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Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

Senior Researcher and Advocate on Digital Rights, Human Rights Watch

Deborah Brown is a senior researcher and advocate on digital rights at Human Rights Watch. Her areas of focus include the role of digital technologies in electoral processes, cybercrime, and digital exclusion. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she worked at the Association for Progressive Communications as the global policy advocacy lead., where she worked with a global network of civil society organizations on a range of human rights and internet governance issues. She also led the organization’s work in UN processes and engaged governments and companies on internet shutdowns, content moderation, surveillance, cybersecurity and online gender-based violence. Previously, Deborah worked at Access Now and the United Nations Foundation. She holds an M.A. in democracy and governance from Georgetown University and a B.A. in human rights and political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.


Civil Society Briefing for AHC-FOC Membership: Digital Rights, Human Rights, and a UN Cybercrime Treaty

In December 2019, an Ad Hoc Committee was established to elaborate a UN convention on cybercrime, and substantive negotiations will soon launch in January 2022. As part of this process, civil society will have the opportunity to engage in the Ad Hoc Committee. Ahead of the first negotiating session, the United States would like to offer a platform for civil society to offer their viewpoints and recommendations to AHC-FOC Membership on the treaty process, particularly as it relates to digital rights and human rights. A portion of the time during this session will be reserved as an open forum for any civil society individual or organization that may wish to share views and recommendations, and whom are not already scheduled to do so.