Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Engine Room
Alix is a specialist in organisational development and strategy, and technology for social change. She advises partners on how to use data and technology effectively, responsibly and impactfully. She is a leading trainer and advisor in data and technology for partners ranging from activists to international and local CSOs to foundations.
Anthony D. Joseph is Director of Intel Research Berkeley, and a Chancellor’s Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Joseph holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Computer Science from MIT and a B.S. in EECS from MIT.
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.
Bernadette Mooney Burns has been RFA’s General Counsel since 2006 and was elected Secretary in 2008. She serves as the chief legal advisor for all RFA operations, programs,and initiatives including OTF.
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books – including his latest best-seller Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive – as well as hundreds of articles and essays, and many more academic papers.
Program Officer at Open Society Human Rights Initiative
Bryan Nunez is a program officer with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. His work focuses on technology and human rights. A technologist who has spent over 10 years working on technologies for human rights and social change, Nunez was previously a member of the Guardian Project, an open-source mobile-security software organization.
Carrie is a Design Strategist and User Experience Designer whose work generates excitement. She operates a freelance business, providing services in design strategy and user experience. Carrie is the co-founder of Okthanks, a design partnership located in Lubbock, Texas.
Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010.
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.
Iryna Chulivska is the co-founder and Head of the NGO Digital Security Lab Ukraine. She has been working as a trainer, auditor and consultant on digital security for journalists, human rights defenders and activists since 2016. Previously, from 2012-2017, Iryna worked at the Institute of Mass Information, which protects freedom of speech and journalists’ rights in Ukraine.
Jantine van Herwijnen is working for Hivos at the Digital Defenders Partnership. In late 2012, the Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was established to provide rapid response to threats to internet freedom. The Partnership aims at keeping the internet open and free from emerging threats, specifically in internet repressive and transitional environments.
Jennifer R. Henrichsen is a doctoral research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is researching the tensions between freedom of expression and regulation and surveillance by state and corporate actors. She co-wrote a book titled, War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists? which was published by Praeger in 2011.
John Adams is an independent security advisor, focusing on information security, user privacy, and secure distributed systems. As one of the earliest engineers at Twitter, he spent the last seven years building Twitter’s Information Security team and ensuring secure operations at scale.
Usable Security & Privacy Lead, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Karen leads the Security Science Cluster and coordinate the Human-Centred Security Research Group. She is interested in the interplay between users and security in the context of societal and industrial use. Karen wants to work towards creating a natural easy yet secure interaction between humans and devices.
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.
Leigh Honeywell is a Security Engineer at Slack. Prior to Slack, she worked at Salesforce.com, Microsoft, and Symantec. Founder of several hackerspaces, she is currently Chief Security Officer of Double Union, a women’s hackerspace in San Francisco and advisor to several nonprofits and startups.
Ms. Liu provides strategic and operational direction to OTF as it supports the development of global Internet freedom tools. In addition to directing operational policies and procedures, she coordinates issues in these areas the BBG, the International Broadcasting Bureau, other associated entities, and outside stakeholders.
Lindsay joined RFA in June 2014 as a program manager, actively engaged in OTF’s day-to-day operations. As the Digital Safety Director, Lindsay oversees OTF’s digital security assistance portfolio and manages the Digital Integrity Fellowship Program.
Marcin de Kaminski was a Policy Specialist at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), with a specific focus on ICT and digital development. He coordinated large parts of Sida’s efforts within the digital sector, including accessibility issues, technology, and innovation.
Matt is a security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who leads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Previously, he worked as a data journalist for The New York Times and as a developer for CNN, Aol/Huffington Post, and other news organizations.
Nicolas Sera-Leyva is Director of Program Operations at SMEX in Beirut, Lebanon, the leading NGO advocating for self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa, where he leads operational support across a diverse portfolio of research, training and advocacy initiatives on internet policy and digital rights.
Philipp Winter is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Philipp does research on computer networking, security, and privacy. When not writing research papers, he enjoys working on free software and making research more accessible to the general public.
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.
Roya Ensafi is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Her research focuses on security and privacy, with an emphasis on designing techniques and systems to protect users from hostile networks. She won the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize from the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) for her research on the Great Firewall of China. While earning her Ph.D.
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.
Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam
Stefania Milan is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. She is a researcher, writer and digital rights activist whose work explores the intersection of technology, governance and activism.
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.
Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Columbia Journalism School
Susan McGregor is Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she helps supervise the dual-degree program in Journalism & Computer Science.
As a Digital Integrity Fellow, Szeming will work with two Human Rights Defender organizations in Malaysia to build their digital security capacity from within and to strengthen their knowledge of digital security and responsiveness to emergency threats.
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.
Tara joined OTF in December 2016 as Program Manager. Before joining OTF, Tara worked on coordinating programs that empower and support civil society groups that that use ICTs to contribute towards human rights at the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Tom Ritter is a distinguished security engineer and recovering consultant now at Mozilla, working on anti-exploitation, Tor, and other new and evolving security features. Previously, he did all manner of security consulting at NCC Group and iSEC Partners, including managing the Cryptography Services practice and pioneering the production of fully-public audit reports.
Wei Joined OTF in 2017 as Program Manager. Wei has a media background. Before joining OTF, Wei worked as a manager of media projects that use ICTs to amplify the voices of people in distress and support human rights.
Wojtek Bogusz is a digital information and communication security consultant, providing training and support to human rights activists on how to increase the privacy and freedom of communication in repressive environments. He currently works for the Dublin-based Front Line Defenders, an international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org).
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, 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.
Michael Brennan works as at SecondMuse as a technologist and organizer for the global social impact technology projects Random Hacks of Kindness and The International Space Apps Challenge, among others. Previously, Michael worked as a technologist for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.
Joana Varon Ferraz is a consultant and independent researcher on Internet Governance and Digital Rights. Previously, Joana was a researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
Matthew is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute. His research includes techniques for privacy-enhanced information storage, anonymous payment systems, and bilinear map-based cryptography. Matthew was formerly a partner in Independent Security Evaluators, a custom security evaluation and design consultancy and I currently consult independently.
Moxie Marlinspike has worked as a software engineer, hacker, sailor, captain, and shipwright. Moxie is currently a fellow at the Institute For Disruptive Studies, running a cloud-based password cracking service, and a co-founder of Whisper Systems.
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.
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.
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.
As a senior fellow, Sergei Hovyadinov worked 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 li
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.
Technology Projects Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Peter Eckersley is Technology Projects Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He keeps his eyes peeled for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users’ freedoms—and then looks for ways to fix them. He explains gadgets to lawyers, and lawyers to gadgets.
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.
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.
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.
M. Chris Riley is a Senior Policy Engineer at Mozilla, working to advance the open Internet and Web through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S.
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.
Katherine Maher is the Interim Executive Director at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, Maher was the director of Strategy and Engagement for Access, worked with the World Bank to launch the Open Development Technology Alliance, acted as Program Officer for Internet Freedom projects at the National Democratic Institute, and was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team.
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 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.
Adviser on Technology and Human Rights, Amnesty International
Tanya has led the development of Amnesty International’s strategy on technology and human rights for the past three years. In that time she has spearheadeaded several technology projects focused on tools and tech-based strategies for protecting human rights defenders in their work.
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.
Andrew McLaughlin is a partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City. He also serves as CEO of Digg and Instapaper. In 2011, Andrew served as executive director of Civic Commons, and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School, teaching “Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World”.
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.
Dr. Michael Geist is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.
Collin Anderson is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is a Washington D.C.-based computer scientist focused on Internet controls and restrictions on communications, including network ownership, disruption of access and regulatory regimes, with an emphasis on countries that limit the free flow of information.
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.
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.
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,.
Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine
Kavita Philip is Associate Professor of History with affiliate faculty positions in Anthropology and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She has a M.S. in Physics (University of Iowa) and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (Cornell University), with a specialization in the History of Science in South Asia.
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.
Dr. Joseph Ayo Akinyele is a Research Scientist at Zeutro, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. In 2007, he earned an M.S. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gustaf has been gaining professional experience as a technologist and information security specialist since 1994, most recently in the area of surveillance technology. He has worked in many different ICT environments and reckons he has seen just about everything. He has worked for dot com startups, led from the front during the internet boom, and endured the dot com bust.
Zane Lackey is the Founder/CSO at Signal Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Internet Bug Bounty Program. Prior to Signal Sciences, Zane was the Director of Security Engineering at Etsy and a Senior Security Consultant at iSEC Partners.
Ian is a leading innovator in the use of technology to advance democracy and human rights. He has assisted hundreds of civil society organizations, political movements, and government institutions in more than 40 countries to utilize technology for political reform and citizen empowerment. In 2013, he founded the New Rights Group (NRG), a network of technologists hacking for freedom.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Associate Director, Center for Information Security Research and Education
Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is on the Information Controls Fellowship Program Advisory Council. He is an assistant professor of computer and information systems and associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education. He holds additional appointments in Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
Sanne Stevens is sociologist. She is very interested in how technology affects society and its power-structures, in social movements and strange music. She worked for the Digital Defenders Partnership from Hivos on Rapid Response after digital attacks. She is now senior online editor at the Dutch VPRO Documentary ‘ Backlight’ series.
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.
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 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.
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.
Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
Nadia Heninger is an assistant professor in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on security, applied cryptography, and algorithms. She is best known for her work identifying widespread entropy problems in cryptographic keys, and developing the “cold boot” attack against disk encryption systems.
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 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
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.
Nadia Eghbal explores how we can better support open source infrastructure, highlighting current gaps in funding and knowledge. Her work is supported by the Ford Foundation. Nadia is a former founder and VC based in San Francisco. In a previous life, she worked in nonprofits and impact investing.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Denna Millet joined RFA in October 2014 as a Program Manager with OTF. Before joining OTF, she worked on programs to support digital activists, citizen journalists and civil society actors in the Middle East and North Africa at the National Democratic Institute.
Esther joined OTF in November 2014 as a Senior Program Manager. She is a lawyer by training, and served as a judicial clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court before OTF. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she focused on various aspects of internet and technology law. Before law school, Esther worked for Google in their New York and Boston offices.