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Ariana Aboulafia

Policy Counsel | Center for Democracy and Technology

Ariana Aboulafia is the policy counsel for disability rights in technology policy, where she leads the Center for Democracy and Technology’s work in studying how certain technologies, including hiring algorithms and other algorithmic systems, can impact disabled people, and advancing policy that protects their digital and civil rights. An attorney with a strong background in intersectional and community-centered public interest advocacy and particular expertise in disability, technology, criminal law, and the First Amendment, Aboulafia was first introduced to technology while serving as a fellow to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Later, she worked as an assistant public defender in Miami-Dade County, where she provided direct representation to clients facing both misdemeanor and felony criminal charges; she has also served as an officer to the journalism program at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where her portfolio largely focused on safeguarding the First Amendment by providing legal services for journalists.

Aboulafia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and law, history and culture from the University of Southern California, as well as a JD with a concentration in social justice and public interest from the University of Miami School of Law.

 Aboulafia served as an External Evaluator for the 2024–2026 Just Tech Fellowship.

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