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Mallory Knodel Joins CDT as Chief Technology Officer

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a nonprofit that advocates for digital rights, is excited to welcome Mallory Knodel as Chief Technology Officer. She will lead CDT’s work on cybersecurity and internet standards in addition to contributing her substantive technical expertise across CDT’s policy areas.

“Mallory is an expert in how technology impacts public policy, and in shaping internet standards for the public good. There are difficult battles ahead in the fight to protect consumer privacy, secure communications online, and safeguard internet openness, and we are thrilled that she has joined CDT to help lead the charge,” said Chris Calabrese, CDT Interim Co-CEO and Vice President for Policy.

“There seems to be no better time to come back to the U.S., and no better organization to work with than CDT, to ensure that technical considerations are appropriately embedded into legal and policy discussions in Washington and Brussels,” Knodel said. “I look forward to providing guidance not only to CDT’s programs, but also to stakeholders, academics, and policymakers.” 

Most recently based in Nairobi as Head of Digital for human rights organization ARTICLE 19, Knodel brings a deep background as a public interest technologist. She is currently co-chair of the Human Rights and Protocol Considerations research group of the Internet Research Task Force and a chairing advisor to the Freedom Online Coalition. She has worked with grassroots organizations around the world and has a strong global perspective on digital rights.

More information about CDT’s work on cybersecurity and internet standards can be found here.