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Cynthia Wong

Lecturer in Law

Cynthia Wong was an attorney at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and Director of CDT’s Project on Global Internet Freedom. CDT is a Washington, DC-based NGO dedicated to keeping the Internet open, innovative, and free. Cynthia conducts much of CDT's work promoting global Internet freedom, with a particular focus on international free expression and human rights. Cynthia also serves as co-chair of the Policy & Learning Committee of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a multistakeholder organization that advances corporate responsibility and human rights in the technology sector. CDT is a founding member of the GNI.


Cynthia first joined CDT in 2008 as the Ron Plesser Fellow. As Plesser Fellow, Cynthia focused on CDT's international free expression and privacy work, domestic free speech issues, and privacy concerns related to federal and state government identification systems. Prior to joining CDT, Cynthia was the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow at Human Rights in China (HRIC). There she contributed to HRIC's work in the areas of business and human rights and freedom of expression online.


Cynthia earned her J.D. at New York University School of Law, where she served as a Senior Articles Editor for NYU's Review of Law & Social Change. Prior to law school, Cynthia worked as an electrical engineer in the private sector for a year before moving on to serve as an Americorps*VISTA at Katapultz, an organization that promoted public school technology programs. Cynthia graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been admitted to the New York State Bar.

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