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Mapping Digital Media

Mark Thompson

Mapping Digital MediaMark Thompson works on research projects for the Media Program and its partners. He has been a media development consultant for various and governmental organizations and NGOs. He has also worked as a political officer for a United Nations peacekeeping mission and spokesman of an OSCE mission, as well as a journalist, historian, and translator. Publications include Forging War (1999), Forging Peace (2002, with Monroe Price), The White War (2008), and Birth Certificate. The Story of Danilo Kiš (2013).
Naomi Sakr

Naomi Sakr

Professor of Media Policy at Westminster University and Director of the Arab Media Centre. She has written books on the political economy of Arab television, Arab Television Today ('07) and Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East ('01), and edited collections on socio-politics of Arab media, Arab Media and Political Renewal ('07) and Women and Media in the Middle East ('04).
Olaf Steenfadt

Olaf Steenfadt

Broadcast journalist and correspondent, media management executive and strategy consultant, focusing on strategy, regulation and governance of European public service media in the digital age. He launched his career as news-reporter, investigative journalist and correspondent for national German networks (ARD, ZDF). He held managerial postions within a broadcaster’s corporate communication division (ZDF), later as general manager of an outsourced agency-type subsidiary (Screenworks GmbH).
Open Society Media Program

Morris Lipson

Open Society Media ProgramMorris Lipson is Senior Legal Advisor for the Open Society Media Program, and a former Director of the Sigrid Rausing Trust. He has litigated on human rights internationally and in the US, prior to which he taught philosophy in the US.
Access Info Europe

Helen Darbishire

Access Info EuropeHelen Darbishire is a human rights professional with over 20 years experience promoting the right of access to information, freedom of expression and media freedom, and democratisation. She is the Director of Access Info Europe.
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Dr. Mark Lee Hunter

INSEAD Social Innovation CentreAdjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. His awards include two IRE Awards, two EFMD case writing awards and the H.L. Mencken, National Headliners, Clarion, and Sigma Delta Chi Awards for journalism. He is a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
Aboubakr Jamai

Aboubakr Jamai

Aboubakr Jamaï is the founder and editor of the Moroccan weekly magazine Le Journal Hebdomadaire. He is currently the editor of the french version of the news website lakome.com. He was a visiting Scholar at the University of San Diego, Yale World Fellow in 2004, a Nieman Fellow in 2007, and a Mason Fellow in 2008 at Harvard University.
www.gatesfoundation.org

Miguel Castro

www.gatesfoundation.orgMiguel Castro works at the Gates Foundation in London. A journalist by training and education, Castro was formerly Special Projects Manager at the Open Society Media Programme. He has worked as a radio, print, and ENG reporter, and was press secretary to a senior public official. He has also worked as a professional photographer in the United States.
Damian Tambini

Damian Tambini

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and is convenor of the MSc in Communication Governance. Previously he was director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University. Damian is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and at The Oxford Internet Institute. In addition, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the Advisory Groups for The Oxford Media Convention and POLIS. Damian is leading the LSE Media Policy Forum project. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/
Eduardo Bertoni

Eduardo Bertoni

Director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School ofLaw, Argentina. He was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005) and a former fellow of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law. Mr. Bertoni has also worked as a private lawyer in Argentina and has been a legal adviser for several nongovernmental organizations in his country.
Karol Jakubowicz

Karol Jakubowicz

Dr. Karol Jakubowicz is Chairman, Intergovernmental Council of the Information for All Programme, UNESCO. He has been Vice-President, Television, Polish Radio and Television; Chairman, Supervisory Board, Polish Television and then Director, Strategy & Analysis Department at the National Broadcasting Council of Poland (2004-2006).
Renata Avila

Renata Avila

Renata Avila is a Guatemalan lawyer working in human rights who is an active advocate for freedom of expression, privacy, access to knowledge and respect for indigenous rights. She is the Country Lead of Creative Commons Guatemala and also co-heads the Technology for Transparency Initiative. She has worked with the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation, the Harvard University and the World Association of Newspapers & Publishers WAN-IFRA. She is a contributing writer for Global Voices on Line, the OpenNet Initiative and other publications
Mapping Digital Media

Marius Dragomir

Mapping Digital MediaMarius Dragomir is the policy reports editor with the Open Society Media Program. He is coordinator of the Mapping Digital Media project in the program’s Research and Policy portfolio.