(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday appointed the first members of its independent supervisory board, which will be able to reverse company decisions into individual pieces of content and recommend policy changes.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Pamela Karlan, professor of public interest law and co-director of the Stanford Law School's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment investigation against the US president , Donald Trump, in Capitol Hill, Washington, USA, December 4, 2019. REUTERS / Tom Brenner
Facebook announced a group of 20 members, including four co-chairs who helped select the others. The council, which is due to start hearing cases this summer, is expected to grow to about 40 members.
Here is a list of the first members of the supervisory board:
Botero-Marino is a Colombian lawyer and was a special rapporteur for freedom of expression for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States from 2008 to 2014. She is currently director of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Andes.
Greene is a professor of law at Columbia whose scholarship focuses on adjudicating constitutional rights and the structure of legal and constitutional arguments. He was Justice Secretary to Judge Guido Calabresi at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge John Paul Stevens at the US Supreme Court.
McConnell, now a professor of constitutional law at Stanford Law, was a judge on the US federal circuit. Appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, he was seen as a possible candidate for the US Supreme Court. He is a religious liberty specialist and a Supreme Court lawyer who represented clients in First Amendment cases.
Thorning-Schmidt was Denmark's first female prime minister. The Social Democrat, who led a coalition government between 2011 and 2015, served as executive director of the humanitarian organization Save the Children International.
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A dual citizen of Ghana and South Africa, Asare-Kyei is a human rights defender who works on women's rights, media freedom and access to information issues across Africa at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
Aswad, currently a professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School, previously served as a senior attorney with the US Department of State. She specializes in applying international human rights standards to content moderation issues.
Bayuni is an Indonesian journalist who twice served as editor-in-chief of the Jakarta Post and is involved with several media advocacy organizations across the region.
Former national communications regulator in Taiwan, Chen is currently a professor of public relations and statistics at Taiwan's Chengchi National University. His research focuses on social media, mobile news and privacy.
Dad is a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who runs the Digital Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on cyber harassment, data protection and online freedom of speech in Pakistan and South Asia.
Karlan is a Stanford law professor and a US Supreme Court lawyer who has represented clients in voting rights, LGBTQ + rights and First Amendment cases. She testified during President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings. Karlan worked in the Justice Department's civil rights division during the Obama administration.
The Yemeni human rights activist and journalist became the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her nonviolent drive for change during the Arab Spring.
Kiai is a lawyer and human rights activist from Kenya, director of the Human Rights Watch Global Alliances and Partnerships Program and served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association from 2011 to 2017.
Krishnawamy, deputy chancellor of the National Law School at the University of India, is a specialist in constitutional law in India and a civil society activist.
Lemos is a Brazilian academic and lawyer who co-created a national Internet rights law in Brazil and co-founded a non-profit organization focused on technology and policy issues. He teaches law at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Owono is a lawyer and executive director of the Internet Sans Frontieres, a digital rights organization based in France. She campaigns against Internet censorship in Africa and around the world.
Palmor is a former director general of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, who led initiatives to combat racial discrimination and promote access to justice through digital services and platforms.
Rusbridger is a British journalist who was the editor-in-chief of the Guardian newspaper. He is now the principal of Lady Margaret Hall, a college at Oxford University.
As a Hungarian legal scholar and a former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Sajo specializes in comparative constitutionalism and was involved in drafting the Ukrainian, Georgian and South African constitutions.
Samples is vice president of Instituto Cato, a US libertarian think tank. He defends restrictions on online expression and writes about social media and speech regulation.
Suzor is a professor of associate law at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, who studies the governance of social networks and the regulation of automated systems.
Elizabeth Culliford reporting in Birmingham, England and additional reporting by Fanny Potkin in Singapore; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama