Laura Reed is a senior research analyst with New America’s Ranking Digital Rights project.
Before joining New America, Reed conducted research on the intersection of human rights and information technology for several research institutes. As a research analyst with Data & Society, she wrote about the role of algorithms in shaping digital media and the public sphere. Previously, Reed was a research analyst for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's annual index of global internet freedom. In this capacity she collaborated with local researchers around the world to assess internet users’ access to technology, freedom of expression, and right to privacy.
Prior to working at Freedom House, Reed was a research intern at the International Center for Transitional Justice. She graduated with a masters degree in human rights from Columbia University with a focus on media and transitional justice. Partnering with the Documentation Center of Cambodia, Reed conducted her thesis research on the relationship between historical memory practices in Phnom Penh and the narratives produced by the proceedings of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She received a bachelors degree in international relations from Boston University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Reed currently lives in New York and is originally from Moraga, California.