I’ve worked and reported from more than 50 countries and currently live in Cape Town, South Africa. My writing and photography has appeared in The Washington Post, Daily Beast, USA Today, Inter Press Service, Foreign Policy, Religion News Service, Huffington Post, International Living and dozens of other publications.


Between 2013 and 2015 I wrote RNS’s On Freedom column, which included a weekly Religious Freedom Recap. Those pieces, along with more recent news and feature stories for RNS, are available here.


Is the EU heading in the right direction on digital freedom?
6,500-word policy paper
Index on Censorship, June 2013

Hope on the horizon? Global politics in the fight to protect an open internet
Index on Censorship Magazine, June 2013 (paywall, in print)

Post-Prism leaks, where does the EU stand on digital freedom?
Index on Censorship and LSE Media Policy Project, 27 June 2013

WTF is family-friendly Wi-Fi?
Index on Censorship, 19 June 2013

Caught in the web: how free are we online?
Index on Censorship, 11 June 2013

National security does not justify mass surveillance
Index on Censorship, 10 June 2013

NSA, Prism, Verizon and La Rue on surveillance
Index on Censorship, 7 June 2013

Digital freedom, internet governance on agenda at two key meetings
Index on Censorship, 13 May 2013

Journalists’ safety key focus for World Press Freedom Day in Costa Rica
Index on Censorship, 3 May 2013

Google asks DC to explore free speech in digital age
Index on Censorship, 29 April 2013

World Intellectual Property Day: Copyright and creativity in a digital world
Index on Censorship, 26 April 2013

Google Transparency Report shows Brazil tops takedown table
Index on Censorship, 26 April 2013

Quality often overlooked in rush to spread digital access
Index on Censorship, 23 April 2013

Debating digital rights at ORGCon North
Index on Censorship, 15 April 2013

The long road ahead: Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights
Index on Censorship, 27 March 2013

How private companies censor our speech online
openDemocracy and Index on Censorship, 13 March 2013

Freedom to Connect conference: Aaron Swartz remembered
Index on Censorship, 6 March 2013

New policy locking Americans into locked phones violates free speech
Index on Censorship, 26 January 2013


Nothing Holy About Hatred? Not quite…
Free Speech Debate, 29 October 2012

The freedom to deface free speech?
Free Speech Debate, 10 October 2012

Has Innocence of Muslims ended YouTube’s innocence?
Free Speech Debate, 26 September 2012

How far can you get with machine translation?
Free Speech Debate, 20 September 2012

Even malicious Tweets need protection
Free Speech Debate, 1 August 2012

UN agency threatens Internet’s future
Free Speech Debate, 31 July 2012

The greatest Olympic free speech moments
Free Speech Debate, 16 July 2012

Daily blog from World Press Freedom Day 2012 in Tunis
Free Speech Debate, 7 May 2012

(Not) reporting homosexuality in the Middle East
Free Speech Debate, 28 February 2012

A Saudi blogger’s “blasphemous” tweets
Free Speech Debate, 27 February 2012

Does money have the right to speak?
Free Speech Debate, 10 February 2012

The Stop Online Piracy Act
Free Speech Debate, 10 February 2012


Environmental Progress in Middle East May Hinge on Financial Gains
Huffington Post, August 2008, Egypt and Qatar

UN Says Ailing Environment a Key “Stress Factor” in Sudan
Inter Press Service, July 2007, United Nations

“Wildways” Would Bridge a Fractured Continent
Inter Press Service, July 2007, United Nations

Live Earth: Pop Stars Belt Out Global Wake-Up Call
Inter Press Service, July 2007, United Nations

Investors Warm to Greener Pastures
Inter Press Service, June 2007, United Nations


Family History Counts for Women in Race to Parliament
Inter Press Service, June 2009, Lebanon

Lebanon’s Hanging Chads
Foreign Policy, June 2009, Lebanon

Legal Flaws Could Twist Election Results
Inter Press Service, June 2009, Lebanon

Israel-Lebanon: Groups Call for Action on “War Crimes”
Inter Press Service, July 2007, United Nations

Death Penalty: Vote on UN Moratorium Slated for Success
Inter Press Service, June 2007, United Nations


The Rules of Smartphone Etiquette
Discovery News, September 2010, Missouri

A Trip Down I-70: Porn Shops and Churches Intersect
VOX Magazine, May 2010, Missouri

Top Five Altruistic iPhone Apps
Discovery News, January 2010, Missouri

Social Networking Site Transforms the Dating Scene
Columbia Missourian, February 2008, Missouri

Soliya: It All Beings With a Webcam and a Smile
Inter Press Service, August 2007, United Nations


Networking Illicit Desire: Online and Offline Queer Community Identity Formation in the United Arab Emirates
Oxford University, May 2012