Laura Schwartz-Henderson is the founder and principal of Curious Shapes, a research and advocacy consultancy focused on internet policy, digital rights, and emerging tech issues. Based in Washington DC, Laura works with a range of civil society groups, philanthropies, and tech companies across the globe to conduct research, design policy frameworks, and develop communications campaigns related to online censorship, data protection, content moderation, and digital inclusion.
Curious Shapes specializes in participatory research with activists and communities impacted by technology to inform policy and program strategy. Laura has led multi-country research projects on issues ranging from platform accountability to internet shutdowns. She is particularly interested in the ways in which funders and implementers conceptualize and track long-term advocacy impact across diverse political contexts and the role that the creative and cultural sector can play in shaping digital rights advocacy.
Before launching Curious Shapes, Laura worked at Internews, the German Marshall Fund, and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in International Development from McGill University and a M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.