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Rian is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington in Communication/Science, Technology, & Society. Her work sits at the the intersection of adoption, media, security infrastructure, and algorithmic mediation. 

She is a 2019-2020 UW Presidential Fellow, a 2020 Mozilla Open Science Fellow, and a Center for Media and Data Studies non-residential Fellow at Central European University. Prior to beginning her PhD, Rian had over 10 years experience working with social justice and digital rights organizations.