As a senior fellow, Sergei Hovyadinov will work with the Ranking Digital Rights Project at the Open Technology Institute to provide an in-depth analysis of the role of internet intermediaries in the execution of Russian state controls over the internet and how these companies adjust their operations and transparency practices in autocratic regimes
After working during 12 years in France in IT security and privacy area - Stephane’s last experience was in the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) as IT auditor and digital security Manager. In Colombia, Stephane began work with Karisma Foundation, an NGO working for human rights in Internet and IT.
Supporting Usability and Design in Security Fellow
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.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Ksenia will work at Citizen Lab to investigate information operations (censorship, shutdowns, targeted surveillance) in the context of armed conflicts and post-annexation in the former soviet-union region, namely Ukraine and Russia.
Arzu will work with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University to advance understanding of information controls in Azerbaijan. She will perform research around the country’s internet infrastructure and relevant country legislation, document past internet blocks and surveillance mechanisms used, and also track network interference.
Poncelet O. Ileleji is a computer Scientist by Profession with 21 years in the field; he has been involved with the use of ICT as a tool for sustainable development both as a lecturer, researcher and consultant for the Gambia YMCAs, where he is the coordinator of the computer training centre and digital studio.
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.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Zack Weinberg is working with the Calipr group at UMass-Amherst on software for continually refining the set of web pages monitored for censorship in various countries, and for assisting with analysis of the censorship policy in these countries.
As a Senior OTF fellow, Igor Valentovich will work with eQualit.ie to conduct a comparative research on the progress of information controls in the former Soviet Union space. He will investigate instances of blocking and DDoS attacks against the online platforms of local civil society projects to identify common trends and isolate potent triggers of Internet censorship in the region.
Simone will work with Measurement Lab at the Open Technology Institute to advance the MeasurementKit platform. MeasurementKit is the engine underneath OONI-Probe’s mobile testing platform and the Measurement Lab performance testing platform that generates millions of data points each year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a senior Information Controls Fellow, Adnan is working with Calipr research group at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His project revolves mainly around identification of any deployed middleboxes in Pakistan and see how they impact internet freedom in Pakistan.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Claudio worked with Coding Rights to advance understanding around how advertising networks are being exploited by malicious actors. The project investigated numerous methods and environments while creating open tools to encourage further exploration. Coding Rights provided assistance with engaging targeted communities and in promoting awareness of the risks highlighted through this fellowship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Emerging Technology Fellow 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. Their research contributed to the knowledge around the structure, motivation and capabilities of Chinese Internet censorship.
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,.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supporting Usability and Design in Security Fellow
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.
Grace worked 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 of freedom online in the Kenyan elections of 2017.
As an accomplished mobile developer, Lorenzo worked with the Tor Project to develop a fully functional mobile app versions (Android and iOS) of the Open Observatory for Network Interference (OONI) testing platform in addition to adding ne
As a senior OTF Information Controls Fellow, Daniel will work with the University of New Mexico to collaborate 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.
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.
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 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.