Emily Parker

Fellow, Future Tense

Emily Parker is a Future Tense Fellow and was a Class of 2014 Fellow with the Fellows Program at New America. As a fellow, she wrote Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux, February 2014). Before joining New America, Parker was a member of Secretary Clinton's policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, where she covered 21st century statecraft, innovation, and technology. While at State, she advised on issues related to Internet freedom and open government, and traveled to the Middle East to explore the role of new media in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Parker is the co-founder of Code4Country, the first open-government codeathon between the United States and Russia. She is a former international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, an Arthur Ross fellow at Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and a global policy fellow at Carnegie Moscow Center, where she researched the role of blogging and social media in today's Russia. Parker spent over five years working on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, first as an editorial writer in Hong Kong and later as a New York-based editor. She was also a staff op-ed editor for the New York Times.

In addition to those publications, Parker has written for the New Republic, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Project Syndicate and World Affairs. Her chapter on Chinese nationalism was published in China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories Press, May 2008). She has worked in China and Japan, and speaks Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish. Parker graduated with honors from Brown University with a double major in comparative literature and international relations, and has a master's from Harvard in East Asian studies. Her personal website can be found at http://emilyparkerwrites.com.

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Russia Is Trying to Copy China's Approach to Internet Censorship

The Kremlin will find that once you give people internet freedom, it’s not so easy to completely take it away.

Cuba's Irreversible Internet

Laritza Diversent, a Cuban lawyer, once explained why she wrote a blog.

Cubans Get a Tantalizing Taste of the Internet

Emily Parker, author of a recent book that chronicles the lives of Internet activists, says the government in Havana could expand censorship

Can We Write Beyond the Embargo in Cuba?

Emily Parker details her experience as a writer in Cuba.

The Rise of Blogger-Activists, and the Regimes that Rule by Fear

Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, joins the program to explain how the Internet is helping to change activism.

Secret 'Cuban Twitter' Poses Big Hurdle For Bloggers, Exiles

"Cuban authorities already try to paint critical bloggers like Yoani Sanchez as U.S.-funded mercenaries, and the report about ZunZuneo will

Twittersphere Rallies to Help Turks By-Pass Block

Emily Parker, a New America Foundation fellow who has a new book on digital activism in authoritarian governments, noted that many people ar

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

In China, online critics write in code to spread the truths their government wants to hide. In Cuba, bloggers band together to get a fellow

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are provides on-the-ground accounts of how the Internet is transforming lives in China, Cuba, and Russia.