Team

Staff

Will Byrne - Founder + Executive Director

Will is a social entrepreneur, applied technology executive, and democracy advocate. An alum of President Obama’s first presidential campaign, Will co-founded and was CEO at Groundswell, a social enterprise that makes clean energy accessible to disadvantaged communities in the US. He then led strategy and managed products at a Bay Area AI and emerging technology firm, co-founded a Black-led historical justice organization, and led tech and innovation teams at global humanitarian and human rights organizations.

Will is an affiliated scholar at University of California Berkeley's CITRIS Lab on Tech in the Public Interest. He's written on AI, emerging tech, and democracy for FastCompany and other publications. Will worked at Der Spiegel and the American Academy in Berlin, and his background in German history and United States politics informs his focus upon deepening democratic resilience worldwide. Will has been honored as an Ashoka Fellow, Stanford d.school Fellow, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Forbes 30 under 30 Entrepreneur, and White House Champion of Change. He graduated from Vassar College and was raised by a public defender and family physician in Massachusetts.

Janine Graham, Research Lead

Janine Graham is a digital investigator with a passion for advancing democracy, human rights, and accountability. She has advanced public interest investigations for the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, Amnesty International, and UC Berkeley’s renowned Human Rights Center, where she led teams of investigators.

Janine brings experience gathering digital evidence to enable legal accountability and policy change, along with expertise in disinformation, online harms, and their monetization on digital platforms. Having grown up in East Asia and the UK, Janine spent her earlier career as a Hong Kong-based television reporter for CNBC and CNN, bringing international experience in the field.

Anabelle Basterrechea-Jones, JD - Program Manager (Alum)

Anabelle Basterrechea-Jones has worked in public interest law firms and NGOs focused on human and civil rights in Asia (Hong Kong Dignity Institute, Migrasia) and Europe (Redress, Legal Action Worldwide). She served in a leadership role of a pioneering free legal clinic for migrant workers in Hong Kong. She has applied experience in impact litigation, comparative legal research, and international law, and at the intersection of technology law, product innovation, and organizational development.

She holds a BA from SOAS - University of London, a Juris Doctor (JD) from University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from University of California Berkeley in Law and Technology. She's a member of the California Bar Association. Anabelle is Cuban-American and is passionate about innovating at the intersection of law and technology to promote free and democratic societies.

Advisors

Alexa Koenig, PhD, JD
Co-Executive Director, UC Berkeley Human Rights Center; Founder, Digital Investigations Lab. Global leader in technology and human rights, architect of Berkeley Protocol on open-source investigation.
Dhruv Gulati
Co-Founder and CEO, Factmata. Mis-information technologist, product leader, expert in fraud, digital information and media ecosystems, and social networks.
Sue Hendrickson, JD
Executive Director, Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Expert in technology and media policy and law.
Rumman Chowdury, PhD
Former Director; Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability; Twitter. Expert, pioneer, advocate in ethics in AI and machine learning.
Hany Farid, PhD
Professor and Dean Alumnus, UC Berkeley School of Information. Technologist, researcher, trailblazer in image analysis and computer vision technology.