14 November 2007 - A Main Session on Openness in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Session Chairman:

Ronaldo Lemos, Law professor, Center of Technology and Society (FGV-CTS), Rio de Janeiro


Heloisa Magalhães , O Globo Folma de Sao Paulo, Editor in Chief in Rio de Janeiro


Nick Dearden, Campaigns Manager, Amnesty International UK
Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Carlos Gregorio, Expert in Privacy Rights, Montevideo
Amb. David Gross, Coordinator for International Communications Policy, Department of State, Washington D.C.
Masanobu Katoh, Corporate Vice President,FUJITSU LIMITED; Chairman, Sub-Committee on International Affairs, Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren)
Mark Kelly, International human rights lawyer, Human Rights Consultants (HRC), Dublin
Alexandre Jobim, Chairman, Legal Committee, International Association of Broadcasters


Peng Hwa Ang, Associate Professor and Chair - SCI, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Sally Burch, ALAI, Ecuador
Pierre Dandjinou, CT Policy Advisor, United Nations Development Program, Benin
Michael Geist, Law Professor, University of Ottawa
Claudio Lins de Vasconcelos, Legal Manager of Fundação Roberto Marinho, Rio de Janeiro
Benoît Müller, Director, Software Policy, Business Software Alliance

Peng Hwa Ang

Peng Hwa Ang is the head of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. A lawyer by training, his academic interest lies in internet law and policy, censorship and the social impact of new media. He is the author of "Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet" (Thomson, 2005) and was a member of the Working Group on Internet Governance and is currently chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

Pierre Dandjinou

Pierre Dandjinou currently holds the position of policy Advisor for information and communication technology (ICT) for development at the West Africa Sub regional Resources Facility (SURF) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Dakar. He previously was the director of Infocom Services, a consultancy firm operating from Cotonou, Benin, and was the head of the information and communications department of the International Center for the Bantu Civilizations (CICIBA) in Libreville, Gabon. He is a consultant on IT-related subjects for many international institutions and is involved in many IT-related initiatives on the continent.

Pierre is President of the Internet Society chapter in Benin and the Chairman of the board of trustees of Afrinic, Africa's Internet registry. He has been associated with ICANN’s developments since 1998; as such, he represented African views on the At Large Study Committee (ALSC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), was a member of the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee, and has been on the Presidential Strategic Committee (PSC) of ICANN for two years. Pierre Dandjinou graduated from the university of Paris III, Sorbonne and the CNAM (Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers), Paris, France. His current field of interest is e-Governance as a means for fostering inclusion and participation to development.


Carlos G. Gregorio

Law Professor, Researcher at the Research for Justice Institute, Argentina ( ); consultant at the Inter-American Children's Institute (OAS), ( ). 


David A. Gross,
Ambassador, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
Term of Appointment: 08/01/2001 to present

Ambassador David A. Gross has served since August 2001 as the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. 

Ambassador Gross began his career in communications twenty-five years ago. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 (BA in Economics) and receiving his law degree from Columbia University in 1979, Ambassador Gross joined the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. While at the law firm, he became a partner specializing in telecommunication issues. In 1994, he left the firm to become Washington Counsel for AirTouch Communications. AirTouch was the world's largest wireless telecommunications company with extensive interests in the United States, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

Ambassador Gross has been a member of the UN Information and Communications Technologies Task Force. He also has led interagency telecommunications delegations to many countries, conducted bilateral discussions at senior levels with representatives from more than 70 countries, and provided commercial and policy advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies in markets around the world. Ambassador Gross has had the honor to lecture at many colleges and universities around the world,including the United States, Canada, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, France, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Rwanda and Pakistan.


Masanobu Katoh

Masanobu Katoh is the President, Law & Intellectual Property Unit and Security Export Control Headquarters, of Fujitsu Limited, in charge of law, intellectual property, compliance, and law and policy issues for Fujitsu companies. 

At Keidanren, the major Japanese industry association, he serves as the Chair for the International Affairs sub-committee of the Information and Telecommunication Policy Committee, and the Chair for the Policy Planning sub-committee of the Intellectual Property Committee?

Mr. Katoh was a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) until November 2003, where he served as the At-Large representative for the Asia-Pacific region. He also serves as the Chair of the Internet Governance Study Group at Nikkei Digital Core, and WG Chair on Internet Governance of the Forum for the Global Information Infrastructure (GIIC).