Sarah Myers West is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where her research centers on international policymaking and activism around privacy, security, and freedom of expression She received her B.A. with Distinction in Media Studies and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and Masters in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California where she was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow.
Her dissertation examines the politics of encryption and history of the cypherpunk movement in the 1990s and 2000s. She is also engaged with ongoing projects examining the role of technology companies in governing speech and new formations of networked public spaces. She is an affiliate researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, a Cybersecurity Fellow at the New America Foundation, the managing editor for Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report, and worked as a Google Policy Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the summer of 2015.