Ali Abdulemam is the founder of Bahrain Online, a popular online forum and pro-democracy news website, and a contributor to Global Voices. He was arrested and tortured in September 2010 and forced into hiding in March 2011 to escape the Bahraini government's crackdown on protesters. He was then convicted in absentia for plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. In 2013, Abdulemam escaped to the United Kingdom, where he was granted political asylum. In 2011, he was one of the Hellman/Hammett Awardees from HRW. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Freedom Award by the Danish think tank CEPOS.
CJ Adams is an associate at Google Ideas and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He learns from users whose free expression or access to information are limited, and designs products to meet their needs. Before Google, he was an early employee at Polaris Project where he designed and built new tools for combating organized criminal networks–improving information flows between victims, service providers, and law enforcement officers in thousands of human trafficking cases each year. CJ holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Dmitri Alperovitch is the cofounder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike Inc., leading its intelligence, research, and engineering teams. A renowned computer security researcher, he is a thought leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft. Prior to founding CrowdStrike, Dmitri was a vice president of threat research at McAfee. In 2010 and 2011, Alperovitch led the global team that investigated and brought to light Operation Aurora, Night Dragon, and Shady RAT groundbreaking cyber espionage intrusions and gave those incidents their names. In 2013, Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35” (TR35), an award previously won by such technology luminaries as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jonathan Ive. Alperovitch is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and serves on RSA Conference Advisory Board. In 2011, he was the recipient of the prestigious Federal 100 Award for his contributions to the federal information security.
Slim Amamou is a computer programmer, entrepreneur, and blogger. He cofounded the web agency AlphaStudios in 1999 and ALIXSYS, a web services company, in 2008. His writings focus on the modalities and mechanisms for the emergence of new global society of the Internet. He is also a founder of the Pirate Party and known for his positions against censorship and intellectual property and fights for the neutrality of the Internet. He was arrested in 2010 for organizing a street protest against Internet censorship and then again in 2011 during Tunisian revolution. He was appointed secretary of state for youth and sports in the new Tunisian interim government three days after getting out of jail, but resigned after the return of Internet censorship.
Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher currently working on documenting online activism, electronic surveillance and Internet censorship in the Middle East, specifically Iran and Syria. Currently, Collin is developing mechanisms to detect and measure the usage of filter circumvention methods, to quantify the proliferation of tools among the general public in Internet-filtering countries. He has also been involved in identifying the international flow of surveillance equipment and exploring alternative means of communications that bypass normal channels of state control. His participation in issues of connectivity has lead to documenting of availability and legality of online communications services to the public under sanctions restrictions, as well as the ramifications of export regulations to democratization movements.
Thomas Anderson is the Robert E. Dinning professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests span all aspects of building practical, robust, and efficient computer systems, including distributed systems, operating systems, computer networks, multiprocessors, and security. He is the winner of the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award, the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, and the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize. He is an ACM Fellow, past program chair of SIGCOMM and SOSP, and he has coauthored eighteen award papers.
Erin Burnett anchors Erin Burnett OutFront, a modern nightly news program airing weeknights at 7 PM ET on CNN. Most recently, Burnett reported from Tehran on the presidential elections, Boston on the marathon bombings and Newtown, Connecticut on the school shooting. Erin Burnett OutFront is a global program, and Erin has hosted the show from Iran, Afghanistan, Israel, Rwanda, the United Arab Emirates, and the border of Northern Mali. In her report from a Malian refugee camp, Burnett reported on the rise of Al Qaeda linked groups in North Africa and the human toll of occupation. She joined CNN from the NBC News family where she covered the Egyptian Revolution, the Nigerian underwear bomber, and received an Emmy nomination for an investigative report on American chemical giant Transammonia’s business with Iran.
Scott Carpenter is the deputy director of Google Ideas where he drives implementation of the team’s overall strategy and manages the portfolio addressing illicit networks. Prior to joining Google, Scott founded and directed Project Fikra as the Keston family fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he remains an adjunct fellow. Previously, Scott served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near East Affairs where he helped conceive and implement the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) before being named coordinator for the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA). His other roles in government include director of governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Human Rights and Democracy. Earlier in his career, Scott worked for the International Republican Institute where he founded and co-directed its European program from Bratislava, Slovakia and on Capitol Hill. He received his MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Moran Cerf is an assistant professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern University. He also holds a position at the UCLA department of neurosurgery, where he works with patients undergoing brain-surgery to study behavior, emotion, and decision making, by directly recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in their brain. Recently, his focus has been on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. His works have been published in wide-circulation journals such as Nature and Science, as well as Scientific American Mind. His work has been featured in CNN, Wired, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time, and MSNBC, among others. Cerf holds a PhD in neuroscience from Caltech, as well as an MA in philosophy and a BSc in physics from Tel-Aviv University.
Raymond Cheng is a PhD student at the computer science and engineering department at the University of Washington. His research focuses on building novel distributed systems that enhance the rights of Internet users, including systems for free speech, user privacy, and free software. He has also previously worked in the fields of peer-to-peer communications, datacenters, machine learning, and optics. Prior to graduate school, he completed his BS in physics, electrical engineering, and computer science at MIT. In his free time, Cheng air guitars to Phoenix’s "Trying to Be Cool.”
Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a non-fiction author. Previously, he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Jared has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and throughout Africa. Cohen is the author of the books, Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days of Silence and is the coauthor of The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business with Eric Schmidt. He is also coauthor with Eric Schmidt of The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power, which appeared in Foreign Affairs just a few months before the Arab Spring. He currently serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Director’s Advisory Board. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He speaks Swahili.
Vanessa Coimbra is a police officer in the Pacification Police Units in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gabriella Coleman is the Wolfe chair in scientific and technological literacy at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, she teaches, writes, and researches on the ethics of computer hacking with a focus on open source software and the protest ensemble Anonymous. She is the author of Coding Freedom: the Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking published in 2012 with Princeton University Press and is currently working on a second book on the digital protest ensemble Anonymous. She regularly comments on digital activism, surveillance, free speech and censorship on the news. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Wired, and the Chronicle for Higher Education, and she has been interviewed for The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, and BBC.
Gregory Conti is an associate professor and director of the U.S. Army Cyber Center at West Point. He holds a BS from West Point, an MS from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in computer science. He has served as a senior advisor in the US Cyber Command Commander’s Action Group (CAG), as Officer in Charge of a deployed US Cyber Command Expeditionary Cyber Support Element, and co-developed US Cyber Command’s Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course. Conti is the author of Security Data Visualization (No Starch Press) and Googling Security (Addison-Wesley) as well as over 60 articles and papers covering cyber conflict, online privacy, usable security, and security data visualization. He has spoken at numerous security conferences, including Black Hat, Defcon, VizSec, HOPE, SOUPS, ShmooCon, RSA, and the NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict. His work can be found at www.gregconti.com.
Abdulla Darrat is a cofounder of Khalas! (Enough), an Libyan-American organization that emphasized the key role of grassroots leadership inside and outside of Libya in actualizing the aspirations of the Libyan people, insisting that they become the main protagonists in improving their conditions. During the Libyan Revolution, Enough focused on connecting activists inside the country with outside media and humanitarian resources. Abdulla was also a cofounder and contributor to the @feb17voices Twitter feed, which provided eyewitnesses and media centers the opportunity to present their stories to the outside world. Abdulla is an architect and urban planner and currently works for a not-for-profit affordable housing developer in New York City.
Michael P. Davidson serves as President of the Gen Next Foundation (GNF). GNF utilizes venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship strategies to identify and create high impact solutions to latent and present challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, education, and global security. Concurrently, Michael is the CEO of Gen Next. An invite-only organization of successful individuals, Gen Next serves as a platform for GN Members to be better leaders in critical generational issues. In the private sector, he is on the Board of Managers of Personalcare Physicians, a healthcare company that offers a healthcare environment where a patient’s healthcare service is tailored to their specific needs. Michael serves on other nonprofit boards. He has provided commentary for CNN, Fox News, MTV, NBC, Orange County Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, California Political Review, and more.
Lucas Dixon is the engineering lead of Google Ideas. Dixon’s' work focuses on security and visualization tools, including the award winning Syria Defection Tracker with Al Jazeera. He is also an expert on knowledge technologies and worked for ten years as a research scientist at the University of Edinburgh on the automation of mathematical thinking, intuitive graphical languages to describe quantum information, and technology to enable more rational and informed debating. He is also a cofounder of TheoryMine Ltd., which developed a robot that discovers new non-trivial mathematical theorems. Dixon grew up in Spain, Morocco, France, England and Scotland. He received his PhD in computer science and artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh.
David Drummond is senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer. Drummond joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Today, as senior vice president and chief legal officer, he leads Google’s global teams for legal, government relations, corporate development (M&A and investment projects) and new business development (strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities). He was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. During his tenure at Wilson Sonsini, Drummond worked with a wide variety of technology companies to help them manage complex transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and his JD from Stanford Law School.
Michele Dunne is a vice president and director of its Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council . She was previously a Middle East specialist with the U.S. Department of State, serving in assignments including the National Security Council staff, Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She was also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2006 to 2011, and a visiting professor at Georgetown University from 2003 to 2006. She holds a PhD in Arabic language and linguistics from Georgetown University.
Richard Engel is widely regarded as one of America’s leading foreign correspondents for his coverage of wars, revolutions and political transitions around the world over the last fifteen years. He is recognized for his outstanding reporting on the 2011 revolution in Egypt, the conflict in Libya, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and overall unrest throughout the Arab world. Engel was named chief foreign correspondent of NBC News in April 2008. His reports appear on all platforms of NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Dateline, MSNBC, and NBCNews.com. Engel’s work has received numerous awards, including seven News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Engel is the author of two books, A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest and War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq, which chronicle his experiences covering the Iraq war. Engel has lived in the Middle East since graduating from Stanford University in 1996 with a BA in international relations. He speaks and reads fluent Arabic. He has also traveled extensively in the Middle East and can comfortably transition between several Arabic dialects spoken across the Arab world. He is also fluent in Italian and Spanish.
Peter Fein is an Internet activist, programmer, and media hacker. Since 2010, he has been a participant in a global, post-national adhocracy of Internet-fuelled political movements. Pete is an agent with Telecomix, an activist cluster which facilitates free communication. Called "Tech Support for the Arab Spring", Telecomix helped keep Egypt online during the 2011 revolution, using everything from encryption to dial-up modems and fax machines. For the past two years, Telecomix has published news and videos from Syria and provided communications support to on-the-ground activists. When the cluster discovered Blue Coat's censorship hardware being used by Syrian government, Fein explained the evidence to the press, resulting in EU export controls and U.S. sanctions on the technology. He formerly served as a propagandist and strategist with the Internet collective, Anonymous. He helped plan 2010 protests supporting Wikileaks, which mobilized actions in over 100 cities globally in two weeks. He was an organizer and media liaison during the 2011 OpBART transit protests in San Francisco, which resisted mobile phone censorship & police brutality. In 2012, Fein worked behind the scenes to advise and amplify demonstrations against the ACTA copyright treaty, which brought tens of thousands to the streets all over Europe.
Lara Friedman is director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now. As a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Israeli settlements policy, and Jerusalem, Friedman frequently meets and briefs Members of Congress, U.S. administration officials, foreign diplomats, and other members of the foreign policy community. She is a frequent resource for journalists and policymakers, and regularly publishes opinion and analysis pieces in the U.S. and Israeli press. She also works closely with the Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann and has participated in Track II peace efforts. A former Foreign Service Officer, Friedman served in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis, and Beirut (and briefly in Khartoum), and is fluent in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Friedman is a lifelong Wildcats basketball fan and is generally happier when the sun is shining.
Alex Gawley leads product management and development for Gmail and Google Calendar, two of the most popular cloud-based applications, with millions of users around the world. Alex joined Google in 2006 and has led the Gmail team since 2011, overseeing many of the major developments for Gmail and Calendar, including redesigns and new features for both products across operating systems and devices (desktops, laptops, phones and tablets). Prior to his work on Gmail, Alex helped build Google's mobile display advertising business including the acquisition and integration of AdMob, as well as Google's internal customer relationship management system and Google Offers.
Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer and broadcaster whose latest book, DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You, on cybercrime and its consequences has been published in over twenty editions around the world. A former BBC Central Europe correspondent who covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe and the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Glenny has written for most major publications in Europe, the United States, and Japan. He has received many awards and accolades during his career. His previous book, McMafia: Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld, was translated into over 30 languages and shortlisted for the FT and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Affairs. Glenny recently served as a visiting professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. He is currently researching his next book about crime and corruption in Brazil.
Lisa Goldman is senior editor at The Daily Beast's Open Zion blog. Before relocating to New York last year, she worked as a journalist in the Middle East for more than a decade. Among the events she covered were Israel's withdrawal of its settlements from Gaza in 2005 and the Second Lebanon War in 2006. In 2011, she spent two months in Egypt reporting for +972, a progressive Tel Aviv-based digital magazine, which she co-founded. At the time, she was the only journalist in Egypt reporting openly for an Israeli news outlet. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, Haaretz, The Guardian, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. A Canadian-Israeli, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Yasmin Green is the principal at Google Ideas responsible for strategy and operations. She also oversees the team’s work on counter-radicalization and fragile states. At Google, Yasmin has assumed roles as head of sales strategy and operations for Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Operations Manager, and prior to joining Google, she consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Yasmin has extensive experience leading and project managing in some of the world’s toughest environments. She has spent time in Iran, Syria and Nigeria, where she has worked cross-functionally in sectors ranging from oil and gas to the Internet. She recently led a multi-partner coalition to launch Against Violent Extremism, the world's first online network of former violent extremists and survivors of terrorism. Yasmin is a senior advisor on innovation to Oxford Analytica and cochair of the European Commission's’ Working Group on Online Radicalization. She received her BSc in economics from University College London and her MSc in management from the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Helen Greiner is chief executive officer of CyPhy Works, Inc, a startup company that designs and delivers innovative robots. In 1990, she cofounded iRobot, where she served as president until 2004 and chairman until October 2008. She was named by the Kennedy School at Harvard, in conjunction with the U.S. News and World Report, as one of America's Best Leaders and was honored by AUVSI with the prestigious Pioneer Award. She has also been honored as a Technology Review Magazine "Innovator for the Next Century" and has been awarded the DEMO God Award Lifetime Achievement Award. She was named one of the Ernst and Young New England Entrepreneurs of the Year, invited to the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader, and has been inducted in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering. Greiner holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in computer science, both from MIT. She was presented with an honorary PhD by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2009.
Eliot Higgins is the author of the Brown Moses blog, which examines the Syrian conflict through social media.
Harlo Holmes is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist. As research fellow and head of metadata with The Guardian Project, she primarily investigates topics in digital media steganography, metadata, and the standards surrounding technology in the social sciences. She harnesses her multi-faceted background in service of responding to the growing technological needs of human rights workers, journalists, and other do-gooders around the world.
Mat Honan is a senior writer with Wired. He has his pulse on all things digital and social, expertly reporting on the business and cultural impact of technology and the giants of industry. The victim of a famously epic hack attack that destroyed his digital life, Honan has become a beacon and leading voice in online privacy and security reform and spurred Amazon, Apple, Paypal, AOL, and Twitter to change their account authentication procedures. In 2009, his Wired cover story on being a human node in a location-aware world was named Best Innovation Journalism Story of the Year by Stanford University. He has extensive media experience with national appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Dateline and Nightly News, CNBC’s Squawk Box and Street Signs, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Bloomberg TV, NPR, PBS, and more. Honan also cofounded the 2010 Knight-Batten award-winning Longshot magazine, and his work has appeared in Wired UK, The Awl, Gizmodo, Macworld, Mother Jones, The National Journal, Popular Science, Runner's World, Salon, and Time, among other notable outlets.
Mikko Hypponen is the chief research officer of F-Secure in Finland. He has been working with computer security for over 20 years and has fought the biggest virus outbreaks in the net, including Loveletter, Conficker and Stuxnet. His TED talk on computer security has been seen by almost a million people and has been translated to over 35 languages. His columns have been published in The New York Times, Wired, CNN and BBC. Hypponen sits in the advisory boards of the ISF and the Lifeboat foundation. He is on Twitter as @mikko.
Christopher Isham is vice president and Washington bureau chief for CBS News. He is responsible for all the activities of that bureau, which is CBS News' largest and is the major contributor to all CBS News broadcasts. Prior to joining CBS News, Isham was the chief of investigative projects for ABC News in New York. Isham has been recognized with all of the major awards in the broadcast industry including numerous news Emmys, two Columbia DuPont Awards, and a Peabody Award. He graduated from Yale College in 1976 and Groton School in 1971. He currently lives in Washington DC with his wife, Jennifer Maguire Isham.
Jeff Jarvis is the author of "What Would Google Do?," "Public Parts," and the ebook "Gutenberg the Geek." He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of journalism. He is also cohost of the podcast "This Week in Google." Previously, Jarvis was president of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications; creator of Entertainment Weekly; TV critic of TV Guide and People; Sunday editor of the New York Daily News; and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner. He consults and writes for the Guardian and is an adviser to Digital First Media, NJ.com, and various startups.
Francis Kariuki is a police chief in Lanet Umoja, Kenya. Manning a location with population of 28,000 people, Kariuki is using Twitter as a tool for community policing and crime reporting, in an effort to engage the community to be each other’s brothers’ keeper, promote peace, and encourage capacity-building opportunities.
Justin Kosslyn is a Product Manager at Google Ideas, exploring how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression. He led the strategy, development and launch of the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network and has designed, prioritized, and previously launched new features and products within Google News, Google AdSense for TV, and Google Docs. Justin holds a BS in Computer Science from Yale, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs New Leaders Program, and is an Associate Researcher at the Igarapé Institute
Based in Bangkok, Thaweeporn Kummetha, or Am, is an activist-journalist for Thai Netizen Network (TNN). She is the author/editor of the TNN annual report since 2011. Her work focuses on freedom of expression, social media and journalism in Thailand. Am is interested in political cyber bullying in South East Asia and began a research project three months ago, which specifically examines cyber bullying tactics in Thailand and Myanmar. She continues to learn more about the effects of freedom of expression and social media throughout South East Asia.
Steven Levy is a senior writer for Wired. Previously, he was chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has had articles published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Premiere. Levy has written six books, beginning with Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in which he described a “hacker ethic,” which became a guideline to understanding how computers have advanced into the machines that we know and use today. He also wrote Crypto, which is about the revolution in public key cryptography, The Perfect Thing, which about the iPod and its reverberations in the business and cultural world. His most recent book, In the Plex, is a deep dive into Google. He has won numerous awards for his columns, articles and books. Levy received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and earned a master's degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University.
James M. Lindsay is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he oversees the work of the more than six dozen fellows in CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program. He has written widely on the American foreign policymaking process, the domestic politics of American foreign policy, and international relations more broadly. His book with Ivo H. Daalder, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, was awarded the 2003 Lionel Gelber Award. He has been a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa, and in 1996–97 served as director for global issues and multilateral affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. His blog, “The Water’s Edge,” can be found at http://blogs.cfr.org/lindsay/.
Paul P. Makarechian is Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Makar Properties, LLC. Makar Properties is a diversified commercial real estate development and holding company with approximately $700 million in assets under management representing nearly $2 billion of development. Mr. Makarechian oversees all of the company's activities including managing existing income properties, overseeing land entitlement and financing activities for complex multi-use developments, and supervising the vertical development of industrial and resort properties. Mr. Makarechian is an active member and board member of various charitable, social and educational institutions including the Makarechian Foundation. The Makarechian Foundation is highly dedicated towards advancing children’s causes, environmental causes and opportunities to balance the playing field for those that may have disadvantages. Mr. Makarechian is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Finance and Accounting.
Kevin Mandia is the founder and chief executive officer of Mandiant. In 2004, Kevin founded Mandiant to focus on helping organizations detect, respond to, and contain computer intrusions. Kevin began his career in the United States Air Force and has also served as a director in the security consulting divisions of Sytex (Lockheed Martin) and Foundstone (McAfee). Kevin has coauthored two books, Incident Response: Performing Computer Forensics (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and Incident Response: Investigating Computer Crime (McGraw-Hill, 2001). He provides regular commentary and analysis on cybersecurity issues for national print and broadcast media, including NBC News, CBS, NPR, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has testified as an expert in federal court and has also provided testimony in hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. Kevin has served as adjunct faculty at George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University and has also developed specialized cybersecurity curricula for various government agencies. Kevin holds a BS in computer science from Lafayette College and a MS in forensic science from The George Washington University. He completed the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program in February 2013. In 2011, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington area.
Morgan Marquis-Boire is a senior security engineer at Google specializing in incident response, forensics, and malware analysis. He is a security researcher and technical advisor at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Recently, he has been working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation on issues surrounding dissident suppression in Syria. A frequent speaker at events around the world, his work on digital repression targeting activists has been featured in numerous print and online publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, BBC and The New York Times. He received an honorable mention from SC Magazine as one of the influential minds of IT Security in 2012.
Camille currently serves as vice president, Global Strategy and Programs at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In this role, she oversees the Corporate Program and leads the Council's efforts to develop strategic partnerships and new global initiatives. Ms. Massey previously served as vice president of Membership, Corporate, and International at CFR. She also formerly directed the Fellowship Program. She is the chair of the board of directors of Breakthrough, an India and U.S. based international organization using the power of popular culture, media, and community education to advance human rights. She also serves on the board of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School and the advisory board to establish the Theodore C. Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at City University of New York Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Farley Mesko is the chief operating officer at C4ADS. He is also a consultant for World Bank, a freelance journalist, and sits on the board of directors of a Somali NGO. Prior to joining C4ADS, Farley ran a successful small commercial fishing business in Maine. His research focuses on aid, governance, transnational crime, and conflict in Africa and the Levant. Farley has worked and traveled extensively in East and West Africa and speaks Arabic. He received his undergraduate degree in natural resource policy and economics from Bowdoin College.
Chris Moody is the chief executive officer of Gnip, the world's largest and most trusted provider of social data. Prior to Gnip, Moody was the founder and president of Aquent On Demand, a leading provider of technology solutions for creative and marketing organizations. He also served as the chief operating officer for Aquent with responsibility for the day-to-day management of more than 700 employees across 70 offices in 17 countries. Prior to Aquent, Moody held senior management and technology consulting roles with IBM, Oracle, and EDS where he led engagements with more than 25 Fortune 500 companies. Moody serves on the National Technical Advisory Board of Year Up, is an advisor to several technology startups, and is an active TechStars mentor. Moody has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrismoodycom.
Robert Muggah is the research director of the Igarapé Institute and a principal of the SecDev Group. He has taught at the International Relations Institute in Rio de Janeiro as well as the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He also works with the United Nations and the World Bank on issues related to conflict, fragility and violence prevention and reduction. He has written half a dozen books, many articles, and is also branching out into visualization, film, and social media representations. He is currently working with Google Ideas on new tools to improve police accountability in Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, and Cape Town.
Dlshad Othman is a Syrian activist and IT engineer who provides Syrians with digital security resources and assistance so that they can utilize online communications and advocacy freely and securely in spite of increased online government repression in the form of censorship, sophisticated cyber attacks, and intense surveillance. He started supporting local coordination committees in Syria as an IT consultant from the beginning of the Syrian revolution but was obliged to flee Syria at the end of 2011 when his name became known to Syrian intelligence following the arrest of British documentary filmmaker Sean Mcallister. Dlshad designed and is still working on the data protection systems of the Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria, which is used by the media and NGOs worldwide. He started working with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting as a cyber-security trainer in December 2011. He has given many data security training courses for Syrian activists in Lebanon and in Jordan. He has succeeded in detecting malwares developed by the Syrian regime to monitor Syrian activists and has been able to guide international organizations active in helping opponents of the Syrian regime. He was chosen as a 2012 Internet Freedom Fellow by the U.S. State Department. Dlshad is the founder of uVirtus Linux, the secure operating system which won the IGF Incubator Project Prize in 2012.
Arsham Parsi is a well-known Iranian queer activist and founder of several groups and organizations. He is currently executive Director of Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR). Parsi was born in Shiraz, Iran. As a gay Iranian, he felt alone until at age 18 he discovered solace in the Internet. Parsi began volunteering for underground gay organizations. At age 19, he began his activism and networked with doctors to provide HIV testing. He responded to emails from suicidal queer teenagers. The strict laws against homosexuality forced Parsi to keep his work secret from friends and family. But in March 2005, Parsi realized the police were looking for him and fled from Iran to Turkey, where he spent 13 months. He is unable to return to Iran and currently lives in Toronto, Canada. Parsi works as a queer activist to make sure Iranian queer citizens are not being improperly treated.
Christopher "moot" Poole is the founder of 4chan, a simple image-base bulletin board, which has grown from a niche site targeting anime fans to one of the most influential communities on the 'Net. With over 22 million visitors a month, many popular viral videos, Internet phenomena, and memes get their start on 4chan. Christopher is also the founder of Canvas, a venture-backed startup that publishes DrawQuest for iPad. In 2009, Christopher was selected by Time Magazine's editors as one of the "Time 100"—an annual list of "The World's Most Influential People"—and in 2011 he was honored as one of Technology Review's "TR35." Christopher was a featured speaker at the 2010 TED Conference, and was a keynote speaker at SXSW Interactive 2011. He has been profiled by Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Technology Review. Christopher also advises Lerer Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm based in New York, and is a proud member of the Free Art & Technology Lab. Born and raised in New York, Christopher had previously been pursuing an undergraduate degree in anthropology before dropping out found Canvas.
Paul Radu is the executive director and cofounder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He was, from 2009 to 2010, in residence at Stanford University as a Knight fellow. He began his career as an investigator for then Romania’s best selling newspaper, Evenimentul Zilei in 1998. He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, and in 2008, he became a Knight international journalism fellow for the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. In 2003, he cofounded the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2004, the Global Shining Light Award in 2007, and the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2008. Paul is also an advisor with the World Economic Forum on organized crime issues.
David Remnitz is the Global and Americas Leader of EY’s Forensic Technology and Discovery Services business and manages all domestic and international aspects of EY’s e-Discovery and Forensic Data Analytics service lines. He is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of electronic discovery and disclosure, information security, investigations based on electronically stored information, and defending corporations under inquiry by US and International Regulators, law enforcement and other third parties. Mr. Remnitz also has significant experience creating and building practice areas in the e-Discovery and forensic data analytics industry. He has served as a founding member of the Electronic Crimes Task Force for the US Secret Service as well as the Sedona Conference. He is a frequent media commentator and has been featured on CNN, Lou Dobbs, Fox News, and in the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The International Herald Tribune. Prior to joining EY, David led FTI’s 500 person global technology (e-Discovery) business. He has 25 years of combined experience in e-Discovery, information security, and investigations involving computer based and electronic information. David holds BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and has attended several executive education programs at MIT/Sloan.
Rafal Rohozinski is cofounder and principal of the SecDev Group, a recognized leader in complex analytics. Prior to SecDev, Rohozinski spent seventeen years working in an operational capacity in thirty-seven countries including conflict zones in the CIS, the Middle East and Africa, and director of the Advanced Network Research Group, Cambridge University. He cofounded the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor. His recent publications include, “Forging Special Operations Cyber Capabilities to Counter Terrorism” (JSOU, 2013), “The New Reality of Cyberwar” (IISS, 2012) “Stuxnet and the Future of Cyberwar” (Survival, IISS, 2011), "Liberation vs. Control: The Future of Cyberspace” (Journal of Democracy, 2010), and “Risking Security: Policies and Paradoxes of Cyberspace Security” (International Political Sociology, 2010). He is an editor and contributor to Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering (MIT, 2007), Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (MIT 2010); and Access Contested: Security, Identity and resistance in Asian Cyberspace (MIT 2012).
Alec Ross is one of America's leading experts on innovation. He recently served for four year as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role Clinton created for him to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America's foreign policy goals. Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, he served as convener for technology and media policy for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and co-founded an NGO that grew from 3 people in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents. Alec started his career as a school teacher in inner-city Baltimore. Among recent recognitions, Foreign Policy Magazine named Alec to its list of the Top 100 Global Leaders. The Huffington Post's named Alec as one 10 Game Changers in Politics, bringing transformational change to government ; and the U.S. Department of State awarded Alec its Distinguished Honor Award. Ross is currently writing a book about the future of globalization which will be published in 2014. He also serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies.
Yoani Sánchez is one of Cuba's best known bloggers, admired both for her insightful opinions and her civic activism. The Havana native decided to forgo her philology degree to spend her years critiquing the restrictive and unjust practices of Cuba's communist regime. Focusing instead on computer science studies, Sánchez dedicates her time to her wildly popular blog, Generation Y, which launched in 2007. Generation Y offers Sánchez a space for what she regards as "an exercise in cowardice;" using the Internet, she is able to offer political commentary on the widespread issues facing Cubans in a relatively safe manner. These topics are too dangerous to be openly discussed or protested in public. Sánchez also balances her time between Consenso, an island-based magazine founded in 2004, and Desde Cuba as the website's editor, columnist, and web manager. In addition to these commitments, in 2008 Sánchez was invited to the Huffington Post as a freelance blogger, reporting on the struggles and daily lives of Cubans.In each of these endeavors, Sánchez sheds light upon the troubles in her homeland, such as the stifling economy, violations of human rights, and repressive press tactics employed by the government. By 2010, Generation Y was receiving one million visits per month and has been translated into at least 15 languages.
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the chief executive officer and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001 to 2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer. Prior to joining Google, Eric held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the United Kingdom.
John Scott-Railton is a research fellow at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto conducting research on electronic attacks in the Middle East and North Africa region. He also co-developed the Voices Projects to support the free and secure flow of information from Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring. He is also a Doctoral Student at UCLA, where his work also includes research on the human security implications of climate change adaptation failure.
Mubin Shaikh is a former Muslim extremist who, after 9/11, changed his ways. After studying Arabic and Islamic Studies in Syria for two years and realizing how wrong his interpretations were, he returned to Canada in 2004 to begin work as an undercover counterterrorism operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He was active for some years, but the details of his activities are subject to national security restrictions and have never been disclosed to the public. He moved on to become a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Agent in a major Canadian terrorism investigation. He has obtained a Master of policing, intelligence, and counterterrorism from Macquarie University, is a PhD candidate in psychology with a focus on terrorist decision-making with the University of Liverpool's Tactical Decision Making Research Group, and is a professor of public safety and police studies at Seneca College. He has had discussions regarding online and on-the-ground radicalization and terrorism with: State Department, Center for Strategic Counter Terrorism Communications, FBI Counter Terrorism Division, NYPD Intelligence Analysis Unit, NCIS and most recently, consulted with the U.S. government's forthcoming white paper on “Terrorism: 10 Years Later.” He is a member of Google Idea's Against Violent Extremism network, which specializes in religiously motivated violent extremism.
Peter W. Singer is director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of a series of books on changes in warfare, including the bestseller Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century and the upcoming book Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. The founder of the firm NeoLuddite, he has also served as a consultant for the Pentagon, FBI, and a series of technology and entertainment projects, including Call of Duty, the best-selling entertainment franchise in history.
Paul B. Stares is the General John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Besides overseeing the center's series of Contingency Planning Memoranda and Council Special Reports on potential sources of instability and conflict, he is currently writing a book on how the United States can make preventive action the centerpiece of a new security strategy for the 21st century. Dr. Stares has participated in various high-level studies, including leading the expert working group on preventive diplomacy for the Genocide Prevention Task Force co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen as well as the expert working group on the strategic environment for the Iraq Study Group co-chaired by James Baker and Lee Hamilton. He is the author or editor of numerous books, articles, and reports. In addition to his work for the Council, Dr. Stares is an Adjunct Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics. He has a BA from North Staffordshire Polytechnic and received both his MA and PhD from Lancaster University.
James Stavridis is the Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as supreme allied commander. He also served as commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006 to 2009. A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published five books and over a hundred articles. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.
Drew Sullivan is the editor and cofounder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the world's only news organization dedicated to investigative reporting on organized crime and the corruption it engenders. OCCRP, which works from Central Asia to Europe and Central America has won numerous awards including the Daniel Pearl Award and Global Shining Light for reporting under duress. Drew has spent 15 years in new democracies working with reporters facing the most difficult stories in the most difficult places and now lives in Sarajevo. He is a former investigative reporter for the Tennessean and AP and started his career as an aerospace engineer.
One of Israel's early entrepreneurs, has co-founded, led, invested, and helped build more than seventy high-tech, energy, natural resources, and clean-technology companies. As the founding investor of Mirabilis, Ltd., he co-pioneered instant messaging. He was an advisor to the World Bank, the UN Development Program, and to the CEOs of Amazon, AOL, and Allied–Signal. Vardi served as Director General of the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Energy of Israel. He was Chairman of Israel National Oil Company and Israel Chemicals. He participated in the peace talks with Egypt, the Palestinians, Jordan, and Syria. Vardi received an Honorary Doctorate from the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology; the Prime Minister's for Life Achievements in the field of high-tech; the industry award, Best Internet Personality by TechCrunch Europe; Entrepreneur of the Year by Tel Aviv University; Europe's 25 Top Tech by The Wall Street Journal; One of the 200 Greatest Israelis of All Times by Ynet, and "Jewish 100 - the top 100 people positively influenced jewish life " by The Algemeiner.
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. She is the cofounder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Zayid was a full-time on-air contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has most recently appeared on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and Huffington Post Live. Zayid has appeared on Comedy Central's The Watch List, PBS's America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up, CNN, HBO, As The World Turns, Law & Order, MTV, 20/20, BBC's The Doha Debates, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan. Zayid's one-woman show, LAW, was produced and directed by the legendary Kathy Najimy, and debuted at LA's Comedy Central Space. Her screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. Maysoon was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for Palestinian disabled and wounded refugee children. She is delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy NYC's Women Who Care Awards. She currently writes a column for The Daily Beast.