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Hi, I’m Becca.

I’m a creative technologist and researcher thinking about internet freedom, online privacy, and computational systems. Currently I am a 2017-2018 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow at Human Rights Watch researching how individuals use encryption and security online.

I spend a lot of time thinking about how social platforms collect and monetize data about their users using automated or opaque computational processes. With a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), my graduate research on Facebook culminated in a thesis defense presentation and a blog where you can read about my work.

Before graduate school, I built interactive experiences at several tech companies, contributed to independent media projects, and studied Arabic and MENA politics in Cairo and Jerusalem. I hold a B.A. in Middle East Studies/Arabic from Brigham Young University.

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