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Sanja Kelly

Director, Internet Freedom

Sanja Kelly is the Director for Internet Freedom.  In that role, she is responsible for creating and implementing Freedom House’s overall strategy on internet freedom, which spans across the organization’s research, advocacy, and programmatic wings. Ms. Kelly played a key part in the development of Freedom on the Net—Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet freedom—turning the project from a small pilot study into the most authoritative resource on internet censorship globally. She regularly briefs the private sector, government agencies, and NGOs on internet freedom trends, and is frequently interviewed by domestic and international media. Her commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, CNN, and other outlets. 

Ms. Kelly is also a member of Freedom Online Coalition’s (FOC) Advisory Network—providing the coalition and its 30 member states with regular input on emerging internet freedom threats.  She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve on the Multistakeholder Advisory Group for the IGF 2012-2014, and also co-chaired the FOC group that drafted the Tallinn Agenda in 2014. During her 15-year career, she has also led various international research missions and represented Freedom House at high-level meetings in nearly 40 countries. In addition, Ms. Kelly worked extensively on gender issues in the Middle East and North Africa and produced one the largest studies of women’s rights in the MENA region to date. A native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, she holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University.

Selected publications: 

“Blocked on the Net,” Foreign Policy (October 3, 2013)

Articles & Reports by Sanja Kelly

November 4, 2016 | Report
October 27, 2015 | Report
December 2, 2014 | Report