Alex Ștefănescu is involved in the Internet freedom world as a “Digital Rights Cat” in ApTI (Asociația pentru Tehnologie și Internet), Romania.
She is also interested in OSINT, but also in putting technology in the service of journalists and activists. In her day time job, Alex is an open-source software developer for the OCCRP.

Bogdan Manolea is the Executive Director of Association for Technology
and Internet – ApTI, the only digital rights organisation in Romania.
Bogdan has a legal background, a passion for technology and an
experience of over 20 years in Law and Technology. Author of various
presentations and articles on subject related to IT&C Law in national
and international conferences on subjects combining legal and digital
aspects, often with a flavor of civic engagement.

Filip Stojanovski is the Partnership and Resource Development Director at Metamorphosis Foundation. He holds a BSc Degree in Computer Science from Graceland University (USA) and Masters in e-business management from Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne (France).

Since 1995 he has been active in the civil society through volunteer projects in the area of consumer protection and e-publishing, and through professional involvement as an IT expert. He is also a contributor on information society topics to the traditional and new media in North Macedonia.

James E. Baker is Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law, a Professor at the Syracuse College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University.  He previously served as a Judge and Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The USCAAF is a federal civilian court that hears cases arising in the military justice system.  Appeal from the court is to the Supreme Court of the United States. Baker also served as a presidential appointed (Obama) member and Acting Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board. 

As a career civil servant, he served as Legal Adviser and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. Baker has also served as Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board, an attorney in the U.S. Department of State, an aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and as a Marine Corps infantry officer. In 2017-18, Baker was the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies, MIT. In addition to teaching at Syracuse University, Baker has taught at Yale, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Washington University (St. Louis), and Georgetown.  He is the author of numerous articles and three books: The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution (Brookings 2021); In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times (Cambridge 2007); and, with Michael Reisman, Regulating Covert Action (Yale 1992).

Milana Pisarić graduated from the Faculty of Law in Novi Sad in 2007, where she defended master’s thesis “Illegal evidence in criminal proceedings” in 2010. She defended doctoral dissertation “Specifics of proving cybercrime” at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade in 2016.

At the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Law she was elected for the narrow scientific field of criminal law for position of teaching associate in 2008, of assistant in 2010, of assistant with a doctorate in 2017, and of assistant professor in 2023. She was responsible for the practical part of the teaching process for subjects Criminalistic Techniques and Tactics, Criminalistic Methodology, Criminal Procedural Law 1, Criminal Procedural Law 2, Special evidentiary actions.

Field of scientific interest: criminal procedure, (illegal) evidence, electronic evidence, international cooperation in criminal matters, criminalistics, digital forensics, cybercrime.

She is the author/co-author of dozens of scientific and professional papers, and one monograph. She participated in several scientific and professional conferences and is a researcher in several scientific projects.

Milan Filipović is an accomplished legal expert dedicated to promoting the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. His career spans various crucial areas, such as enhancing access to justice, defending the rights of human rights activists, championing freedom of expression and assembly, and ensuring judicial independence and accountability. In collaboration with domestic and international stakeholders and organizations, Milan has successfully advocated for significant legal reforms, including the Law on Free Legal Aid, Law on Protector of Citizens, and Law on Referendum and People’s Initiative. As a member of the Steering Committee of CURE, he plays a vital role in a diverse coalition of civil society networks and local and international CSOs striving to adapt the Council of Europe to emerging challenges.

President of the Privacy Research Association, expert in the field of personal data protection

Sergiu Bozianu is an expert in the field of personal data protection, President of the Privacy Research Association and director of the Data Protection Law Firm.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Free International University of Moldova. From 2012 to 2018, he held several positions at the National Center for Personal Data Protection.

Since 2018, he heads the Privacy Research Association, as well as several private companies in this field.

Sergiu Bozianu is an honorary member of the Romanian Association of Privacy and Data Protection Professionals (ASCPD). He has been invited as expert by several organizations from the Republic of Moldova and participated in numerous professional trainings in the relevant field abroad.

Co-founder and Chairman of the Association “Comunitatea Internet”, National coordinator of the Moldova Internet Governance Forum (MIGF)

Alexei Marciuc is Chairman and Co-founder of the Association “Comunitatea Internet” – a non-governmental organization that supports and promotes the development of the open, secure, trustworthy, and unified global Internet. He is an initiator and coordinator for the Moldova Internet Governance Forum, which is a national initiative of the United Nations IGF and is an international multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue on Internet governance issues. 

He is a lawyer and researcher with strong background in issues lying at the intersection of law, media and technology. Field of interests ranging from privacy, freedom of expression, human rights online to cybersecurity and Internet governance. Has been actively involved in regional and global Internet governance and human rights initiatives, and is a founding member of the Internet Freedom Network for Eastern, Central Europe and Eurasia. 

Alexei has been involved in different regional and international programs he has coordinated a number of activities and policy research for the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), OpenNet Eurasia (ONE) and Cyber Safety Assessment and Response (CyberSTAR) implemented by the SecDev Foundation, as well as for the Regional Internet Freedom Advocacy Program implemented by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). Regular contributor to conferences, round tables, trainings organized by CSOs and the international community. 

President and one of the founders of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Moldova

Cornelia Cozonac is the President and one of the founders of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Moldova. She has been working in journalism for over twenty years. She is the editor-in-chief of the news and investigation portal Anticoruptie.md.

Cornelia is trainer in investigative journalism, communication and anticorruption, and senior lecturer at the Free International University where she teaches investigative journalism as a subject. She has been awarded a number of prizes and certificates for investigative reports, including first prize in 2011, 2007, 2005 and 2003 awarded by Transparency International Moldova for investigative reports on corruption.

In 2005, Cornelia was designated one of the ten best journalists of the year in Moldova. She has worked for and cooperated with such publications as Adevărul, Timpul, Jurnal de Chișinău, Flux, Vocea Poporului, and Dreptul, and for the Moldpres Agency and the Press Service of the Government. Cornelia started working in investigative journalism in 2002, at the Association of Independent Press.

She is author and co-author of the studies Conflicts of Interests and Incompatibilities in Eastern Europe: Comparative Analysis in Three Countries – Romania, Croatia and Moldova. Difficulties and Achievements in the EU Eastern Neighborhood (2013, Expert Forum, Romania), Human Rights 2010-2011 (Promolex), Monitoring of Access to Information (2005, TI Moldova). 

Cornelia is member of the Investigative Journalists Network of Southeastern Europe, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), Association of Francophone Journalists, and of the UN Club. Since 2013, she has been member of the board of Transparency International Moldova.

Boasting a commendable tenure of 31 years in the professional realm, Igor Kuzevski has dedicated nearly half of his career (14 years) to mastering the intricacies of data protection. His esteemed roles include serving as the Data Protection Supervisor, Secretary General, and Deputy Director of the Personal Data Protection Agency. Further elevating his credentials, he represented as a Delegate in the Council of Europe Data Protection Committee. Presently, Igor continues his passion and commitment to privacy as a Data Protection Officer.

Prior to joining the EDPS, has was an attaché at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union and an expert at the Ministry of Justice. He holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Warsaw and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Kazimierz Ujazdowski is a Member of the Cabinet of the European Data Protection Supervisor, where he is responsible, among others, for the works of the EDPS in the field of supervision of EUIs, policies in the field of Justice and Home Affairs, membership in the European Data Protection Board and international cooperation.

Prior to joining the EDPS, has was an attaché at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union and an expert at the Ministry of Justice. He holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Warsaw and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Marina Bzovîi is the Executive Director of the Moldovan Association of ICT Companies, the action leading association and the voice of the Moldovan ICT industry. Besides managing the day to day activities of the association, Marina has hands-on and mindful of the interests of members and the ICT business community as a whole. Marina has extensive experience in the continuous dialogue with various stakeholders, including public authorities, strategising on ICT policies, while critically analyzing political and legislative documents, and ensuring outreach of policies intended to develop the ICT sector.

Marina earned her master degree in Informational law and is currently pursuing a Master Degree in IT Business. She  continued her studies in Networking and Cybersecurity Program and Project Management.

Passionate about art, digitalisation, E-commerce, cybersecurity, data protection, AI and other futuristic technologies.

Lawyer, adviser to the President of the Personal Data Protection Office in Poland, on whose behalf he participates in the work of the European Data Protection Board. He is also a Research Assistant at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He was a member of expert bodies and a participant in research projects of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. 

Srdjan Šveljo has been dedicated to music, fashion and art for the past 25 years. He turned his hobbies into professions. He has worked as a DJ Fanatic for 25 years. He has been a participant and resident of EXIT festival from the very beginning, as well as many other parties, events and music festivals. He showed his knowledge in music as the music editor of NOVI SAD’s IN radio for 11 years, where he was also the author of two shows. After that, he had his own radio show on Radio Novi Sad for 6 years. His fashion side lived through the fashion magazines L’Officiel, Joy, FHM, Beauty and Health where he worked for 16 years as a fashion editor. In addition, as a stylist, he is a participant in many fashion events, author of fashion shows, collaborates with some names of the music scene. For a couple of years now, she has been working on her fashion brand FUN FUN for which she is redesigning vintage wardrobe. He won the award for the best web project in 2011, for his site Urbanlook and 2019 for the best stylist. In addition, his love for collages was recently transformed into the first solo exhibition at the American Corner in Novi Sad. He currently works for the fashion brand Lagami, plans a collage exhibition in Belgrade and is preparing a new collection for FUN FUN.

Information security expert, Co-founder of the “Comunitatea Internet” Association 

In period 1999-2017 – law enforcement authorities (ICT and information security sector). From 2008, Andrei Rusnac is a national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) expert, from 2011 – a national information security expert. In period 2012-2017, he was a national Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) expert at the Council of Europe.  

During the entire period of professional activity, Andrei performed several large-scale information security audits of the activities of the largest state organizations, technical and legal expertise of more than 30 legislative initiatives. He is an author of the National Information Security Concept, of laws on Critical infrastructure and on licensing entrepreneurial activities in technical and cryptographic information protection. He stood at the origins of creation of the national PKI and an author of the entire current regulatory framework in the field of electronic signature.

Bardhyl Jashari is the executive director of Metamorphosis Foundation. His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, artificial intelligence, media, civic activism, e-government and participation. He has run national and international-scope projects, involving tight cooperation with other international organizations, governmental bodies, the business and the civic sector.

Bardhyl holds a master degree at Paris 12 University-Faculty of Public Administration (France) and an Information System Designer Degree from University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Superior state controller in the National Center for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova.

I have a degree in law. Activates a period of more than 11 years in the public service and started my carreer in data protection in 2021.

Dr. Katarina Golubović, a distinguished attorney with a PhD in European Administrative Procedure Law, is the president of Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM), a recognized non-governmental organization. With over 15 years of dedicated service, she is an expert in human rights, rule of law, and legal representation before domestic and international courts. Her influential role in civil society extends to policy development, representation in the EU-Serbia Joint Civil Society Consultative Committee, and membership in the Civil Committee for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Whistleblowers. Dr. Golubović’s wide-ranging expertise also includes legal harmonization projects with international bodies such as the UN, Council of Europe, European Union, World Bank, and OSCE, as well as contributions to academic research and education.

Magda Cojocea is a teacher, trainer, and vice president of EDUMI, one of
the most active Romanian NGOs in education. EDUMI organizes relevant
training events for a community of 20,000 teachers and parents. Magda is passionate about critical thinking, well-being, and educational
transactional analysis. She enjoys challenges and has been involved in
translating abstract concepts like burnout or media literacy into the
world of young children.

Martina Drangovska Martinova is a legal professional with over 9 years of experience. The majority of her career has been dedicated to crucial issues related to asylum and migration, where she’s worked to protect the rights of vulnerable individuals. In the last two years, her expertise has expanded into the complex realms of Online Privacy and Personal Data Protection. She is currently a part of the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, where she is committed to advancing these vital legal areas. Her passion lies in championing human rights and legal integrity, particularly in the digital age.

Dr Urszula Góral, Doctor of Political Science, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.

Her professional career is related to public administration, having worked as a civil servant since 2001.

From 2007 to 2022, she worked as Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Education at the Office for Personal Data Protection.

She currently performs the tasks of Data Protection Officer in the Polish Parliament, the Sejm. She also works as an assistant professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw.

As part of her international experience, she was a representative of the President of the Office for Personal Data Protection in the works of the European Data Protection Board and  T-PD Consultative Committee. She has experience in implementation and evaluation of personal data protection regulations, inter alia in Eastern Partnership countries; she was an expert of various international projects sponsored by the European Commission (TAIEX) and the Council of Europe. She is an author of numerous publications on privacy and personal data protection.

Bogdan-Andrei Lungu is a 23 years old Master’s student of Media
Communication with a special sociological research interest in youth
digital culture and virtual identities, especially marginal identities
representing themselves online. Bogdan is interested in digital rights,
privacy, disinformation online and AI & digital ethics and is now
working with ApTI in order to create Open Educational Resources for the
youth on aspects related to digital rights and freedoms.

Dragana Žarković Obradović is the Director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Serbia (BIRN Serbia), a media organization that gathers leading investigative reporters and researchers in the field of digital rights and media development. During her term, BIRN became recognizable for its professionalism and influence in the development of media and the rule of law. BIRN has won numerous national and international awards for journalism.

Kristina Todorovic, an attorney with a degree in International Law from the University of Belgrade. Since 2011, she has been a dedicated member of YUCOM’s legal team, specializing in providing free legal aid. Her remarkable achievements include representing victims of human rights violations in both national and European Court of Human Rights cases, notably securing the first-ever case in Serbia where hate motivation was considered an aggravating factor. Kristina has also served as a UN expert, focusing on the protection of persons with mental disabilities. Additionally, she has been a strong advocate in representing clients in SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation), further demonstrating her commitment to safeguarding human rights.

Milica Tošić graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade in 2018. She passed the bar exam in 2020 and attorney-at-law exam in 2023. She has been working at civil society organization Partners Serbia for two years now, where she currently has a role of Attorney-at-Law – Legal Advisor. Her primary area of work are internet freedoms, privacy and data protection, especially when it comes to threats caused by new technologies.

Manuela Stanoevska Stoilkovska is a privacy and data protection expert with more then 14 years experience in the field of data protection. She worked at Personal Data Protection Agency from 2009 to 2022 as a Senior Supervisor and Head of Unit on Personal Data Breach and she was directly involved in transposing of GDPR in national law. She has conducted over 1000 trainings/presentations on various topics in the area of data privacy. Also she is autor/coautor of two analyzes (publications) related to privacy and data protection. At the moment, she is working as a personal data protection officer at controller from the banking sector.

Uros joined Partners for Democratic Change Serbia in 2011. Uros is responsible for the work of Partners Serbia in the fields of good governance, privacy and civil society. Uros developed and implemented many researches on implementation of privacy legal framework in Serbia, and delivered a series of trainings to public, corporate and civil society entities. He also works as facilitator and consultant, providing support to civil society organizations to anticipate, prepare for and respond to the risks and threats posed by a changing civic space. Uros graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.

Radinovska holds a bachelor degree in Law and Master Degree in Corporate Law from the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje.

Vesna Radinovska is a project manager at Metamorphosis Foundation. At Metamorphosis, she is in charge of coordination of projects within the Human rights online program. Her professional interests are in the area of personal data and privacy protection and youth work.

Radinovska holds a bachelor degree in Law and Master Degree in Corporate Law from the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje.