IRP Coalition Chairs & Steering Committee 2015-2016
2016-2018 - Hanane Boujemi, Civil Society, Morocco
I am the manager of Hivos’ MENA region programme on Internet Governance (IGMENA), responsible for its design and implementation. I contributed in defining the policy challenges and prospects of Internet Governance in the Arab region and participated in designing the Internet Governance Roadmap of HR issues as an independent consultant with the UN. I worked as a senior policy analyst with the International Communication Union (ITU) and was associated with DiploFoundation as a tutor in the capacity building program on Internet Governance and as the coordinator of Internet Governance Research Projects. I am a member of the UN’s advisory group of the Arab Internet Governance Forum responsible for the Human Rights agenda; a member the IRPC since 2009, and the project lead of the "Click Rights Campaign", which promotes the ten principles of the IPRC charter in the MENA region in Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish. I have also supported and proof read the full translation of the IRPC charter into Arabic. I participated in 8 IGF’s, recently co-organised and spoke at an IRPC workshop in Istanbul. My vision for the charter includes promoting it further among governments in the upcoming Arab Internet Governance Forum, I believe that the charter has the potential to be an instrumental tool in influencing policies which affect the full enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet.
2015-2017 - Catherine Easton, Academic, UK
Catherine Easton (PhD) is a lecturer and researcher at Lancaster University School of Law in the UK. She works in the area of Internet governance, with a particular focus on website accessibility and the application of disability discrimination legislation to the Internet.
Catherine has published in a number of multi-disciplinary journals and has contributed the chapter on the law relating to website accessibility to the European Union Internet Law edition of Edward Elgar’s “Research Handbooks” series. At the 2013 Internet Governance Forum Catherine spoke on the panel focusing upon Rights Issues for Disadvantaged and Indigenous Peoples. She was elected onto the Executive Committee of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA) and now acts as Treasurer, with a particular role relating to the support of postgraduate researchers. She sits on the advisory board of the UK Research Council funded project Invisible Difference: Dance, Disability and the Law.
Catherine has been successful in gaining funding to develop her work on accessibility and is currently organising events focusing on inclusion and the UK Government’s use of technology to facilitate benefit payments.
Steering Committee Members
Robert Bodle, Academic, USA
Robert Bodle (PhD) is Associate Professor of Communication and New Media Studies at the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio USA).
Robert joined the IRP Coalition in 2008 and helped facilitate the writing of an early draft of the Charter. He provided media support for the IRP during IGF Egypt (2009). At GigaNet (2009) Robert presented his paper “Social Media and Global Internet Governance: Innovations and Limitations” and was recipient of the GigaNet Scholarship Award. From 2009-2012 Robert managed social media for the IRP coalition (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) doing outreach, raising awareness, building community, and advocating for Human Rights on the Internet. In 2011 Robert helped launch the IRP Charter site (created with Jenn Carrig – his partner) at IGF Nairobi. At GigaNet (2011) Robert presented his research “Upholding online anonymity in Internet governance: Affordances, ethical frameworks, and regulatory practices.”
In 2013, Robert helped with the layout and editing of the printed version of the Charter, and, at IGF Bali, helped organize and moderate the workshop “Rights for Disadvantaged Groups,” as well as present his work “Social media and cybersecurity: examining the public-private nexus of state security and online social production” on the panel Surveillance-Snowden at GigaNet (2013).
Rafik Dammak, Technical, Tunisia
Rafik Dammak is Tunisian working as computer engineer and living in Tokyo. He hold a degree in Computer Engineering from Engineering school in Tunisia and Msc on applied computer science from Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is a Diplo Foundation alumni after completion of the Internet Governance Capacity Building program. He is a former Creative Commons Tunisian license project Public co-leader while he also followed an e-learning program WIPO. He is former member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles, and coordinator of Youth Coalition on Internet Governance. He has been involved in ICANN community as NCUC (Non-commercial users constituency) individual user membe, former elected GNSO Councillor for the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group, ICANN nomcom member in addition to participation to several ICANN WGs like the new gTLD applicant support or JAS WG where he was the co-chair. He was elected as chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group. He is also member of OECD ICCP CSISAC steering committee.
He is also in the program committee for Asia Pacific regional IGF and Japan IGF and attended several global IGF and the first summer school on Internet Governance. He works on improving awareness about Internet Governance in Tunisia and MENA in general (http://igmena.org/wp-ontent/uploads/2013/06/InternetGovernance_Tunisia2.pdf) collaborating with Hivos supported Project iGMENA igmena.org . He has also interests in technical and governance aspects of Internet of Things".
Marianne Franklin, Academic, New Zealand
Marianne Franklin (PhD) is currently co-Chair. Born in Samoa and raised in New Zealand, her first introduction to this work was when conducting research on the WSIS in 2004-2005.
She has been a member of the IGF Gender Dynamic Coalition and Steering Committee member of the IRP Coalition since its inception in 2009 so active in the initial drafting stages and development of the IRP Charter. Since taking up the co-Chair role in 2012 she has focused on outreach and awareness-raising about human rights and internet governance in a number of venues, led the working group to publish the IRP Charter Booklet, and will continue to develop the Charter 2-0 project with the incoming steering committee in order to promote and make more explicit how the internet needs to work for the full range of human rights standards.
Her day job is Professor of Global Media & Politics at Goldsmiths (University of London, UK); http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/staff/franklin/
Minda Moreira, Civil Society, Portugal
Former newspaper journalist and publishing professional, currently working on Arts marketing and management, I have been actively involved in promoting Human Rights related events such as film festivals, photo exhibitions and panel discussions to create awareness on human rights issues and abuses.
The interest in Human Rights in general and Human Rights in the Internet age in particular, led me to join the IRPC in 2012 as Web and Social Media Manager. I have been actively involved in all IRPC projects, including the promotion of the IRPC Charter booklet.
I attended the last some of the IGF meetings remotely and attended the WSIS+10 meeting at Unesco headquarters in 2012. I was part of the working group for the European IGF (EuroDIG) in Lisbon in 2013 where I represented the IRPC as workshop rapporteur.
I believe that by joining the Steering Committee I can contribute further to this important project. I have seen the growing impact of the IRPC work since I joined in 2012 and the IRPC Charter has proved to be an instrumental tool which has been adopted at national and regional level. I believe that it is crucial keep the momentum going and that through a concerted outreach campaign we can help promote a culture of Human Rights online.
Shreedeep Rayamajhi, Nepal
I am a writer, Editor, & blogger. I work as a Consultant for ICT for development looking after various awareness campaigns and collaboration in between public and private sector. In my past I was awarded the Internet society Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Ambassador 2014 and 2015. I am associated as Multi-stakeholder Steering Group member of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) since 2012.
I believe in standardization & in the version of Internet for all. I am Also a Diplo foundation Graduate of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme 2009(IGCBP09) with cyber security as my major and further completed the research phase with cyber terrorism and warfare.
In 2015 June–July, I was selected as a Selection Committee member for the United Nations President of the General Assembly's informal interactive consultations on World Summit on the Information Society+10.
I have been regularly following and writing blogs and articles of Internet Governance Issues. Since last 10 years, I have been directly involved with various aspect of standardization issues. I have written and raised various articles and issues related to Human Rights, FOE, Privacy, security.
In my past I have worked with various Software development and online technology organization both at national and international level that gives me the skills and knowledge to understand various issues of Nepal’s technological upfront.
I am also the founding Member of the internet society Nepal Chapter.
In my past, I have also worked as a content/media consultant for Global Partners and Associates, UK: Internet & Freedom of Expression.
Currently I am working as the editor for rayznews.com. I was recognized as a consultant for ICT development by the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) where I am also the member of research and development team of the Federation of Computer Association of Nepal.
With his innovative ideas and creativity he has been working regularly following and writing blogs and articles on Internet Governance Issues (http://internetgovernancediplomacy.blogspot.com/)
Kevin Risser, Civil Society, USA
I'm pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, with a focus on technology and information management. My research interests include the regulation of the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet regulation and international relations, as well as the impact of regulation on younger generations of Internet users. Prior to graduate school, I studied information systems and global politics at Arizona State University. As a digital native, I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the Coalition and contribute specifically on issues of importance to younger generations of Internet users. For the 2015 Internet Governance Forum, I coordinated a remote hub at Syracuse University with students and faculty from the School of Information Studies and the College of Law. Myself and the other students involved with the remote hub were able to contribute input on the Charter in preparation for the IGF, which provided valuable insight into IGF processes and a better understanding of the Charter. Coordinating the remote hub was a great experience in working with the IGF community, and one I hope to continue. While I am new to the IRPC and IGF community, I’m very passionate about the recognition of human rights online, in order to preserve and unlock the social and political potential of the Internet for users in every region of the world.
As a member of the Steering Committee, I would work to specifically engage the digital native community in the promotion and understanding of the of the IRPC Charter. The youth demographic is greatly underrepresented in the Internet governance process, despite being the community in which, for many regions, Internet usage is ubiquitous. I believe that targeting this community is critical to the continued success and development of the IRPC. I’m currently managing the creation of a "study guide” of the IRPC Charter, in coordination with undergraduate students at Syracuse University. This study guide will hopefully serve as an educational resource in academic settings, as well as for the general public, in order to enable a broader audience to provide input or feedback on the IRPC Charter. This would also be an opportunity to engage with a larger portion of the digital native community by working with other universities and students to revise the study guide periodically to keep it current with new legal and policy developments.
- Robert Bodle (2013-2015), Academic, USA
- Marianne Franklin (2012-2014), Academic, New Zealand
- Matthias Kettemann (2011-2013), Academic, Germany
- Dixe Hawtin (2010-2012), Civil Society, UK
- Lisa Horner (2009-2010), Civil Society, UK
- Max Senges (2008-2009), Private Sector, Germany
Steering Committee (2014-2015)
- Matthias Kettemann, Academic, Austria
- Parminder Jeet Singh, Civil Society, India
- Tapani Tarvainen, Technical, Finland
- Carlos Affonso P. De Souza, Academic, Brazil
- Viktor Szabados, Civil Society, Hungary
Steering Committee (2012-2013)
- Jaco Aizenman, Technical, Costa Rica
- Allon Bar, Academic/Civil Society, Netherlands
- Robert Bodle, Academic, USA
- Norbert Bollow, Technical-Civil Society, Switzerland
IRP Charter (Version 1.1) Editor
- Dixie Hawtin, Civil Society, UK
IRP Charter (Version 1.1) Expert Group
- Wolfgang Benedek, Academic, Austria
- Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Civil Society, Denmark
- Meryem Marzouki, Academic/Civil Society, France
- Andrew Rens, Academic/Civil Society, South Africa
- Roberto Saba, Academic, Argentina
- Wang Sixin, Academic, China
IRP Coalition Website and Social Media Manager
- Minda Moreira, Civil Society, Portugal