Rafik Dammak is young Tunisian working as computer engineer at Telecom operator (and still free thinker) and living in Tokyo. He hold a degree in Computer Engineering from Engineering school in Tunisia and Msc on applied computer science from Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies under Prof. Sakamura Ken supervision working on ubiquitous computing, at the University of Tokyo.
He is a DiploFoundation alumnae after completion of the Internet Governance Capacity Building program. He is a former Creative Commons Tunisian license project Public co-leader. He is member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles, a coalition which issued a charter about Internet principles http://irpcharter.org/campaign/. He has been involved in ICANN community as NCUC (Non-commercial users constituency) individual user member and currently an elected GNSO Councillor for the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group and had experience on policy about domain names while he is involved on advocacy for Human Rights, privacy, freedom of expression. He want to identify the challenge of Internet of Things Governance compared to current Internet of Things from privacy, net neutrality, addressing and naming issues and he believes in openness and free flow of information for things and people.
He is also in the program committee for Asia Pacific regional IGF and Japan IGF and attended several global IGF and the first summer school on Internet Governance, while he is working on improving awareness about Internet Governance in Tunisia and want to advocate for IoT as development tool and instrument for Africa and MENA and adapting concept like smart cities and smart grid to local context of developing countries and avoid a IoT digital divide.