Sarah Myers West is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and an affiliate researcher at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her research centers on the critical study of technology and culture, with an emphasis on issues relating to privacy, security, and digital rights.

Her dissertation examines the cultural history and politics of encryption technologies from the 1960s to the present day, arguing the history of encryption provides a counter-narrative to the culture of connectivity. She is also engaged with ongoing projects examining the role of technology companies in governing speech and new formations of networked public spaces. She is the managing editor for Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report, and worked as a Google Policy Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the summer of 2015.

Cover image credit: Alex Warren, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel

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Sarah Myers West is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and an affiliate researcher at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her research centers on the critical study of technology and culture, with an emphasis on issues relating to privacy, security, and digital rights.

Her dissertation examines the cultural history and politics of encryption technologies from the 1960s to the present day, arguing the history of encryption provides a counter-narrative to the culture of connectivity. She is also engaged with ongoing projects examining the role of technology companies in governing speech and new formations of networked public spaces. She is the managing editor for Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report, and worked as a Google Policy Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the summer of 2015.

Cover image credit: Alex Warren, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ Library of Babel

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