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Rhiannon Neilsen

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Rhiannon was a Research Assistant and Consultant for ELAC and IPS’ Atrocity Prevention Network between 2019 and 2021. She obtained her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2021 and is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Rhiannon’s research focus is on atrocity prevention in the digital age and contemporary political philosophy. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Toni Erskine, examines the ethics of ‘cyber-humanitarian interventions’ – that is, the use of sophisticated cyberspace-operations, digital political advertising, and computational propaganda to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocity crimes. In 2019, Rhiannon was awarded a Barbara Hale Fellowship by the Australian Federation of Graduate Women to be a visiting doctoral student at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), Oxford, for 2019-2020 (supported by Professor Cécile Fabre). Rhiannon was also awarded a fully funded Visiting Scholar position at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (2019), where she and her co-author conducted extensive fieldwork interviews with cyber experts from NATO member states. Her published work has appeared in international peer-reviewed journals including Ethics and International Affairs (forthcoming 2020), Terrorism and Political Violence (2019), and Genocide Studies and Prevention (2015)