Huw graduated from Durham University in June 2017 with a BA in Politics. From September he is living in China where he has been granted a scholarship to study Public Administration at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Outside of academia, Huw has held positions in both the financial sector and within policy institutes. His particular interest focuses on the way in which surveillance technologies and big data can alter behaviour and suppress free expression.
Sophie is a journalist focused on promoting human rights. She was trained at Cardiff Journalism School, having graduated from a Classics degree at Oxford University in 2015. She became interested in the nonprofit sector at the age of 14, when she had the opportunity to do work experience with Amnesty International. Here she logged news clippings and assisted at a press conference, which influenced her decision to approach the human rights field from a media background. During breaks from her studies, she developed her journalism skills at the Guardian, ITV, the Times Literary Supplement and the BBC, among other organisations. She also volunteered twice at the refugee camp in Calais to distribute aid while working to raise awareness at home through interviews on BBC Wales and a making a short film. This year she also joined the UK bureau of Reporters Without Borders for a three-month internship.
Madara is a law student at University of Latvia, who has had the chance to broaden her horizons also in the University of Salzburg and Free University of Berlin. She was one of the co-authors of the Latvian part of the ELSA Legal Research on Freedom of Expression, Protection of Journalistic Sources, and also wrote her Bachelor’s Thesis on Protection of Whistleblowers – so exactly those topics as well as the freedom of expression in the context of the digital age are specifically significant to her.
Daniel Penev is a Bulgarian freelance journalist and a member of the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria). He has an M.A. in international relations from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, and a joint-honours B.A. in political science and international relations, and journalism and mass communication from the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). He has completed internships with leading media outlets in Bulgaria and stories of his have appeared in Bulgarian media as well as EurActiv.com, The Millions, and Mladiinfo.eu. Passionate about journalism, communications, and politics, Daniel has participated in exchange and training programs in the UK, Germany, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Iceland, Poland, and Serbia.
What is the youth advisory board?
The youth board is a specially selected group of young people aged 16-25 who advise and inform Index on Censorship’s work, support our ambition to fight for free expression around the world and ensure our engagement with issues with tomorrow’s leaders. The current members are sitting from January to June, 2017.
Why does Index have a youth board?
Index on Censorship is committed to fighting censorship not only now, but also in future generations, and we want to ensure that the realities and challenges experienced by young people in today’s world are properly reflected in our work.
Index is also aware that there are many who would like to commit some or all of their professional lives to fighting for human rights and the youth board is our way of supporting the broadest range of young people to develop their voice, find paths to freely expressing it and potential future employment in the human rights, media and arts sectors.
Sean is a 21 year old Arts/Law student living in Brisbane, Australia. He majors in history and international relations and has an interest in the relationship between political censorship and historical revisionism in authoritarian states.
Isabela is a journalist and writer based in Sweden, and a graduate from Kingston University London, where she studied Journalism and French. Having lived in London for the last five years, Isabela worked as a communications officer for a mental health charity. She was also a contributor for the International Press Foundation with a particular interest in women’s rights and freedom of expression.
Adam is a Canadian/Italian student currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. During his undergrad he studied Communication at Simon Fraser University, where he focused on and developed a passion for the political economy of media, including surveillance, media ownership, and censorship.
Previously, he worked for Statistics Canada, the national statistics agency, where he helped enumerate the 2016 National Census.
Later, he went on to teach English at a high school in Barcelona, Spain while learning Spanish.
He plans to study a master’s program in International Relations, and is pursuing his interest in global communication and conflict diffusion.
Dan Bateyko is an internet rights researcher from Sarasota, Florida. He is currently travelling on a Watson Fellowship, a one-year purposeful grant for global independent study. Dan’s project, “Barriers to Internet Rights” explores the following questions: What struggles do people face accessing the internet? How do movements define and mobilise around internet rights? Over the past year, Dan has interviewed 100+ journalists, activists, academics, students, and policy teams in 10 countries to better contextualise and understand the global effort to protect the digital commons. Dan has volunteered with Open Net Korea to produce reports on internet censorship, attended multiple stakeholder events such as ICANN, Internet Freedom Festival, and RightsCon as a Youth4Rights grantee, and written about internet rights and civic technology for Dazed, Digital Asia Hub, Global Voices, and P2P Foundation. Dan has interned with PEN America Center and Center for Democracy & Technology.