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ROBERT O. BOORSTIN is the Director of Public Policy in the Washington D.C. office of Google, with a portfolio that covers global free expression on the Internet and other international issues. He has helped lead the company’s efforts on the Global Network Initiative, an effort by companies and others to advance free expression and privacy around the world.

Mr. Boorstin, 50, has more than 25 years of experience in political communications, national security, public opinion research and journalism. He served for more than seven years in the Clinton administration with positions including the president’s chief speechwriter at the National Security Council and senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Treasury Robert Rubin and U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Mr. Boorstin is a longtime student of China; he first visited in 1979, studied in Bejing and taught Chinese history at Cambridge.

Prior to coming to Google, Mr. Boorstin created the national security program at the Washington-based think tank, the Center for American Progress. He has served as a communications and political advisor to party leaders and leading government officials in the U.S. and Europe. Earlier in his career, Mr. Boorstin was a reporter at the New York Times. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in History and got his M.Phil. in International Relations from King’s College Cambridge.




SHEILA S. CORONEL is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and professor of professional practice, Columbia University, New York.  The Stabile Center directs an investigative reporting program for graduate students and works with news organizations to get student work published.

In 1989, Coronel cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.




REBECCA MACKINNON is a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy where she is working on a book about China, the Internet, and the future of freedom in the Internet age.

MacKinnon is cofounder of Global Voices Online, an award-winning global citizen media network that amplifies online citizen voices from around the world. She is a founding member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance principles of freedom of expression and privacy among Internet and telecommunications companies. She is also on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon has lived in China on and off since childhood. She worked for CNN in Beijing for nine years, serving as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001 and then as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. MacKinnon spent 2004-2006 as a Research Fellow at Harvard: first at the
Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and then at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

In 2007 and 2008 she was Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre, teaching online journalism and conducting research on the Internet, China, censorship, and the role of technology companies promoting or preventing free expression. While there she launched Creative Commons Hong Kong. In 2009 she carried out research and writing on China, the Internet and freedom of expression as an Open Society Fellow, supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

MacKinnon graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Her blog can be found at: http://rconversation.blogs.com
Links to published writings at: http://rconversation.blogs.com/about.html




EDETAEN OJO has worked on human rights, access to information,
freedom of expression, media development and democracy issues in Nigeria, regionally and internationally for more than 20 years. He is Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda (MRA), an NGO based in Nigeria, which works to promote media freedom and freedom of expression.

He is also currently the Convenor (Chair) of the International Freedom of
Expression of Exchange (IFEX), a global network of 88 freedom of expression organizations with headquarters in Toronto, Canada.  Edetaen sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa, of which he is Vice Chair. He has previously served as a member of the Steering Committee of the
Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD); a member of the Task Force
of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) that coordinated regional consultations on Strengthening Africa’s Media (STREAM); and as a member of the Advisory Group of the BBC World Service Trust-led Africa Media Development Initiative (AMDI).  A former visiting media fellow at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, Edetaen holds a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has over 25 years experience as a journalist.  





JOSE ROBERTO DE TOLEDO, 44, is a journalist and one of the founders of the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism, where he now works as projects director and training coordinator. He is also a principal at internet content provider company PrimaPagina and a contributor of the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.

He is a pioneer of Computer Assisted Reporting in Brazil and has developed CAR techniques for 15 years. Since 2003, Toledo has given courses and lectures on the subject in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru, working for institutions such as Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and University of Sao Paulo or newsrooms of newspapers such as O Globo, Folha de S. Paulo, O Globo, O Estado de S. Paul, among others.

is Reuters’ Global Editor for Ethics, Innovation and News
Standards. In this position, he leads the process of reviewing, establishing and encouraging adherence to standards wherever journalism is produced across Thomson Reuters. Reporting to Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger, he also works with editors throughout Thomson Reuters to lead innovation and changes in approaches to journalism, with a particular focus on multimedia storytelling. He works closely with Schlesinger in enhancing and maintaining Reuters Editorial’s relationship with the Reuters Board of Trustees and upholding and promoting the Reuters Trust Principles.

He writes a column for Reuters.com on ethics and standards and has
contributed videos on those subjects to You Tube's Reporters Center.

Wright, a U.S. citizen, joined Reuters in 2005 as Editor, Media, and Senior
Vice President for Consumer Services. In that role, he led Reuters consumer editorial efforts, including websites in the U.S., the U.K., Japan, China and India, and was also responsible for Reuters’ sports and lifestyle coverage. During his tenure, the audience for Reuters news websites nearly doubled.

A news veteran with more than 35 years’ journalism experience, he came to
Reuters from MSNBC.com, where he served as Editor-in Chief. During his time at MSNBC.com, the website won numerous awards, including
recognition from the National Press Club as the Best Journalism Site in the U.S. for two consecutive years. A pioneer in Web journalism, Wright joined MSNBC, a joint venture between Microsoft Corp. and NBC News, in 1996 as
one of its original senior producers.

Before joining MSNBC, Wright’s journalism career included service at major
newspapers in the United States and Canada and with The Associated Press. As a reporter and editor, he has covered subjects as diverse as journalism standards and ethics, U.S. and Canadian politics, Olmec art and pop music. He lives in New York.