Sharon Bradford Franklin is a senior fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute, where she focuses on issues involving surveillance, cybersecurity, encryption, and government access to data. She also serves as a non-resident fellow at Georgetown’s Center for National Security and the Law. Prior to joining OTI, Franklin served as executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent federal agency that reviews counterterrorism programs to ensure that they include appropriate safeguards for privacy and civil liberties. She previously served as senior counsel at the Constitution Project, a nonprofit legal watchdog group. Franklin graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.