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Wednesday, March 30 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Opening Ceremonies

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Bringing together legends of the internet and moderated by Access Now's Executive Director, Brett Solomon, the Opening Ceremony will frame the conference as a whole by speaking to its collaborative structure and its importance in strategizing on current and emerging issues in digital rights from Net Discrimination to Privacy and Digital Security, from Digital Inclusion and Internet Governance to Freedom of Expression.

The Opening will feature remarks from Brad Smith (President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft). In addition to a few surprises, the Opening will also feature a global lineup of Nighat Dad (Founder of Digital Rights Foundation), Bruce Schneier (internationally renowned cryptographer), Malkia Cyril (Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice), Salil Shetty (Secretary General of Amnesty International), and Mitchell Baker (Chairwoman of Mozilla). 

Speakers
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Mitchell Baker

Chairwoman, Mozilla
Winifred Mitchell Baker, better known simply as Mitchell Baker, is the Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and of Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. | | Baker was trained as a lawyer. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the... Read More →
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Malkia Cyril

Executive Director, Center for Media Justice
Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national network of community-based organizations working to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril's articles and quotes-- on issues from Net Neutrality and surveillance to the communication rights of prisoners and new strategic communications... Read More →
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Nighat Dad

Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
Nighat Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who founded the not-for-profit organisation Digital Rights Foundation. In 2015, she was named in the TIME magazine's list of next generation leaders, for helping Pakistani women fight online harassment. | Dad led campaigns to protect online freedom of speech in Pakistan as well campaigns against legislation that gives the government broad powers of surveillance online, most notable one is the... Read More →
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Bruce Schneier

Security technologist, cryptographer, privacy specialist, and author
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books -- including "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World" -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress... Read More →
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Salil Shetty

Secretary General, Amnesty International
Salil Shetty joined Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General in July 2010. A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty leads the movement's worldwide work to end human rights violations. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Salil Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010. He played a pivotal role in building the global advocacy campaign for the achievement... Read More →
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Brad Smith

President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
In this role Smith is responsible for the company’s corporate, external, and legal affairs. He leads a team of more than 1,300 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 55 countries. These teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance, and social responsibility work... Read More →
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Brett Solomon

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Access Now
Brett Solomon is the co-founder and Executive Director of Access—a non-profit human rights organization focused on digital freedom. The Access mission is to ensure open global internet access and an uncensored and secure digital sphere, working to create a world where citizens can be active participants in their future by freely seeking, receiving and imparting information digitally. Prior to Access, he was the Campaign Director at the... Read More →


Wednesday March 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
*The Hub*

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