Creating systemic change: digital rights for all

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Nani Jansen

Join Nani Jansen, founder of the Digital Freedom Fund, and Preston So, senior director of product strategy at Oracle in a fireside chat to discuss the work of the Digital Freedom Fund, top issues surrounding digital rights, and how technology can impact different communities in sometimes dramatically unequal ways.

The discussion will dive into systemic change and how it relates to the future of digital rights. Before the discussion concludes, Nani will help illuminate the future we can imagine and how the actions we take will have a lasting impact on human rights in the digital space.

About the Speakers

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Nani Jansen Reventlow

Nani Jansen Reventlow is the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for standard-setting freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Nani is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and Adjunct Professor at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.


Preston So

Preston So (he/him) is a product architect and strategist, digital experience futurist, innovation lead, developer advocate, three-time SXSW speaker, and author of Voice Content and Usability (A Book Apart, forthcoming 2021), Gatsby: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, 2021), and Decoupled Drupal in Practice (Apress, 2018).

Preston has been a programmer since 1999, a web developer and designer since 2001, a creative professional since 2004, a CMS architect and developer since 2007, and a manager of local and distributed teams since 2015. He has led product, design, engineering, and innovation teams at organizations like Gatsby, Acquia, and Time Inc.

A globally recognized subject matter expert on modern content management, digital experiences, conversational design, and the decentralized web, Preston is Senior Director, Product Strategy at Oracle, where he oversees developer experience, developer relations, headless CMS strategy, and open-source strategy for Oracle Content and Experience (OCE).

Preston is a regular contributor to industry media such as A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, and CMSWire. Named “probably the smartest person working in this industry right now” by Web Content Management author Deane Barker in 2020 and a top influencer in Onalytica’s “Who’s Who in Digital Experience” in 2021, he is also Editor in Chief at Tag1 Consulting, where he directs technical content marketing and thought leadership.

A sought-after presenter on topics such as user experience, web development, open-source innovation, and emerging technologies, Preston has spoken at An Event Apart (2020) and three times at SXSW Interactive (2017, 2017 encore, 2018). The 50+ events where Preston has spoken include keynotes around the world in three languages.

At Gatsby, Preston led the product and design teams for the general availability release of Gatsby Cloud, one of the most anticipated Jamstack product launches of 2019. As Director of Research and Innovation at Acquia, he launched and led the Acquia Labs innovation center, directing groundbreaking voice-driven experiences for clients like the State of Georgia and Nestlé Purina. Preston also drove Acquia’s headless CMS and decoupled Drupal strategy and authored Experience Express, a column for designers and developers about the future of digital experiences.

Previously, Preston oversaw the Entertainment Weekly website and managed its development team at Time Inc. (now Meredith), contributed to the open-source Spark initiative in the Drupal project, and operated a lauded freelance web and print design studio with a diverse clientèle across the United States. He also directed the 2013 redesign of The Harvard Crimson’s online edition, the first student-designed responsive newspaper site in the Ivy League.

Preston has given free web development classes in public libraries and in 2017 founded Decoupled Days, a non-profit conference about the future of content management systems and their architectures, now in its fifth year. He also writes on a diverse range of topics at his blog,, and is based in New York City.




When & Where

Thursday, 15 April, 2021 - 16:15 to 16:45
Hopin Main Stage