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Africa Electronic Privacy and Public Voice Symposium

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Titilayo Akinsanmi

Titilayo Akinsanmi is Program Manager at the Global Teenager Project within, a member of TakingITGlobal, and a representative of the WSIS Youth Caucus. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Titilayo was recently chosen as a focal point for the youth on the WSIS International Civil Society Bureau. She is a Cabinet Member of the African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS). Ms. Akinsanmi is from Nigeria.

Adiel A. Akplogan

Adiel Akplogan is the CEO of AFRINIC. He has been active in ICANN as a member of the ccTLD Constituency, the Internet Society since 1996 (first Vice-president and founder of the Togolais chapter), AFRIDNS, AFRICANN and member of the Steering Committee of AFNOG. Mr. Akplogan is from Togo.

Elizabeth Bakibinga

Elizabeth Bakibinga is Senior Legislative Counsel at the Parliament of Uganda. She holds a Master of Laws in Information and Communication Technology Law and is Counsel to the Parliamentary Committee of Trade & Industry and the Committee of Science & Technology, both of which are charged with ICT responsibilities.

Derrick Cogburn

Professor Cogburn is an expert on global information and communication technology (ICT) policy and in the use of ICTs for socio-economic development. He is currently an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Dr. Cogburn also directs the Collaboratory on Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco), an award-winning social science research collaboratory investigating the social and technical factors that influence geographically distributed collaborative knowledge work, particularly between developed and developing countries. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Convergence Center, is a member of the Internet Governance Project, and is a faculty member of the Syracuse University Africa Initiative.

Pierre Dandjinou

Pierre Dandjinou currently holds the position of Regional Advisor for Africa, ICT for Development, Sub regional Resources Facility (SURF)/United Nations Development programme (UNDP). He is also the Chair of the BoT of Afrinic.  Mr. Dandjinou is a consultant on IT related subjects for many international institutions, and is involved in many IT related initiatives on the continent. Pierre Dandjinou is chair of the Internet Society Chapter of Benin, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of AFRINIC, the Africa Internet registry. He is based in Dakar, Senegal

Mouhamet Diop

Mouhamet Diop is a board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the CEO of NEXT SA, an innovative consulting company in Senegal (West Africa). Prior to joining NEXT SA, he worked for SONATEL (the Senegalese National Telecom Company) from 1993 to 2001. He served as the Data Network Manager and built the biggest IP-Based network in West Africa. Mouhamet Diop holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Chemistry from University Cheikh Anta Diop, and a Ph. D. Certificate in Computer Science "Parallelism and distributed Systems" from University of Rennes (IFSIC). He also holds an MBA in Finance from ESSEC (Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) at Cergy in France in 1993. He graduated from ENST de Bretagne in Telecommunications Engineering: "Computer Science and Networking" France, and holds a telecom engineering degree from ESMT Dakar obtained with highest honours in 1990. Mouhamet Diop is the Permanent Secretary of ISOC Senegal Chapter and Telecom Society. He is also an ITU, UNIDO expert for the development of Telecommunications and ICTs in developing countries. He is involved in the Afrinic process to set up a new emerging RIR and in the IDN committee.

Heather Ford

Heather Ford is the public lead for Creative Commons South Africa, a Wits University LINK Centre associate and the project manager of an intellectual property awareness raising project for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Africa ICT Policy Monitor Project. With a fellowship from the Reuters Digital Vision program at Stanford University, Heather worked with Creative Commons to develop programs relevant to African technology, development, creativity and law in 2003/4. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University, a Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management Certificate from Wits University's Link Centre and an IT Project Management certificate from the Gartner Group. She has worked as a project manager, researcher and webqueen for Internet policy projects at GreenNet Educational Trust (London), the Association for Progressive Communications (Johannesburg), and the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (Johannesburg).

Joi Ito

Joi Ito is a newly elected ICANN Board Member, vice president of international and mobility development for Technorati, which indexes and monitors blogs and the Chairman of Six Apart, the weblog software company. He is on the board of Creative Commons, a non-profit organization which proposes a middle way to rights management, rather than the extremes of the pure public domain or the reservation of all rights. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. In 1997 Time Magazine ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the "50 Stars of Asia" by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" for 2002. He has served and continues to serve on numerous Japanese central as well as local government committees and boards, advising the government on IT, privacy and computer security related issues. He is currently researching ŽThe Sharing EconomyŻ as a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University in Japan.

Markus Kummer

Markus Kummer is the Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat supporting the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). He is a Swiss career diplomat who was a member of the Swiss delegation during the first phase of the WSIS where he chaired several negotiating groups, including the group on Internet Governance that developed an agreed text on Internet governance for the WSIS Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action. Since 2002 he held the position as eEnvoy of the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Berne. His main tasks included foreign policy co-ordination with regard to information and communication technologies in general and the WSIS in particular.

Alan Levin

Alan Levin is a specialist in change and governance. In addition to actively participating in global information society policy making activities, he drives institutional strategy and helps with information society research and development projects. Levin has actively built communities of interest at a global, regional, national and local level and continues to focus on creating new information society jobs, driving economic and social development in Africa. Levin currently serves on a number of governing bodies including Chairman of the Internet Society South African Chapter, the Board of the African Regional Internet Registry (AfriNIC), the .za Domain Name Authority Treasurer, the Bandwidth Barn (a co-operative incubator) and various other public sector non-profit organisations. Alan is the founding treasurer of the - US based - PublicInterest Registry. Levin created and implemented the e-government strategy for the Provincial Government Western Cape and recently lead a team responsible for implementing the first root name server in Africa. He participates in ICANN and operates AfriDNS, providing information about African country code domain names. Alan was elected IT Person of the Year by the Computer Society, Western Cape in 2001-3. Alan has a BSc in Computer Science and Industrial Psychology, and an MBA from UCT. He is widely experienced in the appropriate use and management of Open Source Software and applications.

Chengetai Masango

Chengetai Masango is a Zimbabwean Ph.D. student of Information Policy at Syracuse University. Mr. Masango is conducting a study of the politics of the .zw TLD and generic SLDs under it (.org, .com, etc.) as part of an independent study. He has conducted interviews on Internet Policy in Zimbabwe and will have a report completed by December.

Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller is a professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and is the Chair of the Non-Commerical Users Constituency of ICANN. Dr. Mueller teaches and researches telecommunications and information policy using the theoretical tools of property rights analysis, institutional economics, and historical analysis. He has a longstanding interest in the history of communication technologies and international governance and institutions. Mueller received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Mueller’s most recent book is Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002). He is a frequent contributor to

Tracey Naughton

Tracey Naughton is a Cabinet member of the African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS), responsible for communication strategies and ACSIS Southern African Regional Coordinator. Ms. Naughton is also the Chair of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Civil Society Media Caucus. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Emmanuel Njenga

Emmanuel Njenga is an editor for the Association for Progressive Communications. He and APC have recently launched the Africa ICT Policy Monitor Project. The APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor's primary goal is to enable African civil society organisations to engage in information and communication technologies (ICT) policy development to promote an Information Society based on social justice and human rights. The ultimate aim being that governments and policy makers recognise that access to and the use of ICTs is a basic human right. The project, initiated in late 2001, continues to research, collect, interpret, produce and disseminate ICT policy information; build the awareness and capacity of civil society to understand these issues; and assist civil society organisations to formulate their interests in ICT policy and to support their lobbying and advocating for policies that promote a just information society.

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna Nwakanma is a Cabinet member of the African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS) and is also the regional coordinator. Nnenna has worked within International development organizations and institutions in the West and Cental African countries; as a Representative of Home Health Education Service in Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire; as an Information and Documentation Officer for the African Devlopment Bank; and as the Information Officer for the Helen Keller Foundation in Africa. She co-founded and is a board member of multiple pan-African organizations including the Free Software and Opens Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), the Africa Network of Information Society Actors (ANISA), and the African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS). She is also the co-author of Our Side of the Divide and Silenced: African Report on Internet Censorship. At present she works as a consultant to governments, civil society organizations, business entities and International Development Organizations on various domains of her expertise in African Development: Human Rights, Conflict Management, Gender Mainstreaming and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). She is based in Cote D'Ivoire.

Olivier Nana Nzepa

Olivier Nana Nzepa is the Project Coordinator for Africa Management. Dr. Nzepa is an ICT lecturer with the Advanced School of Mass Communication (University of Yaounde) and Professor/Consultant in Public Management at the Institute Superieur de Management Public (Yaounde- Cameroon). His involvement in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) includes the following positions: General coordinator of the Africa Civil Society for Information Society (ACSIS); Africa Region focal point on the International Civil Society Bureau for the WSIS; Member of the Africa Bureau representing Civil society; Member of the RALO Africa; Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) and At-Large Committee of ICANN; and Editor of a French quarterly dedicated to the Information Society titled "Le Defi Numerique." Dr. Olivier Nana Nzepa holds a Ph.D. in communication from University of Montreal (Canada); a M.A. in International relations from ENAP (Montreal); a M.A in Business management (H.E.C. Montreal); a M.Sc in communication (University of Montreal) and a Bachelor in journalism from University of Yaounde (Cameroon). Dr. Nzepa is based in Cameroon.

Pierre Ouedraogo

Pierre Ouedraogo is the Information society Project manager at INTIF (Francophone institute for information and learning newe technologies) based in Bordeaux - France. INTIF is a subsidiary entity of Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie ( Since 1998, he has been working at INTIF, in the fields of internet governance, free sofware and human resource development. He has set up many networks of IT experts to coordinate African efforts to develop IT and use it as a tool for development. Pierre Ouedraogo has a master in physics and chemistry for the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), a business degree and a master in information systems at Catholic university of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium.

Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before the US Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He recently testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection, and is Secretary of the Public Interest Registry. He is editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove) of Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2003). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is the winner of the 2002 World Technology Award in Law.

Edward G. Viltz

Edward G. Viltz is President & CEO of the Public Interest Registry (PIR). He joined PIR in February of 2003 with over twenty-five years of domestic and international executive management and entrepreneurial experience in the information technology marketplace. He previously formed Technology Integration Solutions (TIS), an international consulting company as a project management and business development firm focusing on setting up school based Internet and technology partnerships between the United States and African countries. He was Vice President & Chief Operations Officer (COO) with Pulsar Data Systems. He also co-founded and served as President of Enterprise Integration Corporation (EIC) and held a variety of key management posts with the IBM Corporation.

Frannie Wellings

Frannie Wellings is a Policy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Her work at EPIC involves privacy and speech rights related to information and communication technologies, with emphasis on Internet and media policy. She represents EPIC as a member of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) where she is currently involved in WHOIS policy development as a representative to ICANN's task force on WHOIS accuracy. Frannie is the Director of the Public Voice project, where she works to improve NGO involvement in policy development affecting the Internet and mass media, currently focusing on the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Frannie has a Bachelor of Science from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and a Masters in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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