Global BlackYouth in Digital Worlds
Niousha Roshani works at the intersection of youth, economic empowerment, race and ethnicity, violence, inequalities and digital technologies. She received her PhD in Education from the University College London (UCL) and holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Cornell University. She is currently the CrossCheck Global Project Manager at First Draft—founded by Google News Initiative—dedicated to supporting journalists, academics and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. She was recently an IDB-ALARI Postdoctoral Fellow on Race and Public Policy in Latin America at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University. As a practitioner and researcher working with young people of African descent in Latin America, she has been working with civil society organizations across the region highlighting the positive approach of African-descendant youth in their communities and their resistance to social exclusion and racial discrimination using digital technologies. She has also been consulting with a variety of digital and media platforms such as Google and Microsoft implementing digital initiatives with young leaders in Latin America and the MENA. She was a research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center in 2015-16 where she investigated the discourse of digital racism, media and young people of African descent in Colombia and Brazil from a political, social, and economic perspective. For over a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the Nukanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering youth to address the social impacts of long-standing conflict, poverty, and human rights violations and led initiatives in Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, Morocco, Senegal, Spain and the UK. She was a Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow in 2019.