Alexa Koenig, J.D., Ph.D., is co-faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, an adjunct professor at Berkeley Law, and a lecturer at Berkeley Journalism. She co-founded the Human Rights Center's Investigations Lab, which has pioneered the use of social media and other online information to strengthen human rights investigations, and has trained hundreds of lawyers, researchers, and journalists around the world in these methods. She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, former co-chair and current advisor to the International Bar Association's Human Rights Law Committee, and an advisor to a number of organizations working at the intersection of new technologies and human rights. Her most recent books are Digital Witness (University of Oxford Press 2020, co-edited with Sam Dubberley and Daragh Murray), and Graphic: Trauma and Meaning in Our Online Lives (University of Cambridge Press 2023, co-authored with Andrea Lampros).
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