Tarun is a lawyer working on issues at the intersection of technology, law, and public policy. He graduated from the National Law School of India in Bangalore and currently works with a New Delhi-based law firm on public policy and regulatory affairs with a focus on technology.
Most recently, he was a legal fellow at the Wikimedia Foundation – the non-profit that runs a number of free knowledge projects including Wikipedia – working to defend WMF projects against international legal threats, and censorship. He also spent a summer at the Berkman Klein Center studying how evolving intellectual property and data protection doctrines can present new-age challenges to speech online.
He is particularly interested in how debates on emerging issues such as cyber-security, encryption and the concept of “fake news” are going to interact with existing discourses on privacy, the freedom of speech, and access to knowledge.
Originally from Germany, Constantin graduated from University of St Andrews with a MA in modern history, and is currently a PhD candidate specialising in human rights, asylum policy and the history of migration. He has worked as a writer and journalist since he was 17 years old, and has previously lived in Budapest and Istanbul.
Sophia is a Master’s student studying Broadcast Journalism at City University in London. She studied Spanish and Arabic previously at Durham University and is particularly interested in how artists and writers overcome challenges to their freedom of expression in Latin America and the Middle East.
Júlia is a Hungarian journalist, student and activist currently living in Budapest. After finishing her first degree in Journalism, she has started studying International Relations.
During the last couple of years she has worked with several NGOs and other organisations including Transparency International, Amnesty International, OSCE and Atlatszo.hu.
What is the youth advisory board?
The youth board is a specially selected group of young people aged 16-25 who advise and inform Index on Censorship’s work, support our ambition to fight for free expression around the world and ensure our engagement with issues with tomorrow’s leaders. The current members are sitting from January to June, 2017.
Why does Index have a youth board?
Index on Censorship is committed to fighting censorship not only now, but also in future generations, and we want to ensure that the realities and challenges experienced by young people in today’s world are properly reflected in our work.
Index is also aware that there are many who would like to commit some or all of their professional lives to fighting for human rights and the youth board is our way of supporting the broadest range of young people to develop their voice, find paths to freely expressing it and potential future employment in the human rights, media and arts sectors.
Samuel Wajcman Earle is a freelance writer and recent masters graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he studied Political Theory. He is currently a writer for Open Democracy.
Isabela is currently based in London and works as a communications officer for a mental health charity. She is a Latin America correspondent for the International Press Foundation with a particular interest in women’s rights and freedom of expression. Brazilian-Czech and raised in Sweden, Isabela is a graduate from Kingston University, with a degree in Journalism and French. She has had experience in writing for digital platforms in both the UK and Sweden.
Fionnuala graduated last June from the University of Cambridge with a degree in
Classics. She is now studying for a MSc in Political Theory at the
London School of Economics. She was an active student journalist during her
time at Cambridge, and it was there that she first developed an interest in
the struggles of censorship and speech across the globe.