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Babette Ngene is the Senior Director of Internews’ Global Technology Programming, where she oversees digital rights and digital safety initiatives in more than fifty countries around the globe. She is an expert in building and deploying foreign assistance mechanisms that advance the digital safety of human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and journalists around the world, and that support advocacy, organizing, and research into the promotion of digital rights at local, regional, and global levels. Her extensive portfolio incorporates everything from supporting the development of cutting-edge open-source anti-censorship technologies to building different nations’ first grassroots campaigns for rights-respecting digital landscapes. Previously, Babette worked on rule of law initiatives, as well as democracy and governance issues for Freedom House and the National Democratic Institute. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Ngene holds an L.L.B in International Law from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon, and an L.L.M in International Law from the Washington College of Law at American University, and is the proud mother of two young children.

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