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Michelle Ferrier

She is the co-founder of, a just-in-time service that helps journalists fight online abuse and has advocated on behalf of journalists worldwide. In addition, Michelle has been recognized for her work educating the next generation of leaders. In 2017, Mediashift named her as one of the top 10 journalism innovation educators to watch. She is also a scholar focusing on areas like digital identity and reputation management and online communities, and helps orgs with community-based participatory research and media entrepreneurship. Michelle has worked relentlessly to ensure that black and brown voices are not only heard, but that they have the tools, skills, and support they need to speak loudly and proudly. She has worked to push for more diverse newsrooms and media, and has served as beacon of support for so many young communicators.


Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra embodies all the characteristics of a good investigative journalist who fights relentlessly to protect the most vulnerable. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, and he has covered organised crime, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and even the Iraq war. He has also spent a great deal of time developing tools and strategies to protect other investigative journalists, especially those that risk their life on a daily basis. You may know him from Salam, a web application that helps journalists and human rights defenders conduct risk assessment to improve their security posture.


Sarah Aoun

Sarah is a data activist, an operational security trainer, and human rights technologist. These skills made her a perfect fit for the Open Technology Fund, where as Chief Technologist, she provides support to countless projects fighting censorship and surveillance.


Nash Shread

Nash is currently leading the EFF's grassroots, student and community organizing efforts. He has a long history of helping activists mitigate harmful interactions with the state. He has witnessed aggressive and militarized policing in the United States, Honduras, and Palestine; and he himself has been the target of racial profiling, biased broken windows policing, and police brutality. Nash co-founded the Black Movement Law Project. He is also a member of Mutant Legal, through which he has organised training in cities like Ferguson and New York.