28 May 2015

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Learn more about keynote speakers of the upcoming GIPO workshop

By: Kasia Jakimowicz

Co-designing GIPO platform workshop will welcome a mix of keynote speakers representing internet governance community, academia and technology development experts. They will lead presentations as well as interactive discussions on the specific issues relevant to development of the Global Policy Internet Observatory.

Follow workshop remotely: http://j.mp/EuroDIG2015Kyoto

Toby Crayston

  • Presentation on Text analytics and semantic metadata extraction in developing software collecting multilingual content 
  • Workshop session on How to get the most from semantic analysis services

Toby Crayston is a founder of TextRazor - a startup providing software that helps developers rapidly build text analytics into their applications. He has over 10 years of engineering experience centered around Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing. Previously Toby worked in search R&D for Bloomberg, building out their news search infrastructure.


Luis Meijueiro

  • Presentation on GIPO project status

Luis Meijueiro is a senior consultant in knowledge management and Open Data at CTIC Foundation Technology Centre since 2005, and will play the role of functional analyst of GIPO technical platform. He will be responsible for the functional definition, analysis and platform documentation. His research interests include e-Government, Open Government, Open Data, and Semantic Web. Meijueiro received an MSc in computer science at the University of Deusto, Bilbao.

Luis has worked too in consultancy services for eGovernment projects related to the deployment of broadband infrastructure and web applications in public institutions and business associations. In recent years Meijueiro has participated in projects linked with re-use of Public Sector Information, including the re-use strategy for the Government of Spain and the architecture of the national Open Data portal. Currently Meijueiro is the content steward at the ePSI Platform, the European Commission’s initiative for promoting the PSI re-use across EU, and member of its expert’s team.   


Cristina Monti

  • Presentation on Introduction to Global Internet Policy Observatory

Cristina Monti is International Relations Officer in the Directorate General for Communications networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission since January 2014. She is a member of the Internet Governance Taskforce responsible for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO). Cristina is also the official alternate representative of the European Commission to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN.

Cristina first joined the European Commission in 2012 in the Directorate General for Translation. Before that, she was Director of the European Internet Foundation (EIF), an independent, non-partisan and multi-stakeholder forum led by Members of the European Parliament, with the aim to help provide European political leadership responsive to challenges of the digital revolution.Cristina holds an Advanced Degree in Interpreting and Translation and an MBA Certificate in “Lobbying & Business Representation”.


David Osimo

  • Moderator

David Osimo is Co-Founder of Open Evidence – a spin-off of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya specializing in applied research and consultancy. He has 20 years of experience as advisor on information society and innovation policies, inside and outside government, at local and international level (Open Evidence, Tech4i2 ltd, European Commission Joint research centre, IPTS, Regione Emilia-Romagna). David is able to combine research and practitioners skills: as a researcher, he is mostly known for his pioneering work on web 2.0 in government and science, on which he advised the European Commission and the United Nations Development programme. He also published articles on e-government, future science, research and innovation policy and ICT statistics and he is an experienced keynote speaker at high-level events such as Ministerial Conferences and the Digital Agenda Assembly. As a practitioner, he created web- platforms for policy-making (CommentNeelie.eu, Daeimplementation.eu, and the Grand Coalition Pledge Tracker) and inducement prizes for innovation (iMinds INCA awards and Ideamocracy.it). 


Megan Richards

  • Presentation on Introduction to Global Internet Policy Observatory

Megan Richards is Principal Adviser and Head of the Internet Governance Taskforce in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) of the European Commission. She is also the official representative of the European Commission to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN. Megan has a bachelor of science, bachelor of laws and master of public administration degrees. She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the government of Canada, and private law firms. In 1991, she joined the European Commission and has worked programs to support SMEs, research and innovation, including regulatory, legal, financial and contractual issues. From September 2006- April 2009 she was director of resource management in the Commission's Joint Research Centre; and as from May 2009 has been in DG CONNECT, holding positions of director of General Affairs, director of Converged Networks and Services, director Coordination, and acting deputy director general before taking up her current position. From 2013-2014 she was EU Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.


Cornelius Puschmann

  • Presentation on Sharing, gathering and interpreting social media data on policy issues
  • Workshop session on How should the social media data be analyzed and presented for informing policy debates

Cornelius Puschmann is an acting professor of communication science at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen and research associate at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Societyin Berlin. Previously he was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and visiting assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam's Department of Media Studies. His interests include social media communication in science and organizational settings, as well as methodological and ethical considerations of working with online data.


Stefaan Verhulst

  • Presentation on Synergies between GIPO and other mapping initiatives   
  • Workshop session on How to ensure interoperability and coordination through common taxonomies

Stefaan G. Verhulst has been exploring the intersection of technology, science and policy for over two decades. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory (GovLab) at New York University where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. His latest research and writing considers how advances in technology and science can be harnessed to create effective and collaborative forms of governance.

Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor where he was responsible for overseeing strategic research on all the priority areas of the Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at New York University, Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Media and Communications Studies at Central European University in Budapest; and an Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communications Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications. He co-founded and was the Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies at Oxford University, and also served as Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College. He is still an emeritus fellow at Oxford.  He also taught several years at the London School of Economics. 


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