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Sharon Bradford Franklin

Director of Surveillance & Cybersecurity Policy

New America's Open Technology Institute

District of Columbia


Cybersecurity Free Speech Government Law National Security Policy Privacy

Sharon Bradford Franklin is Director of Surveillance & Cybersecurity Policy at New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI). She leads OTI’s work on issues involving government surveillance, encryption, cybersecurity, government access to data, and transparency. From 2013 to 2017, she served as Executive Director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent federal agency that reviews counterterrorism programs to ensure that they include appropriate safeguards for privacy and civil liberties. Previously, she served as Senior Counsel at the Constitution Project, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, working on a range of issues involving national security and privacy and civil liberties. Franklin is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

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