Ms Francesca Musiani (PhD, MINES ParisTech, 2012) is Associate Research Professor (chargée de recherche), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC-CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC), associated researcher with the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation of MINES ParisTech-PSL, and academic editor for the Internet Policy Review. Her current research focuses on Internet governance, and draws upon an interdisciplinary training in information and communication sciences, science and technology studies, and international law.
Francesca was the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University and an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University in 2012-2013, and was a nominated member of the Commission for Law and Liberties in the Digital Age of the French Parliament (2014-2015). She is currently one of the Principal Investigators for the European H2020 project NEXTLEAP (2016-2018, Next-Generation Techno-Social and Legal Encryption, Access and Privacy), a nominated member of the Digital Foresight Units of the CSA and the ARCEP (France’s regulators of broadcast media and electronic communications, respectively) and was recently elected co-vice-chair of the Communication Policy and Technology section of IAMCR.
Francesca is the author of Nains sans géants. Architecture décentralisée et services Internet [Dwarfs Without Giants. Decentralized Architecture and Internet Services] (Presses des Mines, 2013 , awarded the Prix Informatique et Libertés 2013 by the French Privacy and Data Protection Commission, CNIL) and has recently co-edited The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016, with D. Cogburn, L. DeNardis and N. Levinson) and Abécédaire des architectures distribuées [Primer of Distributed Architectures] (Presses des Mines, 2015, with C. Méadel).
Francesca is an Italian-born, France-adopted nomad-at-heart who has spent quite some time in the United States during her twenties. She tweets at @franmusiani and her personal page is here.
Mr Robert Guerra is a civil society expert specializing in issues of Internet governance, human rights, digital security and Internet freedom. Mr. Guerra is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian-based company that works with private industry and nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy and information security. Mr. Guerra has participated as a member of the official Canadian delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS). He is a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court; the Security and Stability Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and ICANN’s Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award Panel. He is also the Program Manager, Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Policy Collaboratory at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)
Ms Maya Aguilar is Associate Director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She manages the daily operations of this global research center, as well as oversees strategic communication initiatives, cultivates partnerships across campus and at the national and international levels, and contributes to the Institute’s research program.
Ms. Aguilar previously served as Assistant Director of Communication at IDPP. Her portfolio includes: marketing and outreach campaigns, media relations efforts, social media engagement, and publications development. Ms. Aguilar has served Washington, DC’s nonprofit sector since 2005. Beginning as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, she has worked at education, public health, and international development nonprofit organizations performing communications, marketing, and public relations work.
She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and a M.A. in Public Communication from American University’s School of Communication.