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.

Research and Editorial Manager

Amy Brouillette is the research and editorial manager Ranking Digital Rights.  Prior to joining RDR, Brouillette 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, Brouillette 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.  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 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.

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.

Former RDR Team Members

Priya Kumar,  Research Analyst based at New America (2014-2016)
Richard Danbury, UK-based Research Coordinator (2013-2014)


  • Revati Prasad, PhD Candidate Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg COMPASS Fellow (Summer 2016)
  • Nathalie Marechal, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Annenberg COMPASS Fellow (Summer 2014)
  • 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