Allie Funk

Research Analyst, Freedom on the Net

Allie Funk is a Research Analyst for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet freedom. She serves as an expert on human rights in the digital age, and focuses on developments in the United States and the Asia region. Her writing has been published in the Washington Post, WIRED, the Hill, the Diplomat, and Just Security, among others. Prior to joining Freedom House, Allie worked at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on issues relating to U.S. surveillance, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and the right to counsel, and also worked with Human Rights First’s foreign policy team. She holds a master's degree in human rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialized in national security and human rights, and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Louisville.

Areas of Expertise

  • Internet Freedom
  • Human Rights
  • National Security
  • Freedom of Expression
  • United States
  • Asia
  • Technology and Democracy

Outside Publications: 

How the coronavirus could trigger a backslide on freedom around the world | The Washington Post — March 16, 2020

Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the Border | WIRED — January 9, 2020

I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn't Easy | WIRED — July 2, 2019

New US visa requirements threaten privacy and freedom of expression | The Hill — June 23, 2019