Vera Franz is the Information Program’s deputy director, overseeing the program’s interrelated portfolios working to confront the threats to our civil liberties created by technology. This includes work on limiting government surveillance, challenging the use of discriminatory data profiling practices, and holding to account powerful Internet platforms such as Google and Facebook. Previously, Franz helped to launch the global access to knowledge movement, including the successful campaign for the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2013. Franz is a certified data protection officer and from 2012 to 2017 represented the Open Society Foundations on the advisory board of Ariadne, the European network of funders for human rights and social change.
Before joining Open Society, Franz held a research post with the Techno-Z Centre for Innovation & Technology, and was external lecturer at Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg. She has also worked for local NGOs in the Western Balkans. Franz holds an MSc in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MPhil in political science from Salzburg University, Austria.
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