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Monica Horten

Monica Horten is a published author and independent tech policy analyst. Her published works include ‘The Closing of the Net’ (Polity 2016)andother books on the politics of the Internet. She holds a PhD in communications policy from the University of Westminster, where she investigated legal changes around the enforcement of copyright on the Internet in the EU.  She continues to specialise in the field of content online, focussing on human rights issues. She has recently investigated Facebook shadow bans, and is currently looking into the UK’s Online Safety Bill. From 2012-2020, she was a Visiting Fellow at LSE. Monica has presented her research in the European Parliament and at conferences around Europe. She served as an independent expert on the  Council of Europe Committee on Internet Freedoms, where she participated in the drafting of two legal instruments. From 2015-2018, she  worked on capacity building programmes in the field of Internet and human rights, funded by the Council of Europe, EU and UNDP, in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.