Allie Funk

Research Director for Technology and Democracy

Allie leads Freedom House's technology and democracy initiative, including Freedom on the Net, Election Watch for the Digital Age, and advocacy to protect a free and open internet. She also represents Freedom House on the Freedom Online Coalition's Advisory Network, and serves on the Global Network Initiative's Board of Directors. Her writing has been published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, Lawfare, 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 reforming U.S. surveillance practices, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and protecting 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 and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Louisville.


Featured Reports

Freedom on the Net

Freedom on the Net 2023: The Repressive Power of Artificial Intelligence

Freedom on the Net 2022: Countering an Authoritarian Overhaul of the Internet

Freedom on the Net 2021: The Global Drive to Control Big Tech

Freedom on the Net 2020: The Pandemic's Digital Shadow

Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media


False Panacea: Abusive Surveillance in the Name of Public Health

Information Isolation: Censoring the COVID-19 Outbreak

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

Social Media Surveillance

Digital Election Interference

Selected Publications


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