About Nathalie

Nathalie Maréchal is a PhD candidate in Communication and Oakley Endowed Fellow at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, “‘Use Signal, Use Tor’ ? : The Political Economy of Digital Rights Technology,” examines the relationship between the transnational social movement for human rights online and the US Internet Freedom Agenda through an ethnography of the “freedom technologists” behind popular secure messaging applications (Signal, WhatsApp, Telegram) and censorship circumvention software (Tor, Psiphon).

Until July 2017, Nathalie was a Senior Fellow at Ranking Digital Rights, a non-profit research initiative housed at New America’s Open Technology Institute that works with an international network of partners to set global standards for how companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector should respect freedom of expression and privacy. In this role, Nathalie contributed research and analysis to the Corporate Accountability Index, published several journal articles on business and human rights in the ICT sector, and spoke at a number of international digital rights conferences.

Nathalie’s writing has been published by the International Journal of Communication, the Global Commission on Internet Governance, Media & Communication, and Slate. She lives in Washington, DC.

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