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Adrian Shahbaz

Adrian Shahbaz is the Director for Technology and Democracy at Freedom House. He sets the organization’s research and policy agenda on human rights in the digital age. He is a lead author on the annual Freedom on the Net report and founder of Election Watch, a data-driven initiative for the understanding the risk of censorship, disinformation, and violence ahead of national votes.

Adrian is a frequent commentator in the media, including the New York TimesWall Street Journal, WIRED, Axios, Bloomberg, NPR, CNN, BBC, C-SPAN, Washington PostFinancial Times, and other outlets. Prior to joining Freedom House, he was a researcher at the UN Department of Political Affairs, European Parliament, and OSCE. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). You can follow him on Twitter under the username @adrianshahbaz.

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Freedom on the Net

Freedom on the Net – A Global Overview of Human Rights in the Digital Age

February 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Adrian Shahbaz will present findings from Freedom House’s annual Freedom on the Net report, which chronicles the global rise in censorship, surveillance, and media manipulation.