The Global Network Initiative is pleased to welcome Tatevik Sargsyan as its 2015 Google Policy Fellow. Tatevik will work closely with the GNI staff and participants, conducting research on issues related to freedom of expression and privacy rights online, including surveillance and censorship in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
Tatevik is a doctoral candidate and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of Communication. Her primary research interests revolve around the role of Information and ICT companies in the global context of free speech and privacy governance. Tatevik’s dissertation explores how global ICT companies evolve their privacy practices in collaboration with public interest groups and in response to the regulatory initiatives in the United States and the European Union.
Prior to graduate school Tatevik worked at a media development program funded by USAID in her native Armenia, where she designed and executed training projects and managed election initiatives and monthly supplement production. Tatevik’s professional experience also includes managing survey research projects on elections and media consumption at the Institute for Polling and Marketing and conducting summer research at Pew Research Center. In her free time Tatevik experiments with chocolate making and enjoys hiking and traveling.