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Next Generation Anti-Censorship Tools - Panelist Bios

Next Generation Anti-Censorship - Panelist Bios

Anti-censorship tools have become increasingly popular and, as a result, are being overwhelmed by demand. Online bottlenecks slow the tools and often make them inaccessible. At the same time, the technologies of internet repression, monitoring and control continue to advance and spread as the tools that oppressive governments use to restrict internet access and to track citizen online activities grow more sophisticated. Sophisticated, secure, and scalable technologies are needed to continue to advance Internet Freedom. This panel will focus on enhancements and improvements to anti-censorship tools and how they can be employed to help provide secure and unrestricted internet access to all citizens.


Ian Schuler (Moderator) - New Rights Group

Ian is a leading innovator in the use of technology to advance democracy and human rights.  Ian has assisted hundreds of civil society organizations, political movements, and government institutions in more than 40 countries to utilize technology for political reform and citizen empowerment.

Ian Schuler is a founder of the New Rights Group (NRG) a network of technologists hacking for freedom. NRG builds tools, methodologies, and communities to advance rights and democracy in the digital age.

Until recently, Ian managed Internet freedom programs for the State Department’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In that capacity, Ian oversaw a growth in the State Department’s Internet freedom portfolio from $20 million to over $100 million. Ian’s stewardship of Internet freedom funding helped to grow a community of organizations at the intersection of technology and human rights.

In a decade serving at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Ian was instrumental in building the field of technology for democracy. Ian was a founding member and manager of NDI’s ICT unit, where he presided over creative marriages of new technologies and tactics for political reform. His pioneering work on SMS messaging in election observation helped to earn NDI recognition as one of the Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics by Politics Online and the World e-Democracy Forum.

Ian is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He tweets as @ianschuler.

Roger Dingledine - The Tor Project

Roger Dingledine is project leader for The Tor Project, a US non-profit working on anonymity research and development for such diverse organizations as the US Navy, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Voice of America. In addition to all the hats he wears for Tor, Rogerorganizes academic conferences on anonymity, speaks at such events as Blackhat, Defcon, Toorcon, CCC congresses, and What the Hack, and also does tutorials on anonymity for national and foreign law enforcement. Roger was honored in 2006 as one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine.


Adam Fisk - Brave New Software Project

Adam Fisk is President of the Brave New Software Project (BNS), an organization dedicated to building software tools that tackle the world’s toughest challenges. Currently, he and his team are working on Lantern, a censorship circumvention tool connecting people in blocked countries- over a quarter of the world’s population - to the open Internet. Funded by a multimillion-dollar State Department grant, this state-of-the art P2P software will launch in 2013. Prior to founding BNS, Adam spent over a decade designing the peer-to-peer (P2P) applications LimeWire and LittleShoot.


James Vasile - Open Internet Tools Project

James Vasile directs the Open Internet Tools Project, which supports development of anti-censorship and anti-surveillance tools. He is a partner at Open Tech Strategies, which advises organizations and businesses as they navigate the open-source world. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he acts as a strategic advisor on a range of free software efforts.

James has helped boot up a number of free software organizations, including the FreedomBox Foundation, Open Source Matters, and the Software Freedom Conservancy. His FreedomBox work has been recognized by an Innovation Award at Contact Summit 2011, as well as an Ashoka ChangeMaker’s award for Citizen’s Media.

You can learn more about James at  He tweets as @jamesvasile and blogs at

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