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Julie Owono is a Lawyer and the executive director of Paris-based digital rights organization Internet Sans Frontières.

At the intersection of Technology, Human Rights and business, her work focuses on building bridges and creating channels of collaboration between various actors of the digital space to foster the development of an Internet that benefits everyone, all over the world. Julie Owono often speaks publicly on issues related to the impact of connectivity on societies, focusing on West and Central Africa. Her writing has appeared in Quartz, Al Jazeera, etc, and she is a regular commentator on international news channels. During her fellowship at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Julie focused on developing a solution that allows content platforms to moderate hate and violence on their spaces, in a manner that is respectful of freedom of expression, especially in environments with strong political or ethnic antagonisms.


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3 Minutes with Julie Owono

Julie Owono shares challenges of maintaining freedom of expression on the internet.

Jun 23, 2021

If Mark Zuckerberg won’t fix Facebook’s algorithms problem, who will?

evelyn douek and Julie Owono talk with Vox Recode about the Facebook Oversight Board

Mar 26, 2021

Let’s fix Facebook’s content issues

Julie Owono says content moderation needs a more global approach

Jan 26, 2021
Harvard Law Today

‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world’

Platform governance and the 2020 Presidential Election

Nov 7, 2020
The Guardian

Facebook's long-awaited oversight board to launch before US election

Julie Owono and evelyn douek discuss Facebook Oversight Board

Sep 24, 2020
The New York Times

BKC Community Members Named to Facebook’s Oversight Board

Julie Owono, Nighat Dad, and Ronaldo Lemos will serve on a board tasked with making ultimate content decisions

BKC fellow Julie Owono is named to the Facebook Oversight Board, along with members of the broader BKC community, Nighat Dad and Ronaldo Lemos

May 7, 2020
BBC World Service

Ethiopia’s new law banning online hate speech

Julie Owono explains the concern over the law

Feb 25, 2020

Is it possible to tax access to social networks?

Julie Owono was recently quoted in leading French Magazine L'Express about a social media tax, proposed by a French MP, to fight against hate speech online

Feb 12, 2020

Welcome to the age of uncertainty

If everything can be faked, how can we know anything is real?

Dec 17, 2019
RTS francophone

Julie Owono on the global trend of Internet shutdowns

Owono discusses how Internet shutdowns have evolved in recent years

Nov 23, 2019


Oct 27, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Election Chaos: Platform Preparations for the US Election

Video & Podcast: A discussion with evelyn douek and Julie Owono

Video & Podcast: Discover how platforms are preparing for disinformation campaigns in the forthcoming US election.