Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on technology, media and human rights whose perspective is shaped by her experience as a journalist, scholar, and press freedom advocate. Currently, she is a fellow at UCLA’s Technology, Law and Policy Institute; a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS); and a strategic advisor for media development and press freedom organizations including ARTICLE19 and the Global Forum for Media Development. As a global thought leader on how tech policy impacts media freedom and sustainability, she regularly publishes and provides commentary and analysis in top media outlets; provides expert testimony to Congress, the OSCE, OECD, and the United Nations; and participates in expert consultations with tech platforms and policymakers.
Radsch spent seven years as Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, where she led its technology policy advocacy and campaigns to free imprisoned journalists, redress impunity for journalist murders, and mitigate the effects of counterterrorism and CVE on independent media. As a scholar-practitioner and former journalist in the Middle East, Dr. Radsch is deeply interested in the practical implications of her research and serves on a variety of advisory bodies and civil society networks including as a Global Advisor to the Eradicate Hate Summit. She currently serves on the board of Tech Policy Press and the advisory boards of the Dangerous Speech Project and Ranking Digital Rights; the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the UN Internet Governance Forum; the International Science Council’s Panel of Experts; the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) International Advisory Committee; and as an expert advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Global Coalition for Digital Safety. She is a founding member of the Coalition Against Online Violence (COAV), the ACOS Alliance (A Culture of Safety), and the Christchurch Call Advisory Network.
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