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Writers and contributors
Sam Dickinson is an Internet governance specialist having followed both the technical and political bodies surrounding the Internet for a number of years. Until recently working for regional Internet registry APNIC as its Internet policy and governance expert, Sam is one of the technical community's representatives on the United Nations working group formed to review the Internet Governance Forum (the CSTDWG).
A veteran of meetings in organizations as diverse as the ITU, ICANN, APNIC, the IGF and many others, Sam is a highly respected and hugely knowledgeable voice over discussions about how the Internet should function - and how it really functions.
Kieren McCarthy is an acknowledged authority on the Internet and Internet governance. He has written extensively about both for a wide range of national and international newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times, New Scientist, The Register, PC Week, Techworld, and others.
An engineer by training, Kieren has spent more than 10 years as an IT journalist and has, at some point interviewed, just about everybody in the Internet industry. The official blogger for both the inaugural Internet Governance Forum and an OECD conference on the Participative Web, and author of the book Sex.com, he was also ICANN’s General Manager of Public Participation, tasked with coordinating communication between the organization and Internet users for three years.
He is CEO of .Nxt. Inc, and created both the company and the conference to provide a space for positive information-sharing about the future of the Internet's infrastructure.
Emily Taylor is an Internet law and governance expert, as well as independent consultant and adviser to a number of Internet registries.
She was the director of legal and policy at UK registry Nominet for nearly a decade, devising and managing the organization’s policy processes, its dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as acting as its spokesperson on the international stage.
Emily has been a member of the Internet Governance Forum’s (IGF) Advisory Group since its inception, as well as an ex-director at CENTR, an organization that represents European registries. She is currently a director of Oxford Information Labs, which specializes in website accessibility for people with visual impairment and cognitive difficulties.
Emily has an MBA, law degree from London’s College of Law, and a BA from Cambridge University. She has two children and lives in the UK.
Joanna Witt is a London-based freelance journalist and digital producer who has spent the majority of her career running high-profile websites for the BBC.
Having trained as a legal journalist, she went on to work on a number of trade publications, reporting on the advertising and marketing industry, and producing consumer health news for an online news agency.
She joined the BBC in 2003 and was staff for eight years, launching some of the corporation's most popular websites, many of which ran alongside live studio shows. As such she is particularly interested in the power of brands online and the nuts and bolts of producing successful and profitable sites.
She specializes in social media and has a strong interest in the power of SEO as the web develops. Joanna has a BA and an MA from Nottingham University.
Kristin Weinberger has been writing for technology and publishing companies since 2001. She also served as a project editor of professional technical books for Addison-Wesley Professional and Cisco Press – and acquired a few books and a book series for Addison-Wesley along the way.
Kristin main job for .Nxt is to summarize meetings and conferences for .Nxt readers who lack the time or inclination to show up to every gathering or wade through all the related materials. For this, she is greatly liked.
Maarten Botterman is Director of GNKS Consult, a company with strong associations to other research institutes and leading international researchers committed to working together on policy development: making things happen, in a sustainable way. He has a passion for getting the best out of teams and organizations, by making sure there is a focus on key priorities, and a good use of the passion and abilities of people.
For his work he relies on his knowledge and experience from his work as CEO (interim) of the Public Interest Registry (PIR, responsible for dot-org), Information Society Director at RAND (1999 – 2006), as CEO of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (2003 -2006), as Scientific Officer for DG Information Society of the European Commission (1995 – 1999), as Senior Telework Consultant at the Dutch Ministry for Transport, Public Works and Water Management (1992 – 1995), and as Head of ICT at the North Sea Directorate of the same Ministry (1987 – 1992). Next to that he can rely on contact network in Brussels, London, The Netherlands and Washington DC.
Currently he is also (non executive) Director and Chairman on the Board of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), responsible for the dot-org domain on the Internet, Founder and Director of Conscious Leadership Coaching BV, an organization that aims at creating healthy organizations through conscious and thus sustainable behavior, and Member of the Permanent Stakeholder Group that advises ENISA on its mission and workplan.
Jeff Brueggeman is Vice President-Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer for AT&T. In this role, he is responsible for developing and coordinating AT&T’s public policy positions on privacy, cybersecurity and Internet issues.
Jeff leads the team that manages AT&T’s privacy policies and provides guidance on data privacy and security issues. He supports AT&T’s business in the operation of its global Internet network and deployment of cloud computing and other emerging services.
Jeff participates in a wide range of legislative, regulatory and policy development proceedings involving privacy, cybersecurity and Internet issues. In addition, he represents AT&T in various international events and organizations related to Internet governance, including the Internet Governance Forum under ICC BASIS and ICANN.
For the past four years, Jeff has been an active participant in a wide range of Internet governance activities, including the UN Public Consultation on Enhanced Cooperation, the East Africa IGF and the ICANN Security, Stability and Resiliency Review Team.
Prior to joining AT&T, Jeff worked as a telecommunications attorney in private practice. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Edward Conlon works as freelance journalist in London, having left Managing Intellectual Property magazine after nine months as a reporter. At Managing IP he was responsible for the Internet IP channel, writing domain-related news and analysis for legal practitioners and industry specialists.
After graduating from university, Edward completed a six-month NCTJ journalism course in Essex, learning about news-writing, shorthand and other important skills for journalists. He has worked at the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Mirror, both British national newspapers.
Maria Farrell is a writer and independent consultant specializing in Internet policy development, communications and community-building.
Maria was a policy officer and then director of information coordination at ICANN serving in three of the organization’s offices in Brussels, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Before that, she acted as e-business policy manager at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, in the policy executive for electronic law at the Law Society of England and Wales, and as a policy adviser on e-business for the Confederation of British Industry in London. She currently works in a policy and communications role at the World Bank.
Maria Farrell is an Irish national and studied History and Politics at University College Dublin. She has an MA in Interactive Media from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1999; an MSc in Government from the London School of Economics; and an MBA at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium.
Dee Inez is an independent observer and commentator on the Internet industry, specifically its human components.
Dee first came to prominence for her controversial biography of Jon Postel entitled 'Weirdy Beirdy'. She has also penned such titles as 'Paranoid delusions of grandeur, an illustrated guide to ICANN's inner workings', 'Whereas... A lawyer's guide' and 'Who's that lunatic at the mic? How Internet policy is really decided'.
Known for her witty ripostes and shameless gossiping, Dee can usually be found handing over Polaroids from the last Internet conference in return for information about the inner workings of the Internet policy and governance organizations.
Wolfgang Kleinwachter is a professor for Internet Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and information Studies, University of Aarhus in Denmark.
He has followed Internet Governance issues for over 20 years. He is involved in ICANN, where he was the 2010 Nominating Committee Chair; in WSIS (the World Summit on the Information Society), where he was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and co-chaired the Internet Governance Caucus (IGC); and in the UN sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF), where he is a Special Adviser to the Chair.
Wolfgang is also founder and dean of the faculty of the Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG), chaired for more than 15 years the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and is a member of a FP 7 Research Project on the “Internet of Things” of the European Commission. Since 2009 he has chaired the Cross-Internet Expert Group of the Council of Europe.
Dwayne Winseck is a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University in Ottawa. He has researched and written about media, telecoms and the Internet for nearly 20 years. Dwayne has been widely published in academic journals and writes a bi-weekly column for the Globe & Mail, the largest English-language daily in Canada.
Aside from his articles and books, most of which taken a contemporary look at the media, telecom and Internet industries, Dwayne runs a blog at dwmw.wordpress.com that offers a running exploration of his ideas and thoughts on the ongoing transformation that is now recasting the industrial media system built up over the past one hundred and fifty years into the digitally networked media environment of the 21st century.