The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute at the University of California
Sarah Oh is a Visiting Scholar at The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute at the University of California. Since 2015, Sarah has supported civil society to develop disinformation and propaganda response strategies in the Western Balkans and Southeast Asia. Previously, she was the Head of Strategy and Social Impact with Phandeeyar (“creation place”): Myanmar Innovation Lab in Yangon, where she led civic tech, anti-hate speech and misinformation and digital media programs. In Myanmar, Sarah supported the Myanmar startup community and advised tech companies on content policy, localization and adoption. Sarah started her career in tech as a communications consultant to Fortune 500 internet and telecom companies. In 2013, she launched a Silicon Valley office for the National Democratic Institute, an international non-profit chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that supports civil society in more than fifty countries. Sarah received a Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Northwestern University.
Software developer at Open Data Kosovo
Blerta works as a Software Developer at Open Data Kosovo. She is a community enthusiast and internet lover. She is the founder of the Girls Coding Kosova initiative to empower women in coding. Its network spans across all municipalities in Kosovo and includes over one thousand (1000) active young members aged between fifteen (15) and twenty-five (25). Its goal is to encourage them to code, launch companies or work as developers in other exciting startups in the country.)
Graphic designer at Foundation Dokukino
At Dokukino, Ivo is the creative heart of every process that needs design and creative direction. A graphic designer by vocation, Ivo has been with Dokukino since the very beginning, and is responsible for campaign design and implementation in the broadest sense. In the past years Ivo has created countless web & social network campaigns, along with branding aimed at community building and social good actions on a regional level. Some of his most prominent campaigns are “Crno na belo”, “Da se razumemo”, and the regional portal, “Liceulice”.
Rachel brings expertise from diverse fields together to design effective communication-based interventions that prevent violence. She is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide for Counteracting Dangerous Speech, a practitioner guide (developed with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide) that combines knowledge and methodologies from fields such as cognitive neuroscience, marketing, and behavioral psychology. Currently, Rachel is developing and piloting a new approach that brings local practitioners together with cutting edge experts from these same fields to design strategic communication-based interventions. She also trains and supports organizations seeking to counter dangerous speech in their communities. Rachel was a 2012 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for her previous work founding and leading Sisi ni Amani Kenya, a Kenyan-based organization which is internationally recognized as a pioneer in developing effective approaches to using technology and communication-based interventions to support local peace activists. Sisi ni Amani Kenya used a text messaging platform in combination with grassroots programming to organize, educate, and engage communities in violence prevention and civic engagement throughout Kenya’s 2013 election cycle.
Ruici leads CVE practice at Love Frankie, a Bangkok-based social change agency, with over ten years’ experience designing innovative communications campaigns and research approaches on a variety of complex social issues, including CVE, trafficking and migration, and gender. He is currently leading the research and training for Love Frankie's engagement with Google in implementing their regional CVE strategy in Asia Pacific. Ruici holds a Master’s Degree in Governance from Georgetown University, where he wrote his thesis on “The Rise of Secular Islamic Education in Indonesia”. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Chicago where his academic work was on “Democracy and Identity Conflict: How Ethnic, Religious, and Youth Identity Lead to Terrorism.”