Namita Aavriti is a writer, curator, and occasional lawyer based in Bangalore, India. She is a co-manager with the Women's Rights Programme at the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), and a member of its knowledge building and research team. Namita's interests and work explore technology and the internet, feminism, law and culture, archival pedagogy, film and art. She is a core curator with the Bangalore Queer Film Festival, and was also the editor of APC's English online website on gender and technology, GenderIT.org. Previously Namita worked for a decade with the Alternative Law Forum - a collective of lawyers and researchers - whose work impacted Indian legal discourse.
Cindy Cohn, Emeritus
Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF's Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. Ms. Cohn has been named to TheNonProfitTimes 2020 Power & Influence TOP 50 list, honoring 2020's movers and shakers. In 2018, Forbes included Ms. Cohn as one of America's Top 50 Women in Tech. In 2007 the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. In 2010 the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award and in 2012 the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded her the James Madison Freedom of Information Award.
Beth Coleman is an Associate Professor of Data & Cities at the University of Toronto. She directs the City as Platform lab and is the inaugural director of the ISI-supported University of Toronto Black Research Network. Working in the disciplines of Science and Technology Studies and Critical Race Theory, her research focuses on smart technology & machine learning, urban data, and civic engagement. Dr. Coleman is the author of Hello Avatar. Her research affiliations include the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Microsoft Research; Data & Society Institute; and expert consultant for the European Commission Digital Futures. She is a founding director of Thriving Cities, Singapore; a 2021 Google Artists and Machines Intelligence awardee; and Google Brain visiting researcher.
Jeannette Hanna is chief brand strategist and co-founder of Trajectory, a boutique Toronto-based brand agency, specializing in purpose-driven organizations, NGOs, technologies, and places. She lectures regularly at business schools and conferences on emerging trends in branding and stakeholder engagement. Jeannette is also a contributing author to several books: Rediscovering the Wealth of Places; Measuring Marketing Communications Effectiveness in an Ever-changing World – the Role of the MarCom Dashboard. Her volunteer roles have included Board roles with: Canadian Marketing Association's Brand Council; Design Management Institute (Boston); Department of Imaginary Affairs; and Wellspring Cancer Support. Raised in New York City, Jeannette is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Harlo Holmes is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and was a regular contributor to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project. Harlo is also an adjunct professor at New York University.
Joanna Moll is a Barcelona/Berlin based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way techno-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Joanna's main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. She has presented her work at multiple venues including the Venice Biennale, MAXXI, MMOMA, Laboral, CCCB, ZKM, Bozar, The Natural History Museum in Berlin, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Ars Electronica, HeK Basel, Photographer's Gallery, Korean Cultural Foundation Center, amongst others. Joanna is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona] and co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms. She's been a research fellow at BBVA Foundation and a fellow at The Weizenbaum Institute in Berlin. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam and Escola Elisava in Barcelona and an artistic researcher in residence at HGK FHNW in Basel.
Alexa O'Brien is an analyst and writer focused on intelligence. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, WIRED, VICE News, Guardian (UK), The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR, and Public Radio International. Alexa obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College, majoring in Political Science. She obtained her master's in applied intelligence at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and was awarded the 2020 Tropaia Award in Applied Intelligence for outstanding student. Alexa resides in Seattle and New York City.