As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Serene will collaborate with University of Berkley’s International Computer Science Institute to advance the Snowflake pluggable transport through increased development and deployment.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
As a senior Information controls fellow, Geoff will work with Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto to develop new methods and tools for investigating malware enabled espionage operations targeting 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.
As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, Claudio will work with Coding Rights to advance understanding around how advertising networks are being exploited by malicious actors.
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.
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.
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 seasonal OTF Information Controls Fellow, Ben will be working with Citizen Lab to help at-risk populations detect targeted and non-targeted attacks and also
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 a senior OTF Information Controls Fellow, Tim will be working with the Ranking Digital Rights project at the New America Foundation. His research will focus on expanding the Corporate Accountability Index to include software, devices, and networking equipment in 2016 through testing potential indicators and adapting the current methodology.
Enrico is a researcher at Research ICT Africa. As a Senior Informations Controls Fellow, he will investigate African Internet users’ awareness and experience of censorship, surveillance, and internet safety and security.
As a seasonal Information Controls fellow, Wafa will be working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to research counterterrorism and cyber-security laws in the Arab world that limit various rights online and outline the processes through which such laws are executed.
Ben is a third year CS PhD student in networking at Georgia Tech. As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, he will explore safe means of measuring Internet censorship at scale.
Yixin Sun is a second year CS PhD student at Princeton University. She’s broadly interested in network security. As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, she will work on developing countermeasures to defend anonymity systems such as Tor.
Moses is an International Relations graduate of the University of Nairobi. As a Seasonal Information Controls Fellow, he will compare the nature, form, and threats in Internet freedom from national security agencies in South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
As a senior fellow, Arthur will document 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 best practices where appropriate.
Jeffrey is a PhD student and research assistant at the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. As a Senior Information Controls Fellows, he will advance the capabilities of censorship-tracking mechanisms by improving IP and TCP connectivity testing abilities.
As a senior OTF Information Controls Fellow, Griffin will work with the Berkman Center at Harvard University to analyze the Internet censorship climate in former Soviet states. This data will help inform and ground future circumvention tool development by providing a robust dataset on censorship tactics across countries in this region.
Bill is a co-founder of Bahrain Watch and a computer science PhD student at UC Berkeley. As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, he will track use of oppressive spyware command and control servers by repressive governments.
As a senior fellow, Nathalie Maréchal will work on expanding the Corporate Accountability Index to include software, devices, and networking equipment in 2016 through testing potential indicators and adapting the current methodology. She is a doctoral candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
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.
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.
Enrique was a vice president of the Human Rights Program at Benetech and founder of RightsLab at the time he completed his fellowship.
Rishab Nithyanand is a Ph.D student at Stony Brook University. As a Senior Emerging Technology Fellow, he is working to measure and mitigate the threat of censorship and surveillance on the Internet.
Abbas is a PhD student in the Networking Research Group at Stony Brook University. As a Seasonal Information Controls Fellow, he worked on developing ICLab, a collaborative effort between Stony Brook University, Citizen Lab, and Princeton University that aims to provide a platform to enable rigorous and repeatable measurements of online information controls.
Diego will be working with Citizen Lab over the summer to contribute to their security analysis of popular mobile apps. Many mobile apps widely used in repressive environments fail to protect their users. This research will expose these safety issues and approach the relevant company to fix any vulnerabilities discovered.
Will is a graduate student in the Networking Lab at the University of Washington. As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, he works on Activist.js, a tool that helps publishers resist censorship by maintaining strong websites that are more resilient to network interference.
As an Emerging Technology Fellow, Virgil Griffith led a project to develop the Roster social incentive to gamify running a Tor relay. It is available at: http://tor-roster.org
Ben is a PhD student at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. As a Senior Information Controls Fellow, he will study the ethics of networked systems research.
As an Emerging Technology Fellow, Percy is studying Internet censorship in China and looking specifically at: 1) Great Firewall of China such as its technical capacity, limitations and policy; 2) domestic censorship of social media content during normal times but also during major incidents; 3) Government policy on the Internet, including the WWW but also on apps and games.
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.
As an Emerging Technology Fellow and developer at the Tor Project, Aaron is working 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.
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.