Professor (Dr.) Wolfgang Schulz

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz is Director of the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research and has the university professorship “Media Law and Public Law including Theoretical Foundations” at the Faculty of Law, Universität Hamburg. In February 2012, he was also appointed director at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. Wolfgang Schulz is a member of the Committee of Experts on Internet Intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the European Council and has been elected chairman thereof. He is also chairman of the expert committee “Information and Communication” and, board member of the German Commission for UNESCO.

His work emphasises the freedom of communication, problems of legal regulation with regard to media contents, questions of law in new media, above all in digital television, and the legal bases of journalism, but also the jurisprudential bases of freedom of communication and the implications of the changing public sphere on law. In addition, he works on the forms taken by the State’s functions, for instance, in the framework of concepts of “regulated self-regulation” of “informational regulation”. Many of his projects are designed internationally comparative.

Professor Schulz studied Law and Journalism in Hamburg. Since 1997 he has taught the optional special subject on information and communication in the Department of Law at the University of Hamburg; he has been also a member of the state office for legal examinations since January 2000. Since November 2011 he is also a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg.

Professor (Dr.) Carlos Affonso Souza

Professor Souza is the Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio De Janeiro (ITS Rio). ITS Rio is the largest independent research institute on Law and Technology in Brazil. Together with the Directors of ITS Rio, Professor Souza has coordinated the research group that advised the Ministry of Justice in the public consultation that led to the creation of a Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights.

Prof. Dr. Souza teaches courses on internet regulation and private law at the University of the State of Rio De Janeiro. He is also an affiliate fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and a member of the Copyright Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Professor (Dr.) Urs Gasser

Professor Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching activities focus on information law, policy, and society issues and the changing role of academia in the digitally networked age. Current projects – several involving the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers, which he helped to incubate – focus on the governance of evolving and emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence, with a particular interest in privacy and security issues and the broader implications of these technologies, including questions of agency and autonomy. As a longer term research interest, he studies the patterns of interaction between law and innovation, and innovation with the legal system in the digital age.

Professor Gasser has written and edited several books on digital technology issues, and published over 100 articles in professional journals. He is the co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008 and 2016, with John Palfrey), which has been translated into 10 languages (including Chinese), co-author of “Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems” (Basic Books, 2012, with John Palfrey), and author of the forthcoming book “The Future of Digital Privacy: A Navigation Aid” (MIT Press, 2017). Additional information about his research can be found on his SSRN author page.

In addition to his appointments at Harvard, Professor Gasser is a guest professor at KEIO University (Japan), was a visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and taught at Fudan University School of Management (China). He serves as a trustee on the boards of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the University of Torino, the Digital Asia Hub, and the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. He was formerly a member of the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, a Fellow at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, and served as a Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative.

Professor Gasser graduated from the University of St. Gallen as well as Harvard Law School and received several academic awards and prizes for his research, including Harvard’s Landon H. Gammon Fellowship for academic excellence and the “Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz,” a prize for the best doctoral thesis in law nationwide, among others. Before returning to the Berkman Klein Center as Executive Director in 2009, Prof. Gasser was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, where he led the Research Center for Information Law as Faculty Director. Prior to his St. Gallen appointment, Prof. Gasser spent three years as a resident fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, where he was later appointed Faculty Fellow. He also initiated and chaired the Harvard-Yale-Cyberscholar Working Group, and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School.

Ms. Malavika Jayaram

Ms. Jayaram is the inaugural Executive Director of the Digital Asia Hub. Prior to her relocation to Hong Kong, she spent three years as a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, focused on privacy, identity, biometrics and data ethics, and eight years in London, with the global law firm Allen & Overy in the Communications, Media & Technology group and as Vice President and Technology Counsel at Citigroup. While a partner at Jayaram & Jayaram in India, she was one of 10 Indian lawyers selected for The International Who’s Who of Internet e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers directory for 2012 and 2013. In August 2013, she was voted one of India’s leading lawyers – one of only 8 women to be featured in the “40 under 45” survey conducted by Law Business Research, London.

A graduate of the National Law School of India, Ms. Jayaram has an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago. She taught India’s first course on information technology and law in 1997, and is Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern as part of the Master of Science in Law program bridging STEM subjects and the law. She has been a Fellow with the Centre for Internet & Society, India, since 2009 where she helped start their privacy program. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and has had fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Technology & Society, Rio de Janeiro. She is on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).