ARTICLE 19’s Mallory Knodel Appointed Co-Chair of IRTF Human Rights Research Group

Mallory Knodel has been appointed co-chair of the Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC) within the IRTF and will co-chair the group with Avri Doria.

The HRPC researches whether standards and protocols can enable, strengthen or threaten human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It specifically protects, but is not limited to, the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

Knodel is the current Head of Digital at ARTICLE 19, a not-for-profit focused on the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information. A member of May First/People Link leadership committee, she is on the board of eQualitie and formerly served as the Senior Technical Coordinator for the Association of Progressive Communications.

Specializing in cybersecurity policy advocacy, digital media, and Internet governance, Knodel integrates a human rights, people-centred approach to communications and technology work for social justice movements. She is committed to protecting the core values of the Internet – freedom and openness of communications – and brings valuable experience to HRPC.

Originally from the US and now living in Nairobi, Knodel has worked with grassroots organizations in Bolivia, France, Palestine and the UK. As a radical technologist, she has utilized free, open-access software professionally for over a decade. Knodel joins the HRPC with a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics and an M.A. in Science Education.