Victoria D. Baranetsky

First Look Media Technology Legal Fellow

D. Victoria Baranetsky is RCFP's First Look Media Technology Legal Fellow and the Committee's first staff member on the West Coast. She will spend the fellowship year focusing on the intersection between technology and media law on issues like cybersecurity, access to government data, privacy, and government surveillance.

Previously, Baranetsky worked as an attorney at the Wikimedia Foundation on First Amendment issues, including the organization's switch to HTTPS and on the team that handled the Wikimedia v. NSA litigation. She also served as the First Amendment Fellow at the New York Times and clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit.

Baranetsky is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York, where she also earned her masters in journalism. In 2011, she graduated from Harvard Law School and was awarded Harvard University's Sheldon Fellowship to receive a masters in political theory from Oxford University. Baranetsky has written for several academic publications about the First Amendment. In addition to her role at RCFP, she holds a seat on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force in San Francisco and is a member SPJ's Chapter of Northern California. 

Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and California.