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Courtney Radsch

Dr. Courtney C. Radsch is a journalist, practitioner, and published author with more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of technology, media and human rights. She writes and speaks frequently about global tech policy, disinformation, content moderation, online harassment and digital security, media sustainability, journalism, and free expression and serves on the masthead of Tech Policy Press. 

Radsch provides strategic advocacy consulting to leading human rights and journalist organizations, most recently for ARTICLE 19 and the International Women’s Foundation. Over seven years as Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, Radsch led the development and implementations of advocacy initiatives and strategic communications to advance press freedom and the safety of journalists on and offline. Under her leadership, CPJ helped gain the early release of more than 440 journalists from jail globally, evacuated 70 journalists from Syria, compelled tech platforms to address online harassment, and influenced governmental policy while exponentially increasing earned media and partnerships. 

Dr. Radsch is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence & Political Change, numerous book chapters, and several peer reviewed journal articles. Her commentary and reporting have been published in The New York Times, Forbes, Al Jazeera, CNN, Project Syndicate, among others. She regularly provides expert commentary in the media, including the BBC, NPR, Fox, MSNBC, and PBS Frontline as well as local outlets around the world. Radsch has testified before Congress and participated in expert consultations at the United Nation, OSCE and E.U. and with technology platforms. She has led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries, U.N. bodies, and the Internet Governance Forum. She is a founding member of the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance and the Dynamic Coalition on Sustainability of Journalism and the News Media, which helped establish normative and practical frameworks that advance advocacy goals related to news media and independent journalism. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in 2021.

Prior to CPJ, Dr. Radsch worked for UNESCO where she coordinated strategy in the Arab region, conceptualized and edited the flagship publication "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development," and helped conceptualize the “internet universality” framework. Dr. Radsch previously managed the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House, where she led strategic advocacy programming that translated research into impact. She designed and led training for human rights defenders in global advocacy at the Human Rights Council, the IGF, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and international civil society collaboration. She edited Policing Belief: The Impact of Blasphemy Laws on Human Rights, and wrote several chapters of Freedom of the Press each year. Before becoming a free expression advocate, Radsch worked for The New York Times, Al-Arabiya in Dubai, and the Daily Star in Lebanon. 

She holds a doctorate in international relations from American University, a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She speaks Arabic, French, Spanish and tweets @courtney

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