Vice President, Research and Analysis
As Vice President of Research and Analysis, Adrian Shahbaz oversees the organization’s portfolio of annual publications and special reports. These include Freedom House’s flagship study, Freedom in the World, the widely consulted annual reports Freedom on the Net and Nations in Transit, and new streams of work on transnational repression, China’s global influence, election integrity, and media freedom.
Adrian previously served as Freedom House’s director for technology and democracy, leading the creation and expansion of a multidimensional program dedicated to monitoring the global state of human rights online, analyzing digital threats to election integrity, and advocating for a free and open internet.
He has authored or coauthored internet freedom analyses, including The Global Drive to Control Big Tech (2021), The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow (2020), The Crisis of Social Media (2019), and The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism (2018). Adrian has appeared on news outlets such as the BBC, CNN, and NPR, and his commentary has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and WIRED. Prior to joining Freedom House, he worked as a researcher at the UN Department of Political Affairs, the European Parliament, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
The Global Drive to Control Big Tech
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
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