Chief Technologist, OTF, RFA
Dan joined RFA in January 2012 as OTF's co-founder becoming the inaugural principal director and is now the chief technologist.
As the program’s chief technologist, he is responsible for the technical operations that enable OTF to accomplish our stated mission and strategies. Other key duties include being OTF’s most active technology promoter, evangelizing and educating to build trust and bring more technology capacity into the internet freedom community, as well as promote the adoption of OTF-supported tools. From 2012 to 2019, Dan was OTF's inaugural principal director.
Before directing the Open Technology Fund, Dan was a senior producer and technologist for the Al Jazeera Network based in in Doha, Qatar. Leading up to and during the Arab Spring, he modernized traditional investigative journalist toolkits with safe communication technology to protect field reporters and their sources from surveillance, created a privacy-protecting global whistle-blowing and news gathering platform, and produced technology-centric stories for global television broadcast.
Before his time at Al Jazeera, Dan was a senior technology fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. While there, he helped create and worked with the Open Technology Initiative and Media Policy Initiative to operationalize new “code-as-policy” technology projects with global communities of policy makers, journalists, and technologists. His focus was to create, educate, demystify, and evangelize open, distributed, and decentralized technologies that increased democratic participation, fought censorship, and disrupted authoritarianism globally.
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