San Francisco - Carolina Rossini has joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as its International Intellectual Property Director, bringing more than ten years of experience in global IP law and policy to EFF's international team.
Carolina Rossini is a Brazilian attorney focused on Internet and IP law and policy, cooperation theory, international copyright and patent negotiations, and open licensing in emerging technologies. She is a member of the IP Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum, a board member of the Brazilian Internet Institute, and the founder of OER-Brazil, which works with policymakers to enact open access and open educational resource polices in Brazil and beyond. Rossini previously was a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University coordinating the Industrial Cooperation Project. She also worked on open innovation strategies at the University of Sao Paulo, and was an IP professor at FGV Law School and part of Creative Commons Brazil. Her first six years out of law school were spent working as an in-house transactional telecom and Internet policy lawyer for Terra Networks in Brazil and Spain. Carolina has also worked for the Wikimedia Foundation, shaping strategies to increase community engagement and foundation presence in Brazil.
"We're at a critical moment in international IP policy. People around the world have been galvanized by IP-maximalist trade agreements that threaten basic rights of Internet users," said Rossini. "EFF has always been on the front lines of the fight against these back-room deals, working hard to ensure that technology empowers consumers, creators, innovators, and citizens. I'm extraordinarily happy to join EFF's international team."
Rossini joins an expanded international team that brings new depth to EFF's work on global digital rights issues, including International Freedom of Expression Director Jillian York and Coordinator Eva Galperin, International Rights Director Katitza Rodriguez and Coordinator Rebecca Bowe, and International IP Coordinator Maira Sutton. Gwen Hinze, EFF's former International IP Director, will continue to work with the team as a Fellow.
"In our increasingly interconnected world, protecting digital rights is a global effort," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "We're proud to welcome Carolina to EFF, and we're excited about the work we're doing to protect freedom everywhere."
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