Fellows

Meet the the people behind OTF. Our Team, Advisory Council, and Fellows are a large community of people who speak dozens of languages, are from all over the world, know a lot about Internet freedom, support hundreds of projects, and know how to make yours succeed.

Ain Ghazal

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Ain Ghazal is an Information Controls Fellow working with the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) to study Censorship Resistance Systems in global VPN infrastructure. Ain’s OTF Fellowship at OONI intends to start measuring VPN interference at a global scale, with a focus on understanding how to quantify tunnel usability. Beyond observing success rates of […]

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Alexandra Dirksen

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Alexandra Dirksen is an ICFP fellow in collaboration with Censored Planet. She is a PhD student at the Institute of Application Security (TU Braunschweig, Germany) and investigates the presence of covert state-level attackers on the Web PKI. Web PKI is designed to protect users’ communications on the Internet from being intercepted by malicious actors. However, […]

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Amir Gh

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Amir is an Information Controls Fellow working with Jigsaw to develop tools to measure and report network level attacks intended to disrupt data flow and censorship mechanisms.

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Anonymous ICFP Fellow

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This ICFP Fellow is working on a tool to help identify spyware at the network level. While existing efforts have mostly utilized evidence left on infected devices, this approach seeks to utilize network-traffic monitoring to enhance efforts to identify the presence of such software.

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Ben Mixon-Baca

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Ben Mixon-Baca is an ICFP fellow with the Censored Planet team at the University of Michigan, a PhD candidate at Arizona State University, and co-founder of BreakpointingBad. Ben’s recent work focused on reverse engineering and tool development using Panda-re where he discovered a vulnerability in VPN software. The current project, “Automatically Identifying Applications with Poor […]

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Chiang Min-yen

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Information Controls Fellow Chiang Min-yen has held a research position at Secdev Group since November 2023 and specializes in the long-term research domain of the international political economy of semiconductors. He has also been extensively involved in regional human rights activism in East Asia, with a particular focus on China’s aggression toward peripheral democracies. To […]

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Information Controls Fellow

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Investigating China’s censorship landscape via public job advertisements, as well as the implications of new technologies and the decentralization of censorship power on information-control strategies. This fellow is investigating China’s censorship landscape with public job-ads data, and is attempting to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamics and intricacies of the censorship practice from […]

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Josh Beaker

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Information Controls Fellow Josh is working with the University of Washington to examine on-device information controls. His fellowship aims to examine information controls in modern phones in information-restricted countries where it concerns the privacy, access, and security of users in relation to the hardware/firmware (system design) of popular devices. If device manufacturers are capable of […]

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Melinda Cohoon

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Melinda Cohoon is an ICFP fellow collaborating with the Miaan Group. She is a PhD candidate in Near & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington writing her dissertation on gamers in Iran, World of Warcraft, and affect theory. Her current research with the help of Miaan investigates internet access conditions from the perspective […]

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Mona Wang

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Mona Wang is an ICFP fellow working with Citizen Lab to conduct an in-depth analysis of the WeChat application’s security and privacy practices. With over 1.2 billion monthly active users, WeChat is the most popular messaging and social media platform in China, and third in the world. For vulnerable populations that must use WeChat (for […]

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Sam Ju

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Information Controls Fellow Sam is an experienced think tank researcher and Sinologist. Sam explores the digital politics enacted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their socio-economic ramifications. Sam has worked on China’s platform and tech-regulation, human rights implications linked to surveillance technology, public opinion control and interference, as well as internet governance, cybersecurity, and […]

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Sana Habib

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Sana Habib is an Information Controls Fellow working with the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) in Pakistan in collaboration with Washington & Lee University. She is a PhD student at Arizona State University and will investigate the most critical threat vectors in local Pakistani Android apps. The ongoing series of arbitrary arrests, attacks, raids, and growing […]

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Senka Hadzic

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Senka is an Information Controls Fellow hosted by the Critical Infrastructure Lab. Senka holds a PhD in telecommunications engineering and has been working on affordable connectivity solutions in the Global South for over a decade. Her fellowship aims to examine digital security aspects and resilience of last-mile connectivity solutions, such as community networks. The digital security […]

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