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Hello. I’m Irene.

I am a senior researcher for the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab on digital technology and human rights at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. My chosen fields are Comparative Politics and Public Policy.

Irene at Oxford University in August 2017

At Oxford University, August 2017

I have been researching the Southeast Asian region for over a decade, from peace and conflict to cybersecurity. My primary interest is analyzing cybersecurity policy development in the region from a human rights perspective. My research involves issues such as Internet governance, the intersection of gender and digital security, as well as countering terrorism, violent extremism, and hate speech. Read more about my research.

I obtained my Master’s degree in Political Science and Asia Pacific Studies (now called “Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies”) from the University of Toronto. My major research paper (Master’s thesis) was on autonomy arrangements and secessionist conflicts in Indonesia. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Previously, I worked for the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), and UBC’s Centre for Southeast Asia Research. I was also an intern for the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – South East Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and currently reside in Toronto, Canada. I am a native speaker of Bahasa Indonesia and fluent in English.