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.

Policy and Engagement Manager

Allon Bar (at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung) is policy and engagement manager of the Ranking Digital Rights project. He previously coordinated Ranking Digital Rights’ research. Before joining Ranking Digital Rights, Mr. Bar implemented the ‘Odyssey’ project, focusing on digital security for vulnerable communities, and wrote policy recommendations for among others the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society organizations. In addition to having worked with NGOs in Indonesia, Kenya, the Netherlands and the United States, he has engaged in international policymaking as a fellow in U.S. Congress and as a policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a Fulbright scholar, Mr. Bar obtained a master of international affairs degree, with a focus on human rights, at Columbia University. He further holds a BA degree in Language and Culture Studies and an MA degree in History of International Relations from Utrecht University.

Senior Research Analyst

Laura Reed (at New America) is a senior research analyst with the 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.

Research Analyst

Priya Kumar (at New America) is a research analyst with the Ranking Digital Rights project, where she examines online freedom of expression and privacy as well as helps manage project-related communication and data. Priya has conducted research and written for a variety of organizations, including Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Advisory Board Company, Roll Call, and the U.S. State Department. Her research for the American Journalism Review on foreign coverage in American media was nominated for a Mirror Award, the highest honor in media reporting. Priya’s master’s thesis research on new mothers and social media use was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. Priya graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland, College Park with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and government and politics. She also earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she designed her own curriculum in data storytelling.

Open Technology Fellow

As a senior fellow, Nathalie Maréchal works on expanding the Corporate Accountability Index to include software, devices, and networking equipment in 2016 through testing potential indicators and adapting the current methodology. She is a doctoral candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She first joined the RDR team as a COMPASS Fellow in 2014, and conducted company research for the 2015 Corporate Accountability Index. Her published work is available here.


Revati Prasad is a COMPASS fellow with the Ranking Digital Rights team working on analyzing the 2015 Corporate Accountability Index data and helping to prepare for its next iteration. She comes to RDR from The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a doctoral student focusing on the political economy of news media and technology in the Global South. Before coming to Annenberg, Revati worked for Internews, an international NGO that supports the development of local media, where she focused on research and evaluation of programs, most significantly in Afghanistan and Kenya. She has also worked for the International Monetary Fund on bilateral debt issues, and researched nuclear proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has an MPA in Development Management from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University as well as a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and a BA in Political Science from Ohio University.