Anne Carblanc is Principal Administrator in the Information Computer and Communications Policy Division of the OECD where she has been responsible for policy issues concerning the protection of personal data and privacy since 1997. She was previously a judge in charge of criminal investigations (juge d'instruction) at the Tribunal of Paris. From 1992 to 1996 she was Secretary General of the CNIL, the French data protection authority, and from 1985 to 1992 Head of the criminal legislative unit in the Ministry of Justice. From 1983 to 1985, she was a "juge d'instruction" at the Tribunal of Orléans. Anne Carblanc has a degree in modern languages and literature and a Master's degree in Law. She is also a graduate (Promotion 1981) of the "Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature".

Gus Hosein is Deputy Director for Government Affairs at Privacy International, a London-based human rights group. Within Privacy International, he has organised international action and research on privacy and human rights issues, particularly with respect to technology. He has lectured at the London School of Economics and Politicial Science (LSE) since 1997, on various topics including a history of computing, networks, technology and society, computer security, the Information Society concept, and political interests in technology. His area of research is technology policy, with a core concentration on national and international information technology policies and their interplay with economic freedom and civil rights. The academic and activist components of his work are complemented with his activity as an Advisory Board member of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, and policy advisor to Zero-Knowledge Systems. He is a survivor of a B.Math (Hons) from the University of Waterloo (Canada), and a post-graduate degree in Information Systems at the LSE. ( More information)

Amr Zaki Abdel Motaal, Amr Z.A.Motaal was born in Cairo Egypt in 1951; he graduated from the Cairo Jesuit College and received his law degree from Cairo University. As a tri-lingual lawyer, he practices Law since 1974; he worked as a business lawyer & manager of legal department with the Arab International Bank from 1974 till 1992.Since 1992, he is an attorney at law & senior partner with Abdel Motaal, Moharram & Heiza law firm in Egypt. Established since 1926,the firm specializes in Business & Corporate Law, both locally and internationally. He is a member of several legal & economic associations and is married (to a retired maxilofacial surgeon who is currently a computer and finance specialist with UNDCCP) and father of three sons, he is a scuba diver & an under water photographer. He is involved in Cyber Law counseling and is a public speaker in the realm of law and technology and editor of a weekly column in the Egyptian press entitled " The Internet and the Law".

Sarah Andrews graduated from University College Cork, Ireland in June 1999 with an LLB degree. She now works as a policy analyst with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center in Washington, DC. EPIC was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment and constitutional values. Her work there focuses on consumer privacy issues and international developments in internet policy making. She is the editor of the Consumer Law Sourcebook 2000: Electronic Commerce and the Global Economy (EPIC 2000).

Machiel van der Velde is a lawyer and the interim legal advisor for the European Consumer Organisation, BEUC. He used to work for the Dutch consumer organisation Consumentenbond as a Policy Officer on Information and Communication Technology and Electronic Commerce. Campaigning for fair business practices in electronic commerce, he was responsible for the Dutch Web Trader scheme and several other issues concerning consumer rights and protection of privacy online. With BEUC his focus is on ADR, Acces to Justice, Data Protection and Copyright, most of it online.