Brent Woodworth (Sahana Software Foundation and the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation)
Megan Price (Benetech)
Jay Aronson is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Aronson's research and teaching focus on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in criminal justice and post-conflict resolution contexts. His first book, entitled Genetic Witness: Science, Law, and Controversy in the Making of DNA Profiling, examines the development of forensic DNA analysis in the American legal system. He is also completing a series of articles that investigate the impact of recent scientific advances on notions of culpability, finality, and justice in criminal jurisprudence.
His current research project, which is partially funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, analyzes the increasing importance of science and technology (especially statistics and DNA profiling) in human rights investigations world-wide. He has already conducted research for this project in South Africa, and plans to make several visits to the former Yugoslavia over the next few years.
Dr. Aronson's other academic interests include: the role of democratic deliberation in science policy decision-making; the place of science and technology in economic and social development; and concepts of private and public property in the life sciences and biotechnology.
Dr. Aronson completed his Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology at University of Minnesota in 2003, and received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1995. He was both a Pre-Doctoral (2001-2003) and Post-Doctoral Fellow (2003-2004) in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Aida Maria Noval
Aida Maria Noval has worked in human rights information and documentation handling for over 25 years, both in Mexico and abroad. Her activities have mainly involved tool development and designing, setting up, managing, evaluating, and training on documentation centers and integrated systems for documenting human rights violations. Aida has worked primarily with local NGOs and has collaborated on several projects of the Mexican National Network of Human Rights NGOs, Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos -- Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos, the latest of which is the development and local implementation of the Sistema de Monitoreo de Derechos Humanos (Monitoring System of Human Rights), SMDH. Associated with HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems) for many years, currently Aida serves on its International Advisory Council. She holds a BA in Librarianship from Brighton Polytechnic (UK) and an M. Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development from Manchester University (UK).
Megan Price is a statistician with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG). She recently earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics and a Certificate in Human Rights from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Price also has a M.S. and B.S. in Statistics from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining HRDAG, Dr. Price co-authored the article, A First Attempt at a Health and Human Rights Report Card, published in Health and Human Rights.
Katitza Rodriguez is Electronic Frontier Foundation's International Rights Director. She concentrates on comparative policy and legal analysis of international privacy issues, with special emphasis on law enforcement, government surveillance, and cross border data flows. Her work in EFF's International Program also focuses on cybersecurity at the intersection of privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright enforcement. She is an advisor to the UN Internet Governance Forum (2009-2010), and a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International.
Before joining EFF, Rodriguez was Director of the international privacy program at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C., where amongst other things, she served as the Research Director of The Privacy and Human Rights Report, an international survey of privacy law and developments in 78 countries. Rodriguez is well known to many in global civil society and in international policy venues for her work at the U.N. Internet Governance Forum and her pivotal role in the creation and ongoing success of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for which she served as the civil society liaison while at EPIC from 2009 to March 2010. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Lima, Peru.
Brent Woodworth is Chairman of the Sahana Software Foundation and President of the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation. He has led on-site disaster response and recovery efforts in over 70 major events and 49 countries. U.S. response efforts include the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9-11 World Trade Center Attack, Hurricane Katrina, and multiple flooding, wind, and fire events. His leadership in international humanitarian systems has helped make Sahana the most successful open source system of its type.
Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves. Operating in 27 countries, the software program has received multiple FOSS industry awards, and has been selected by numerous UN agencies as a desired platform. Mr. Woodworth is also an author, well known speaker, and a member of several government research committees and advisory boards.
Brent Woodworth, chairman of the Sahana Software Foundation, examines how Sahana, an open source disaster management system, responded to the Haiti earthquake of 2010. "You suddenly had a lot of different organizations that previously didn't always talk to each other, and the integration of a lot of social networking components come together," explains Woodworth.