Towards an Inclusive, Equitable, and Accountable Digital Economy

Cancun, Mexico
21 June 2016

The digital economy has undergone rapid changes since the Ministerial in Seoul. Large, new powerful companies control vast amounts of the Internet. Consolidation continues to outpace innovation. The impact on fairness, equality, and fundamental rights is widely seen. Civil Society proposes to engage the OECD, member countries, and others in a dialogue with Civil Society on fundamental social concerns Towards an Inclusive, Equitable, and Accountable Digital Economy. The Civil Society Forum will be held the 21th of June in Cancún, México during the second day of the OECD 2016 Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth, and Social Prosperity (20-23 June, 2016).

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Speakers listed in alphabetical order.

Jørgen Abild Andersen

Chairman, OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP)

Jørgen Abild Andersen imageSince 2010 Jørgen Abild Andersen has served as chair of OECD’s Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP). In the committee he represents the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth.

From 1991 to 2012 Mr Abild Andersen served as Director General and national telecom regulator in Denmark. Mr. Abild Andersen chaired the EU Commission’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) 2003-2004 and the EU Commission’s European Regulators Group (ERG) in 2005. In 2013 Mr. Abild Andersen was a member of ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency Review Team 2 (ATRT 2).

Mr. Abild Andersen started his career as civil servant in the Danish Ministry of Transport and for a three year period he served as the minister’s principal private secretary.

Mr Abild Andersen gained a Masters of Law from the University of Copenhagen in 1975.

Renata Avila

Lawyer at Web Foundation, CSISAC Steering Committee member

Renata Avila imageRenata Avila is a human rights lawyer specialised in Intellectual Property and New Technologies from Guatemala. She worked as one of the lawyers representing the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Involved in Internet and Human Rights research since 2009, she joined Sir Tim Berners-Lee as to coordinate the work of the Web We Want campaign at the Web Foundation, dedicated to preserving and upholding human rights, responding to threats to the future of the Internet. She currently serves as a Board Member of Creative Commons Board of Directors. She is also a member of Courage Foundation advisory board, assisting whistleblowers and sources at risk and in the D-Cent board, exploring the future of decentralised technologies. Twitter @avilarenata

Suso Baleato

Secretariat of the Civil Society Advisory Council (CSISAC)

Suso Baleato imageSuso Baleato has served since 2012 as Liaison of the Civil Society Advisory Committee (CSISAC) to the OECD Digital Economy Policy Committee (CDEP), and as delegate for the Working Party on Measurement and Analysis (MADE). The CSISAC is the main channel for civil society participation in the digital policy work of the OECD, representing more that 200 non-governmental organisations, activists and scholars worldwide. Founder of several initiatives on Digital Rights, he developed an expertise in Intellectual Property with focus on Software Patents and Open Source. Suso completes his STEM background on GNU/ Linux Systems Administration and Software Engineering, with a BA in Political Science, and a MA in International Relations s/ Statistical Analysis, now completing a PhD with a dissertation on the impact of digitalisation in the political system. Suso is Galician.

Laurent Bernat

Cyber Security and Privacy Risk Policy Analyst, OECD

Bernat imageLaurent Bernat is Policy Analyst at the OECD Secretariat in the areas of security and privacy risk management, within the Division for Digital Economy Policy in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI). He supports the work of the OECD Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (SPDE). Laurent has worked in many areas since he joined the OECD in 2003, such as the development of the 2015 Recommendation on Digital Security Risk Management for Economic and Social Prosperity, and reports on national cybersecurity strategies, digital identity management, the protection of children online, and RFID. Prior to joining the OECD, he was Associate Director of a web agency and he was previously in charge of information and communications at the French data protection authority (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés - CNIL). He has a Masters degree in political science and has graduated from the French Institut d’étude des relations internationales (ILERI).

Carolina Botero

Director, Fundación Karisma

Carolina Botero imageCarolina Botero is the CEO of the Colombian civil society digital rights organization Karisma Foundation. Carolina is researcher, lawyer (with Masters degrees in International and Cooperation Law (VUB-Belgium) and Contracts Law (UAB-Spain)), lecturer and consultant on topics related to law and technology. During the last 10 years Carolina has been working in the defence of human rights in technology environments, following debates on freedom of expression, privacy, access to knowledge and culture, from a human rights and gender perspective. She strongly supports citizen participation through research as a key democratic value. She has a weekly OpEd in El Espectador, a local national newspaper.

Anne Carblanc

OECD Digital Economy Policy Division

Anne Carblanc imageMs. Anne Carblanc is Head of the OECD Digital Economy Policy Division (DEP) in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. ). Her division develops a better evidence-base and a more effective policy framework to promote the growth of the digital economy and its contribution across society.

Ms. Carblanc joined the OECD in 1997, working on information privacy and security issues. From 2009 to early 2012, she has assisted the STI Directors as Special Counsellor, with responsibility for strategic planning, organisation and co-ordination, in particular in relation to global relations. Prior to joining the OECD, she held the position of Secretary General, Director of Services in the French Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL). She has also served ten years in the French judicial system.

Anne Carblanc, a French national, holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages and literature, a Master's degree in Civil Law from University Paris 1, and qualified as a “magistrat” at the "École nationale de la magistrature" (Promotion 1981).

Juan Manuel Casanueva


Juan Manuel Casanueva image

Juan Manuel researches and promotes ICT for Social Change projects in Latin America. He is the CEO and co-founder of SocialTIC, a non-profit that enables changemakers through the strategic use of ICTs. Juan Manuel has managed, trained and advised NGOs, Governments and multinational organizations on the use of ICTs for transparency, accountability, advocacy, citizen participation, open data, digital security and privacy, open culture and digital citizenship throughout Latin America. He was ICFJ Knight Fellow 2014-2015 focused on enabling ICT and data- driven journalism in Mexico and Central America.

Juan Manuel has a M.C. degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from The University of Manchester and a B.S. degree In Industrial and Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Estado de México. He has 15 years of experience in civil society sector in Mexico participating in development, education, environmental and ICT4D projects. For the private sector he served as consultant for Accenture for corporate strategy, operations and project/program management.

Mishi Choudhary

Legal Director, Software Freedom Law Center

Mishi Choudhary image Mishi Choudhary is the legal Director of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), New York and the Executive Director of the New Delhi based SFLC.in. At SFLCNY, Mishi is the primary legal representative of many of the world's most significant free software developers and non-profit distributors, including Debian, the Apache Software Foundation, and OpenSSL. As of 2015, Mishi is the only lawyer in the world simultaneously to appear on briefs in the US and Indian Supreme Courts in the same Term. She consults with and advises established businesses and start-ups using free software in their offerings in the US, Europe, India, China and Korea. In 2015 she was named one of the Asia Society's 21 young leaders building Asia's future. She has an LLM from Columbia University in the city of New York, an LLB degree and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Delhi.

Anriette Esterhuysen

Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Anriette Esterhuysen image Anriette Esterhuysen is the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network of organizations working with Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support social justice and development. Prior to joining APC Anriette was executive director of SANGONeT, an internet service provider and training institution for civil society, labour and community organizations. She was active in the struggle against Apartheid from 1980 onwards. From 1987 to 1992 she did information and communication work in development and human rights organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Esterhuysen, with many others, helped establish email and internet connectivity in Southern Africa. SANGONeT hosted a Fidonet hub that provided universities and nongovernmental organizations in, among other places, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with email links to global networks as part of a collaboration between the APC and the United Nations Development Programme. Anriette has served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the UN's Economic Commission for Africa's African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the United Nations ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Task Working Group on Financing Mechanisms, and the Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvements. She was a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum from 2012-14. Anriette was one of five finalists for IT Personality of the Year in South Africa in 2012, an award which recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the South African ICT industry. She was the only female and only civil society finalist. Esterhuysen was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as a global connecter in 2013. Currently Anriette is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Council of the NETmundial Initiative. Esterhuysen has published extensively on ICTs for development and social justice. She holds a BA in social sciences and postgraduate qualifications in history of music and information sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Vladimir Garay

Advocacy Director, Derechos Digitales

Vladimir Garay imageVladimir Garay is Advocacy Director at Derechos Digitales, leading local and international advocacy campaigns. He is also the public leader of Creative Commons Chile and editorial committee member of the regional newsletters “Digital Rights LAC”.

Luis Fernando García

Executive Director, R3D

Luis Fernando García imageLuis Fernando García is the Executive Director at R3D (Digital Rights Defense Network from Mexico). He has a Law Degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico and has Master studies on International Human Rights Law at Lund University in Sweden. He was Google Policy Fellow at Asociación por los Derechos Civiles in Argentina and has ample experience in human rights and technology issues.

Urs Gasser

Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Urs Gasser imageUrs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. He is a visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and at KEIO University (Japan), and he teaches at Fudan University School of Management (China). Urs Gasser serves as a trustee on the board of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the University of Torino and on the board of the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen, and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. He is a Fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research.

Paulina del Pilar Gutiérrez

Head of Digital Rights & Internet Policy, ARTICLE 19

Paulina del Pilar Gutiérrez is head of Digital Rights & Internet Policy in ARTICLE 19 México and Central America, her professional exprience has been focused on Human Rights, Human Security and Development for the last 10 years, not only through different Academic and Civil Society advocacy and human rights defense in México and Guatemala, but directly on the Inter Commision for Human Rights where she acquired international experience on the Inter American Human Rights System. Her areas of interests are human rights online, access to internet, communities digital exclusion, freedom of expression and access to information.

Fanny Hidvegi

EPIC International Privacy Fellow, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Fanny Hidvegi imageFanny Hidvegi is the International Privacy Fellow at EPIC. She graduated from law school (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) in 2010. During university studies she spent one academic year at the University of Florence on an Erasmus Scholarship. After graduation she worked at the Consumer Protection Section of the Hungarian Competition Authority and, later, in a law firm specialized in the field of unfair commercial practices. From 2012 until 2015, she worked as the Head of the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Program of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, where her responsibilities varied from strategic litigation through drafting policy papers until representing the HCLU in the media. One of the most important privacy projects she has been involved with is the fight against the national data retention law in Hungary.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Professor Emeritus for International Communication Policy and Regulation, University of Aarhus in Denmark

Wolfgang Kleinwächter imageWolfgang Kleinwächter is a Professor Emeritus for International Communication Policy and Regulation from the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He is involved in Internet Governance issues since the early 1990s. He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG/2003-2005), a Special Adviser to the chair of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF/2005-2010) and a member of the UNCSTD IGF Improvement Working Group (2010-2012). He is involved in ICANN since 1998 where he was a member of the ICANN Board of Directors (2013 – 2015), chaired the Nominating Committee (NomCom) and was a member of the GNSO Council (2011- 2013). He is also a co-founder of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG), the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GIGANET) and the ICANN Studienkreis. In 2009 the Council of Europe appointed him to chair the Cross Border Internet Expert Group. He chaired the Internet Governance Sub-Group of the EU Task Force on the Internet of Things (IOT) and the evaluation team of EUs Safer Internet Action Program (SIAP). He was also the Special Amvassador of the NetMundial Iniartive (NMI) from 2014 – 2016.

In the academic world, Wolfgang Kleinwächter was from 1988 to 2012 member of the International Council of the “International Association for Media and Communication Research” (IAMCR), where he chaired for more than ten years the IAMCR Law Section. From 1994 – 1998 he chaired the Coordination Committee of the European Interregional Information Society Initiative (IRIS). From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the Steering Board of the EU FP 7 research project “Next Generation Internet/EURO-NF”. He is the founder and chair of the “European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EURO-SSIG), has testified in hearings in the Deutsche Bundestag and the European Parliament and has published and edited more than 200 articles and 12 books. In 2012 he got the “Internet Award” by the German Internet Economy Association (eco).

Cédric Laurant

President, Artículo 12 (Article 12)

Laurant imageCédric Laurant is President of the non-profit organization Artículo 12 (Article 12) and Executive Director of "SonTusDatos" (It's Your Data), its data privacy advocacy-focused program. He has worked for the past 20 years with more than 10 non-profit organizations in Latin America, Europe and the United States in various roles, ranging from consultant for specific projects to management functions. He is also the owner of Laurant Law Firm/Abogados, a law firm based in Mexico where he provides legal advice to Latin America-based clients on data privacy, e-commerce, Internet and IT law matters and for which he has been ranked since 2015 as one of Mexico's leading data privacy attorneys. For almost 20 years, he has worked as an academic, lawyer or consultant on international projects in the areas of data privacy, Internet law, e-commerce, telecommunications, information security and information governance for international organizations, governments, professional and trade associations, the private sector and NGOs. In these roles, he has provided legal and public policy services, capacity-building, technical assistance and research. He was until recently the Vice-President of the Latin American Association of Information Security Professionals and is member of the Advisory Board of the Code Red initiative.

Yolanda Martínez Mancilla

Head of Unit for Digital Government, Ministry of Public Administration, Mexico

Yolanda Martínez Mancilla imageMs. Martínez has studies in Information Systems from University of Guadalajara and a Master Degree in Management of Science and Public Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA.

As the Head of the Unit for Digital Government of Mexico's Public Administration Ministry, she is leading the design and implementation of projects to promote ICTs as tools to improve the qualify of life of the people, democratize access to public services, and reduce digital gaps.

She is in charge of leading one of the National Digital Strategy's major initiatives, launched in 2015: Gov.mx, a platform that promotes innovation in government, boosts efficiency, and transforms processes to provide the population with information, government services, and a platform for citizens' participation. Gob.mx is already the 6th most visited site in Mexico.

Joe McNamee

Executive Director, European Digital Rights (EDRi)

Joe McNamee imageJoe McNamee is Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi) since 2009. He has worked on Internet-related topics since 1995, when started his online career as a technical support advisor for an Internet provider in 1995.

Mr. McNamee is also on the advisory board of the EFF and of onlinecensorship.org. He speaks regularly at expert meetings of international organisations such as the OSCE and Council of Europe. He has a particular interest in the trend to devolve online law enforcement to Internet intermediaries and the collateral damage that this causes for privacy and free speech. He has expertise in telecommunications, “intellectual property rights”, surveillance, trade agreements, data protection, privacy and freedom of expression.

Claire Milne

CSISAC Steering Committee member, Independent Policy Consultant

Claire Milne imageSince leaving BT in 1989, Claire Milne has worked closely with civil society groups on telecoms policy issues, in parallel with consultancy around the world, often for regulators and policy-makers. For six years she chaired the UK Consumer Forum for Communications. Best known for her work on universal service and affordability of communications, in recent years she has also contributed to discussion on the prevention of nuisance calls and public policy for Internet of Things. She is a Visiting Senior Fellow and Guest Teacher at LSE, and actively engaged with OECD/CDEP/WPCISP on behalf of CSISAC.

Gisela Perez de Acha

Senior Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales

Gisela Perez de Acha image Gisela Perez de Acha is a Mexican journalist and a lawyer specialized in freedom of speech and gender in the digital environment. She has written for several independent media in her country and now works as a public policy senior for Derechos Digitales, a Latin American non-governmental organisation that defends human rights in the digital environment. Her most recent publication is an extense investigation regarding the legality of Hacking Team's malware in the region.

Korina Velázquez Ríos

President, “Digital Civism Mx” - Independent Policy Consultant

Korina Velázquez Ríos imageKorina has Found the civil organization “Digital Civism Mx” to promotes rights of quality for e-gov services and open goverment, privacy rights, Nethics and women's empowerment with ICT.

Korina is a trainer in the Organization of American State (OAS) and the Latin American Network of Information Law in open government and e-government courses for high-level officials in Latin America. She is a member of the research group in Government 2.0, Open Government in Spain, Parliamentary Research Network Online and in the Institute of Legal Research of the UNAM. She has participed with CONACYT on the research and development of ICT in 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, PRO-ideal and Foresta.

Actually is a member of the Evaluation Committee of IT awards in INAI (National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data) CIAPEM and U-Gob. She achieved awards for her projects in IT by UNAM, AMIPCI and INFOTEC.

She has been an external consultant for World Bank projects. She became the Director in Unit Government Information Technology of the Ministry of Finance (2013). She was Technical Secretary of Digital Agenda of the the Ministry of Economy (2012) and worked in the Committee of Digital Access in Chamber of Deputies (2009-2011), where she was a pioneer for proposing regulatory framework in the field of Information Society. T: @korivel

Katitza Rodriguez

International Rights Director, EFF

Katitza Rodriguez imageKatitza Rodriguez is EFF's international rights director. She concentrates on comparative policy of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF's International Program also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of human rights. Katitza also manages EFF's growing Latin American programs. She is an advisor to the UN Internet Governance Forum (2009-2010), and a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International. Before joining EFF, Katitza was director of the international privacy program at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C., where amongst other things, she worked on The Privacy and Human Rights Report, an international survey of privacy law and developments. Katitza is well known to many in global civil society and in international policy venues for her work at the U.N. Internet Governance Forum and her pivotal role in the creation and ongoing success of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for which she served as the civil society liaison while at EPIC from 2008 to March 2010. Katitza holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Lima, Peru. Katitza's twitter handle is @txitua.

Carolina Rossini

Vice President, International Policy and Strategy, Public Knowledge

Carolina Rossini imageCarolina Rossini, a Brazilian lawyer with over 15 years of experience, is the Vice President for International Rights and Strategy at Public Knowledge and a 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Alongside her work at Public Knowledge, she is a Global Partners Digital International Associate and an X-Lab fellow. She sits on several advisory boards, including at Open Knowledge Foundation, CodingRights, Instituto Educadigital, and InternetLab. She is the founder of OER-Brazil, www.rea.net.br. Previously, Carolina was a Project Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the International Intellectual Property Director at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. Back in Brazil, she was an in-house council for Terra Networks S/A, part of Telefonica Economic Group, and a law lecturer and project coordinator at the Center for Technology and Society and Fundação Getulio Vargas. Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University, a MBA from Instituto de Empresas, a MA in International Economic Negotiations from UNICAMP/UNESP, and a JD from University of Sao Paulo – USP.

Marc Rotenberg

President, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Marc Rotenberg imageMarc Rotenberg is President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy and open government law at Georgetown University Law Center and frequently testifies before Congress on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He has served on several national and international advisory panels. He has authored many amicus briefs for federal and state courts. He is a founding board member and former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. He is editor of "The Privacy Law Sourcebook" (EPIC 2004) and "Privacy and Human Rights" (EPIC 2006) and co-editor of "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" (The New Press 2015) and (with Anita Allen) "Privacy Law and Society" (West 2016). He currently serves on expert panels for the National Academies of Science and the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, and received an LLM in International and Comparative Law. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the recipient of several awards, including the World Technology Award in Law, the American Lawyer Award for Top Lawyers Under 45, the Norbert Weiner Award for Social and Professional Responsibility, and the Vicennial medal from Georgetown University for distinguished service. He was named one of the top lawyers in America 2013-2014 by Lawdragon.

Bruce Schneier

Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Bruce Schneier imageBruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 14 books -- including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient.

Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda

U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy
U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Sepulveda imageAmbassador Daniel A. Sepulveda serves as U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, Ambassador Sepulveda leads and coordinates the Department’s positions on communications and information policy issues.

Prior to joining the State Department in 2013, Ambassador Sepulveda served as a Senior Advisor to Senator William "Mo" Cowan of Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a Senior Advisor and member of Senator John Kerry’s senior management team, handling the Senator’s extensive commerce, trade, and business portfolio, which included his work as chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

Ambassador Sepulveda served as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative leading a team that managed relations with Congress for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk from 2004-2008. He managed trade, immigration, interstate commerce, labor, and ethics and lobbying reform issues for Senator Barack Obama from 2004-2008, and helped advise his campaign for President. He assisted Senator Obama on the Senate floor during the debate on CAFTA, the immigration debates, and during the debates on ethics and lobbying. He also assisted him on labor issues as part of the Senator's responsibilities on the HELP Committee.

In the four years before joining Senator Obama's office, Ambassador Sepulveda worked for Senator Barbara Boxer, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, advising her on trade, technology, telecommunications, media regulation, and consumer affairs. He also advised her on immigration and labor issues.

Additional prior work experience includes service in the Clinton Administration in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and advocacy at the nation's largest Latino organization, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Ambassador Sepulveda received a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Emory University.

Robin Simpson

Senior Policy Advisor, Consumers International

Robin Simpson imageRobin develops policy on a range of issues and drafts CI policy responses to international bodies, including the G20 on financial services, the OECD on multinational enterprises, the UN on the Guidelines for Consumer Protection, and the ISO on development of standards in energy and mobile financial services.

Working as a consultant since 2006, Robin joined CI in 2002 having previously collaborated on CI projects when working for the National Consumer Council of the UK. These projects involved trade policy and public utilities in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. Robin's background is in geography and social administration.

Vincenzo Spiezia

Head of the Information and Communication Technologies Unit in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD

Vincenzo Spiezia imageVincenzo Spiezia (PhD in Economics) is Head of the Information and Communication Technologies Unit in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry of the OECD.

Mr Spiezia coordinates the activities of the Working Party on Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy (MADE). His current research activities focus on the impact of ICT on employment, skills and innovation. Before joining the OECD, he was Senior Economist at the International Labour Office in Geneva, where he contributed to a series of studies on the economic effects of globalisation. He is author of several publications in books and international journals about innovation and employment.

Amie Stepanovich

U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now

Amie Stepanovich imageAmie Stepanovich works to ensure that laws and policies on surveillance and cybersecurity recognize and respect human rights. At Access Now, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Previously, Amie was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. Amie is a board member of the Internet Education Foundation and is the Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities' Liaison to the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Working Group. She was co-chair for the 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. Amie was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recognized in 2014 as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy. She has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.

Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Daniel Therrien imageDaniel Therrien was appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada on June 5, 2014 after three decades serving Canadians as a lawyer with various federal departments where human rights issues were important.

Commissioner Therrien has said that the over-arching goal of his mandate is to increase the control Canadians have over their personal information. Shortly after his appointment, Commissioner Therrien was plunged into the debate over a new cyberbullying bill, legislation to reform Canada’s federal private sector privacy law and a review of the RCMP’s lawful access practices. He has also championed privacy rights in the public debate over national security and public safety, and led research and investigations into privacy issues that go to the heart of consumer trust and confidence. Commissioner Therrien has identified new strategic privacy priorities and strategic approaches that will guide the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s work in the coming years, and has spoken publicly on a range of privacy issues throughout Canada and around the world. He values collaboration and consultation and works with public and private sector stakeholders, academia, civil society organizations, consumer groups and individuals to help improve privacy protections for Canadians.

Commissioner Therrien began his career practising correctional law for the Department of the Solicitor General, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board. He then practised immigration law at the Department of Justice and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, becoming Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio at the Department of Justice in 2005. In that capacity, Commissioner Therrien had a leadership role in giving legal advice to government on public safety and national security issues. He was also instrumental in negotiating the adoption of privacy principles governing the sharing of information between Canada and the U.S. under the Beyond the Border accord.

Commissioner Therrien holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Licence en droit from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1981.

Andrew W. Wyckoff

Director, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

Andrew WyckoffAndrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas.

Mr. Wyckoff was previously Head of the Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) division at the OECD which supports the organisation’s work on information society as well as consumer policy issues. Before heading ICCP, he was the head of STI’s Economic Analysis and Statistics Division which develops methodological guidelines, collects statistics and undertakes empirical analysis in support of science, technology and innovation policy analysis.

His experience prior to the OECD includes being a program manager of the Information, Telecommunications and Commerce program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an economist at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and a programmer at The Brookings Institution.

Mr. Wyckoff is a citizen of the United States, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

Rafael A. F. Zanatta

Brazilian Institute of Consumer Defense in Brazil (Idec)

Rafael A. F. Zanatta imageRafael A. F. Zanatta is a Brazilian lawyer and policy analist at the Brazilian Institute of Consumer Defense in Brazil (Idec). He holds a Master of Science at the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law and a Master of Law and Political Economy at the University of Turin (Italy).

Rafael is part of the Working Group on Telecommunications and Consumer Rights of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice. He also sits on the Committee of Defense of Users of the Federal Agency of Telecommunications in Brazil, where he represents civil society. At Idec, he is responsible for advocacy campaigns and researches on personal data protection, Internet regulation and net neutrality.

Before joining Idec, Rafael was a project lead at InternetLab, where he coordinated a project about the regulation of the sharing economy in Brazil. In 2013, he was the coordinator of the Internet, Law and Society Nucleus of the University of São Paulo. Rafael is constantly called for public hearings at the Brazilian Congress on issues involving the digital economy and protection of rights.

Shoshana Zuboff

Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Emerita Harvard Business School

Shoshana Zuboff imageShoshana Zuboff is an author and scholar whose new work, Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization (forthcoming, 2017), integrates her lifelong themes: the historical emergence of psychological individuality, the conditions for human development, the digital revolution, and the evolution of capitalism. She is a frequent contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung where she writes at the intersection of capitalism and the digital. Zuboff is also the author of the seminal In the Age of Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power and the influential The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism (with Jim Maxmin), along with many scholarly and popular articles.

Zuboff joined the Harvard Business School in 1981 where she became the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration and one of the first tenured women on the HBS faculty. In 2014 and 2015 she was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. She has been a featured columnist for Fast Company and for BusinessWeek Online.