Robyn Greene

Policy Counsel and Government Affairs Lead, Open Technology Institute

Robyn Greene is the policy counsel and government affairs lead for the Open Technology Institute at New America specializing in issues concerning surveillance and cybersecurity.  She helps to research and develop policies to protect individuals' privacy, secure the internet, and fuel the development of and access to emerging technologies.  

Prior to joining the Open Technology Institute, Greene worked at the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office, where she focused on legislation and administration policies concerning surveillance, cybersecurity, government secrecy, and federal law enforcement oversight.  Before working at the ACLU, Greene ran issue based grassroots advocacy campaigns with Grassroots Campaigns, on behalf of non-profit organizations including Amnesty International and the ACLU.  

Greene earned a B.A. in government and politics at the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. 

All Work

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
The House Intelligence Committee’s Section 702 Markup Was a Politicized Debacle

Robyn Greene wrote for Just Security about the House Intelligence Committee's open markup of a surveillance bill.


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An Alternative Conclusion: A Response to Lawfare’s Google Survey Results on the Surveillance State

Robyn Greene wrote for Lawfare about Americans' reactions to Section 702 and surveillance in the United States.


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Responsibility and the Encryption Debate: A Response to DAG Rosenstein

Robyn Greene wrote about the importance of setting the record straight on DAG Rosenstein’s many legal arguments against encryption.


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Unintentional Noncompliance and the Need for Section 702 Reform

OTI's recent study demonstrates that there have been numerous unintentional violations of Section 702 program rules.


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A History of FISA Section 702 Compliance Violations

The only publicly available resources that provide a comprehensive view of the types and patterns of Section 702 compliance violations.


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Trump Nominates "Backdoor Search" Defender to Lead Privacy Board

Robyn Greene was quoted in the Washington Examiner on Trump's nominee for the chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.


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OTI, EFF, and CDT Urged the Supreme Court to Take Case on the Constitutionality of Section 702 Surveillance

The massive secrecy that shrouds Section 702 has prevented the courts from considering the constitutionality of this surveillance.


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An OTI Experiment: Open Source Surveillance Detection

OTI launched a technical effort at Washington D.C.'s March for Science in April 2017 to monitor and detect "Stingray" devices.


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How the Government Can Read Your Email

Robyn Greene wrote for Politico about the misconceptions being circulated about Section 702.


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OTI’s Reform Priorities for Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act

Congress has until December 31 to renew the FISA Amendments Act or it will expire.


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Section 702 vs. Traditional FISA vs. Criminal Wiretap Warrants

A chart comparing Section 702 vs. Traditional FISA vs. Criminal Wiretap Warrants


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OTI Joins Fight Against Privacy Violations at the U.S. Border

Warrantless device searches at the U.S. border have skyrocketed from 5,000 searches in all of 2015 to 5,000 searches this February alone.