Name: Sean McDonald

Occupation: Executive Director, FrontlineSMS: Legal

Country: USA

Mr. Sean Martin McDonald is the CEO of FrontlineSMS’s social enterprise, the kiwanja UK Company Interest Company, and the founder of the FrontlineSMS:Legal project. Sean joined FrontlineSMS in 2010 and leads the day-to-day operation, strategic direction, and project-driven application of FrontlineSMS. Prior to FrontlineSMS, he held a number of positions with technology firms, international development organizations, legal services non-profits, and the U.S. Senate. Sean is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, TechChange, Digital Democracy, and an affiliate expert with UNDP. He sits on the Board of Directors of International Peace Park Expeditions Foundation, the kiwanja UK CIC, and the kiwanja Foundation. Sean is a lawyer, licensed in New York, holding a J.D. and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism, Government and Spanish at the University of Maryland.


Name: Jacob Appelbaum

Occupation: Advocate, Security Researcher, & Developer, the TOR project 

Panel: The New Technology: Transforming Access to Information to Improve Lives

Mr. Jacob Appelbaum is a photographer, developer and researcher at The Tor Project. He also trains interested parties globally on how to effectively use and contribute to the Tor network. Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows individuals and organizations to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Tor’s services allows users to publish websites and online services without revealing their locations; Tor can also help individuals establish chat rooms and web forums for rape and abuse survivors while maintaining anonymity.

Jacob Appelbaum is a panelist for the panel titled ‘The New Technology: Transforming Access to Information to Improve Lives,’ during which panelists will discuss the benefits and complications that accompany technological advances. Get acquainted with Jacob and TOR through his excellent TEDxTalk, "The Tor Project, protecting online anonimity." Connect with him on twitter @ioerror to get the conversation started early! #WJPForum 


The New Technology: Transforming Access to Information to Improve Lives

As technology expands into new fields, people discover innovative ways to access and share information that can improve the standard of living for people all over the world. Technological advances in instant communication and documentation are especially useful in a variety of fields – such as journalism, voter registration and monitoring, and political activism. These advances help to bring important information to wider audiences, while also addressing issues of diplomacy, corruption and human rights.  Panelists will discuss the benefits and complications that accompany technological advances. The panel will also examine the kinds of doors that technology will open next.


  • Sam Muller, Founding Director, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (Netherlands)


  • Jacob Appelbaum, Advocate, Security Researcher, & Developer, the TOR project (USA)

  • Rick Falkvinge, Founder & Chief Evangelist, Pirate Party (Sweden)

  • Jacques-Philippe Piverger, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, MPOWERD, Inc. (USA/Haiti)

  • Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation (USA) -- INVITED

  • Katrin Verclas, Co-Founder & Editor, MobileActive.org (Germany)


Ms. Astrid Bronswijk
Head of the Department of International Affairs
City of The Hague

Ms. Geraldine Coughlan
GCC Law & Media

Prof. Dr. Jouke de Vries
Leiden University - Campus The Hague

Dr. Sam Muller
The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law

Mr. Peter Rees
Legal Director
Royal Dutch Shell plc

Ms. Lousewies van der Laan
Vice-president Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Former Dutch MP and MEP; lecturer and publicist

Mr. Steven van Hoogstraten
General Director
Carnegie Foundation

Dr. Abidoun Williams
The Hague Institute for Global Justice