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Handheld Human Rights for Digital Advocacy

Mark Belinsky

President and Co-Founder
Digital Democracy

Mark Belinsky is the President and Co-Founder of Digital Democracy a non-profit that works on technology for human rights around the world. Mark has been working in technology, media and civil society for over five years, with projects extending from Europe, the Middle-East and the Caucasus to South and Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and the USA. In addition, Mark consults on new media strategy and produces documentary films with his company New Words Media.  In 2003, Mark helped found and develop Bem, a youth action center in Armenia that serves as a platform for youth to build an active civil society through technology, art, and media for free-expression. Mark graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Sociology and Film & Media Studies, with concentrations in Technology, Cross-National International Development and Documentary Film. Mark is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

Jenni Wolfson

Managing Director

Jenni Wolfson, Managing Director, joined WITNESS in 2006. WITNESS is an international NGO that uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Previously, Jennispent 12 years with UN Human Rights Field Operations and UNICEF. In Rwanda and Haiti, she investigated human rights violations and monitored abuses in prisons and detention centres. Additionally, she trained the military, police, judiciary and NGOs in human rights standards. At UNICEF, Jenni developed the learning curriculum and trained staff from over 100 field offices to respond to the acute humanitarian needs of children in armed conflicts and natural disasters. Jenni has written and still performs a solo play RASH about her experiences as a human rights activist. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Jenni speaks six languages. She has an MA in Human Rights from the University of Essex and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.

Angelica Das


Associate Director
Center for Social Media
American University School of Communication

Angelica Das is the Associate Director at the Center for Social Media. Angelica comes to the Center with a background in nonprofit management. She managed operations and established the DC office for the nonprofit Machik, which works to strengthen communities on the Tibetan plateau. As Program Officer for the National Geographic Society's Expedition Council, she managed applications, grant awards and media for premiere explorers and adventurers. She holds a Masters in Arts from the School of Communication and School of International Service’s International Media program, where she developed a map of hyperlocal media in Washington, D.C. that serves as a resource for students, NGOs and the local community. Angelica holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and post-baccalaureate certificate in Polish language and culture.