Nathalie Maréchal is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and holds a BA in International Studies and MA in International Communication, both from American University. She has published articles about human rights advocacy in the digital age, surveillance of welfare recipients in the United States, and media coverage of WikiLeaks. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Defying Censorship, Evading Surveillance: The Political Economy of Circumvention Technology.”
In 2016, Nathalie received a Senior Fellowship in Information Controls from the Open Technology Fund, and was placed at the Ranking Digital Rights, a project housed within New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC. In that role, Nathalie spearheaded the expansion of RDR’s Corporate Accountability Index to include software, devices, and networking equipment. She also contributed to RDR’s global engagement and outreach efforts, participating in public sessions at the Internet Governance Forum, Internet Freedom Festival, and RightsCon. She first joined the RDR team as a COMPASS Fellow in 2014, and conducted company research for the 2015 Corporate Accountability Index.