I am a researcher, writer and advocate with a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from American University’s School of Communication. I have extensive research experience on issues related to tech policy and human rights and currently provide research and writing services for non-profit organizations and academic institutions. Currently, I am contributing to Ranking Digital Right’s 2020 corporate accountability Index. Previous clients include Freedom House, the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement at UC Irvine and Consumer Reports. Previously, I served as a research analyst for the Ranking Digital Rights project (housed at New America) where I helped create standards and best practices to determine the extent to which global Internet and telecommunications companies respect human rights. I also had the opportunity to serve as a research fellow with the LGBT Technology Partnership and Institute where I wrote a White Paper on the technology needs of homeless LGBTQ youth. Based on this paper, the organization developed a pilot program that places free cellphones in the hands of homeless LGBTQ youth.
With the guidance of my dissertation chair, Prof. Laura DeNardis and my committee members, Prof. Kathryn Montgomery, Prof. Deen Freelon and Prof. Jessie Daniels (CUNY, Public Health, Sociology and Critical Psychology), I wrote my dissertation on Internet policy and LGBTQ expression online.
In my free time, I am working on my first novel, a coming out story set in Ohio and San Francisco. I am also deeply committed to creating positive change for LGBTQ people and serve on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign.
I am always excited to meet new people, so please feel free to say hello through Email or Twitter (@AndreaHackl_DC).