Dr. Joseph Ayo Akinyele is a Research Scientist at Zeutro, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. In 2007, he earned an M.S. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adam joined RFA in April 2012 as OTF’s inaugural program manager. As the Research Director, Adam oversees OTF’s research portfolio and manages the Information Controls Fellowship Program.
Alix has over 7 years of experience researching and supporting the use of data and technology for social change. Her background in media studies graduate research focused on how new media played a role in facilitating opposition politics in repressive contexts.
Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper. In 2011, Andrew served as executive director of Civic Commons, and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School, teaching “Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World”.
Anthony D. Joseph is Director of Intel Research Berkeley, and a Chancellor’s Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Joseph holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Computer Science from MIT and a B.S. in EECS from MIT.
Ben Laurie is a software engineer and cryptoplumber. He helped set up the Apache Software Foundation and the OpenSSL project (the most widely used crypto library in the world).
Bernadette Mooney Burns has been RFA’s General Counsel since 2006 and was elected Secretary in 2008. She serves as the chief legal advisor for all RFA operations, programs,and initiatives including OTF.
Bernard is an independent interaction designer/user researcher. Passionate about mobile. MSc in HCS student @ City University London. Ex-NSNer/Nokian telecoms engineer.
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books – including his latest best-seller Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive – as well as hundreds of articles and essays, and many more academic papers.
Bryan Nunez is a program officer with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. His work focuses on technology and human rights. A technologist who has spent over 10 years working on technologies for human rights and social change, Nunez was previously a member of the Guardian Project, an open-source mobile-security software organization.
Carrie is a Design Strategist and User Experience Designer whose work generates excitement. She operates a freelance business, providing services in design strategy and user experience. Carrie is the co-founder of Okthanks, a design partnership located in Lubbock, Texas.
Chad joined OTF in November 2014 as the Director of Technology. He is active in reviewing the technical aspects of proposals, leading the Red Team and Secure Cloud Labs, and acting as OTF’s internal technology and security expert.
M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S.
Claudio will work with Coding Rights to advance understanding around how advertising networks are being exploited by malicious actors. This project will also provide a deeper understanding of the threats to at risk populations these networks pose building on the applicant’s existing work in this area and serve as a critical public resource to both researchers and everyday users.
Collin Anderson is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is a Washington D.C.-based computer scientist focused on Internet controls and restrictions on communications, including network ownership, disruption of access and regulatory regimes, with an emphasis on countries that limit the free flow of information.
Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Dan joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF’s inaugural director. As the program’s principal director, he is responsible for OTF’s day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
Dan joined RFA in December 2014. As Communications Coordinator, Dan oversees the OTF daily newsletter, blog, and Twitter presence.
Daniel Kahn Gillmor is a Senior Staff Technologist for ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, focused on the way our technical infrastructure shapes society and impacts civil liberties.
As a senior OTF Information Controls Fellow, Daniel will work with the University of New Mexico to work closely with Ecuadorian groups to study the characteristics of past DoS attacks and mitigate future attacks expected to be employed during the Ecuadorian electoral year to limit participation.
Dhyta Caturani is a feminist activist working on issues related to human rights, social justice, civil liberties, sexuality, women’s rights, and violence against women. Previously as a Project Coordinator at EngageMedia, she focused on the use of alternative media and technology within social movements to create positive and ethical change.
As a senior Information controls fellow, Geoff is working with Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto to develop new methods and tools for investigating malware enabled espionage operations against targeted actors like journalists and civil society groups.
Grace is working with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University to perform an analysis and publication of a report on freedom online in the Uganda elections of 2016, monitor information controls applied by the Kenyan Government and the analysis and publication of a report on freedom online in the Kenyan elections of 2017.
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010.
Gustaf has been gaining professional experience as a technologist and information security specialist since 1994, most recently in the area of surveillance technology. He has worked in many different ICT environments and reckons he has seen just about everything. He has worked for dot com startups, led from the front during the internet boom, and endured the dot com bust.
Haroon Meer is the founder of Thinkst, an applied research company with a deep focus on information security. Haroon has contributed to several books on information security and
Ian is a leading innovator in the use of technology to advance democracy and human rights. He has assisted hundreds of civil society organizations, political movements, and government institutions in more than 40 countries to utilize technology for political reform and citizen empowerment. In 2013, he founded the New Rights Group (NRG), a network of technologists hacking for freedom.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Ihsan Ayyub Qazi is working with International Computer Science Institute on the design and analysis of an incentive-compatible tool for measuring Internet censorship at scale.
Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering and a co-founder of Center Centre.
Joana Varon Ferraz is a consultant and independent researcher on Internet Governance and Digital Rights. Previously, Joana was a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.
John Adams is an independent security advisor, focusing on information security, user privacy, and secure distributed systems. As one of the earliest engineers at Twitter, he spent the last seven years building Twitter’s Information Security team and ensuring secure operations at scale.
Karen leads the Security Science Cluster and coordinate the Human-Centred Security Research Group. She is interested in the interplay between users and security in the context of societal and industrial use. Karen wants to work towards creating a natural easy yet secure interaction between humans and devices.
Katherine Maher is the Interim Executive Director at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, Maher was the director of Strategy and Engagement for Access, worked with the World Bank to launch the Open Development Technology Alliance, acted as Program Officer for Internet Freedom projects at the National Democratic Institute, and was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team.
Kavita Philip is Associate Professor of History with affiliate faculty positions in Anthropology and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She has a M.S. in Physics (University of Iowa) and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (Cornell University), with a specialization in the History of Science in South Asia.
Kevin Bankston is the Director at New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute; he also serves on the board of directors of the First Amendment Coalition.
Leigh Honeywell is a Security Engineer at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce.com, Microsoft, and Symantec. Founder of several hackerspaces, she is currently Chief Security Officer of Double Union, a women’s hackerspace in San Francisco and advisor to several nonprofits and startups.
Ms. Liu provides strategic and operational direction to OTF as it supports the development of global Internet freedom tools. In addition to directing operational policies and procedures, she coordinates issues in these areas the BBG, the International Broadcasting Bureau, other associated entities, and outside stakeholders.
Lindsay joined RFA in June 2014 as a program manager, actively engaged in OTF’s day-to-day operations. As the Digital Safety Director, Lindsay oversees OTF’s digital security assistance portfolio and manages the Digital Integrity Fellowship Program.
As an accomplished mobile developer, Lorenzo will work with the Tor Project to develop fully functional mobile app versions of the Open Observatory for Network Interference (OONI) testing platform. This Emerging Technology fellowship will facilitate the expansion of censorship testing to smartphones and mobile networks.
Matt Braithwaite is the Tech Lead for Google’s Chicago-based Transparency Engineering team.
Previously, he spent four years at CNET Networks, departing as the Director of Systems Development and Research.
Matt is a security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who leads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Previously, he worked as a data journalist for The New York Times and as a developer for CNN, Aol/Huffington Post, and other news organizations.
Matthew is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute. His research includes techniques for privacy-enhanced information storage, anonymous payment systems, and bilinear map-based cryptography. Matthew was formerly a partner in Independent Security Evaluators, a custom security evaluation and design consultancy and I currently consult independently.
Meredith Whittaker is the founder and lead of Google’s Open Research group, which is dedicated to solving hard problems in collaboration with the open source and academic communities.
Dr. Michael Geist is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.
Mohamad leads and assists in various campaigns throughout the Arab world, mainly around digital rights.
Mohammed al-Maskati is a Bahraini human rights activist and digital security consultant working with Front Line Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Moxie Marlinspike has worked as a software engineer, hacker, sailor, captain, and shipwright. Moxie is currently a fellow at the Institute For Disruptive Studies, running a cloud-based password cracking service, and a co-founder of Whisper Systems.
Nadia Eghbal explores how we can better support open source infrastructure, highlighting current gaps in funding and knowledge. Her work is supported by the Ford Foundation. Nadia is a former founder and VC based in San Francisco. In a previous life, she worked in nonprofits and impact investing.
Nadia Heninger is an assistant professor in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on security, applied cryptography, and algorithms. She is best known for her work identifying widespread entropy problems in cryptographic keys, and developing the “cold boot” attack against disk encryption systems.
Nat joined the OTF team in 2017. As Deputy Director, Nat oversees OTF’s day-to-day operations.
Peter Eckersley is Technology Projects Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He keeps his eyes peeled for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users’ freedoms—and then looks for ways to fix them. He explains gadgets to lawyers, and lawyers to gadgets.
Richard is responsible for advising the RFA and OTF on matters related to contracting and operating budgets including the development of annual and multi-year budgets and financial plans; contract reviews; analyzing the fiscal impact of legislation; playing a central role in the annual budget process and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Roya Ensafi is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Her research focuses on security and privacy, with an emphasis on designing techniques and systems to protect users from hostile networks. She won the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize from the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) for her research on the Great Firewall of China. While earning her Ph.D.
Ruba Abu-Salma is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL) in the UK, supervised by Prof. M. Angela Sasse and Dr. Sarah Meiklejohn. All three are members of the Information Security Research Group. Ruba’s research focuses on taking a user-centered approach to the design and use of secure communications.
Sandra is responsible for shepherding OTF’s outreach efforts, and helping grow, diversify and cultivate the Internet Freedom Community.
Sanne Stevens is a Program Officer for Hivos at the Digital Defenders Partnership. In late 2012, the Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was established to provide rapid response to threats to internet freedom. The Partnership aims at keeping the internet open and free from emerging threats, specifically in internet repressive and transitional environments.
Stefania Milan is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. She is a researcher, writer and digital rights activist whose work explores the intersection of technology, governance and activism.
Prior to joining Nielsen Norman Group, Susan Farrell was a interaction design engineer for Sun Microsystems, where she conducted usability evaluations and helped design software, information delivery systems and web-application interfaces. At Silicon Graphics, she designed customer self-help applications and the information architecture for the company’s first customer-service web portal.
Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are commercial services which play a key role in Internet freedom. They are used by individuals globally to attain privacy as well as to evade Internet censorship. While these services make certain privacy claims, customers do not have methods of verification of these guarantees, lack insight about their operational details and how they handle customer traffic.
Tanya has led the development of Amnesty International’s strategy on technology and human rights for the past three years. In that time she has spearheadeaded several technology projects focused on tools and tech-based strategies for protecting human rights defenders in their work.
Tara joined OTF in December 2016 as Program Manager. Before joining OTF, Tara worked on coordinating programs that empower and support civil society groups that that use ICTs to contribute towards human rights at the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Tom Ritter is a distinguished security engineer and recovering consultant now at Mozilla, working on anti-exploitation, Tor, and other new and evolving security features. Previously, he did all manner of security consulting at NCC Group and iSEC Partners, including managing the Cryptography Services practice and pioneering the production of fully-public audit reports.
Wojtek Bogusz is a digital information and communication security consultant, providing training and support to human rights activists on how to increase the privacy and freedom of communication in repressive environments. He currently works for the Dublin-based Front Line Defenders, an international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org).
Yasmina López is a Service Designer with a strategic mindset. As a Senior Researcher Fellow in the Supporting Usability and Design in Security Program, Yasmina will be collaborating with OTF and Simply Secure to conduct a yearlong research study.
Zane Lackey is the Founder/CSO at Signal Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Internet Bug Bounty Program. Prior to Signal Sciences, Zane was the Director of Security Engineering at Etsy and a Senior Security Consultant at iSEC Partners.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellows, Jeffrey Knockel collaborated with the Citizen Lab to document censorship on popular applications in China and develop new methods for side channel network measurements.
As a seasonal Information Controls fellow, Wafa worked diligently with the Electronic Frontier Foundation during her 6 month fellowship to produce a report analyzing the raft of cyberterrorism and cybercrime laws enacted in the Arab world.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Bill Marczak collaborated with the Citizen Lab to document the proliferation of commercial spyware and its use by states around the world.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Yixin Sun focused her fellowship on increasing the resiliency of anonymity networks, specifically Tor.
Jason is a digital activism instructor at Columbia SIPA and Yale University and author of Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter. As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, he will continue his investigations into how information controls are implemented in Chinese social media.
As a senior fellow, Arthur documented internet-based information control systems, policies and practices in Southern and East Africa, including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, and Ethiopia, their implications for free flow of information and proposals for policy alternatives based on be
As a Seasonal Information Controls Fellow, Enrique Piraces was hosted by the Citizen Lab to perform the initial work to create a methodological framework and toolset for the collection, preservation, and sharing of information about the impact of technology on the privacy, safety and security of users with particular emphasis on human rights defenders and journalists.
As a senior Information Controls fellow, Griffin collected and analyzed the internet censorship climate in former Soviet states leveraging the resources of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University,.
As a Seasonal Information Controls Fellow, Abbas Razaghpanah collaborated with the Citizen Lab to continue development of ICLab, a collaborative effort between Stony Brook University, Citizen Lab, and Princeton University. ICLab aims to provide a platform to enable rigorous and repeatable measurements of online information controls.
As a senior fellow, Nathalie Maréchal helped expand the Corporate Accountability Index to include software and devices in 2016 through testing potential indicators and adapting the current methodology.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Will Scott worked with the University of Washington to release Activist.js, a tool that improves censorship resiliency for website owners. Once integrated into a website, any user who can access the site once will be able to access it again even if it is being censored.
Anthony Briand is a Rapid Response Senior Fellow working at Virtual Road to provide rapid response services to independent media and grassroots organizations that work in the fields of democracy, human rights and freedom of expression.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Ben Zevenbergen was hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute to cultivate greater discussion on the ethical, legal and policy issues of networked systems research. This included a paper exploring the ethics of a new censorship measurement tool.
Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where her work focuses on user rights, digital security, and Internet regulation.
Maina is a Secure Usability Senior Fellow. Her fellowship consists of understanding user motivation and how it can better guide secure behavior, focusing specifically on e-mail.
Natasha Msonza is a digital security trainer and privacy advocate based in Zimbabwe. She is co-founder of the Digital Society of Zimbabwe, a voluntary network of technologists advocates working to empower Zimbabwean human rights defenders and everyday Internet users to become more resilient and secure in their use of digital tools online and offline.
Kat Krol is a Secure Usability Senior Fellow. During her fellowship, she will be focusing on tools for secure instant messaging looking at their usability and adoption. There is so much technically excellent encryption software out there, that has not been widely adopted due to poor usability and/or a mismatch between what the technology offers and what the users need.
Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. Nighat Dad is one of the pioneers who have been campaigning around access to open internet in Pakistan and globally.
Michael Brennan works as at SecondMuse as a technologist and organizer for the global social impact technology projects Random Hacks of Kindness and The International Space Apps Challenge, among others. Previously, Michael worked as a technologist for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.
Joseph Bonneau is a Secure Usability Fellow working at both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Stanford. The main goals of his fellowship are to improve the state of the art of secure messaging with user-centered cryptographic architectures.
Azeenarh is a lawyer and grassroot activist who works as a holistic security trainer with at-risk communities in sub-saharan Africa. Her focus is on individual human rights defenders and the organizations that work to promote equality and acceptance.
Gus Andrews is a Secure Usability Senior Fellow. Her fellowship project will work with particular projects to identify what their usability needs are and develop solutions specific to their stage of development. These might include design workshops, metrics analysis, expert review, or more user testing.
As a Senior Emerging Technology Fellow, Rishab worked to allow Tor clients to route around ISP and state-level surveillance bodies by focusing on AS level adversaries and designing potential solutions.
Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is an assistant professor of computer and information systems and associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education. He holds additional appointments in Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
As a seasonal Information Controls fellow, Diego worked with Citizen Lab over the summer to contribute to their security analysis of popular browsers. Many browsers widely used in repressive environments fail to protect their users. Diego also developed a tool to analyze an Android application to look for hardcoded encryption keys.
As a seasonal OTF Information Controls Fellow, Ben focused his 3-month fellowship on determining how to better assist at-risk organizations in accurately detecting man-in-the-middle and man-on-the-side attacks.
As an Emerging Technology Fellow, Virgil Griffith led a project to develop the Roster social incentive to gamify running a Tor relay.
As a Senior Informations Controls Fellow, Enrico Calandro was hosted by Research ICT Africa to investigate African users awareness and experience of censorship, surveillance, and internet safety and security, in order to assess levels of trust and mistrust of the internet in three African countries: South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
As a Senior OTF Information Controls Fellow, Antonio will be working with the University of New Mexico to actively seek out tools that utilize encryption in its various forms, and attempt to verify that they do, in fact, work as advertised. All results will adhere to responsible disclosure but ultimately will be made available to the public in a digestible format.
As an Emerging Technology Fellow, Percy studied Internet censorship in China looking specifically at the technical capacity, limitations and policies of the Great Firewall of China and domain fronting accessibility challenges. His research contributed to the knowledge around the structure, motivation and capabilities of Chinese Internet censorship.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Ben Jones worked with Princeton on their Censored Planet project with the aim of identifying safe means of measuring Internet censorship at scale.
As a senior OTF Information Controls Fellow, Tim worked with the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation. He evaluated potential methodological expansions for the 2017 RDR Index to include companies that produce software, devices, and networking equipment.
As an Emerging Technology Fellow and developer at the Tor Project, Aaron worked on renovating the Bandwidth Authority mechanism to decrease the amount of time spent scanning the Tor Network and to ensure that accurate measurements are used for feedback.
As a Seasonal Information Controls Fellow, Moses Karanja worked with the [Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at Strathmore University to compare the nature, form, and threats in Internet freedom from national security agencies in South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Moses has produced a report compiling the research performed.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Serene collaborated with University of Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute to advance the Snowflake pluggable transport through increased development and deployment. Snowflake lowers the costs and increases the usability of circumventing censorship in many highly repressive environments.
Liz joined RFA in April 2013. As senior program manager, she is actively engaged in OTF’s day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
Denna Millet joined RFA in October 2014 as a Program Manager with OTF. Before joining OTF, she worked on programs to support digital activists, citizen journalists and civil society actors in the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute.
Esther joined OTF in November 2014 as a Senior Program Manager. She is a lawyer by training, and served as a judicial clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court before OTF. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she focused on various aspects of internet and technology law. Before law school, Esther worked for Google in their New York and Boston offices.