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Michael Carbonne



Michael is Manager of Tech Policy and Programs at Access, an international human rights organization fighting to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world. There he manages projects that analyze digital attacks on civil society and media organizations, support the development of innovative secure communications technologies, and provide preventative advice to civil society organizations and human rights defenders in staying digitally secure. Prior to Access, he worked at the intersection of technology and journalism at a number of international nonprofits and local news organizations, including the International Reporting Project, the Bertelsmann Foundation's FutureChallenges, and the bilingual local news site HNC News Community. He has also worked on various communications and information policy issues at the State Department. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Michael received his bachelor's degrees from the University of Chicago in Mathematics and East Asian Languages & Civilizations, studied in the PRC at Capital Normal University, Zhejiang University, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, and completed his master's degree at Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies in China Studies, International Economics, and International Law.