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Freedom on the Net 2017



U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL)
German Federal Foreign Office
Internet Society
Golden Frog

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Freedom House Research Team

Sanja Kelly, Director, Freedom on the Net
Mai Truong, Program Manager, Africa Editor
Adrian Shahbaz, Research Manager, MENA Editor
Madeline Earp, Senior Research Analyst, Asia Editor
Jessica White, Research Analyst, Americas and Europe Editor
Rose Dlougatch, Senior Research Associate, Eurasia Editor

Report Authors and Advisors

Argentina: Valeria Milanes, Eduardo Ferreyra, Jeannette Torrez, Leandro Ucciferri, Free Expression & Privacy team, Association for Civil Rights (ADC)
Armenia: Artur Papyan, Editor and Contributor, RFE/RL, and media development consultant
Australia: Dr. Alana Maurushat, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, and Co-Director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, The University of New South Wales
Azerbaijan: Arzu Geybulla, Azerbaijani journalist
Brazil: Fabrício Bertini Pasquot Polido, Tenured Professor, Law School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and Founder of the Research Institute of Internet and Society (IRIS)
Canada: Allen Mendelsohn, Canadian lawyer specializing in internet and technology law and lecturer of internet law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law
Colombia: María Juliana Soto, Juan Diego Castañeda, Joan López, Fundación Karisma
Cuba: Ted Henken, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Baruch College, CUNY
Ecuador: Andrés Delgado-Ron, Researcher, Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial
Estonia: Katrin Nyman Metcalf, Professor, Institute of Law, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, and Programme Director of Research and Legal Aspects, e-Governance Academy
France: Jean-Loup Richet, Researcher, University of Nantes and ESSEC
The Gambia: Demba Kandeh, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Digital Media, University of The Gambia
Georgia: Teona Turashvili, Analyst, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)
Germany: Philipp Otto, Founder and Head, iRights. Lab think tank and iRights.Media publishing house, Editor in Chief,, political strategist, advisor to the German government and companies; Henning Lahmann, Senior Policy Advisor, iRights.Lab
Hungary: Dalma Dojcsák and Máté Szabó, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
Iceland: Caroline Nellemann, independent consultant, specialist in digital media and civic engagement
India: Sarvjeet Singh, Programme Manager, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi; Nishtha Sinha and Vaibhav Dutt, Students, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), National Law University, Delhi
Indonesia: Indriaswati Dyah Saptaningrum, Senior Researcher, ELSAM (The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy)
Iran: Kaveh Azarhoosh, independent researcher and student at the Oxford Internet Institute
Italy: Philip di Salvo, PhD candidate at Università della Svizzera and freelance journalist; Antonella Napolitano, Communications Manager, Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD)
Japan: Dr. Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba
Jordan: Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA)
Kazakhstan: Adilzhan Nurmakov, Senior Lecturer, KIMEP University
Kenya: Moses Karanja, Researcher, The Citizen Lab
Kyrgyzstan: Artem Goryainov, IT Programs Director, Public Foundation CIIP
Lebanon: SMEX
Libya: Fadil Aliriza, journalist, researcher, political analyst, and Tunisia Project Manager, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Malawi: Gregory Gondwe, journalist
Malaysia: K Kabilan, Managing Editor,, and online media consultant
Mexico: Paola Ricaurte Quijano, Associate Research Professor, School of Humanities and Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Morocco: Bouziane Zaid, Visiting Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah
Myanmar: Min Zin, Executive Director, Institute for Strategy and Policy: Myanmar
Nigeria: ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
Pakistan: Nighat Dad, Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan; Shmyla Khan, Project Manager, Digital Rights Foundation
Singapore: Cherian George, Professor, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University
South Africa: Zororo Mavindidze, independent researcher
South Korea: Dr. Yenn Lee, Doctoral Training Advisor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Sri Lanka: N.V. Nugawela, independent researcher, Colombo
Sudan: Azaz Elshami, independent researcher and development consultant
Syria: Dlshad Othman, information security expert
Uganda: Lillian Nalwoga, Policy Officer, CIPESA, and President, Internet Society Uganda Chapter
Ukraine: Dariya Orlova, Senior lecturer at KyivMohyla School of Journalism
United Kingdom: Aaron Ceross, Researcher in Cyber Security, University of Oxford
United States: Laura Reed, independent researcher
Uzbekistan: Daniil Kislov, Editor-in-Chief of Ferghana News Agency; Ernest Zhanaev, English Editor of Ferghana News Agency
Venezuela: Raisa Urribarri, Emeritus Professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, and Journalist, Researcher and Consultant on ICT issues

The analysts for the reports on Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe are independent internet researchers who have requested to remain anonymous.

Freedom House would also like to thank the Internet Society (ISOC) and ISOC country chapters representatives -- including: Olga Kyryliuk, ISOC global; Amrita Choudhury, Treasurer, ISOC India-Delhi chapter; Winthrop Yu, ISOC Philippines chapter; Tawanda Maguze, ISOC Zimbabwe chapter; Alan Levin, Chairman, ISOC South Africa chapter; and Enrico Calandro, Policy WG Chair, ISOC South Africa chapter; as well as ISOC chapter representatives who have asked to remain anonymous -- for providing valuable feedback on Freedom on the Net 2017 country reports.