Afia Asantewaa Asare-KyeI – A human rights defender working for women’s rights, media freedom and access to information issues across Africa at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
Evelyn Aswad – A professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law who previously served as the State Department’s senior attorney specializing in the application of international human rights standards to content moderation issues
Endy Bayuni – A journalist who has served as editor-in-chief of The Jakarta Post twice and helps lead a journalist association promoting excellence in reporting on religion and spirituality.
Catalina Botero Marino, Co-Chair – A former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States, who now serves as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de los Andes.
Katherine Chen – A communications scientist at National Chengchi University who studies social media, mobile news and privacy, and a former national communications regulator in Taiwan.
Nighat’s father – A digital rights advocate who offers digital security training to women in Pakistan and South Asia to help them protect themselves from online harassment, campaigns against government restrictions on dissent, and received the Tulip Human Rights Prize.
Jamal Greene, co-chair – A Columbia Law professor who focuses on the judging of constitutional rights and the structure of legal and constitutional arguments.
Pamela Karlan – A professor of Stanford Law and a Supreme Court attorney who has represented clients in voting law, LGBTQ + rights and First Amendment cases, and who serves as a board member of the American Constitution Society. Karlan was asked to describe the differences between a US president and a king during the Trump impeachment hearing when she brought up the name of the first son. “The constitution says there cannot be titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he cannot make him a baronet,” Karlan told lawmakers. She later apologized.
Tawakkol Karman – A Nobel Peace Prize winner who used her voice to promote nonviolent change in Yemen during the Arab Spring, and was named one of ‘History’s Most Rebellious Women’ by Time magazine.
Maina Kiai – A director of Human Rights Watch’s Global Alliances and Partnerships Program and a former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, who has decades of experience defending human rights in Kenya.
Sudhir Krishnaswamy – A Vice Chancellor of the National Law School of India University who co-founded an advocacy group dedicated to advancing constitutional values for all, including LGBTQ + and transgender people, in India.
Ronaldo Lemos – A technology, intellectual property and media lawyer who has contributed to a national Internet rights law in Brazil, founded a non-profit organization focused on technology and policy issues, and teaches law at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro .
Michael McConnell, Co-Chair – A former U.S. federal judge who is now a Stanford professor of constitutional law, an expert on religious freedom, and a Supreme Court attorney who has represented clients in a wide variety of First Amendment cases related to freedom of speech, religion and association.
Julie Owono – A digital rights and anti-censorship advocate who leads Internet Sans Frontières and campaigns against Internet censorship in Africa and around the world.
Emi Palmor – A former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Justice who led initiatives to tackle racial discrimination, promote access to justice through digital services and platforms, and promote diversity in the public sector.
Alan Rusbridger – A former editor-in-chief of The Guardian who transformed the newspaper into a global institution and oversaw Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s revelations. He spent 20 years as editor of the left-wing Guardian newspaper, chosen by Edward Snowden to expose his NSA leaks and campaigning against Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States.
András Sajó – A former judge and vice president of the European Court of Human Rights, an expert on freedom of expression and comparative constitutionalism.
John Samples – A public intellectual who writes extensively on social media and speech regulation, advocates against restrictions on online speech, and helps run a libertarian think tank.
From left to right: Nicolas Suzor and Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Nicolas Suzor – A professor at Queensland University of Technology Law School who focuses on the management of social networks and the regulation of computerized systems, and has published a book on Internet management.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Co-President – A former Prime Minister of Denmark who repeatedly took a stand for free speech during his tenure and subsequently served as CEO of Save the Children. The Social Democrat was elected in 2011 on the basis of a high-tax pro-immigration program, before losing power in 2015.