We are back with our next fellow highlight episode. Class 4 Fellow Meri Baghdasaryan sits down with Ashkhen Kazaryan, a tech policy expert and a former Foundry Fellow.
Ashkhen manages policy projects related to free speech, content moderation, surveillance reform, and the intersection of constitutional rights and technology. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow at Stand Together on the Free Speech and Peace team. She leads the development and execution of Stand Together’s strategy to defend free speech online and to promote a culture of pluralism.
Prior to that, she was a Content Policy Manager on the Content Regulation team at Meta. She covered content policy for North and Latin America, as well as leading on policy for Section 230. Before joining Meta, she was the Director of Civil Liberties at TechFreedom where she managed coalition-building and hosted The Tech Policy Podcast. Ashkhen is regularly featured as an expert commentator in news outlets, including CNBC, BBC, FOX DC, Newsy, Politico, Axios, The Information, Protocol, The Washington Examiner, and others.
Meri and Ashkhen chat about how Ashkhen’s educational and cultural background impacted her journey into tech policy. They discuss the tech policy issues that are top of mind for Ashkhen. She also covers finding your path in the field of tech law and policy and the importance of building community.
Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for our next episode!
Additional Resources and Reading:
Stanford Internet Observatory
Berkeley Tech Policy Initiative
Yale Information Society Project
Harvard Berkman Klein Center
Cornell Tech Policy Institute
New York University Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
UC Boulder Silicon Flatirons
Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology
Columbia University Knight First Amendment Institute
George Washington University Law School Ethical Tech Initiative
American University Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology
UPenn Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition
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