Malkia Devich Cyril is the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a leader in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and in the movement for Black lives by helping to bring important technical safeguards to people of color fighting to reform systemic racism and violence in law enforcement. Cyril is also prolific on issues ranging from net neutrality to the communication rights of prisoners. Their comments have been featured in publications like Politico and Motherboard, as well as three documentary films including Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated film 13th. Cyril is a 2017 Root 100 and YBCA 100 honoree, and a recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award, the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and the 2016 Electronic Frontier Pioneer award, among others. When they aren’t working for digital rights and freedoms, Malkia enjoys a good sci-fi novel and celebrating the life of their recently deceased spouse, Alana Devich Cyril.