Izumi Aizu co-founded the Institute for Networking Design in Tokyo, a think-tank specializing in computer conferencing. From 1987-1992, he served as secretary general of the Networking Forum, an annual conference on PC networking in Japan. Five years later he moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and founded Asia Network Research to promote computer networking and to examine global governance of the Internet and digital divide issues. From 1998-2000 Aizu worked as Secretary General of the Asia & Pacific Internet Association, a regional trade association representing the Internet business community. Aizu returned to Tokyo in 2000, where he continues to research and promote Internet use in Asia. He participated in the Digital Opportunity Task Force, created by the G8 to address the digital divide and prepare for the World Summit on the Information Society.
John Battelle is currently a Visiting Professor and Director of the Business Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a founder and Executive ProdUniversity of Californiaer of the Foursquare conference. Previously, Battelle was founder, Chairman, and CEO of Standard Media International, publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to founding The Standard, John was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He was named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and was also a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Battelle holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Berkeley. John's weblog can be found at http://www.battellemedia.com.
Richard Baum is Director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Professor of Political Science at the UCLA. He has written or edited eight books including Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping (Princeton University. Press, 1994), Reform and Reaction in Post-Mao China: The Road to Tiananmen (Routledge, 1991), China's Four Modernizations: The New Technological Revolution (Westview Press, 1980), and Prelude to Revolution: Mao, the Party and the Peasant Question, 1962-1966 (Columbia University Press, 1975). Professor Baum also has been a visiting fellow or professor at universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, and Sweden. His recent work examines local governance in China. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China, China Quarterly, China Information, Asian Survey, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies.
Bu Wei is a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)’s Institute of Journalism and Communication and Director of the Institute of Journalism’s Research Centre for Media and Adolescents. She also works as an specialist for the Evaluating Committee of the National Programme for Children's Development and the State Council Committee for Women's and Children's Work, as a consultant for the China Youth Computer Information Service Network, and as a web-master. Bu Wei has studied the media’s impact on marginalized groups, children, youth and women.
Cheng Jie is Associate Professor at the School of Law at Tsinghua University and Secretary-General and Vice Director of TU’s Center for Constitutional Law and Civil Rights. She has written about the law and legal reform in China, including Open Government Under Law--A Constitutionalist Perspective. Professor Cheng received her Ph.D. in constitutional law from Beijing University. Currently a Fulbright Scholar at the China Law Center at Yale Law School, she is focusing on freedom of information and transparent government.
Cindy Cohn is the Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She was asked by EFF in 1995 to serve as the lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful federal court challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. That case was the first to hold that source code was protected expression subject to protection under the First Amendment. The Bernstein case spurred the U.S. government in January 2000 to dramatically loosen restrictions on the export of encryption software. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Cohn did her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the EFF, she was a civil litigator in private practice handling Internet-related cases.
Ashley Esarey is a Ph.D. Candidate of Political Science at Columbia University. His Ph.D. dissertation examines how the state-owned Chinese print and television news media has resisted Communist Party control, including the impact of access to online information sources. Formerly a broadcast journalist in Taiwan and a freelancer for the Christian Science Monitor Radio, Radio Australia and CBS Television, Esarey recently completed 16 months of field research in China, including in-depth interviews with more than 20 different Chinese media organizations and a content analysis study of more than 6,500 reports from nine daily newspapers in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
John Gage is the Chief Researcher and Director of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems, Inc. He is responsible for Sun's relationships with world scientific and technical organizations, for international public policy and governmental relations in the areas of scientific and technical policy, and for alliances with the world's leading research institutions. Gage attended the University of California and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Business. He did doctoral work in mathematics and economics at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1995, Gage created NetDay, a volunteer project to bring the resources of world high-technology companies to all schools and libraries to connect them to the Internet. Gage is a frequent host on Sun's "Digital Journey," a series of Web-based multimedia programs.
Paul Grabowicz directs the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism and teaches classes in new media publishing, computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting. He is a contributing editor at the Online Journalism Review, writing a column about the Internet and its uses as a reporting tool. He is co-author of "California Inc.," a book about how the entrepreneurial spirit shaped the politics, culture and economy of California. Grabowitz is a contributor to the E-Media Tidbits group Weblog on online publishing. A graduate of University of California Berkeley, he began his journalism career working for local papers and spent most of his career as the investigative reporter at The Oakland Tribune. He has written for the Washington Post, Esquire magazine, The Village Voice and Newsday.
Randolph Kluver is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. His current research interests include Asian political communication, globalization, and cultural and social change in Asia. His most recent book, Asia.com: Asia Encounters the Internet, has just been released. Kluver is the author of Legitimating the Chinese Economic Reforms: A Rhetoric of Myth and Orthodoxy (State University of New York Press, 1996). His co-edited book, Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities, received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association in 1999.
Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Stanford University Law School. Professor Lessig is chairman of the board of Creative Commons and founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He sits on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Public Library of Science. In 2002, Lessig was named one of Scientific American’s “Top 50 Innovators,” and the American Bar Association recently awarded him the Cyberspace Law Excellence Award. He has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School. Lessig’s focus is constitutional law, law and high technology, Internet regulation, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace. He is the author of Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace, which was published by Basic Books, and The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World, Random House.
Benjamin Liebman is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. His current research focuses on the role of the media in the Chinese legal system and on the evolution of China's courts and legal profession. His publications include Clean Air, Clear Process? The Struggle over Air Pollution Law in the People's Republic of China, (with William P. Alford) Hastings Law Journal (2001); Legal Aid and Public Interest Law in China, Texas International Law Journal (1999); Autonomy through Separation? Environmental Law and the Basic Law of Hong Kong, Harvard International Law Journal (1998); and Class Action Litigation in China, Harvard Law Review (1998). Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2002 he was an associate in the London and Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also previously served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He is a graduate of Yale, Oxford, and Harvard Law Schools.
Andrew Lih is an assistant professor and director of technology at the University of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Center. He helped create the new media program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he served as adjunct professor and director of technology for their Center for New Media. In 2000, he formed the Interactive Design Lab at Columbia, a collaboration with the School of the Arts to investigate interactive design for fiction and nonfiction multimedia content. Previously Lih worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and helped build one of the first dot-com startups in New York City, Mediabridge Infosystems. It created an online New York City guide and provided content strategy services for media firms.
Haibo Lu is the editor-in-chief of the entertainment channel at Sohu.com, a leading Chinese Web portal. He graduated in 1999 from Lanzhou University and obtained his B.A. degree in English. Prior to starting his Internet career Haibo worked in Beijing as a high school teacher and a journalist at China Radio International (CRI). In November 2000 he joined Sina.com, another leading Chinese Internet portal company and worked as an editor at its news center. He left Sina in 2002 to work as deputy editor in chief at Sohu.com's news center. He has since served as a senior editor at Sohu's military news, financial news and entertainment news channels.
Liang Lu is the president and founder of Beyond Technology in Shenzhen, P.R.China, a leading personal Blog service provider in China. Liang Lu also is designing the next generation of search engines. Before he came to the U.S. in 2000, he published three books on UNIX/LINUX technology. Liang Lu is now a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Methodist University. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and a M.S. degree from the Chinese Academy of Science.
Andrew McLaughlin is Senior Policy Counsel for Google, Inc. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University Law School, where his work has focused on the law and regulation of Internet and telecommunications networks. Working at the intersection of law, politics, economics, and technology, McLaughlin leads projects to expand Internet infrastructure and services in developing countries. He has assisted governments, NGOs, and private sector companies to understand and analyze Internet and communications technologies; to revamp laws, policies, and regulations; and to foster favorable environments for local technology entrepreneurship.
Isaac Mao (Mao Xianghui) is a software architect, entrepreneur and social technology researcher. One of the country’s early bloggers, he co-founded CNBlog.org in 2002 to evangelize grassroots publishing in China. Last year he organized the first Social Software Forum in China. He also led the team that developed Creative Commons China, which is part of the Creative Commons, co-founded by Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig to expand the range of creative work available to share. Mao earned his BS degree in Computer Science and his MBA from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Previously he was the chief architect of Intel Shanghai Lab. Visit his website at http://www.isaacmao.com.
Xiao Qiang is the Tang Teaching Fellow and the Director of the Berkeley China Internet Project at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A physicist by training, Xiao Qiang received a B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China and studied as a PhD candidate (1986-1989) in astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame. A full time human rights activist since the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. Xiao was the Founding Executive Director of Human Rights in China. He is a weekly commentator for Radio Free Asia and serves on the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy. Xiao Qiang was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2001 and is profiled in the book, Soul Purpose: 40 People Who Are Changing the World for the Better (Melcher Media, 2003).
Jack Linchaun Qiu is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. He is researching new media, capitalism and social transformation in China and Asia Pacific. Dr. Qiu publishes in both English and Chinese. His work has appeared in the Online Journalism Review, MFC Insight, and the Hong Kong Economic Journal, the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, and Communication Research. He co-founded and moderates the China Internet Research eGroup, and does consulting for various organizations including the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Dr. Madan Mohan Rao, a technology consultant and writer from Bangalore, India, is research director at the think tank, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre. He is the editor of The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, The Knowledge Management Chronicles and AfricaDotEdu, published by McGraw Hill. Madan was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter-Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay. Dr. Mohan Rao graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He consults with online services in the U.S., Brazil, and India and sits on the board of directors of several leading Asian content or wireless companies.
AnnaLee Saxenian is dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Information Management and Systems and professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning. She is an internationally recognized expert on regional economies and the information technology sector. Her current research examines the contributions of skilled immigrants to Silicon Valley and their growing ties to regions in Asia. Saxenian is author of Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128. Saxenian is a Member of the California Council on Science and Technology, an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), and served as the Gordon Cain Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in 1999-2000. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from MIT, a Master's in Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA in Economics from Williams College in Massachusetts.
Orville Schell has devoted his professional life to reporting on and writing about Asia. The author of 14 books -- nine about China, including Virtual Tibet, Mandate of Heaven, and Discos and Democracy -- Schell has also written widely about Asia and other topics for Wired, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek and other national magazines. He has also served as correspondent and consultant for several PBS Frontline documentaries as well as an Emmy award-winning program on China for CBS 60 Minutes. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and a Columbia/Freedom Forum Fellowship. He is also the recipient of an Overseas Press Club Award, a Harvard/Stanford Shorenstein Award and numerous writing prizes.
Susan Shirk is a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on Chinese politics, economics and foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. policies on Asia. From 1997 to 2000, she served as deputy assistant secretary for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as Director of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), where she is now research director for security studies. Shirk is the author of How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC's Foreign Trade and Investment Reforms and The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China, and editor of Power and Prosperity: Economic and Security Linkages in the Asia Pacific.
Dr. Alex Zixiang Tan is an associate professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. Dr. Tan’s work on telecommunications regulations, policy, and industry has appeared in Telecommunications Policy, INFO, and The Communications of the ACM. His co-authored book, China In the Information Age - Telecommunications and the Dilemmas of Reform, was jointly published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)/Praeger Publishers.
Fons Tuinstra is an investigative journalist who settled in Shanghai and is a founding member and the 2002 President of the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents’ Club. In the nineties, primarily as a service to foreign investors, he developed and launched Chinabiz, a weblog that today has more than 20,000 subscribers. Visit his weblog at http://www.chinaherald.net.
Hal R. Varian is a Professor at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics. He has taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. Professor Varian has published numerous papers on economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. The author of two economics textbooks that have been translated into 22 languages, Varian has focused his research efforts on the economics of information technology and the information economy. He is the co-author of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. Varian also writes a monthly column for The New York Times.
Tom Vest joined AOL's Network Operations Division in 2000.
The following year he was dispatched to Tokyo to serve as AOL's first Senior
Network Operations Manager for Asia. He spent the next two years designing,
building, and interconnecting the IP networks that supported AOL's joint venture
ISPs in Australia, China, and Japan. Since leaving AOL in 2003, Vest has been
examining the Internet's logical layer, applying the tools and models of classical
economic theory to patterns of inter-domain routing. He intends to present
his findings at the upcoming North American Network Operators Group (NANOG)
Conference later this month.
Bill Xia is president of Dynamic Internet Technology Inc., which helps Chinese web users get around the firewalls the authorities have erected to control access to information on the web. Since he left China in the 1990s, he has devoted his time to researching Internet censorship in China and developing information technology that can penetrate such efforts in totalitarian regimes. Xia is also involved with www.freenet-china.org, and is the founder of DynaWeb.
Young Guo was a member of the Soros Fund Management in New York from 1996 to 1999, where he assisted a senior partner in managing the $3 billion Quantum Industrial Holdings, a private equity fund. His interacted extensively with outside advisers and portfolio companies and participated in strategic review and policy-setting led by group chairman George Soros. In 1996, Young worked for Salomon Brothers in New York, where he participated in securities and derivatives trading. Prior to his finance career, Young worked at W.R. Grace & Co. in Maryland, where he led efforts to make innovative specialty chemical products and was granted five U.S. patents. Young joined IDGVC in 1999 and he has been leading several Internet and telecom investments. He serves as a board director for several companies in both China and the U.S. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Peter K. Yu is Assistant Professor of Law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program at Michigan State University-DCL College of Law. He is also a research associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. He is the editor or co-editor of three books and is currently working on a casebook on international intellectual property law to be published by Carolina Academic Press. He sits on the editorial boards of GigaLaw.com and the Journal of Copyright Society of the U.S.A. His work has been featured on ABC News, Fox News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN.com, Forbes.com, CNET Radio, FindLaw, and IP Law & Business.
Jonathan Zittrain is the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman
Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School,
and a director of its Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research
focuses on the technologies and politics of control of Internet architecture
and protocols, the influence of private intermediaries on online behavior,
and the future of open source software. He also has a strong interest in creative,
useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom. His work
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