Ian Schuler

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Ian manages Internet Freedom Programs for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He has advised a variety of innovative social change organizations and campaigns, and is a leading practitioner in the use of technology to advance democracy and human rights. In his work at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Ian was instrumental in building the field of technology for democracy, serving as a founding member of NDI’s ICT unit, where he used new technologies to implement innovative tactics for political reform. His pioneering work on SMS messaging in election observation helped to earn NDI recognition as one of the Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics by Politics Online and the World e-Democracy Forum. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and he tweets as @ianschuler.