Courtney Radsch

Courtney C. Radsch, Ph.D.

Courtney Radsch
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Media at Risk
  • Fellow, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy
  • Fellow, Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University

Courtney Radsch studies media, technology, and human rights with a focus on internet governance and the geopolitics of technology; media sustainability and the future of journalism; online harassment and disinformation; and power dynamics in information ecosystems.  

Courtney C. Radsch, Ph.D., is a journalist, scholar, and free expression advocate who writes and speaks about the nexus of technology, media, and policy and provides expertise and strategic consulting to mission-driven organizations. Dr. Radsch's research and work are informed by a commitment to human rights and ensuring the sustainability of independent media. She is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change and her articles and commentary have been published in peer-reviewed journals and leading media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, Al Jazeera, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Project Syndicate, among others. Her Arab Media blog was an early chronicle of her observations on the region's new media landscape in the years leading up to the "Arab Spring." Dr. Radsch’s research interests include tech policy and rights; internet governance and the geopolitics of technology; media sustainability and the future of journalism; online harassment and disinformation; and power dynamics in information ecosystems. She specializes in transforming research and ideas into action while building cross-functional organizational strategies and alliances to advance policy objectives and knowledge.

She has led advocacy missions and media assessments in more than a dozen countries, testified numerous times before Congress, and regularly provides expert commentary in the media. Dr. Radsch is a frequent public speaker on topics including technology, freedom of expression, journalism, and human rights and has participated in expert consultations at the United Nations, OSCE, OECD, and E.U. She is regularly consulted by tech companies in their policy development processes and human rights impact assessments on topics as diverse as content moderation, AI/VR, counterterrorism, and online harassment.

Over seven years as Director of Advocacy and Communications at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Radsch spearheaded advocacy on freedom of expression and journalist safety issues, including physical and digital threats, and led its technology policy work and engagement with international organizations. Among the issues she focused on were countering violent extremism online, disinformation, and the role of tech firms in the media ecosystem. She spearheaded research and advocacy related to the online harassment of journalists, particularly women, and the press freedom dimensions of internet governance issues, such as digital sovereignty, surveillance, and privacy, and net neutrality/zero-rating. Prior to CPJ, she worked for UNESCO and as a journalist for Al Arabiya in Dubai, The Daily Star in Lebanon, and The New York Times. She is a founding member of the ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance, which aims to improve freelancer safety, and the Dynamic Coalition on Sustainability of Journalism and the News Media. She was appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General to the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and serves on the masthead of Tech Policy Press, the External Advisory Committee to the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, and the International Science Council’s Panel of Experts on the Public Value of Science.

Education

  • B.A., University of California, 2000
  • M.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 2004
  • Ph.D., American University, 2013