Susan Benesch, Executive Director

Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, teaches human rights at American University’s School of International Service and directs the Dangerous Speech Project.

Susan has taught human rights and refugee law at Georgetown and Princeton, among other universities, and has lectured at schools including Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, and Humboldt University in Berlin. A human rights lawyer trained at Yale, she has also worked for the Center for Justice and Accountability, Amnesty International, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First).

Her interest in speech dates back to her first career as a journalist. Before law school, she was chief staff writer for the Miami Herald in Haiti. She also covered wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, and reported from many countries for the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Crimes of War website, among other publications.

Areas of focus: International law, human rights law, freedom of expression and the U.S. First Amendment, online content moderation, gender-based violence and internet abuse.

Cathy Buerger, Director of Research

Cathy Buerger joined the Dangerous Speech Project (DSP) in September of 2017. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut (UConn), where her research examined the impact of human rights education on political beliefs and behavior in Ghana.

Her current research at the DSP focuses on global responses to dangerous and hateful speech as well as the process of identity formation among those who choose to respond to such speech. She also coordinates the DSP’s Global Research Fellowship and Campus Speech Project.

Cathy is a Research Affiliate of UConn’s Economic and Social Rights Research Group, Managing Editor of the Journal of Human Rights, and an Editor for the Teaching Human Rights Database.

Areas of focus: Human rights and civil society, effective responses to harmful or dangerous speech, higher education, culture and discourse norms.

Tonei Glavinic, Director of Operations

tonei-glavinicTonei Glavinic joined the Dangerous Speech Project in December 2011. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, they have been working on social justice and human rights issues in the United States since 2006, with a particular focus on LGBTQ communities and education equity. They currently reside in Mexico City.

In addition to working with the Dangerous Speech Project, Tonei provides program management, teaching, and consulting services to a variety of organizations including the Civic Education Project at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. They also serve on the Board of Directors for Trans Lifeline and the GLSEN National Advisory Council.

Tonei holds a BA in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from American University and an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago. Their personal website is

Areas of focus: Internet governance and public policy, privacy and security, LGBTQ issues, nonprofit management and governance, event coordination.

Dan Bateyko, Research Associate

Dan Bateyko joined the Dangerous Speech Project in March of 2020. He previously worked at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he researched global content controls and online content moderation for the Internet Monitor project.

In 2017, Dan conducted a study of global digital surveillance and censorship in South Korea, China, Malaysia, Ghana, Russia, and Iceland as a Thomas J. Watson fellow. During that year, Dan also worked as a staff intern with the digital rights group Open Net Korea.

Dan’s writing has appeared in the Council on Foreign Relations Net Politics, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Global Voices, and he previously served on the Youth Advisory Board of Index on Censorship. He holds a Bachelor’s in International Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College.

Areas of focus: human rights and emerging digital technologies, network technologies and censorship, online content moderation, sensing technologies and privacy, digital access, software studies.

Advisory Board

Nighat Dad, Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan.

Murithi Mutiga, independent journalist and Project Director, Horn of Africa, International Crisis Group.

Dinah PoKempner, General Counsel, Human Rights Watch.

Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist and prolific author.