Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman is director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. He is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded international blogging community Global Voices and served as researcher and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, before coming to MIT in 2011.  He writes at

Hardy Merriman

Hardy Merriman is an expert in nonviolent civil resistance whose expertise spans the worlds of academia and activism.  He leads workshops for activists and organizers, speaks about social movements with academics, journalists, members of NGOs and the policy community, and develops resources for practitioners and researchers in the field of nonviolent conflict. He works as a consultant and is senior advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and from 2002-2005 worked at the Albert Einstein Institution and contributed to and edited the book Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential by Gene Sharp. For practitioners, he co-authored  A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, which is a training curriculum for activists.