1) Your Name:

Matthew Shears

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2) Stakeholder Group:

Civil Society 

3) Constituency:


4) ICANN Affiliation (if not covered by item 2 or 3):


5) Please identify your current employer(s):

Center for Democracy & Technology


6) Please identify your current position(s):

Director, Global Internet Policy and Human Rights


7) Please identify the type(s) of work performed:

Internet policy and human rights analysis and advocacy


8) Please identify your declared country of primary residence (e.g., country to which you pay taxes):


9) Please list any financial relationship beyond de minimus stock ownership you may have with any company that to your knowledge has a financial relationship or contract with ICANN:


10) Do you believe you are participating in the GNSO policy process as a representative of any individual or entity, whether paid or unpaid?


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11) Please identify any other relevant arrangements, interests, or benefits as requested in the following two questions: 

a) Do you have any type of material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the material interest in ICANN GNSO policy development processes and outcomes:


b) Are there any arrangements/agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your participation as a work team member?


If the answer is “yes,” please describe the arrangements/agreements and the name of the group, constituency, or person(s):


12) Please identify any Working Groups or other chartered teams in which you are participating (include acronyms, if applicable):


13) Additional Information (optional):

Matthew Shears leads the Global Internet Policy and Human Rights Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). 


At CDT, Matthew focusses on Internet policy and governance, cyber-security, surveillance and human rights.  He has represented the organisation at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 review and the World Telecommunications Policy Forum (WTPF).  He has also participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Freedom Online Coalition and, most recently, the Brazil NETmundial meeting.


Prior to CDT, Matthew was the Internet Society's first Public Policy Director, a member of the UN Secretary General's Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance and has worked for AT&T, Seattle-based broadband satellite start-up Teledesic and Cisco Systems. 


A UK national, he received his MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and his BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.  

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