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Indrajit Banerjee

Originally from India, Indrajit Banerjee has been the Director of Knowledge Societies Division at UNESCO since 2010. He holds a doctorate in communication and didactics from the Sorbonne and completed a post-doctorate at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He was the General Secretary of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) from 2004 to 2009. He is an expert specialized in the social impact of information and communication technologies. He is the author of more than ten books and has given presentations in more than fifty international conferences around the world.

He has published articles in the most renowned international journals in the field of communications. Articles such as The Diffusion of the Internet and Rural Development, published in 2006, and Rhetoric and Reality: The Internet Challenge for Democracy in Asia, published in 2003. He has also published in the Asian Communication Handbook in 2008, in collaboration with Stephan Logan.

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Martín Alfredo Becerra

Martin Becerra is Professor at the National University of Quilmes and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in communications policy and media regulation. He is also member of the CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas, Argentina). He is postgraduate Professor at several Universities in Latin America and Spain. Becerra is member of IAMCR Publication Committee. He holds a PhD and a MA. in Communication Sciences at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), where he was UNESCO Chair in Communications Sciences in 2005.

Becerra is author of a number of books and articles on media policy: De la concentración a la convergencia. Medios, políticas y redes (ed. Paidós, in press); Cajas mágicas: el renacimiento de la tv pública en América Latina with Ángel García Castillejo, Óscar Santamaría y Luis Arroyo (Tecnos, Madrid, 2013); Wiki Media Leaks: La relación entre medios y gobiernos de América Latina bajo el prisma de WikiLeaks, with Sebastián Lacunza (Ediciones B, Buenos Aires, 2012); Los dueños de la palabra: Acceso, estructura y concentración de los medios en la América latina del Siglo XXI, with Guillermo Mastrini (Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2009); Los monopolios de la verdad: descifrando la estructura de los medios en Centroamérica y República Dominicana, with Guillermo Mastrini (Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2009); Periodistas y magnates: estructura y concentración de las industrias culturales en América Latina, with Guillermo Mastrini (Prometeo, Buenos Aires, 2006); La educación superior en entornos virtuales: el caso del Programa Universidad Virtual de Quilmes, with Jorge Flores (Editorial Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Bernal, 2005), and Sociedad de la Información: proyecto, convergencia, divergencia, (Norma, Buenos Aires, 2003).

He has experience in management of universities institutions. He was Academic Secretary (2003-2007) and Dean of the Social Sciences Department (2008-2010) at the National University of Quilmes. Becerra has been part of numerous public debates on media regulation in Latin American countries. Member of Observacom (http://observacom.org/). He is editor of Quipu blog (http://martinbecerra.wordpress.com/) where he publishes frequent journalistic collaborations on topics of media and communication technologies. On Twitter is @ aracalacana.

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Clemencia Rodríguez 

Dr. Clemencia Rodríguez is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. In her book titled Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her "citizens' media theory," a ground-breaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Currently she continues to explore how people living in the shadow of armed groups use community radio, television, video, digital photography, and the Internet, to shield their communities from armed violence's negative impacts. This has involved fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers made their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians. In her book, Citizens' Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) she reports many of her findings.

Other work in the area of social movement media include "Four Challenges in the Field of Alternative, Radical and Citizens’ Media Research” (with Ferron, Benjamin, & Shamas, Kristin, Media, Culture and Society, 2014 ); “Studying Media at the Margins: Lessons from the Field” (presented at the Symposium of Media Activism, Annenberg School of Communication, 2014); and “Social Movements, Globalization, and Multiculturalism” (Key note presentation, Global Fusion Conference, 2014). She continues to teach in the areas of communication for social change, communication theory, and gender studies.  

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Carly Nyst

Carly Nyst is the Legal Director of Privacy International, a London-based NGO dedicated to fightingunlawful surveillance and promoting the right to privacy around the world. Carly directs PrivacyInternational’s public interest litigation and leads the organisation’s advocacy in regional and internationalhuman rights mechanisms, where Privacy International advocates for stronger protections for privacy andpersonal data. Carly is an Australian-qualified human rights lawyer, and was previously the Legal Adviserto the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Visiting Scholar atthe Colombia Law School’s Human Rights Institute.

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David Lyon

David Lyon is Director, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, Professor of Sociology and Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He is also a husband, father and grandfather. From 2008-2010 he held a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association, Communication and Information Technology Section; in 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; in 2012 he received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociological Association and in 2013 he was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. He contributes to Surveillance Studies, Social Theory and Sociology of Religion and has directed a number of large-scale multi-disciplinary research projects since 1996, totalling more than $5 million, mainly from SSHRC. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised mainly in Bristol, England, he completed his Social Science and History education in Bradford, Yorkshire (BSc Soc Sci, PhD). He has authored or edited 28 books and published many articles. The books have been translated into 16 languages and articles more. In 2015 Surveillance after Snowden will appear. In 2014 Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada / Vivre à nu: la surveillance au Canada (ed. Lyon et al) was published. Liquid Surveillance, co-authored with Zygmunt Bauman, came out in 2013. Current book-writing projects include The Culture of Surveillance. Lyon is on the international editorial boards of a number of journals, is a North American editor of Surveillance and Society and Associate Editor of The Information Society.                                                

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Serge Proulx 

Serge Proulx is a tenured professor in the Faculty of Communication at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and associate professor in the Department of Social and Economic Sciences at Télécom Paris Tech, France.  He is one of the founders of what is called today the Faculty of Communication at UQAM.  He holds a Doctorate in Sociology from École pratique des hautes études de Paris, under the direction of Edgar Morin, his research mostly looked at the use of media and technology and at the approaches of the social reception of media, as well as political and social issues of the “information society“.

He is the author or director of 25 works, 150 articles, and more than 400 scientific conferences in North America, South America, Europe, and Africa.  His most well known work, which is internationally recognized, has been translated into English, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and Vietnamese. L’explosion de la communication, published with Philippe Breton in 2012, and La révolution Internet en question also published in 2012 are among his most recent publications.

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Suzanne de Cheveigné

Suzanne de Cheveigné is senior researcher (directrice de recherche) with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and director of Centre Norbert Elias in Marseilles, France. Her present research concerns the way science, technology and the environment are perceived, understood but also fashioned by society. Going beyond the study of the conditions under which scientific results or methods can be transferred to the general public, she examines the way society evaluates science and technology, the way it relates to natural environments and the norms (ethical or democratic, for instance) that citizens express in these areas. She is author of L'Environnement dans le journal televise – Médiateurs et visions du monde and first author of Les Biotechnologies en débat – Pour une démocratie scientifique. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Science Communication and Enquête and vice-president of the Scientific Committee of the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) International Network. She was chair of the EC expert group that produced the Gender Challenge in Research Funding report.

 

                                                                                          

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Andrew Feenberg

Andrew Feenberg is an American philosopher of technology and is a former student of Herbert Marcuse with whom he completed his Doctorate at the University of San Diego in 1972.  After having taught in the United States as well as many other universities around the world, he is the holder of the Canadian Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.  He is also Program Director at the International College of Philosophy in Paris.

In his work, he is mainly interested in the philosophy of technology, in which he develops a critical theory of science and technology especially in the field of communication.  His works have been translated into several languages, namely Japanese, Italian, French, Norwegian, Turkish, Portuguese, and Spanish.  He has published, among others, in 2010 a book titled Between Reason and Experience: Essays in Technology and Modernity and 2002 the book Transforming Technology: A Critical Theory Revisited.

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Robin Mansell

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She is internationally known for her work on the social, economic, and political issues arising from new information and communication technologies. She is a leading contributor to policy debates on the potential of, and risks, associated with information societies. She served as Head of the Media and Communications Department at LSE (2006-2009), President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (2004-2008) and Scientific Chair of the EURO Communications Policy Research Conference (2008-2014). She is the author of numerous academic papers and books including Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance (OUP 2012), The International Encyclopaedia of Digital Communication and Society (co-editor, Blackwell-Wiley 2015) and The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (co-editor, Blackwell-Wiley 2011).

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Jamal Eddine Naji

Jamal Eddine Naji is currently the Managing Director of Audiovisual Communication for the Haute autorité de la communication audiovisuelle (HACA). He is also an international expert and consultant for several UN agencies. After receiving his Ph.D. in communication and information studies at the Université de Paris II, he became a professor and researcher at the Institut supérieur de l’information et de la communication (ISIC) in Rabat. Very active in Morocco and in North Africa, he is a founding member of the Organization of Human Rights in Morocco. Formerly a journalist and columnist for the Moroccan media, he specializes in the study of journalism internationally and particularly in North Africa. He is also a board member of the ORBICOM network as well as member of the World and Radio Television Council (WRTVC). He has published, with UNESCO, Media and Civil Society in the Arab World: Training Manual on Community Media (2008), Maghreb Female Journalism (2007), and Citizens and Media, Practical Guide for Dialogue Between Citizens and Media (2006).