Doreen Khoury is a program manager at the Middle East Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the co-organizers of the Arab Bloggers Meeting. She previously worked as a senior researcher and elections specialist at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies, and served as executive director of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections. She is@doreen_khoury on Twitter.
Ahmad Gharbeia is an advocate of open source software and open content based in Cairo, Egypt. He frequently trains bloggers how to publish information securely and anonymously, and was part of the team that translated Tactical Technology Collective’sSecurity in-a-Box toolkit into Arabic. He is @agharbeia on Twitter.
Jacob Appelbaum is a computer security consultant and developer and advocate for theTor Project, a tool and privacy network which protects internet users’ privacy and security. At the Arab Bloggers Workshop he gave a presentation about circumvention, online security, and anonymity. He is @ioerror on Twitter.
Wissam is the founder of Ethiopian Suicides, a migrants rights blog focused on Lebanon which has been featured in CNN, CNN Arabic, the L.A. Times, the Guardian, El Mundo(Spanish), Angry Arab News Service, The Daily Star (Lebanon), and Now Lebanon. Wissam is also a contributing writer at Migrant Rights.
For the past year, Ghaida’a al-Absi has been leading citizen media workshops for female activists in Yemen as part of the Hand in Hand Initiative. The project called “Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques [ar]” has been funded by the Rising Voices outreach arm of Global Voices Online.