The Signals Network’s board of directors is a global, highly-skilled group responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organization and who embody our mission to support whistleblowers and coordinate global media investigations for the public good.
Maryam Banikarim is a known industry leader bringing nearly three decades of experience across various industries including media, social media…
Maryam Banikarim is a known industry leader bringing nearly three decades of experience across various industries including media, social media, tech and hospitality. She helped reposition Nextdoor as a modern purpose-driven digital neighborhood network, reimagined Hyatt as a purpose-driven hospitality brand, and led Gannett’s marketing and digital transformation, among other achievements. She is also the co-founder of NYCNext, a volunteer organization created to help recover and rebuild New York City in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served as the Chair of Reporters Without Borders USA.
Duc Luu joined Knight Foundation in January 2022. He is the director of sustainability initiatives of the Journalism Program.
Duc Luu joined Knight Foundation in January 2022. He is the director of sustainability initiatives of the Journalism Program.
Duc is a business development and operational leader with more than a decade of experience across media and research organizations. Prior to joining Knight, he was publisher and chief revenue officer for Washington City Paper, a local news leader for the Washington, D.C. area.
He has also served in business development and new product innovation roles at The Economist and Foreign Policy magazine.
Kathy Kiely, the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, worked more than four decades as a reporter and editor for…
Kathy Kiely, the Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, worked more than four decades as a reporter and editor for regional and national newspapers as well as online and multimedia publications.
She covered Congress and national politics for USA TODAY, headed Washington bureaus for The Houston Post and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a White House correspondent for the New York Daily News. At National Journal, she trained and supervised a multimedia presidential campaign team that worked for both the print publication and CBS News. At the Sunlight Foundation, she worked with developers and reporters on web-based tools to analyze government data. She also wrote and commissioned stories for Bill Moyers’ website and served as a web producer for WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C.
As the National Press Club’s inaugural Press Freedom Fellow, she organized efforts that helped free Mexican journalist and asylum-seeker Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto from immigration detention.
One of the first volunteers for the News Literacy Program at its inception, Kiely now works to promote news literacy in the mid-Missouri region at Mizzou, where she has sponsored two regional workshops for teachers and librarians. She teaches courses on multimedia journalism and how to combat censorship. Through her Knight Foundation-funded chair, she also works to support journalists in distress, funding a number of reporters in exile.
Kiely holds a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She currently serves as a trustee of her undergraduate alma mater, Princeton University.
Karien Bezuidenhout is a Director at the Shuttleworth Foundation. Karien has been the Chief Operating Officer…
Karien Bezuidenhout is a Director at the Shuttleworth Foundation. Karien has been the Chief Operating Officer at the Shuttleworth Foundation since 2008. She joined the organization in 2004 as a Project Manager.
Antoine Deltour is the main whistleblower in LuxLeaks case. He worked as an auditor for PwC Luxembourg from 2008 to 2010. When he…
Antoine Deltour is the main whistleblower in the LuxLeaks case. He worked as an auditor for PwC Luxembourg from 2008 to 2010. When he resigned, he copied hundreds of tax rulings that led to the so-called “LuxLeaks scandal”. The disclosure of large-scale tax avoidance practices fostered several initiatives for better tax justice. He was convicted by Luxembourg criminal court in June 2016. He received a 12-months suspended sentence. After an appeal judgment in 2017, the sentence was reduced to 6 months. A last appeal in Luxembourg is ongoing. Afterwards the case could end in the European Court of Human Rights.
Gilles is a pragmatic innovator and entrepreneur who has set up and sold two companies as the CEO. His last one…
Gilles is a pragmatic innovator and entrepreneur who has set up and sold two companies as the CEO. His last one, News Republic, was the first mobile aggregator featuring 2,500 signed media partners worldwide, reaching an audience of 2.5 million readers daily. News Republic was acquired for $57 million. As an internationally-minded, engaged citizen, he is the President & Founder of The Signals Network.
The Signals Network’s board of advisors is a global, highly-skilled group responsible for providing their expertise to the organization supporting whistleblowers and journalists who lead investigations for the public good.
Emma is the Communications Director at Human Rights Watch. Emma is a recovering journalist who helps colleagues at Human Rights Watch to tell stories that will attract media..
Emma is the Communications Director at Human Rights Watch. Emma is a recovering journalist who helps colleagues at Human Rights Watch to tell stories that will attract media attention and raise the pressure on governments to end abusive policies and improve people’s lives. Before joining HRW as Communications Director, she spent almost 20 years covering stories of people living through war, abuse or discrimination, mostly in Central America, the former Yugoslavia and Spain. She moved from Reuters to The Independent and ended up with the New York Times, and has contributed to several books, including the Penguin Book of Journalism and Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. Emma is a board member of the Overseas Press Club.
Runa Sandvik is a computer security expert, known as a proponent of strong encryption. Formerly, she was the Senior Director of Information Security at The New York Times…
Runa Sandvik is a computer security expert, known as a proponent of strong encryption. Formerly, she was the Senior Director of Information Security at The New York Times, focusing on education, security technologies, and architecture. Runa loves to travel and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world. She is a former developer with The Tor Project, a technical advisor to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and a member of the review board for Black Hat Europe. She tweets as @runasand.
Tyler Shultz is a startup founder fostering innovation in healthcare. He graduated from Stanford with a Biology degree and entered the national scene…
Tyler Shultz is a startup founder fostering innovation in healthcare. He graduated from Stanford with a Biology degree and entered the national scene when he blew the whistle at Theranos. Tyler complained to the public health regulators in New York and was a source for a series of Wall Street Journal articles exposing Theranos’ dubious blood-testing practices. Owing to his role in exposing the fraud, Shultz was featured in Bad Blood, the book about the scandal penned by John Carreyrou, the original author of the Wall Street Journal articles, as well as in Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary “The Inventor”. Currently, Shultz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Flux Biosciences, Inc., a Bay Area start-up that aims to bring medical grade diagnostics into the homes of consumers. His efforts were recognized by Forbes when he was named to their “30 under 30” Health Care 2017 list.
Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For more than 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of civil libertie…
Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For more than 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Dan Gillmor (dangillmor.com) is an educator, author, journalist, and entrepreneur. Gillmor teaches digital media literacy…
Dan Gillmor (dangillmor.com) is an educator, author, journalist, and entrepreneur.
Gillmor teaches digital media literacy and is director of the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
A journalist for almost 25 years with a variety of newspapers in the United States, Gillmor was an early participant in the news industry’s digital transformation; he wrote a widely followed column and blog at Silicon Valley’s San Jose Mercury News, tracking technology and its impact on the economy and society. Gillmor continues to write articles and commentary for several publications including Slate, Backchannel, The Atlantic and others.
The Signals Network Friends is a global, highly-skilled community that has helped TSN throughout its journey by offering assistance, support, advice, and so much kindness.
Anya Schiffrin is the director of the technology and media specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and…
Anya Schiffrin is the director of the technology and media specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a senior lecturer who teaches on global media, innovation and human rights. She writes on a number of topics related to journalism sustainability, impact and online disinformation. Her most recent report for the German Marshall Fund was AI Startups and the Fight Against Mis/disinformation Online: An Update.
Ashley I. Kissinger
Ashley Kissinger has represented media and entertainment companies, journalists, online speakers, and other content creators in…
Ashley Kissinger has represented media and entertainment companies, journalists, online speakers, and other content creators in First Amendment and related matters for over 20 years.
Ashley has a nationwide practice; she has defended complex defamation, privacy, and copyright infringement cases in 15 states from coast to coast and in the District of Columbia. She works closely with her clients to help them publish and broadcast their work with minimal risk, get access to government documents and proceedings, and fight against government censorship. She leverages her media law expertise to defend non-media companies facing copyright and defamation lawsuits, and to advise them concerning their social media and other communications. Ashley is widely recognized as a thought leader on anonymous online speech law.
Billy Perrigo is an investigative journalist at TIME magazine, covering digital technology and its impact around the world.
Billy Perrigo is an investigative journalist at TIME magazine covering digital technology and its impact around the world. He broke the story Inside Facebook’s African Sweatshop, revealing low pay, poor working conditions and union-busting faced by Facebook workers in Kenya.
The Signals Network provided psychological and legal support for Daniel Motaung, the whistleblower at the center of that report.
Céline Thomas is internationally recognized for the excellence of her coaching, methods and philosophy of individual and team coaching.
With over 15 000 executive coaching sessions and over 100 team coaching sessions over the past 15 years, Céline is internationally recognized for the excellence of her coaching, methods and philosophy of individual and team coaching. She is an international executive coach, well known for her capacity to develop reflective leaders who create results-driven, adaptive and innovative organisations by putting people first.
She has founded Oxygen Coaching where she practices coaching as an act of conviction and commitment, to help individuals and organizations evolve, serving the business, for a more ethical and humane future, where economic performance and respect for people may coexist. Her approach combines systemic and humanistic approaches with a strong business focus, to drive leaders and their teams towards change, in a respectful and transformational manner.
Céline has an international background and has spent over 20 years of her life abroad. Her multilingual talents mean her personalized and intensive work can be carried out in English, French and Spanish, successfully combining her culturally sensitive approach with respect and value for all cultures and structures. Her client base extends throughout Europe and includes pro bono actions. She has also been a featured speaker at HEC coaching school for the past 10 years, until 2021.
Céline holds two coaching certificates from HEC, and an EMCC Coaching Supervision degree. She has an engineering background having graduated from Telecom Bretagne and holds a Master in Corporate Strategy and Organization from HEC.
Céline is a PCC ICF coach, a coach supervisor, and an ICF Mentor coach, author of the book « Les tribulations d’un coach français en Inde », (2016, InterEdition), co-author of the book “Global Coaching for the Whole Being”, (2019, VAPress) and of the book “15 cas de coaching expliqués” (2022, InterÉditions)
Daniel Motaung graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations…
Daniel graduated from Rhodes University in South Africa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations, Industrial Sociology, and Law. He worked as a content moderator for Facebook in 2019 following a misleading recruitment process that was intended to lure young people from poor backgrounds into taking jobs that posed health risks without fair warning. Daniel witnessed and suffered from severe on the job human rights violations which led to severe PTSD, anxiety and depression.He attempted to unionize Content Moderators in 2019 and was treated as a pariah with company executives being hostile and deploying union busting tactics, which led to his employment being terminated on forged charges without following due process.
Currently, Daniel is an activist for Content Moderators rights and an advocate for reform in the practice of content moderation.
Erika Cheung is the executive director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a non-profit whose mission is to foster ethical questioning, culture, and systems…
Erika Cheung is the executive director of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a non-profit whose mission is to foster ethical questioning, culture, and systems in startups and innovation ecosystems.
Erika is an advisor to several family offices, venture capital firms, and governmental investment programs focused on healthcare, biosciences, and biotechnology companies. She invests a portion of he time building cross-border networks between the US and the Asia Pacific region to facilitate the growth of companies operating in emerging markets. Her first job out of college was working for Theranos, where she subsequently was one of the critical whistleblowers reporting the fraud case to regulators preventing the company from providing false lab results to patients
Frederik Obermaier, is a book author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter, publishing in the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Frederik Obermaier, is a book author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter, publishing in the German magazine Der Spiegel. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he founded the Munich-based investigative newsroom paper trail media and both initiated the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks, Paradise Papers-investigations. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award, the Otto Brenner Preis, the renowned Wächterpreis, the Henri-Nannen-Prize, the Reporterpreis and the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis.
Harlo Holmes is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and was a regular contributor to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project. Harlo is also an adjunct professor at New York University.
Ifeoma Ozoma is the Founder and Principal of Earthseed, a firm advising organizations on the issues of tech accountability and public policy.
Ifeoma Ozoma is the Founder and Principal of Earthseed, a firm advising organizations on the issues of tech accountability and public policy. She is a tech policy expert with experience leading public policy partnerships, content safety, and policymaker engagement at Pinterest, Facebook, and Google.
Jack Poulson is the Executive Director of Tech Inquiry, a nonprofit which combines public records such as international government purchasing and lobbying filings to better understand influence between corporations, governments, and nonprofits.
Before founding Tech Inquiry, Jack resigned in protest over Google’s planned rollback of its international human rights protections and, before that, was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.
Jameel Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which promotes the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital..
Jameel Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which promotes the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. He previously served in various leadership positions at the American Civil Liberties Union, ultimately overseeing the organization’s work on free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights.
Over the course of his career as a litigator, Jaffer has argued human rights and civil liberties cases in multiple appeals courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court; he has also testified many times before federal agencies and the U.S. Congress. His recent writing about free speech and related issues—including government secrecy, surveillance, privacy, and censorship—has been published in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and Foreign Affairs.
Lynn Oberlander is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists, now in private practice after a long career as in-house counsel.
Lynn Oberlander is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists, now in private practice after a long career as in-house counsel. She is currently Of Counsel with the law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP. She was a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Media, for Univision Communications Inc., from 2018 through 2020, while also serving as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Univision’s subsidiary, Gizmodo Media Group (GMG), from March of 2017 through July 2019. Earlier in her career, she spent 5 years each at Forbes and NBC. She is a frequent speaker on freedom of expression and media law topics, and on June 30, 2021, gave testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on “Secrecy Orders and Prosecuting Leaks: Potential Legislative Responses to Deter Prosecutorial Abuse of Power”.
Lynn is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Law School. She teaches graduate courses in Media Law and Media Ethics at The New School in New York. She is the former chair of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and of the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association. She also a trustee of the New Jewish Home, a nursing home and elder care system in New York.
Mary Inman, a partner in Constantine Cannon’s London and San Francisco offices, heads the firm’s International Whistleblower practice.
Mary Inman, a partner in Constantine Cannon’s London and San Francisco offices, heads the firm’s International Whistleblower practice. Since 1998, she has specialized exclusively in representing whistleblowers worldwide under the growing number of US whistleblower reward programs, including the SEC, CFTC, IRS, DOT and FinCEN programs and the federal and state False Claims Acts. Mary’s successful efforts to export the US whistleblower programs to the UK were featured in the New York Times and her successful representation of three healthcare whistleblowers and the personal toll whistleblowing exacted from these clients was featured in the New Yorker.
Mary represents renowned SEC whistleblower Tyler Shultz who exposed the infamous Silicon Valley blood testing start-up Theranos, and regularly speaks on lessons to be learned from this scandal. Mary is a regular commentator on whistleblower matters for the Financial Times, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Forbes. She chairs the Advisory Board of Whistleblowing Canada Research Society and is on the legal panel of WhistleblowersUK.
Dr.Suelette Dreyfus is the Executive Director of the international freedom of expression NGO Blueprint for Free Speech, which supports whistleblowers…
Dr Suelette Dreyfus is the Executive Director of the international freedom of expression NGO Blueprint for Free Speech, which supports whistleblowers via law reform advocacy, research and open source tech development. She holds an appointment as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches cybersecurity and information privacy. She’s also a Member of the International Council of Transparency International.
Before getting her PhD, she was a journalist on one of the largest daily papers in Australia. She wrote the book ‘Underground’ with Julian Assange, and it has been translated into seven language and made into two films.
Tanya O’Carroll is an independent advisor, strategist and leader focused on tech accountability, human rights and social justice.
Tanya is an independent advisor, strategist and leader focused on tech accountability, human rights and social justice. She was the former director and co-founder of Amnesty Tech, where she oversaw campaigns and investigations to challenge tech-fuelled human rights abuses, ranging from mass surveillance to facial recognition and intrusive government spyware. Tanya coordinates a network of over 100+ organizations in the EU called ‘People vs Big Tech’ to campaign for stronger laws and enforcement of our data rights and privacy. She is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Facebook, challenging the company’s surveillance-based business model. Tanya works as a consultant for a wide range of NGOs and philanthropic organizations. She also sits on the Board of Directors of corporate campaigning organization SumofUs.
Tom Devine is Government Accountability Project’s Legal Director, and has worked at the organization since 1979.
Tom Devine is Government Accountability Project’s Legal Director, and has worked at the organization since 1979. Since that time, Tom has formally or informally assisted over 7,000 whistleblowers in defending themselves against retaliation and in making real differences on behalf of the public – such as shuttering accident-prone nuclear power plants, rebuffing industry ploys to deregulate government meat inspection, blocking the next generation of the bloated and porous “Star Wars” missile defense systems, instituting a national commercial milk testing program for illegal animal drugs; and sparking the withdrawal of dangerous prescription drugs such as Vioxx. He has not lost a case since 2006, and has prevailed in advocacy at numerous U.S. courts of appeals, as well as the Supreme Court.
Tom is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Georgetown University where he was an All American debater and captained the team that set a still-standing national record for tournament championships. He earned his J.D. from the Antioch School of Law, and sits on the board of the Disaster Accountability Project, as well as Whistleblowers International Network WIN) which he helped found.
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