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Courtney Radsch

Advocacy Director

Committee to Protect Journalists

District of Columbia


Artificial Intelligence Free Speech International Policy Journalism Policy Research

Dr. Courtney Radsch is Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists and author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence & Political Change (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate she writes and speaks frequently about the nexus of media, technology, and human rights. She’s authored several book chapters and her commentaries and articles have been published in The New York Times, Forbes, Al Jazeera, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Huffington Post, among others. Dr. Radsch is regularly sought out for her expertise by a range of media outlets including the BBC, MSNBC, and PBS Frontline and has participated in expert consultations at the UN, OSCE, EU and the Internet Governance Forum. She’s a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Media and Society, and is active in Giganet (the network for internet governance scholars) and the Global Network Initiative. She worked as a journalist for The New York Times, Al-Arabiya in Dubai, and the Daily Star in Lebanon and edited UNESCO’s "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University. She speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.

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Keywords: technology, media, journalism, human rights, freedom of expression, free speech, cyberactivism, citizen journalism, Middle East, Arab media, propaganda, fake news, computational propaganda, countering violent extremism, hate speech, trolling, online violence against women, online harassment, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Global Network Initiative