Carolina Rossini

Director of Policy & Research

Real progress in addressing long-term challenges takes time and sustained iterative efforts. The Datasphere Initiative will foster coordination among actors and sectoral silos, raise awareness with evidence-based analysis and support overcoming tensions and polarization around data.

Carolina Rossini is the Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Research at the Datasphere Initiative. Carolina has more than 25 years of experience in technology and telecom law and policy and non-profits management, strategy, and development. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a member of WEF’s network of Global Future Councils, and a professor at Boston University Law School.

She has worked for companies including Telefónica and Facebook, and various non-profits, including Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation. She worked for Prof. Yochai Benkler as a 3-year fellow and Project Coordinator at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. As a consultant, she served clients including: the OAS-Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Open Society Foundations, DUCO Experts, UNHCR, UNDP, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Freedom House, Ford Foundation, IDRC, and more.

She is the co-founder of and serves as a senior advisor to Portulans Institute, where she was the CEO for its 2 first years, and is a board member of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), #IamtheCode (Global), and Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil). She was a founding advisor to Global Partners Digital  (UK), The LightHouse Collective (USA), and the Open Knowledge Foundation (Brazil). She is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has lived in Brazil (her country of origin), Spain, and the USA.

She is a lawyer, graduated from the University of Sao Paulo – FADUSP (2000). She has the following Master’s degrees: MBA from Instituto de Empresa (2004), International Economic Relations (Santiago Dantas – UNICAMP/UNESP – 2005), LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008).

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