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Emily Jacobi

Emily Jacobi is founder and executive director of Digital Democracy, a non-profit dedicated to empowering marginalized communities to use technology to defend their rights. From reporting from Cuba as a 13-year-old youth journalist to launching a participant driven technology conference in an authoritarian state, for almost two decades Emily has worked to leverage media & technology to connect people across persistent divides. Under her leadership, Digital Democracy has grown from a start-up non-profit to a leader in the technology for human rights space, training grassroots partners in more than 20 countries, building open source tools with local partners, and recognized by Secretary Hillary Clinton for co-creating the first rape response & women’s health hotline in Haiti. Emily is a passionate advocate for leveraging technology to achieve a more equitable & democratic future, and putting marginalized communities at the center of the process of designing new tools.


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