Adrian Shahbaz

Director, Technology and Democracy

Adrian Shahbaz is the Director for Technology and Democracy at Freedom House, where he heads the organization's research and policy on human rights in the digital age. He is a lead author for Freedom on the Net, an annual report on global internet freedom, as well as the founder of Election Watch for the Digital Age, a data-driven initiative tracking the risk of censorship, disinformation, and violence ahead of national elections. 

A frequent commentator in the media, Adrian has appeared on or been quoted by the New York Times, BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and many global outlets. Prior to joining Freedom House in 2013, he was a researcher at the UN Department of Political Affairs, European Parliament, and OSCE. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Featured Reports:

The Pandemic's Digital Shadow

Information Isolation: Censoring the COVID-19 Outbreak

False Panacea: Abusive Surveillance in the Name of Public Health

User Privacy or Cyber Sovereignty: Assessing the Human Rights Implications of Data Localization

The Crisis of Social Media

Digital Election Interference

Governments Harness Big Data for Social Media Surveillance

The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism

Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps under Pressure

Privatizing Censorship, Eroding Privacy

Tightening the Net: Governments Expand Online Controls