Who We Are

OUR MISSION

To meet structural violence created by group action on the internet with elevating peripheralized youth to take action in shaping the norms for governing trusted relationships that builds a culture of respect for the rule of law.

OUR VISION

To make justice accessible and achievable for all in the real world through the trusted use of the Internet based on human dignity and climate justice.

OUR VALUES

Based on our collective experience, we have found 4 main values that we rely on to sustain our work and organizational culture.

  • Connectedness: To charter paths that will create lasting change requires everyone to come together in solidarity. It is through our connectedness to one another that we can uplift each other.
  • Creativity: We encourage thinking outside of the box at every opportunity possible. Without original ideas, we would never reach the future, let alone keep up with the evermoving present.
  • Future Oriented: While we accept that our goals for the future have roots in the actions we take today, we are always looking to strive for a better tomorrow.
  • Global Mindset: We think as an international community while embracing all our intersecting identities to demonstrate the world’s ability to burgeon diversity.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach is centered around the future, or in other words, our youth and digital society on the internet. The youth from all our programs interact with us in various contexts from developing solutions at our research and development stage, shaping the framework that facilitates our work, and leading the decision-making and implementation of programs that use our framework. The internet undercuts the geographical, linguistic, and racial support of self-sustaining cultural regularities, yet there are still no globally accepted principles that shape how society operates on the internet. As we build the information infrastructure, it is essential that we, led by our youth, build the culture that should go with it.

OUR GOALS

We are proud supporters of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and while we work on projects that encompass all 17 goals, we have a focus on three of them.

SDG 1: No Poverty | Target 1.4

By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.

Indicator 1.4.1

Proportion of population living in households with access to basic services

We aim to specifically increase the proportion in Indicator 1.4.1 through our Bee1World Cameroon Initiative and demonstrated our impact towards advancing this indicator through our PeaceTones, Invisibles, and Tech for Justice® hackathons.

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities | Target 10.2

By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

We aim to elevate the voices of all, especially those previously excluded. They interact with us in various contexts from developing solutions at our Tech for Justice hackathons, lead and collaborate with initiatives like The Tubman Project, The Invisibles, PeaceTones and Global Futurist Initiative which all helped to shape our frameworks and make key decisions for our projects that use them.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions | Target 16.9

By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.

We aim to help provide identity for all through our work with the Invisibles because while the starting point for this effort sometimes confuses legal identities with citizenship in a given territory, new forms of distributed technology do not require that the state issue identity credentials.

OUR TEAM

We are fired up to elevate the voices of peripheralized youth and sustain our future!


Rachel Svetanoff
Executive Director, IBO
Co-Founder, Global Futurist Initiative


Julia Samson
Co-Founder, Global Futurist Initiative
ESG Analyst, BNP Paribas


Maria Constantinescu
Director of External Partnerships, IBO
Sustainability Officer, Bridgestone EMIA


Roxana Mihailescu
Branding and Social Media Director, IBO


Ifeoma Ilobodo
Project Coordinator, IBO
Researcher, Pivot Collective


Selina Kuang
Partnerships Coordinator, IBO
Leiden University, MSc in Cybersecurity Governance ’22


Ingyin Khine
Project Management Assistant, IBO
Tufts University, BS in International Relations ’23

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Those of us who volunteer as Board members have a front row seat working with the brightest young leaders to make just for all a reality.


Jeffrey Aresty
President, Founder of IBO


Kenneth Vacovec
Treasure, IBO
Founding Partner, Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer, LLP
Vice President, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors, French-American Chamber of Commerce


Larry Bridgesmith
Managing Partner of Accelerate Insite, LLC
CEO of Legal Alignment, LLC


Kristina Yasuda
Director, IBO Zambia
Identity Standards, Microsoft


Jacqueline Klosek
Advisory Board Privacy Advisor and Co-Chair of the International Working Group, International Association of Privacy Professionals


Ayodele Kasamotu
Managing Partner Kusamotu & Kusamotu


Isabella D. Bunn
Visiting Professor and Chair of Ethics, Florida Institute of Technology
Vice-Chair of Human Rights Committee, American Bar Association


Daniel Rainey
Fellow, National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution,
Founding Member, International Council for Online Dispute Resolution
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution


Linda Seely
Pro Bono Counsel, Butler Snow LLP


James Silkenat
Emeritus Partner, Sullivan & Worcester (New York office)
Former President, American Bar Association


Hongxia Liu
Associate Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai


Amelia Maguire
President and CEO, REA International


Demetrios Eleftheriou
Director of Global Privacy, Symantec Corporation


Michelle Hughes
Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, VALRAC Innovation, LLC
Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies
Senior Fellow, National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

Our advisory board consists of forward-thinking experts with the insight to help us build an organization focused on the future: our youth!


Sherman Teichman


Curt Rhodes


Nicky Hickman


Jordan Chaney


Kaliya Young


Scott David


Darrell Malone, Jr.

PARTNERS IN JUSTICE