Our Team

Ranking Digital Rights works with a variety of researchers and affiliates based around the world. Also see our Funders and Partners as well as our Advisory Council.


Project Director

Rebecca MacKinnon (at New America) is director of the Ranking Digital Rights project. She is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (2012) and co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online. MacKinnon serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. In 2013 she was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN based in China and Japan for a total of 12 years.  She has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press and Publicy Policy and Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Open Society Fellowship, and Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan in 1991-92. She lives in Washington DC.

Research and Editorial Manager

Amy Brouillette is the research and editorial manager of the Ranking Digital Rights project. Prior to joining RDR, Amy served as director of the European Media Program at the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at Central European University in Budapest. Her work at CMDS involved developing and managing the Center’s research and projects related to media and freedom of expression rights in Europe. Along with managing research, she was responsible for organizing and leading networking and training activities aimed at strengthening digital and freedom of expression rights, working in collaboration with key partners at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and digital rights groups.

In addition to her work at CMDS, Amy has also served as a research consultant and scholar-in-residence at the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania. Her work with CGCS involved providing research and editorial support for the Iran Media Program, a project focused on exploring media and internet censorship in Iran, and the Internet Policy Observatory, a project that examines the challenges of global internet governance and policies.  She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Program Manager

Lisa Gutermuth is program manager of the Ranking Digital Rights project. Before joining RDR, Lisa was a project coordinator at Tactical Technology Collective, a digital rights organization based in Berlin, dedicated to the use of information for activism. She has primarily worked on digital security based projects such as, Security in-a-box, as well as projects using digital tools and open data for citizen-driven investigation and advocacy. Working with a range of different organizations over the years, her work has also touched on index creation, mapping, remote sensing, and data visualization.

Lisa graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, with bachelor degrees in international affairs and business administration, with a focus on international business and economics. She completed her master’s degree at Humboldt University in Berlin, in agricultural economics, where she wrote her thesis on the impact of satellite imagery application in agriculture.

Senior Research Analyst

Laura Reed (at New America) is a senior research analyst with the Ranking Digital Rights project. Before joining RDR, Laura conducted research on the intersection of human rights and information technology for several research institutes. As a research analyst with Data & Society, she wrote about the role of algorithms in shaping digital media and the public sphere. Previously, Laura was a research analyst for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s annual index of global internet freedom. In this capacity she collaborated with local researchers around the world to assess internet users’ access to technology, freedom of expression, and right to privacy.

Prior to working at Freedom House, Laura was a research intern at the International Center for Transitional Justice. She graduated with a masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University with a focus on media and transitional justice. Partnering with the Documentation Center of Cambodia, Laura conducted her thesis research on the relationship between historical memory practices in Phnom Penh and the narratives produced by the proceedings of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She received a bachelors degree in International Relations from Boston University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Laura currently lives in New York and is originally from Moraga, California.

Policy and Communications Analyst

Ilana Ullman is a policy and communications analyst with the Ranking Digital Rights project. Before joining RDR, Ilana was a Google Policy Fellow at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where she contributed research to the first-ever report surveying US law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. Previously, Ilana worked in the Global Internet Freedom program at Freedom House, where she implemented internet governance initiatives, led digital security trainings, and provided support for projects promoting and protecting human rights online.

Ilana graduated with distinction from Central European University, where she earned an MA in Public Policy with a specialization in Media, Information, and Communications Policy. She wrote her thesis on law enforcement surveillance of the 2015 Baltimore protests after the death of Freddie Gray. She also holds a BA in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Research Analyst

Andrea Hackl is a research analyst with Ranking Digital Rights, working on RDR’s Digital ID project and on Index research. She holds a Ph.D. from American University’s School of Communication, where she focused on issues related to Internet governance and minority rights. Her work has been published in the journals Information, Communication & Society and Telecommunications Policy. She also wrote a white paper on the technology needs of homeless LGBTQ youth that helped the organization LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute create a cellphone program for at risk youth.

Senior Research Fellow

Tatevik Sargsyan is a senior research fellow with Ranking Digital Rights, working on RDR’s Digital ID project, company research for the 2018 Index, and on our work with Consumer Reports. She holds a Ph.D. from American University’s School of Communication (SOC), where her work revolved around privacy and the privatization of digital public sphere. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University and teaches courses on the social impact of information and communication technologies. Previously, Tatevik served as a Google Policy Fellow at the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and conducted policy analysis on privacy and freedom of expression. Her research has been featured in academic journals such as International Journal of Communication and Internet Policy Review. Tatevik is also a fellow at the Internet Law and Policy Foundry—a collaborative platform for early-career internet law and policy professionals.

Senior Research Fellow

Priya Kumar is a senior research fellow with Ranking Digital Rights, working part-time on RDR’s Digital ID project and on company research for the 2018 Index. She is a doctoral student at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she studies the intersection of families, technology use, and privacy. Before returning to graduate school, she was a research analyst with Ranking Digital Rights, and helped launch the first edition of the Corporate Accountability Index. Priya holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she designed her own curriculum in data storytelling. She also holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland in journalism and government & politics as well as a minor in Spanish. More information about her research is here: https://priyakumar.wordpress.com/.

OTF Information Controls Fellow

Sergei Hovyadinov is a senior research fellow with Ranking Digital Rights, working on the evaluation of the role of internet intermediaries in autocratic regimes. He is a doctoral candidate at Stanford Law School. His research focuses on the evolution of state control over the internet in Russia. In his most recent job at Google he managed legal affairs of the company in Russia and Eastern Europe. Before that, he was a legal counsel at Intel in Russia and the UK. He holds a JSM (Stanford Law School); an LLM (McGeorge School of Law), and an LLB in Law (Odessa State University).

Former RDR Team Members

Allon Bar, Policy and Engagement Manager, Ranking Digital Rights (2013-2016)

Priya Kumar,  Research Analyst based at New America (2014-2016)

Richard Danbury, UK-based Research Coordinator (2013-2014)



  • Nathalie Maréchal, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Annenberg COMPASS Fellow (Summer 2014) and Senior Research Fellow (2016-2017)
  • Joseph Jai-sung Yoo, PhD Candidate, School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, Annenberg COMPASS Fellow (Summer 2017)
  • Revati Prasad, PhD Candidate Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg COMPASS Fellow (Summer 2016)
  • Tim Libert, PhD candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg COMPASS Fellow (Summer 2013) and Phase 2 Researcher (Summer 2014)
  • Jon Diamond,  University of Pennsylvania Global Engagement Fund Fellow (Spring 2013), based at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore (Summer 2013)

Research Assistants

  • Hae-in Lim, MA Candidate, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2013-2014
  • Corinna Laughlin, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013


  • Lisa Ferguson, MA Candidate, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2013
  • Connie Chen, undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013
  • Julia Graber, undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013
  • Sean Hamamoto, undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013, Spring 2014
  • Hayley Hanafee, undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013
  • Vidush Mahansaria, undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2013