Joan Barata is an international expert in freedom of expression, media freedom and media regulation. He provides regular assistance to different international organizations and entities, including the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Broadcasting Union, the Organization of American States, UNESCO and USAID among others. He has been the Principal Adviser to the Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Dr. Barata is an affiliate to the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at European University Viadrina. Previously, he has been a professor of communication law and vice dean of international relations at Blanquerna Communication School. He has also been a Professor at the University of Barcelona, the Open University of Catalonia and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as well as visiting scholar at the University of Bologna and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His areas of expertise include topics such as freedom of expression, media regulation, public service broadcasting and political and legal media transitions. He has provided assistance to several institutions and organizations regarding these issues in countries such as Thailand, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Albania, Hungary, Liberia, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States. He also has a strong regulatory experience as head of president’s cabinet (2005-2009) and secretary general of the Catalonia Audiovisual Council (2009-2011) and member of the Permanent Secretariat of the Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities (2006-2011).
Kate Coyer is Director of the Civil Society and Technology Project for the Center for Media, Data and Society. Her research examines the complexities of media practice and policy; digital rights advocacy and the social uses of technologies; media development and communication for social change; the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies as well as the resilience of ‘old’ mediums like radio. Kate holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London and held a post doctoral research fellowship with the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania where she is also an affiliate. She has taught master and undergraduate level courses at CEU, Goldsmiths and University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Kate leads two research projects for the Center, The first is a Virtual Center of Excellence for Research in Violent Online Political Extremism (VOX-Pol), a five year project supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme Network lead by Dublin City University. The project goal is to assess the role of internet companies, mobile operators and social media platforms in responding to violent online political extremism and to consider the complexities of the relationship between technology, free expression, and policy that lie at the heart of the relationship between global security and human rights.
Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London. He has also been one of the main editors for PIJ's flagship research and advocacy project, Mapping Digital Media, which covered 56 countries worldwide, and he was the main writer and editor of OSF’s Television Across Europe, a comparative study of broadcast policies in 20 European countries. Marius has spent the past decade in the media research field, specializing in media and communication regulation, digital media, governing structures of public service media and broadcasting, spectrum management, and ownership regulation. He has authored expert studies and articles on journalism and media policies that have been published and translated in more than 60 countries. He started his career as a journalist some 25 years ago in his native Romania where he worked for several local dailies, radio, and TV stations. Since 1999, he has been working for English-language media. Last year, with a group of journalists and researchers, he co-founded Mediapowermonitor.com, a community of experts in media policy covering trends in regulation, business, and politics that influence journalism.
Francesca Fanucci is an Italian and British lawyer specialised in freedom of expression and comparative media law. She is a member of Internews' Internet Freedom Expert Register and has consulted, inter alia, for the American Bar Association, ARTICLE 19, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the Open Society Foundations Justice Initiative and Media Program, the International Press Institute, Access Info Europe and International Media Support. She is also a surveyor of e-governance policies for the E-Governance Institute at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, US and is regularly invited by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, UK, as a senior judge at the annual International Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. Francesca has also been a legal analyst and researcher in corporate law for global and European public affairs consultancies in Europe, North and West Africa, the United States and South America. She has co-authored ‘WikiLeaks, Secrecy and Freedom of Information: The Case of the UK’, in Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society (Palgrave-MacMillan 2013) and ‘Digital Television in Italy: From Analogue to Digital Duopoly?’ in the January 2013 issue of the International Journal of Digital Television.
Miklos Haraszti is a Hungarian author, professor, and human rights promoter. His books, including A Worker in a Worker’s State and The Velvet Prison, have been translated into many languages. He was a founder of Hungary’s democracy and free press movement in the 1970s. In 1989, he participated in the "Roundtable Negotiations" on the transition to free elections. As a member of Hungary's parliament in the 1990s, he authored the country's first laws on press freedom. From 2004 to 2010, he directed the media freedom watchdog institution of the 56-nation Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Recently, he headed the OSCE's observation missions for elections in the U.S. and in Kazakhstan. He has taught at several universities, including CEU, Bard College, Northwestern University, and the New School. In the past two years, he gave courses on global press freedom issues at Columbia University.
Oreste Pollicino is a full professor of constitutional law at Bocconi University in Milan, where he also teaches information and internet law, public law and transnational constitutional law, and visiting Professor at Oxford University, Haifa University, NUS, Singapore. His work includes contentious and non-contentious matters centered on ISP liability, administrative law, antitrust, media pluralism, conflict between IP and other rights, etc. He is admitted to practice before the Italian highest courts. He’s the founder and editor in chief of international law blogs Diritti Comparati (Comparing Fundamental Rights in Europe) and MediaLaws (Comparative Media Law in the Context). He is one of the most authoritative voices in the field of internet and media, in particular with respect to issues at the crossroads between internet and media and constitutional rights. He recently received the title of tenured Professor in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and EU Law, the only candidate nationally to obtain such title in three subjects in the 2013 session. He is a frequent speaker and moderator in international and Italian seminars and conferences. He’s been elected associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, national rapporteur on “digital single market” at FIDE (Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen), national rapporteur on “right to be forgotten” at IACL World Congress. His appointments at European and international institutions include: member of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News of the European Commission; national expert appointed by the Council of Europe, Directorate of Internal Oversight; national legal expert appointed by the Council of Europe, Directorate Human Rights and Rule of law, 2015; independent legal expert at OSCE, Representative on Freedom of the Media, Vienna, 2014; national expert for Italy in a “fact-checking” project carried out by CMDS on the very controversial new Hungarian media law in 2012.
Krisztina Rozgonyi is a senior media, telecommunication and IP regulatory and legal/policy consultant. She is Assistant Professor with the Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. Dr. Rozgonyi works with international and European organizations (such as ITU/UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission, World Bank InfoDev, OSCE and BBC MA), with national governments, regulators, and companies as senior adviser on media freedom, spectrum policy and copyright legal frameworks re: digital audiovisual archives. She has worked for the gvm’ts of Serbia, Rwanda, Thailand, United Arab Emirates as well as for international organizations in the Ukraine, Macedonia, Israel, Poland, and Egypt. Between 2004-2010 she served as the Chairperson (Deputy Chairperson) of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary. Dr. Rozgonyi’s expertise lies in media and telecommunications policy-making and regulation and her extensive experience in legal drafting, legal analysis and legal reform work. She holds a Doctor Juris in Law and State Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law, Budapest); an MA in Communication Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Budapest); and an MBA (Central European University). Dr. Rozgonyi is a regular speaker at the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute at Oxford University and has taught at ELTE University, Budapest; Janus Pannonius University, Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law, Pécs. Dr. Rozgonyi is member of the advisory board of the International Journal of Digital Television and the chair of the Media and Advertising Division of the Hungarian Lawyers Association.