Board of Directors

Access' Board of Directors maintains fiduciary responsibility over the operations and activities of the organization, including direct support for the Executive Director, strategic advice surrounding Access' mission, goals and priorities as well as ensuring the strength and sustainability of the organization and its work.

Andrew McLaughlinAndrew McLaughlin | President
Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper. Previously, he was the Vice President of Tumblr, the Executive Director of Civic Commons and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford. Prior to this, Andrew served as a member of President Obama's senior White House staff as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and before that, Director of Global Public Policy at Google. From 1999-2003, Andrew helped launch and manage ICANN, the Internet's technical coordinating organization, serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Andrew is also currently a member of the boards of Chartbeat, the Sunlight Foundation, and Public Knowledge.  He is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and a senior fellow in internet governance and cybersecurity at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Yvette Alberdingk ThijmYvette Albderdingk Thijm | Treasurer
Yvette is the Executive Director of WITNESS, an international nonprofit organization that empowers human rights defenders to use video to fight injustice, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools that can pressure those in power or with power to act. Before becoming its ED, Yvette served on the WITNESS Board, worked globally in start-ups (including the technology start-up JOOST by the founders of Skype) and established companies in media, content and new technologies (including MTV Networks). She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Center and the Board of Directors of Mideast Youth. She is also an Advisory Board Member of Uncensored Interview, a digital platform for independent musicians.

Esra'a Al ShafeiEsra'a Al Shafei
Esra'a Al Shafei is the founder and director of Mideast Youth, a network of online platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalized voices throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She is a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society for "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society," and is currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. Previously, she was an Echoing Green Fellow and a Senior TED Fellow. In 2011 she was featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" and awarded the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity. In 2014, she was featured in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of social entrepreneurs making an impact in the world. The same year, Mideast Youth received the Human Rights Tulip, awarded annually to an organization which promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways.

Brett SolomonBrett Solomon | Secretary
Brett is the Secretary of Access' Board of Directors. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Access. Previously, he was Campaign Director at, a global movement which has rapidly grown into the largest online activist community in the world. Brett was the first Executive Director of GetUp, an Australian independent political movement of over 300,000 people. Brett has worked both locally and internationally on a range of social justice and human rights issues. He honed his career at Oxfam Australia, where he founded the International Youth Parliament (IYP). Prior to this, he worked as the Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia. Brett has a bachelors degree in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a masters degree in International Law from the University of New South Wales.

Ronaldo LemosRonaldo Lemos
Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on intellectual property, culture, and technology. He founded the Center for Technology & Society at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, where he is also head professor of intellectual property law. He is also Project Lead of Creative Commons Brazil and an affiliate and Brazil´s liaison to the director at the MIT Media Lab. He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School and Harvard Law and has published a number books and journal articles. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 2011 and 2013. Lemos is a founder of Overmundo, for which he received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category of digital communities. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil a draft legislation for regulating the Internet in Brazil protecting civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. He is a member of the Council for Social Communication, a governmental body created by article 224 of the Brazilian Constitution to deal with matters related to communication, media and freedom of expression. Lemos writes weekly to Folha de S.Paulo, the largest national newspaper in Brazil, and contributes to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper's Bazaar, and Bravo!

Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen is a media executive with broad experience managing operations for major internet companies at various stages of growth. Today, he is the General Manager of International Independent Publishing at Amazon, responsible for the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) business in marketplaces around the world. Before Amazon, Andrew was the SVP and GM of bitly, a URL-shortening service that became one of the largest sharing platforms on the web. There are more than 8 billion clicks on bitly links each month, on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and across email and mobile devices. Andrew joined the founding team at bitly in 2008, after working as an advisor to betaworks, the New York City-based incubator and early-stage venture fund. He worked closely with bitly’s Board to complete two tuck-in acquisitions as well as a strategic agreement with Verisign. Before joining the betaworks in 2008, Andrew served as the GM and COO of Fotolog. Fotolog was one of the most actively-used sites on the web, generating more than 4 billion pages views per month in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Andrew brought the company to profitability, grew membership to 20 million accounts, and executed a $90 million acquisition deal with a Paris-based interactive marketing agency. Prior to joining Fotolog, Andrew was Director of Search and Navigation at America Online, where he managed a large multinational team and worked closely with Google. Between 2002 and 2006, AOL's search revenues grew from $50 million to $500 million. Andrew began his career as a print journalist, reporting from around the world, including assignments in Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, where was embedded with the U.S. Army 1st Armored Division. For his coverage of busing and desegregation issues in Boston, Andrew was awarded First Prize for Public Interest Journalism at the CRMA awards in 1997. Andrew attended Yale University and the MBA program at Columbia Business School.


International Advisory Board

Access’ International Advisory Board is a collection of experts from across the human rights and technology sector that provide advice to the organization. International Advisory Board members support the growth of Access’ network of grassroots partners, civil society organizations and organizational funders and provide perspective and counsel as issues arise.

Andrew McLaughlinAndrew McLaughlin | Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Betaworks
Formerly VP of Tumblr, ED of Civic Commons, CTO of the White House and Director of Global Public Policy at Google. Andrew also helped launch and manage ICANN. He currently serves on the boards of Code for America and Public Knowledge.


Andrew RasiejAndrew Rasiej | Founder, Personal Democracy Media
A professional doer, futurist, social entrepreneur and producer of the Personal Democracy Forum. Founder of, Co-Founder of and Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation.

Yvette Alberdink ThijmYvette Alberdingk Thijm | Executive Director, WITNESS
Previously worked in start-ups including JOOST and established companies in media, content and new technologies including MTV Networks. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation Center and the Board of Directors of Mideast Youth and an Advisory Board Member of Uncensored Interview.

Craig NewmarkCraig Newmark | Founder, Craigslist
Founder of CraigConnects, Board Member of the Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Eli PariserEli Pariser | Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Upworthy
Author of The Filter Bubble, former Executive Director and current Board President of and Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Eli is a political and internet activist.

Ethan ZuckermanEthan Zuckerman | Co-Founder, Global Voices
Researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where he works on quantitative media analysis, free expression in the digital world and understanding the social impact of the internet.

Joe RosparsJoe Rospars | Chief Digital Strategist, Obama for America
Also the New Media Director for the 2008 and 2012 Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns. He is also founding partner of Blue State Digital, a leader in online fundraising, advocacy, social networking and constituency development programs.

John Perry BarlowJohn Perry Barlow | Founding Member, EFF
The EFF is an international non-profit digital rights advocacy and legal organization based in the United States. He is a poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a cyberlibertarian political activist and a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

Josh BeckerJosh Becker | Chairman, Full Circle Fund
Also Co-Founder of Cycle Capital, Josh has a long history as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. 

Katherine KeatingKatherine Keating | Director, Keating Consulting
Director of a public policy firm operating in New York City and former adviser to former New South Wales minister Craig Knowles. 

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig | Director, Edmond J. Safra Fdn Center for Ethics
Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, founder of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, former clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Antonio Scalia as well as the author of five books focused on law and technology. 

Nathan FreitasNathan Freitas | Founder, Guardian Project
The Guardian Project is an open-source team that creates easy-to-use apps, mobile OS security enhancements and customized mobile devices for Google Android users to help them communicate more freely and protect themselves from intrusion and monitoring.

Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel | Co-Founder, WITNESS
Grammy Award winning international musician and recipient of Amnesty International's 2008 Ambassador of Conscience Award. Gabriel also co-Founded the Elders.

Rafal RohozinskiRafal Rohozinski | Co-Founder, Infowar Monitor and ONI
The principal investigator of Infowar Monitor. He is also a Research Fellow of the Center for Internet and Society and Director of the Advanced Network Research Group.

Reihan SalamReihan Salam | Executive Editor, National Review
Also a fellow at the National Review Institute, a columnist for Slate, and a contributing editor of National Affairs. He is also a contributor on CNN and has appeard on ABC, PBS, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, BBC and other networks.

Ricken PatelRicken Patel | Co-Founder and Executive Director, Avaaz
Avaaz is a global activist organization that focuses on climate change, animal and human rights, corruption and poverty, operating in fifteen languages and has over 15 million members in 194 countries.

Ron DeibertRon Deibert | Professor of Political Science and Director, Citizen Lab
Working at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, Ron oversees research and development examining the intersection of the internet, global security and human rights.

Scott HeifermanScott Heiferman | CEO and Co-Founder, Meetup
Named 2004s Innovator of the Year by the MIT Technology Review, Heiferman operates a site that facilitates the organization of group offline meetings online.

Tattu MambetalievaTattu Mambetalieva | Director, Civil Initiative on Internet Policy
The Civil Initiative on Internet Policy is a nonprofit NGO that aims to facilitate ICT and promote transparent internet regulations and civic participation in policy making.

Vint CerfVint Cerf | Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI and known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.


Tech Advisory Board

Access’ Tech Advisory Board is a collection of technology experts from around the world that provides advice to Access Tech and the organization as a whole on emerging threats to digital rights as well as provides insight and intelligence on current tools used in the defense of digital rights.  

James TurnbullJames Turnbull | VP Technology Operations, Puppetlabs
A former IT executive in the banking industry and author of five technology books, James has been involved in IT Operations for nearly twenty years and is an advocate of open source technology. He joined Puppet Labs in March of 2010. James manages Professional Services, Education, Operations, Support and Community for Puppet Labs.


Patrick BallPatrick Ball | Chief Scientist and VP, Human Rights Program, Benetech
Patrick Ball is a leading innovator in applying scientific measurement to human rights. He has spent twenty years designing databases and conducting quantitative analysis for truth commissions, non- governmental organizations, international criminal tribunals and United Nations missions around the world.

Nathan FreitasNathan Freitas | Founder, Guardian Project
The Guardian Project is an open-source team that creates easy-to-use apps, mobile OS security enhancements and customized mobile devices for Google Android users to help them communicate more freely and protect themselves from intrusion and monitoring.