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Research Analyst

Ranking Digital Rights, a non-profit human rights and corporate accountability project based at New America’s Open Technology Institute, seeks a full-time Research Analyst to conduct research for the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index. The Research Analyst will work as part of the research team to expand the RDR Index methodology, as well as to conduct research, analyze data, and draft outputs for the RDR Index. This individual will report to the Research Director and work in close coordination with other project staff.

Location: Washington DC or New York; other remote locations may be considered.


  • Participating in ongoing work to expand and revise the RDR Index methodology;
  • Conducting research for the RDR Corporate Accountability Index, including collecting and reviewing data on company disclosure from websites, company reports, etc.;
  • Compiling draft results for companies;
  • Analyzing RDR Index data;
  • Drafting and fact-checking RDR Index materials and related research outputs;
  • Drafting posts for the RDR blog about the research, other project activities, and how RDR’s work relates to online freedom of expression and privacy issues;
  • Present RDR’s work and research at events, conferences, etc, as needed.
  • Write articles for other external publications.


  • Substantive knowledge, through prior employment or academic experience, of digital rights including privacy and freedom of expression online;
  • Experience conducting research and working on issues related to technology and human rights.
  • Prior experience working on indicator-based research projects;
  • Demonstrated experience working with spreadsheets;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; ability to research in at least one additional language of a country in which one of the companies we rank is located, in particular Arabic, Russian, German, French, or Spanish.
  • Familiarity with the RDR Index methodology and demonstrated understanding of RDR’s core mission.
  • Proven ability to write clearly, concisely, and on deadline;
  • Prior experience working with remote teams.

How to apply: Submit resume, cover letter, and at least one writing sample. Salary commensurate with experience.

Deadline: Aug 26, 2019

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.


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