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Ricardo Carreón

portrait of Ricardo Carreon Ricardo Carreón is the GM of Intel Latin America. Ricardo leads a team of more than 200 people with offices in 10 countries and presence in more than 30. Ricardo joined Intel in August 1999 and he has several management positions and since November of 2003 he is the GM for Latin America. Prior to joining Intel, Ricardo held management positions at Maxcom Comunicaciones (Marketing Director), Novell de México (several positions including Mexico Country Manager) and Digital Equpiment Corporation. Ricardo has been heavily involved on the development of strategies to promote Digital Inclusion on emerging markets. He developed a strategy to accelerate Mexico’s transition into a knowledge based economy with the “Mexico Competitivo” strategy. He has received awards by Tec de Monterrey, Unete and the Office of the President of Mexico for his engagement on social activities and education.

Ricardo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He has three children and currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil. His hobbies are music, movies and has a heavy interest in writing (including blogging). He is a member of Mensa International and the World Economic Forum.

See Ricardo's Blog.

Dan Gillmor

portrait of Dan Gillmor Dan Gillmor is founder and director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enhance and expand grassroots media and its reach. The center is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Law School and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Gillmor is author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” (O'Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens’ media and why it matters.

From 1994 until early 2005 Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. During 2005 he co-founded Bayosphere, a San Francisco Bay Area website, which is now part of's collection of hyper-local community network.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmor received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

Xeni Jardin

portrait of Xeni Jardin

Xeni Jardin is a tech culture journalist, co-editor of the collaborative blog Boing Boing, and host and executive producer of the daily internet video program Boing Boing tv. Previously, she was Vice President of Rising Tide Studios (RTS), the publishing company behind Silicon Alley Reporter, Digital Coast Reporter, and other tech publications. There, she managed and hosted technology conferences featuring a wide array of figures from tech, entertainment, and political realms. Before joining RTS, she helped launch a technology company with former executives from Sun, Disney, and BEA. She is a Contributing Writer for WIRED, technology contributor for National Public Radio's “Day to Day,” and host of NPR's “Xeni Tech” podcast. Based in Los Angeles, she travels extensively, and has studied over a dozen languages including Maohi (Tahitian), K'iche’ and Kaqchikel Maya (Guatemala), Nahuatl (an indigenous language of Mexico), Mandarin Chinese, and Yoruba (Nigeria).

See Xeni's website.

Beth Kanter

portrait of Beth Kanter
Beth Kanter is a nonprofit technology consultant working with nonprofit organizations in the areas of training, planning, research, curriculum development and evaluation. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years, beginning her work with nonprofit arts organizations. She has worked with a wide range of nonprofit technology providers on various projects over the past five years to the present, including N-TEN, Npower, CTCnet, Summit Collaborative, New York Alliance of Arts Organizations, Legal Services Corporation, CompuMentor, and others. Beth has been blogging about nonprofits and technology for several years on her professional blog, Beth’s Blog. She is the nonprofit contributing editor for Blogher and is an active blogger in CompuMentor’s Netsquared community site that is focused on how nonprofits can use new tools for social change. She is on the board of the Sharing Foundation, an NGO that does development work in Cambodia, aimed at providing support, education, and care for young people. She has taught ESL in Cambodia for the Foundation’s village school program and writes a blog about Cambodian Culture, Cambodia4Kids.

See Beth's website.

Daoud Kuttab

portrait of Daoud Kuttab Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and media activist. Born in Jerusalem in 1955, Kuttab studied in the United States and has been working in journalism ever since 1980. He has worked in the Arabic print press (Al Fajr, Al Quds and Assinara) before moving to the audio visual field. He established and presided over the Jerusalem Film Institute in the 90s. In 1995 he helped establish the Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) a censorship free Arab web site. He established and has headed since 1996 the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University. In 1997 he partially moved to Amman (because of family tragedy and remarriage) and in 2000 established the Arab world's first internet radio station AmmanNet. Mr. Kuttab is active in media freedom efforts in the Middle East. He is a regular columnist for the Jordan Times, The Jerusalem Post and the Daily Star in Lebanon. He has co produced a number of award winning documentaries and children's television programs. His op ed columns have appeared in the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angles Times, The Daily Telegraph and Shimbum Daily in Tokyo. He has received a number of international awards among them the CPJ Freedom of Expression Award, the IPI World Press Freedom Hero, PEN Club USA Writing Freedom Award and the Leipzig Courage in Freedom Award.

See Daoud's Website.

Isaac Mao

portrait of Isaac MaoIsaac Mao is a blogger, software architect, entrepreneur, investor, and researcher in learning technology and social technology. He divides his time between research, social works, business and technology. He is now running/advising several non-profit programs and for-profit businesses in China. As one of the first bloggers in the Chinese community, Isaac is the co-founder of, one of the earliest evangelizing sites in China on grassroots publishing. He was also a co-organizer of the Chinese Blogger Conference (2005 in Shanghai, 2006 in Hangzhou). The CNBlog team later transformed into the Social Brain Foundation (SBF) to promote free culture in China covering Free Access, Free Speech and Free Thinking areas. The current projects SBF supports include Ideas Factory, Open Education and Creative Commons China. As a trained software engineer, he worked as a Chief Architect in Intel HomeCD project and Tangram BackSchool suite. He organized the first Social Software Forum in China. Isaac Mao earned BS degree in Computer Science and received MBA training at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Isaac Mao was listed as the people of “2006-2016, Map of the Decade”, by Institute for the Future. He is also a director of Shanghai Youth Development Foundation. See Isaac's Website

Dina Mehta

portrait of Dina Mehta Dina is a qualitative researcher and ethnographer based in Mumbai, India for the last 18 years. After 10 years at IMRB International, she set off on her own and established Explore Research & Consultancy in 1998, which has a portfolio of global clients including MTV, JWT, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, ESPN, HP and Pitney Bowes Inc. As part of her research consultancy, she's involved in ethnographic studies including participant observation, studying the impact of technology in rural markets, and following trend setting youth in urban settings.

Dina is particularly curious about and loves playing with and using social technologies that bring about new ways of communication, collaboration and development. Her explorations into the social media and social tools space led her to actively contribute to grassroots online disaster relief efforts since the tsunamis devastated parts of Asia in December 2004.

Her personal blog is Conversations with Dina, she has contributed to building several communities on the internet, such as Worldchanging, TsunamiHelp, KatrinaHelp, WorldWideHelp, MumbaiHelp and SkypeJournal.

John Palfrey

portrait of John Palfrey As Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, John’s work focuses on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world.

John came to the Berkman Center from the law firm Ropes & Gray, where he worked on intellectual property, Internet law, and private equity transactions. John is a co-founder of several technology companies. He also served as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Charles River Watershed Association, which does terrific work to clean up our local river, as well as the non-profit that runs Chris Lydon’s and Mary McGrath’s radio program, Open Source. While attending Harvard Law School, John worked at the Berkman Center, was a Teaching Fellow in Internet Law, and served as an editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Outside of his Berkman Center work, he is a founder of RSS Investors, a private equity firm focused on new syndication technologies, and is Chairman of the Board of TopTenSources, a new media company. He is active in Massachusetts politics.

John graduated from Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School. He was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Cambridge and the U.S. EPA Gold Medal (highest national award). John is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars.

See John's Website

David Weinberger

portrait of David Weinberger David Weinberger, Ph.D. is co-author of the bestseller, The Cluetrain Manifesto and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined; he writes the well-known blog “Joho.” He is currently a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, USA Today, Wired, Salon, The Guardian, Esther Dyson’s Release 1.0 and many others. He is a commentator on National Public Radio and is a columnist for KMWorld and Il Sole 24 ore (the leading financial daily newspaper in Italy). He is on the advisory boards of Technorati, ITConversations, SocialText, BlogBridge, the Information Architecture association, Fon, and the Christopher Reeve Foundation. As a marketing consultant he has has worked with companies from startups to Fortune 500s. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. His book “Everything Is Miscellaneous” about the social effect of the new digital ways of organizing knowledge was published in May 2007.

See David's Website

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