The Digital Education and Information Policy Initiative

13 November 2007 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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.

Gwen Hinze

Gwen Hinze is EFF's International Affairs Director. Gwen is an attorney specializing in international intellectual property policy issues. She heads up EFF's international program, which focuses on educating policy-makers at the World Intellectual Property Organization, international standards bodies, and elsewhere, about the need for balanced intellectual property regimes that protect creators, preserve access to knowledge, foster technological innovation, and empower digital consumers. Gwen has particular interest in global legal regulation of technological protection measures. She is one of the co-authors of EFF's report Unintended Consequences: Seven Years Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and has testified before the U.S. Copyright Office for consumer anti-circumvention exemptions in the DMCA rule-making inquiry. Before joining EFF, Gwen worked at the Federal Court of Australia, and with the Australian government in public policy and litigation. Prior to that, she practiced in M&A, capital markets, and infrastructure law at the international Australian law firm, Allens Arthur Robinson. Gwen holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Australia's Monash University.

Geidy Lung

Geidy Lung is Legal Officer of the Copyright Law Division of the Copyright and Related Rights Sector of WIPO.
Prior to joining WIPO, Ms Lung was legal researcher and taught civil and intellectual property law in the University of los Andes (Venezuela). She practiced as an attorney and was external legal advisor of companies and foundations in the field of science and technology. She was consultant in the Cooperation for Development Bureau of WIPO for Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of copyright.
Her responsibilities at the International Bureau relate to WIPO’s activities regarding progressive development of international copyright and related rights, in particular the secretarial tasks for the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and issues related to these rights and digital technology, particularly regarding limitations and exceptions to copyright as well as private international law.
She has represented WIPO at various international meetings in different regions of the world. Among other responsibilities, she coordinates the external relationships regarding copyright matters with various organizations such as Unesco and IFLA.
Ms. Lung is lawyer and accountant, and holds a LLM in Intellectual Property. Her publications center on copyright, unfair competition and trademark law. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Philipp Schmidt

Philipp is a computer scientist with extensive experience in the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for social and economic development. He is currently based at the Open Courseware Project of the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.
Between 2002 and 2005 he worked as Programme Manager with (South Africa) focusing on ICT implementation, research and policy in Africa. He has written and spoken extensively on the role of free/open source software in developing countries. Philipp joined UNU-MERIT in 2005 and his research interests span open learning, commons-based development models and the concepts of intellectual property that govern them, community-based innovation processes, and the enabling effect of technology. Previously Philipp worked for the Accenture Technology Lab (Sophia Antipolis, France), including as a consultant to the World Economic Forum, and founded an online retailer of IT-Security products.

Crispin Taylor

Born in the UK in 1963, Taylor immigrated to the US in 1985 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Surrey. After a 3-year stint as a laboratory technician, he moved on to a PhD in genetics at the Michigan State University – Department of Energy – Plant Research Laboratory, graduating in 1993. A short postdoc at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ensued before Taylor took a leap from gels to journals to assume his first away-from-the-bench position as news and reviews editor at The Plant Cell, which is published by the American Society of Plant Biologists
(ASPB). Two years later – at about the time the journal went online – Taylor became managing editor of The Plant Cell, a job he held for another two years. After a minisabbatical Taylor moved from ASPB to Science’s Next Wave, AAAS’s potent online resource for early career scientists, where a confluence of circumstances saw him directing the website a few years later. In 2004 Taylor moved back to ASPB and his current position as executive director of this 6,000-member professional society.

Ariel Vercelli

Ariel Vercelli is president of the 'ONG Bienes Comunes' and leader of Creative Commons Argentina. He is founder of many initiatives about digital commons in Latin America:
• Aprender la Libertad [To Learn Freedom] for educational purposes,
• Librecultura [Free Culture] and
• Negocios Abiertos [Open Business in Spanish].
Ariel wrote two books and many articles about new regulations in the cyberspace. At present, Ariel is fellow of CONICET [National Council of Research in Science and Technology] and Phd candidate in the National University of Quilmes. He has a Master in Political Science and Sociology from the FLACSO Argentina and many post-graduated studies in new technologies.
Ariel is Notary Public from 'National University of Rosario' and Lawyer from National University of Mar del Plata'. He worked as professor in many Universities, such as the 'University of Buenos Aires and the 'National University of Rosario'.

Luis Villarroel Villalon

Luis Villarroel, (LL.M) American University. He is the Copyright Legal Adviser for the Ministry of Education of Chile. Former General Counsel of the Ministry of Education (2001-2003). Since 2001 Represent Chilean Ministry of Education at WIPO´s Permanent Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and is a member of the Chile-s negotiating team for the IP Chapter of the FTAA and other bilateral FTA agreements.