Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, John D. Schultz science student scholarship

1984: Ministry of Education (Ontario), Ontario Scholar

1984: Toronto District School Board, Toronto Scholar

Memberships (in professional associations and affiliations)

2003: Advisor, TakingITGlobal

2003: Member, OurMedia/NUESTROSMedios Networkm, http://www.ourmedianet.org/

2003: Focal point – North America & Europe, UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Civil Society Bureau, http://www.geneva2003.org/wsis/main_c01_08.htm

2003: Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

2003: Member, Program Committee, 13th Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP2003)

2002, Member, Technology Empowerment Network (TEN)

2003, Advisor, Development Gateway, NGO Section

2001, Managing Director & Founder, Privaterra

2001, Director, Elected to 3yr term, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)

2001, Co-chair, University of Toronto Privacy Lecture Series

2001, Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

2001, Member, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)

Professional experience

Managing Director, Privaterra
Toronto & Vancouver, 9/04 - Present

Privacy Consultant
Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 2/01 – Present

Translator and Consultant, HACKTIVISTA, Documentary for TVO, Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 2/2003 – 08/2003

Facilitator and Moderator - Geneva & Beyond: Operationalizing Recommendations of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to Help Achieve Millennium Development Goals Video Conference & On-Line Discussion. Geneva, Switzerland, December 11, 2003

    · Development Gateway in partnership with the World Bank, Global Development Learning Network, UNDP/UN ICT Task Force’s ICT Development network and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

    · The goal of the video conference was to facilitate multi-stakeholder WSIS discussion between key representatives of the donor community and international organizations attending WSIS in Geneva with representatives from governments and civil society groups in India, Lebanon, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and the United States, in order to discuss practical ways of translating information society visions and recommendations into concrete operational actions on the ground in terms of donor and government funded e-development projects and related activities

Facilitator and Moderator - Global Videoconference on The UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Promoting National Action for Dynamic and Inclusive Information Society. Geneva, Switzerland, September 17, 2003

    · Development Gateway in partnership with the World Bank, Global Development Learning Network, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

    · The goal of the video conference was to facilitate multi-stakeholder WSIS focus groups in Sri Lanka, India, Tanzania, Bulgaria , Geneva and Washington, DC to work on a national action plan, and to encourage sharing of experience and ideas between developing countries and to empower diverse local communities to influence the WSIS process.

UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Civil Society Bureau (CSB). Geneva (Switzerland), 2/03 – Present

Civil Society Focal Point & Representative for North American & European Region

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Washington, D.C. (USA), 11/01 – Present (Consultant)

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Member, Board of Directors
Managing Director, Privaterra Project

Palo Alto, California (USA), 10/1 – Present (Part-Time)

    · Provide technological education and support for civil society organizations in the area of privacy and information security

The Cryptorights Foundation, Director. Toronto, Ontario (Canada) , 2/01– 7/01

    · Responsible for training civil society organizations how to improve information security practices and how to install, configure and deploy privacy enhancing software tools.

Mount Sinai Hospital, Clinical Informatics Department (Toronto), Systems Analyst
Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 8/00 – 2/01

    · Involved in the implementation analysis and design of the Electronic Patient Record project (Cerner PowerChart)
    · Organized semi-weekly meetings with senior medical and technical staff to resolve technical support issues.

Mount Sinai Hospital, Liver Study Unit (Toronto), Clinical Research Associate. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 12/1996 – 8/00

    · Involved in retrospective studies of epidemiology and natural history of patients with chronic viral hepatitis (due to hepatitis B, C & G)

University of Navarra, Faculty of Medicine, Teaching Assistant, Department of Pathology. Pamplona, Spain, 10/93 – 6/94

    · Responsible for assisting in the teaching of Pathology to medical students utilizing a Spanish language version of the University of Utah's "Slice of Life" pathology program.

University of Navarra, Faculty of Medicine, Teaching Assistant, Department of Physiology. Pamplona, Spain, 10/92 – 6/93

    · Responsible for the preparation and teaching of physiological mechanisms related to arterial blood pressure regulation

Stikeman & Elliott Barristers & Solicitors, Systems Support Specialist. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 2/90 – 8/91

    · Provided application and hardware support for firm’s lawyer’s, clerks and secretarial staff
    · Conceived and executed computer tutorials, and served as application teaching specialist.

University of Toronto, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Research Assistant/ Consultant. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 07/88 – 1/90

    · Designed and developed databases for surgical research trials.

Presentations

Invited Speaker - "Paving the Road to Tunis - WSIS II: The Views of Canada's Civil Society on the Geneva Plan of Action and the Prospects for Phase II", Session chair “access to Knowledge”, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 13-14.
http://www.unesco.ca/en/activity/culture/wsis.aspx

Invited Speaker - "Security Technology tools for Human Rights – a consultation”, International Colloquium - "Effective Use of ICTs for Defending and Promoting Human Rights", Boston, USA, 5-7 November 2004.
http://ws.blueoxen.net/ict-humanrights/wiki.pl

Invited Speaker - "ICTs in the service of Human Rights - Human rights defenders, Computers, and communications technology.”, FIfF (Forum Informatiker Innen fuer Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung e.V., or Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility) , 20th annual meeting on critical computer science at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, September 30 - October 3
http://waste.informatik.hu-berlin.de/peter/fiff/2004/haupt-detail.html#rg

Invited Talk – “Privacy and Security for Civil Society” – Social Technology Brewing Company, Toronto, Canada, September 9, 2004
http://www.mymailout.com/mymailout/do/news/view?id=10905

“Privacy and Security for Civil Society” : Wizards of OS 3 – “The future of the digital commons” – Panelist: “Privacy Enhancing Technologies”, Berlin, Germany, June 10-13, 2004
http://www.wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=554&L=3

    · Panel Presentation – “Privacy Enhancing tools”
    · Panel Presentation – “The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)”

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – “Debriefing with German Civil Society strategy group.”, Berlin, Germany, March 4th, 2004 http://www.worldsummit2003.de/de/web/592.htm

Privaterra – “Secure communications & screening of Hactivista Documentary”, Netzwerk Neue Medien, Berlin, Germany, March 4th, 2004
http://www.nnm-ev.de/themen/cyberwar/28940.html

“World Summit on the Information Society” – Panelist. Vancouver Community Network (VCN), Vancouver, Canada, October 29, 2003.
http://www2.vcn.bc.ca/wsis_panel

2nd Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders, Frontline- The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – Invited Speaker:“Information technology, electronic communications and security”. Dublin, Ireland, September 11, 2003

“Towards an Open Information Society: United Nations Development Program’s Global Meeting on ICT for Development” – Panelist: “The Right to Communicate (Security, Surveillance, privacy and Censorship)”, Ottawa, Canada, 8-10 July, 2003
http://www.sdnp.undp.org/it4dev/gpm

Invited Lecture – “Seguridad y Privacidad - Desarrollando Capacidad Local”, Centro Cultural Avanzada Tecnólogica (CCAT), Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Facultad de Ingeneria Industrial y de Sistemas, Lima, Peru, May 17, 2003

13th Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP2003) Conference, New York, New York (USA), April 1-4, 2003
http://www.cfp2003.org

    · Panel Presentation – “Human Rights and the Internet”
    · Panel Presentation – “The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)”
    · Birds of a Feather (BOF) Session – “Free Software and Human Rights”

Invited Lecture – “Privaterra – Sécurité des Nouvelles Technologies et les ONG de doits de l’homme”, Criminalité et Sécurité des Nouvelles Technologies, INFORGE - Ecole des HEC, Université de Lausanne. Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2003

Regional Preparatory Ministerial Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Summit on the Information Society – Panelist: “Analysis of the existing stock of human capital and what is required in that regard to meet the challenge posed by the new information society.” Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 29-31 January 2003
http://www.indotel.org.do/wsis

Software Libre y Derechos Humanos, Reunion Lugosac, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala City Guatemala, November 30, 2002
http://www.privaterra.org/downloads/SoftwareLibre/SoftwareLibre_DDHH.html

The Bucharest Pan-European Conference in preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society – Panelist: “Quality of life in the Information Society”. Bucharest, Romania, November 7-9, 2002

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) Annual Meeting, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, October 5, 2002 http://www.cpsr.org/conferences/annmtg02/index.html

3rd Global Summit on Community Networking in the Digital Era - Global CN 2002, Montréal, Québec, Canada, October 7 – 12, 2002
http://www.communautique.qc.ca/cmic-wfcn/index_an.html

      · Workshop - Privacy Training Workshop for Human Rights Activists
      · Panel Presentation - Civil Liberties Post September 11
      · Roundtable - World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

Information Rights Salon, Faculty of Information Sciences, University of Toronto, Securing Human Rights through Privacy Technology and Education. Toronto, Canada, September 24, 2003
http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/research/inforights/Privaterra-Presentation.ppt

World Civil Society Forum, “Who’s watching the Internet? (Security and Privacy”, Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG). Geneva, Switzerland, July 11-19, 2002

12th Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP2002), “Birds of a Feather Session (BOF) - CPSR / Privaterra Update”. San Francisco, CA (USA), April 16-19, 2002

Invited Lecture to Center for Internet and Society Speakers Series, Privaterra – Securing Human Rights, Stanford Law School. Stanford, CA (USA), April 15, 2002

Invited Lecture to the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), 2001 Annual Meeting, entitled “Privacy: An International Perspective”. Washington, DC (USA), November 7, 2001

Mann, S., Guerra, R. (2001) The Witnessential Net.

Fifth International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC). Zurich, Switzerland, October 8-9, 2001

Invited Lecture to the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) – Activists Meeting, entitled “Human Rights Privacy and Security – Update and Next Steps”. Palo Alto, CA (USA), June 23-24, 2001

Invited Speaker to the Eleventh Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP2001), entitled “Guatemala Field Report: Human Rights Security”. Cambridge, MA (USA), March 6-9, 2001

Invited Speaker to the Second Millennium Mac-Crypto Conference on Macintosh Cryptography and Internet Commerce, entitled “Privacy Legislation and the Internet Mac”. Cupertino, California (USA), January 29-31, 2001

Invited Lecture to Internet Applications and Issues (LIS 2108), Faculty of Information Sciences, University of Toronto, entitled “Internet Privacy”. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), October 18, 2000

Invited Lecture to Kitchener-Waterloo Internet User’s Group, entitled “Introduction to Online Privacy”. Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), September 26, 2000

Invited Lecture to Toronto WebGrrls, entitled “An Introduction to Online Privacy”. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), August 2000

Invited lecture to Toronto Linux User’s Group, entitled “Privacy for Unix Developers”. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), May 2000

Conferences

UN World Summit on the Information Society – Preparatory Conference 3 (PrepCom 3), Civil Society advisor to Canadian Government Delegation. Geneva, Switzerland, February, 2005
http://www.itu.int/wsis/

World Summit on the Information Society, Civil Society Bureau meeting. Cape Town, South Africa, 5-6 December 2004.

African Electronic Privacy and Public Voice Symposium. Cape Town, South Africa, 5 December 2004 http://www.thepublicvoice.org/events/capetown04/default.html

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) , Sixth Annual Meeting. Cape Town, South Africa, 1-5 December, 2004 http://www.icann.org/meetings/capetown/

International Colloquium - "Effective Use of ICTs for Defending and Promoting Human Rights", Boston, USA, 5-7 November 2004

13th CACR Information Security Workshop and 5th Annual Privacy and Security Workshop, “Privacy and Security: Seeking the Middle Path.” Jointly organized by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy (University of Toronto), and the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (University of Waterloo).

The Faculty Club, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, October 28-29, 2004 http://www.cacr.math.uwaterloo.ca/conferences/2004/isw/announcement.html

FIfF (Forum Informatiker Innen fuer Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung e.V., or Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility) , 20th annual meeting on critical computer science at Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany, September 30 - October 3
http://waste.informatik.hu-berlin.de/peter/fiff/2004/

Wizards of OS 3 – “The future of the digital commons”, Berlin, Germany, June 10-13, 2004 http://www.wizards-of-os.org

5th Fórum Internacional do Software Livre, Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 3-5, 2004 http://www.softwarelivre.org/forum2004/

DebConf 4- 5th annual Debian Developers. Porto Alegre, Brazil, May 26th - June 2nd http://www.debconf.org/debconf4/

14th Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP2003) Conference. Berkeley, California (USA), April 1-4, 2003 http://www.cfp2004.org

The 1st Annual Penguin Day. Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 28, 2004 http://www.penguinday.org/

The 2004 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 25-27, 2004 http://www.nten.org/ntc

Informal Preparatory “Brainstorming” Meeting for UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Tunis, Tunisia, March 3-4, 2004 http://www.itu.int/wsis/documents/doc_single-en-1192.asp

United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Geneva, December 10th, 2003 http://www.itu.int/wsis/

12th CACR Information Security Workshop and 4th Annual Privacy and Security Workshop, “Privacy and Security: The Next Wave.” Jointly organized by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy (University of Toronto), and the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (University of Waterloo).

The Faculty Club, University of Toronto, November 6-7, 2003, Toronto, Canada http://www.cacr.math.uwaterloo.ca/conferences/2003/isw-twelfth/announcement.html

International Symposium on the Information Society, Human Dignity and Human Rights. Organized by PDHRE, People’s Movement for Human Rights Education, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the European Commission and the Government of Mali, Chair of the Human Security Network. November 3-4, 2003, Palais des Nations. Geneva, Switzerland, http://www.pdhre.org/wsis/

UN World Summit on the Information Society – Preparatory Conference 3 (PrepCom 3), Head of delegation for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR). Geneva, Switzerland, September 14-26, 2003 http://www.itu.int/wsis/

2nd Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders, Frontline - The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. Dublin, Ireland, September 11, 2003

Towards an Open Information Society: UNDP’s Global Meeting on ICT for Development”, United Nations Development Program. Ottawa, Canada, 8-10 July, 2003 http://www.sdnp.undp.org/it4dev/gpm

"Towards the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) - Renewed Roles for the Private Sector", United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force - Regional Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-13 June 2003 http://www.unicttaskforce.org/regional/lacnet/rio/announcement.asp

IV Conferencia Internacional de Comunicación Social, Perspectivas de la Comunicación para el Cambio Social; Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla. Colombia, May 20-21, 2003 http://www.ourmedianet.org/

“Lei de Patenente Brasileira, Acesso a Medicamentos e Desenvolvimiento Tecnológico”, Organized by Campaign on Access on Essential Medicines, Medicins sans Frontiers (MSF). Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 4 May 2003

13th Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP2003) Conference, New York, New York (USA). April 1-4, 2003 http://www.cfp2003.org

UN World Summit on the Information Society – Preparatory Conference 2 (PrepCom 2), Advisor to and Member of Canadian Government Delegation. Geneva, Switzerland, February 17-28, 2003 http://www.itu.int/wsis/

Second UNECE Workshop on “E-Regulations: E-Security and Knowledge Economy”, Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development, Working Party on Industry and Enterprise Development, Team of Specialists on Internet Enterprise Development, United Nations Economic Council for Europe (UNECE). Geneva, Switzerland, 12 February 2003 http://www.unece.org/press/pr2002/02opa21e.htm

IT4ALL – International Congress - Opportunities and challenges for the regions in the new Information Society. Bilbao, Spain, February 5-7, 2003 http://www.bilbaoit4all.com

Regional Preparatory Ministerial Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Summit on the Information Society. Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 29-31 January 2003 http://www.indotel.org.do/wsis

InterNation: Governance and Governments in Cyberspace; Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 24, 2003 http://www.innovationlaw.org/tip/pages/internation.htm

The Bucharest Pan-European Ministerial Conference in preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Bucharest, Romania, November 7-9, 2002 http://www.wsis-romania.ro/

3rd Global Summit on Community Networking in the Digital Era - Global CN 2002. Montréal, Québec, Canada, October 7-12, 2002 http://www.communautique.qc.ca/cmic-wfcn/index_an.html

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) Annual Meeting. Boston (Harvard University), October 5-6, 2002 http://www.cpsr.org/conferences/annmtg02/index.html

World Civil Society Forum, Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG). Geneva, Switzerland, July 11-19, 2002

UN World Summit on the Information Society – Preparatory Conference 1 (PrepCom 1), Chef du Mission for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility Delegation. Geneva, Switzerland, July 1-5, 2002

International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS’02), Social Implications of Information and Communication Technology. Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, June 6-8, 2002

Shaping the Network Society - Patterns for Participation, Action and Change, DIAC- 02 Symposium. Seattle, Washington (USA), May 16-19, 2002

Grafstein Lecture in Communications Law and Policy - "Lawrence Lessig - Free Culture”, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 17, 2002 http://innovationlaw.org/lawforum/pages/grafstein_lecture.htm

Censorship and Privacy: Civil Liberties in the Digital Age" - The Third Annual Technology and Intellectual Property Group Conference, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), January 25, 2002

Conference Co-Chair, 8th CACR Information Security Workshop and 2nd Annual Privacy and Security Workshop, “The Human Face of Privacy Technology.”, Information Privacy Commission of Ontario and the Center for Applied Cryptographic Research (University of Waterloo). Toronto, Ontario (Canada), November 1-2, 2001

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Annual Meeting, Nuturing the Cybercommons”, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA), October 19-21, 2001

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Activists Roundtable, Bentley College in Waltham, MA (USA), March 4, 2001

6th CACR Information Security Workshop and First Annual Privacy and Security Workshop, “Incorporating Privacy into the Security Domain: Issues and Solutions.Information Privacy Commission of Ontario and the Center for Applied Cryptographic Research (University of Waterloo). Toronto, Ontario (Canada), November 10, 2001

Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association,Canadian Wireless 2000 Conference & Trade Show. Toronto, Ontario (Canada), May 29-31, 2000

Workshops and Seminars

"Security Technology tools review – a consultation”, FIfF (Forum Informatiker Innen fuer Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung e.V., or Computer Professionals for Peace and Social Responsibility), 20th annual meeting on critical computer science at Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany, September 30 -October 3
http://waste.informatik.hu-berlin.de/peter/fiff/2004/agtut-detail.html#pet

Intellectual Property: Free Content - Free Culture”, Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2004
http://www.wizards-of-os.org/index.php?id=1564&L=3

Free and Open Source Solutions – A consultation”, In collaboration with The Tactical Technology Collective. Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 3, 2004
http://www.tacticaltech.org/latinsource/brazil-meeting

ICTs in the service of Human Rights - Human rights defenders, Computers, and communications technology”, Open Society Institute. Budapest, Hungary, May 18th, 2004

ICTs in the service of Human Rights - Human rights defenders, Computers, and communications technology”, In collaboration with Peace Brigades International (PBI) and Front Line: The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. Bukavu and Goma - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), May 6-16, 2004

ICTs in the service of Human Rights - Human rights defenders, Computers, and communications technology”, Centre for Innovation Law & Pro-Bono Students Association, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada, March 9, 2004

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) debriefing session, Sectoral Commission on Culture, Communication and Information, Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Ottawa, Canada, January 23, 2004 http://www.unesco.ca/

The use of computers and communications technology for the enhancement of the human rights defenders work”. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan 2004 http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/news/824

Geneva, Switzerland, December 11, 2003 - Facilitator and Moderator - Geneva & Beyond: Operationalizing Recommendations of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to Help Achieve Millennium Development Goals Video Conference & On-Line Discussion.

Geneva, Switzerland, December 10th, 2003 - “Securing Rights, Inclusion and Security in the Information Society” : United Nations Development Program/ Smithsonian Institute – Facilitator: Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT-4D) Platform, United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, http://www.undp.org/ohr/wsis/

“International Symposium on the Information Society, Human Dignity and Human Rights.” – Invited Panelist.
November 3-4, 2003, Palais des Nations. Geneva, Switzerland,
http://www.pdhre.org/wsis/homepage.html

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 29/9/2003 – 3/10/2003 - Trainer / Instructor : Internet and Intranets Workshop, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Latin American Program

Geneva, Switzerland, September 17, 2003 - Facilitator and Moderator - Global Videoconference on The UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Promoting National Action for Dynamic and Inclusive Information Society.

Island of Vis, Croatia, August 29 – September 6, 2003 – “Summer Source Software Camp for NGO’s”
http://www.tacticaltech.org/summersource/

The Summer Source Camp brought together a focused group of stakeholders and allies working to foster Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) solutions for the non-profit sector across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Lima, Peru, May 7–17, 2003 – Workshop: “ICTs and Human Rights
Non-Governmental Organizations – Privacy Enhancing policies, technologies and tools”. Funded by Open Society Institute (OSI)

Bogota, Colombia, April 9-16, 2003 – Workshop: “ICTs and Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations – Privacy Enhancing policies, technologies and tools”. Funded by Open Society Institute (OSI)

Toronto, Canada, October 25, 2002 - Roundtable on Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace - Consultation with Canadian NGOs - Canadian Commission for UNESCO, http://www.unesco.ca/

Toronto, Canada, October 24, 2002 - Roundtable: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Consultation with Canadian NGOs - Canadian Commission for UNESCO, http://www.unesco.ca/

Global Videoconference on WSIS: Promoting National Action for
Dynamic and Inclusive Information Society.” : Development Gateway in partnership with the World Bank, Global Development Learning Network, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Geneva, Switzerland, September 17, 2003

Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 17 – 24, 2002 - Workshop: “Martus Project ”. In Collaboration with Benetech Initiative

Guatemala City, Guatemala, August 16 – 17, 2002 – Workshop: Encryption Tools and Communications Security”.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 2002 – Workshops for International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) Clearing House and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

World Civil Society Forum, “Training Session on human rights with a special focus on minorities and indigenous peoples”, Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland, July 11-12, 2002

New York City (USA), June 13-17, 2002 – Workshop: Privacy and Security Workshop for Human Rights NGO’s. Funded by TechFoundation Grant

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Berkeley Area Activists Meeting, Berkeley, CA (USA), April 14, 2002

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Palo Alto Area Activists Meeting, “Privaterra – Securing Human Rights”, Palo Alto, CA (USA), April 14, 2002

Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, “Public Forum on Draft Ontario Privacy Legislation”, Toronto, Ontario (Canada), March 22, 2002

Invited Lecturer, Seguridad en Democrácia (SEDEM), “Workshop: Encryption Tools and Communications Security”, Guatemala City, Guatemala, December 1 – 6, 2001

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Bay Area Activists Meeting, Palo Alto, California (USA), Aug 11th, 2001

Invited Lecturer, Centre for Justice and Accountability, “Introduction to PGP”, San Francisco, California (USA), June 27th, 2001

Invited Lecturer, Fundación Rigoberta Menchú Tum (FRMT)Introduction to email and disk encryption”, Guatemala City (Guatemala), June 2001

Attended, Harvard Information Infrastructure Project – Spring 2001 Seminar, “Wiretapping the Net” given by Dave Banisar, Deputy Director, Privacy International & Senior Fellow, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA), March 5, 2001

Invited Lecturer, Asociación para el Estudio y Promoción de la Seguridad en Democrácia (SEDEM), “Workshop: Encryption Tools for Human Rights Workers”, Guatemala City, Guatemala, February 28 – March 3, 2001

Invited Lecturer, Asociación para el Estudio y Promoción de la Seguridad en Democrácia, “Workshop: Introduction to Encryption tools and Privacy Enhancing Technologies”, Guatemala City, Guatemala, February 1 - 2, 2001

Published Articles

Comments submitted to the Departments of Justice, the Solicitor-General and Industry Canada in consideration of the Council of Europe Convention on Cyber-crime and the Lawful Access Consultation Document, Ottawa, November 21, 2002
http://www.lexinformatica.org/dox/privaterra_la.pdf

Mladen, C., Guerra, R., Privacy and Security: New Technologies for NGOs, Rights News, Center for the Study of Human Rights - Columbia University, Volume 24 (1), Fall 2002 http:// www.columbia.edu/cu/humanrights/rn_2002.pdf

Clement, A., Guerra, R., Johnson, J. and Stalder, F. National Identification Schemes (NIDS): A Remedy Against Terrorist Attack?, in Brunnstein, K. & Berleur, J. (editors), Human Choice and Computers: Issues of Choice and Quality of Life in the Information Society, IFIP 17, World Computer Congress, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, 2002, pp 195-205.

Clement, A., Stadler, F., Johnson, J. and Guerra, R. National Identification Schemes (NIDS): A Remedy Against Terrorist Attack? – The Sixth Conference on Human Choice and Computers (HCC6) / IFIP World Computer Congress, Montréal, August 25-30, 2002 http://www.wcc2002.org/en/index.html

Guerra, R. CPSR Announces Privaterra, PING! - Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Volume 2., Number 3&4, Winter/Sprint 2002

Clement, A., Stadler, F., Johnson, J. and Guerra, R. National Identification Schemes (NIDS) and the Fight against Terrorism: FAQ Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), November 2001. http://www.cpsr.org/program/natlID/natlIDfaq.html

HCV Genotypes in Toronto, epidemiology and Implications. W.B. McNaull, M.Gearon, R. Guerra, S.V. Feinman, Hepatitis Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, 15th Annual Sheila Sherlock Research Day, April 6th, 2004, Toronto, Canada

Universidad de Navarra, Boletín del Centro de Technología Informatica, “A Examen – Internet: que es y para que sirve (II)”, No. 6, March 1995

Universidad de Navarra, Boletín del Centro de Technología Informatica, “A Examen – Internet: que es y para que sirve (I)”, No. 5, February 1995

Press/Media Interviews

Cited, “Police want new powers for web era”, Canadian Press, August 24, 2004
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2004/08/24/599117.html

Cited, "Privacy Concerns Dog Google's E-Mail Plans", DMNews - The Online Newspaper of Record for Direct Marketers, April 12, 2004,
http://www.dmnews.com/cgi-bin/artprevbot.cgi?article_id=27113

Cited, “Datamatix Dubtech Summit concludes: more initiatives required to thrust regional managers to the role of CIOs”, AME Info News, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 15th, 2004

Cited, “Over 80 IT professionals attend 9th Dubtech Summit”, Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates, Jan 14th, 2004

Translator and Consultant, HACKTIVISTA, 3 X 1 hour documentary for TV Ontario (TVO), Canada, Producer House on Fire, Director Mike Downie, Editor Jeff Fowler
http://www.citizenlab.org/hacktivista/

Interviewed and Cited, “Civil society angry at being sidelined at WSIS”, Emrakeb Assefa, The Highway Africa News Agency, December 9, 2003
http://www.highwayafrica.org.za/hana/

Feature Interview/Radio Documentary, “Guatemala Documentary”, Monica Kidd, The Current – National Morning Radio Show, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canada, December 2, 2003
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2003/200312/20031202.html

Interviewed and Cited, “War on Electronic Privacy – Attendees of Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference fight for high tech civil liberties”,
Annalee Newitz, San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2003
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2003/04/10/cfp.DTL

Interviewed and Citied, “Net-Privacy Activists Bemoan Anti-Terror Agenda”, Andy Sullivan and Eric Auchard, Reuters, April 2, 2003

Interviewed and Cited, “Safe Haven”, Will Rodger, Interactive Week,
July 16, 2001
http://www.interactiveweek.com/article/0,3658,s%253D600%2526a%253D7914,00.asp

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Dr. Kathrin Hahne, Principal Officer with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in Germany

Dr. Kathrin Hahne is a Principal Officer with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in Germany and is in charge of international cooperation in media affairs. She is a member of the group of specialists on public service broadcasting in the information society under the authority of the CDMC.

Kathrin Hahne is specialised in national and international broadcasting and communications law and policy, with a particular focus on the protection of minors. She was a formerly fellow with the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM) at the University of Muenster and a visiting scholar at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford.

Possible Links:

www.kulturstaatsministerin.de (Federal Government Commissioner)
http://www.uni-muenster.de/Jura.itm/ie.html (ITM, University of Münster)
http://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk/ (PCMLP)

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Henry Ingberg, Secrétaire général du Ministère de la Communauté française, Bruxelles

Le Ministère de la Communauté française, Bruxelles, c’est une institution qui gère les matières suivantes: la culture, l’audiovisuel, l’enseignement, la recherche scientifique, les infrastructures, l’aide à la jeunesse, le sport et la santé.

Outre la direction du Ministère, il a plus particulièrement sous sa responsabilité directe le Service général de l’audiovisuel et le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel.

Il est docteur en droit et licencié en études théâtrales.

Henry Ingberg est également professeur pour la gestion des institutions culturelles à l’Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) et au Centre d’Etudes théâtrales (C.E.T.) de l’Université Catholique de Louvain.

Expert auprès d’organismes internationaux, il a notamment présidé le Comité des Affaires culturelles et le Groupe audiovisuel chargés de préparer les résolutions du Conseil des Ministres durant la Présidence belge de l’Union européenne.

MANDATS

    · Commissaire du Gouvernement auprès de la RTBF,
    · Président du Festival théâtral de Liège
    · Président d’Eurovisioni (groupe de réflexion d’experts internationaux en audiovisuel)
    · Président du Centre de Théâtre-Action
    · Vice-Président du Théâtre National de la Communauté française, de la Médiathèque de la Communauté française, du Musée de l’Orfèvrerie de la Communauté française à Seneffe et de la  Fondation Prométhéa,  chargée de la promotion du mécénat,
    · Administrateur notamment dans les institutions suivantes : Botanique, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Atelier théâtral Jean Vilar de Louvain-la-Neuve.
    · Président du Comité des Hauts-Fonctionnaires de TV5

PUBLICATION

Auteur de nombreux articles et rapports sur la culture et l’audiovisuel.

DISCTINCTIONS HONORIQUES

Commandeur de l’ordre de la Couronne (ordre belge)
Officier des Arts et des Lettres (ordre français)

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Dinko Kanchev, Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation

Family name: Kanchev; first and second name: Dinko Yordanov
Born: 10/03/1954, Sofia, Bulgaria
Sex: male
Nationality: Bulgarian
Family status: Married
Education: Faculty of Law, ”St. Kliment Ohridski” University - Sofia
Degree: Master of Law

Professional Experience

1981-1985: Prosecutor
1985-1994: Expert at the Council for Criminological Research at the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Since 1994: Lawyer (Member of the Sofia Bar Association)
Since 1998: Work for Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation

Main activities in the field of criminology

1986: Two-month’s specialization at the All-Union Institute for Crime Prevention and Control at the General Prosecutor’s Office, Moscow, Russia
1987: Short-term specialization at the Helsinki Institute for Crime Prevention and Control Affiliated with the UN (HEUNI), Helsinki, Finland
1992: Participation in the conference on the organization of crime prevention (organized by CoE), Athens, Greece
1993: Participation in the regular session of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CoE-CDPC), Strasbourg, France
1996: Participation in the conference on the participants in the criminal trial (organized by CoE), Strasbourg, France
2003: Participation in the 22nd Criminological Research Conference, Strasbourg, France

Main activities in the field of human rights promotion and protection

1998: Participation in the seminar on anti-discrimination law (with the support of the Utrecht University), Utrecht, the Netherlands
1999: Participation in the conference on NGO’s and the prevention of torture (organized by APT), Athens, Greece
2001: Trial observation on behalf of Amnesty International, Patras, Greece. (It was a criminal trial, where the defendant was a Greek police officer accused of having applied inadmissible violence towards two Roma boys under arrest on the suspicion to have committed attempted burglary.)
2002: Participation in the activities of the working group called by the Bulgarian Government to prepare the Draft Protection Against Discrimination Act. The Bulgarian Parliament in the middle of 2003 adopted the Act.
2002: Participation in the conference on defamation and the freedom of expression (CoE), Strasbourg, France
2004: Participation in the conference on “Human rights – disability – children” (CoE), Strasbourg, France

2002, 2003:Lecturer at training seminars of magistrates on human rights issues, 8 applications under the European Convention on Human Rights prepared on my own or jointly with other colleagues, filed with and registered by the European Court of Human Rights; experience in project coordination and implementation (within the scope of activities of Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights):

    · Project “Police – a community oriented structure”, finalized in 2002;
    · Project dedicated to the compliance of Bulgarian law and practice with the standards established by the ECtHR, to apply the European Convention on Human Rights (current, to be finalized in 2006)

Author of at least 25 studies and articles in criminal law, criminal procedural law, criminology and human rights law

Author of at least 220 written materials and consultations for the media

Vice-President of Bulgarian Association of Criminology

Member of the Board of Managers of Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation

Member of Bulgarian Union of Scientists

Languages

English – reading (excellent), writing (excellent), speaking (excellent); Russian - reading (excellent), writing (good), speaking (good)

For contacts: Dinko Kanchev
Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation
49 Gurko St., entr. A, fl.3, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Tel./fax: +359 2/986 66 23
e-mail : hrlawyer@blhr.org and d_kanchevbg@yahoo.com

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Mark Kelly, Human Rights Consultants

Mark Kelly is an international human rights lawyer. He is Director of the independent consultancy firm Human Rights Consultants (HRC), on behalf of which he works as an expert adviser to clients including the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union. Before founding HRC, he served as Head of Unit in the Secretariat of the Council of Europe’s European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).

He has lectured and published extensively in the areas of human rights, the prevention of ill-treatment and combating racism.

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Stuart Lawley, International Foundation for Online Responsibility

IFFOR Overview

The mission of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR) is to contribute programs, tools, and resources to make a difference in the ongoing battle against child pornography and to become a forum for the online adult-entertainment community to communicate and proactively respond to the needs and concerns of the broader Internet community.

IFFOR is a not-for-profit organization. Its board of directors will consist of representatives from the various stakeholders, including child-safety representatives, members of the free speech and civil liberties community, and adult entertainment industry leaders. Through open and collaborative discussions, this board will develop reasonable and responsible policies, initiatives, and business practices that serve the needs of the online adult-entertainment community, while also promoting the industry’s efforts to make the internet safer for children, parents, and consumers.

Stuart Lawley Bio

Stuart Lawley is the Chairman of IFFOR and the Chairman and President of ICM Registry, the .xxx Top Level Domain registry operator. He is an experienced Chairman and Chief Executive who has developed and successfully managed a number of UK businesses in office technology and the Internet. Stuart was Chief Executive of Eurofax Ltd, Alto Group Ltd and Chairman of Oneview.net plc (all UK Companies). Oneview.net plc was a public company which listed on the Alternative Investment Market (a market similar to NASDAQ in the US) of the London Stock Exchange through an IPO. At the time of sale, it had grown from inception to over 400 employees in just 15 months.

Prior to Oneview, Stuart was CEO of Alto Group Ltd, which doubled in size to over 250 employees during his tenure.

His first business, Eurofax, grew at a compound rate of over 40% consistently over 12 years. In addition, Stuart is an investor in and Chairman of Definitive Electronic Solutions Inc. He has a BSc in Engineering from the University of London, England.

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Pär Lundgren, Institution for Culture and Communication, University of Karlstad Sweden.

Since 1999 he has been co-ordinator of the European Schoolnet Virtual School Media Department, www.eun.org and since 2002 Project Manager for the EC project Alliance for a Media Literate Europe, www.allmediaeurope.se (ALLMEDIA) and Pär has an exam from University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in Stockholm, Poppius Journalist School and Berghs Practical advertising in Stockholm. He has published scripts for radio and television, articles for newspapers and a number of trainingbooks for media education. He has studied international relations with a focus on developing countries, and has a Master of Art in Education at Greenwich University in London U.K. with a research project called “Project Management – making it work in school” on the development of projectivity in the public sector by adaption of a projectivity method from Swedish international telecom company Ericsson.

In 2002 he completed a study for the European Commission Dg Education and Culture called "Media Literacy and Image education in Denmark, Finland and Sweden".

Following the ALLMEDIA project, currently he is member of a steering group developing a European Charter for Media Literacy, as well as representing the ALLMEDIA project in the meetings of the European Forum and Group of Specialists on Human Rights in the Information Society; responsible behaviour by key actors at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg.

Presently, he is project manager for a pre-study for the 6th World Summit Conference on Media for Children and Adolescents in Karlstad Sweden 2010.

The ALLMEDIA project brings together a diverse alliance of schools, universities, companies, individuals and other formal and non-formal educational organizations, to create a pan-European non-profit network organization that will be a key force in bringing media literacy education to all pupils and students in Europe, their parents, their teachers, and others who care about youth.

Objectives

Media literacy is an essential life skill for the 21st century. It is the process of applying literacy skills to media and technology messages, learning to skilfully interpret, analyse, and create messages. As communication technologies transform society, they impact our understanding of our communities, our diverse culture, and ourselves. This project empowers people to be both critical thinkers and creative producers of an increasingly wide range of messages using image, moving image, language, and sound.

Targets

To stimulate growth in media literacy education in the European Union by organizing and providing networking, and information exchange. To help all people to be able to critically analyse and create messages using the wide variety of technological tools now available in and out of school.

Bringing together a diverse alliance of schools, universities, companies, individuals and other formal and non-formal educational organizations, to create a pan-European non-profit network organization that will be a key force in bringing media literacy education to all pupils and students in Europe, their parents, their teachers, and others who care about youth.

Vision

A Europe with media literate peopel with skills for the 21th Century who:

      · understands digital literacy from different perspectives: Media Literacy, Information Literacy, Technological Literacy, Social competence and responsibility
      · realises that life long learning is needed to be able to apply this knowledge and these skills, into education, civic engagement and in workplace
      · is trained to use eLearning as a tool for learning using his or her individual learning style
      · has the skills to critically read, analyse, evaluate, and produce communications in a variety of digital media
      · can identify and actively create a European added value when working across national and cultural boarders

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Meryem Marzouki, European Digital Rights (EDRI)

Dr Meryem Marzouki is a senior researcher with the French National Public Research Center (CNRS), currently with the Computer Science Laboratory of Paris 6 (LIP6). Dealing with relationships between ICTs, public policies and the public space following a multi-disciplinary approach, her current research interests include Internet governance, human rights and the transformation of the rule of law.

As part of her volunteering activities, Meryem Marzouki is the President of the French NGO IRIS (Imaginons un réseau Internet solidaire, a founding member of EDRI) and is co-chairing the Civil Society Human Rights Caucus at the World Summit on the Information Society, formed by more than 60 international and national NGOs from all parts of the world to address human rights in the information society issues in WSIS framework (www.iris.sgdg.org/actions/smsi/hr-wsis).

Meryem Marzouki is the author of several publications and talks on Internet governance, human rights and democracy, as part of both her scientific and NGO activities.

Contact details:

LIP6/PolyTIC Laboratory, 8 rue du Capitaine Scott, 75015 Paris, France; Meryem.Marzouki@lip6.fr

IRIS (Imaginons un réseau Internet solidaire). 294 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France; Meryem.Marzouki@iris.sgdg.org - www.iris.sgdg.org

About the EDRI

European Digital Rights (EDRI) was founded in June 2002. EDRI is the first and largest European non-governmental organization dealing with human rights in the information society. Currently 21 privacy and civil rights organizations from 41 different countries in Europe have EDRI membership.

Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces and expertise to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among European organizations is increasing as more regulation regarding the Internet, copyright and privacy is originating from the European Union.

Some examples of regulations and developments that have the attention of European Digital Rights are data retention requirements, spam, telecommunications interception, copyright and fair use restrictions, the cyber-crime treaty, rating, filtering and blocking of internet content and notice-and-takedown procedures of websites.

European Digital Rights takes an active interest in developments regarding these subjects in all 46 member states of the Council of Europe.

Since January 2003, European Digital Rights produces EDRI-gram, a bi-weekly newsletter about digital civil rights in Europe.

European Digital Rights is an international non-profit association (AISBL) under Belgium law granted by decree Nr7/CDLF/14.853/S of 12 February 2003 and registered in Brussels.

More information on EDRI is available at: www.edri.org. The statutes of European Digital Rights are available in English and French (www.edri.org/files/edri_statutes_english.pdf,
www.edri.org/files/edri_statuts_francais.pdf).

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Shereen Meharg, Microsoft Corporate Responsibility Manager for MSN Europe, Middle East & Africa

Shereen joined Microsoft five years ago as Marketing Manager, MSN UK, where she managed both on-line and off-line marketing campaigns for MSN’s communications products in the UK market. She quickly built up a reputation for being a consumer champion, and it was at that time that she was tasked with focusing on online child safety as well as becoming the MSN UK spokesperson for these issues.

Within a short space of time, demonstrating an unswerving commitment to tackling consumer concerns, she became responsible for developing all of MSN’s Child Protection strategies, driving such initiatives as closing all of MSN’s chat rooms in Europe and developing the MSN global online Safety Resource Centre.

Now, as Corporate Responsibility Manager, MSN, EMEA, her remit has been expanded to include not only developing strategies around Child Safety, but also MSN Citizenship, Cross-Organisational Corporate Responsibility Alignment, and Consumer Education for the EMEA region.

Shereen has been a key player in shaping the agenda for these issues and co-ordinating MSN’s relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, including Microsoft Corp, NGOs and competitors, acting as a focal point for child safety activity and strategy development throughout the Microsoft and MSN network. She also has interests in lobbying and informing policy makers at all levels within the company, key external organisations and government.

Shereen was born in Bahrain and lives in London with her partner, who she takes great delight in thrashing at tennis.

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Laura Oana Stefan, Ministry of Justice of Romania

KEY EXPERTISE

Laura Stefan is a legal adviser with over five years of experience in Romania on USAID development projects. She is currently the Director of the Department for the relation with the Public Ministry, Prevention of Crime and Corruption in the Romanian Ministry of Justice. In this capacity she is responsible for the drafting, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy 2005-2007.

She worked previously as a Legal Policy Advisor with Development Alternatives, Inc. where she was responsible for drafting the legal framework for decentralization in Romania and for promoting decentralization in the area of social assistance. Before that, she was the Legal Local Government Transparency Specialist with DAI and, as such, worked in the following areas: legal and regulatory reform in the area of public administration, anti-corruption – including integrity testing for judges and prosecutors in Romania, freedom of information, citizens’ participation to the decision-making process, lobby, public disclosure, conflict of interests and incompatibilities.

As a Legal Advisor with IRIS Center, her key activities included conducting legal research and providing legal advice on legal and regulatory reforms pertaining to economic development in Romania, stimulating the business associations to participate in the policy debate, and offering legal advice for developing a survey focused on assessing the perception of the Romanian business environment vis-à-vis the regulatory burden and the activity of the judiciary.

Success in these areas depended on developing excellent working relations with the various Government Ministries, Parliament Members, NGOs and the donor community.

To add an academic perspective to her practical understanding of issues pertaining to East European States, Ms. Stefan enrolled in and graduated from the LLM (Master of Laws) program organized by Cambridge University, UK in 2003-2004. Her focus areas were WTO and International Economic Law, EC Trade Law, EC Competition Law and EC and UK Intellectual Property Law.

WORK EXPERIENCE

March 2005 – present: Director, Ministry of Justice, Romania

One of the biggest challenges of Romania on its way to accession to the European Union is to prove that it is able to draft, implement and monitor a realistic National Anticorruption Strategy that will address efficiently the issue of high level corruption. The Romanian Ministry of Justice has taken the lead role in prioritizing the areas for action in the next period, as well as in ensuring the overall coordination of all the efforts originating from other actors with anticorruption competences.

    · Drafted the National Anticorruption Strategy (NAS) 2005-2007 and its Action Plan on the basis of various assessments made on Romania and with the large consultation of NGOs.

    · Coordinated directly with all the other state institutions with competences in the implementation of NAS 2005-2007. Kept close communication with NGOs active in the field, as well as with the donor community, with a particular emphasis on the European institutions.

    · Acted as the high representative of Romania near GRECO and took over the representation tasks in other international conferences and meetings.

    · Coordinated and provided consultancy in drafting of various pieces of anticorruption legislation.

    · Coordinated and provided consultancy in the elaboration of studies and in the analysis of survey data on the corruption phenomenon in Romania.

    · Designed, evaluated and advices on the implementation of anticorruption projects by NGOs

    · Provided programmatic supervision and professional development activities for a team of 12 people.

August 2004 – Dec. 2004: Legal Policy Advisor, Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) Romania

DAI implements the Governance Reform and Sustainable Partnerships (GRASP) program in Romania, an USAID-funded program. GRASP is designed to strengthen Romanian local governance and civil society and to enhance the administrative, financial and political dimensions of the national governance environment impacting local government.

    · Advised the Ministry of Public Administration and Interior on drafting legislation for implementing the decentralization strategy for Romania. This resulted in the methodological norms for the implementation of the decentralization law.

    · Designed the template contracts for contracting out social assistance services and created a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the general quality standards with regard to social assistance services, in close consultation with DFID and PHARE experts. These templates shall be used in the future by all local public administrations in their relations with the providers of social assistance services.

    · Co-supervision of an administrative assistant.

Jan. 2003 – Aug. 2004: Legal Local Government Transparency Specialist, DAI Romania

    · Conducted comparative legal research on public administration reform issues on USA and EU member countries legal systems.

    · Designed the Freedom of Information and Transparency Training Program and conducted over 20 trainings for over 200 local governments in Romania; developed the curriculum and the training materials making sure that they combined a theoretical approach with a very practical one. The participants were guided to identify those areas of their day-to-day activities that would be most relevant for the topic in question.

    · Organized round tables that gathered representatives of NGOs in order to help them formulate proposals for the central government.

    · Provided legal advice on various drafts of regulations that were under debate on civil service reform, lobby, public disclosure, conflict of interests and incompatibilities.

    · Offered legal advice to the Romanian Ministry of Justice in designing the questionnaire to be used in a country-wide integrity testing for Romanian judges and prosecutors.

    · Served as legal adviser in other areas addressed by the program.

    · Programmatic supervision of four Local Government Transparency Specialists located in the GRASP Field Offices and co-supervision of an administrative assistant.

Nov. 2003 – Jan. 2004: Legal Consultant, IRIS Center Maryland

IRIS Center and the Pro Democracy Association implemented an USAID program aimed at assessing the level of compliance of Romanian governmental bodies with the new Freedom of Information law through a country-wide survey.

    · Designed the questionnaire and analyzed the results of the survey together with an American expert.

    · Trained the staff of Pro Democracy Association in all relevant aspects of the Freedom of Information Law.

    · Provided legal advice, as well as guidance, regarding all issues that arose in the implementation of the survey.

    · Prepared a list of sensitive areas where the law or its implementation needed improvement, as well as suggestions on how the existing problems can be overcome. All these became chapters in the final report written at the end of the program.

Nov. 2002 – June 2003: Lecturer, National Institute for Administration – pro bono

The National Institute for Administration is the official provider of trainings and certification for public servants in Romania, in all areas relevant to the public administration.

    · Designed the curriculum and prepared the training materials for three trainings of approximately 15 participants each. The trainings focused on access to information and citizens’ participation to the decision-making process. The curriculum included a detailed discussion on the main provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and of the Transparency Law.

June 2001 – Dec. 2002: Legal Adviser, IRIS Center Romania

IRIS Center implemented a three-year USAID program on improving the business environment for small and medium size enterprises. A substantial part of the project consisted of increasing the capacity of business associations to participate in the decision-making process at national and local levels. General responsibilities included:

    · Legal analysis of business related legislation;

    · Drafting proposals to improve the current regulations;

    · Advocating for the adoption of the proposals with the Romanian Government and the Romanian Parliament.

Specific areas of expertise:

    · Deregulation – This project streamlined the procedures for the registration and the authorization of companies. In order to design the proposals, IRIS Center stimulated the creation of an inter-ministerial working group that gathered information from the business environment and prepared suggestions for the amendment of the relevant legislation. Provided legal advice on formulating legal and regulatory reform proposals. Served as the legal support for the inter-ministerial working group.

    · Transparency – This project created procedures for public participation in the decision-making process. At the local level the counterparts were Romanian municipalities and at the central level IRIS Center worked with the Ministry of Prognosis and Development, Ministry of Public Information and Ministry of Public Administration. Drafted the Romanian Transparency Law with an American consultant. Worked directly with the line ministries to finalize the final form of the law to be submitted to the Parliament. Advocated for the adoption of the Transparency Law by the Parliament. Promoted the project both at local and central level.

    · FOIA – This project ensured the implementation of the Freedom of Information Law in Romania. Wrote the Methodological Norms for the new Romanian law regarding Free Access to Information of Public Interest together with the Ministry of Public Information and other Romanian and foreign NGOs.

March 2000 – June 2001: Legal Project Assistant, IRIS Center Romania

“Simple and Fast – Five Star City” - The purpose of the project was to reduce the administrative barriers that companies face, as well as to increase the dialogue between decision makers at the local level (City Halls, Chambers of Commerce, County Councils). The project was designed to decrease bureaucracy in the area of business registration and authorization by means of local decisions, without creating conflicts with the national legislation. The participant cities were invited to take part in a competition consisting in adopting five deregulatory actions and piloting them. The winners were: Giurgiu, Timisoara, Cluj and Iasi.

    · Provided legal advice in designing the five deregulatory actions of the project.

    · Offered legal advice to the participants on how to reach the standards proposed by the project.

    · Monitored from the legal point of view the progress of the participant cities in adopting the deregulatory actions.

    · “Credit Market” – this project consisted in disseminating information on the new law on secured transactions (Title VI of Law 99/1999) throughout Romania, as well as in discussing with the stake-holders about the improvements that are still to be made to this law.

    · Organized eight training seminars for approximately 25 participants (lawyers, notary publics, the presidents of the chambers of commerce and representatives of the business associations), developed the curriculum and prepared the hand out materials.

    · “Empirical Analyses of Romania's Legal System” – through a survey, this project assessed the processes businesses use to organize their transactions and the role of law in that process.

    · Offered legal input on the questionnaire to be used in the survey.

    · “Payroll Reporting” – the project proposed the abolition of administrative duplications in this area.

    · Provided legal advice in drafting IRIS’ proposal for streamlining the payroll reporting procedures.

Oct. 1999 – March 2000: Collaborator, IRIS Center Romania

Provided legal advice for the “Legal Inventory” project which identified the most relevant pieces of legislation that should be observed by companies in their day to day operations.

May 1999 – Nov. 1999: Intern, Constitutional Court of Romania

Reviewed files currently under debate in the Constitutional Court.

EDUCATION

2003 – 2004: Master of Laws (LLM) at the Law Faculty, Cambridge University, UK; relevant courses: WTO and International Economic Law, EC Trade Law, EC Competition Law, EC and UK Intellectual Property Law. Thesis: “The European Community Directives on E-Commerce and on Copyright in the Information Society and the problems created for the copyright by the Internet”.

2001 – 2002: Master in European studies “The French – Romanian institute for business law and international cooperation – NICOLAE TITULESCU - HENRI CAPITANT”. This Master’s degree is organized in cooperation by the Bucharest University, Law Faculty and the University Pantheon-Sorbonne Paris I, Law Faculty.

1997 – 2001: B.A. in Law - Bucharest University, Law Faculty, Thesis: “The Internet and industrial property rights”

March - May 2002: Long-distance training course organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization – “Introduction to intellectual property”

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES, COMPETITIONS AND WORKSHOPS

December 2002: Participation in the World Bank Institute Distance Learning Regional Workshop on “Instruments for Enhancing Citizen Participation in Governance”. I was the speaker for the Romanian group in the teleconference. A certificate was issued at the end of the program.

March 2002: Member of the Romanian delegation at the Conference “Building Competitive Advantage in Nations: Increasing Transparency, Combating Corruption and Improving Corporate Governance” organized in Budapest, Hungary by USAID, CIPE and J.E. Austin and Associates.

April 2000: One of the four members of the Romanian team that participated at “Twenty-third Telders International Law Moot Court Competition” organized by the Leiden University, Faculty of Law. The team was selected out of over 300 students of the Faculty Law, Bucharest University. The contest took place at the Peace Palace, in Hayes, Nederland.

January 2000: Participation at the seminar “Theory and Practice in Public Mediation Procedure” organized by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and American Bar Association - Central and East European Law Initiative. The “Assistant of the Mediation Program” Certificate was issued for the participants at this seminar.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER DISTINCTIONS

2003-2004: As a British Chevening Scholar I studied for a LLM in Cambridge. Approximately 10 scholarships are issued every year for Romanian applicants in selected areas of study and the selection focuses on leadership. The scholarship is administered by British Council on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

PUBLICATIONS

“Transparency of Decision-Making in Public Administration”, Co-author, AFIR Publishing, 2003, publication sponsored by OECD and the Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative within a project implemented by Transparency International, IRIS Center Romania and Media Monitoring Agency.

LANGUAGE AND COMPUTER SKILLS

English: very good (IELTS score 8.5 on a 1 to 9 scale)
French: good
Spanish: basic
Romanian: mother tongue

Knowledge of MS DOS Windows 2000 as well as applied software: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes, Internet Explorer, Netscape