The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press welcomes Gabe Rottman as the first director of the new Technology and Press Freedom Project. In this role, Gabe will oversee the Reporters Committee’s work at the intersection of press freedom and technology issues, including on key topics such as privacy, electronic surveillance, and internet policy.
“Changes in technology are constantly influencing how journalists report and audiences consume the news, and Gabe will lead our efforts to help ensure these advances uphold our civil liberties and support the free flow of information to the public,” said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee. “We are thrilled to have Gabe join our team, and his deep experience will further strengthen our work to advance First Amendment freedoms and protect the newsgathering rights of journalists in the U.S.”
Rottman joins the Reporters Committee from PEN America, where he was the organization’s Washington director, overseeing advocacy efforts in Congress and the executive branch. Prior to PEN America, he was deputy director for the Freedom, Security, and Technology project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and legislative counsel and policy advisor at the American Civil Liberties Union on open government and First Amendment issues. Rottman also brings experience as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he focused on antitrust and national security matters.
“I’m excited to be joining the Reporters Committee as it expands its work on privacy, surveillance, and other technology issues that impact journalists’ ability to gather and report the news every day,” Rottman said. “The Technology and Press Freedom Project will bring together our legal, policy, and advocacy work in a concentrated effort to help journalists navigate the technology landscape and protect their rights as they shine a light on important issues and keep our communities informed.”