Ryan Polk

Ryan Polk

Director, Internet Policy

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Biography

I am a Director of Internet Policy at the Internet Society where I primarily work to improve Internet routing security and promote and defend the use of strong encryption worldwide. 

I've co-lead the Internet Society's work on encryption since 2020. Alongside coordinating encryption advocacy efforts worldwide, I am closely involved in our work to support the Global Encryption Coalition and organize the annual Global Encryption Day. 

Prior to joining the Internet Society full-time in 2016, I was a Research Project Assistant at the Internet Society while completing my Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

I am based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, United States where I spend too much of my time paranoid about cybersecurity threats and not enough of my time hiking.

Image credit: © Jordi Ruiz Cirera/Panos

Latest posts

EU Internet Society Chapters Call on European Commission to Follow the Path of Strong Encryption. Here’s Why You Should Too. Thumbnail
Encryption 16 December 2020

EU Internet Society Chapters Call on European Commission to Follow the Path of Strong Encryption. Here’s Why You Should Too.

Internet Society Chapters in Europe are warning the European Commission that its recent plea for Member States to help...

European Union, Use Facts to Make Cybersecurity Decisions – Not Myths Thumbnail
Encryption 19 November 2020

European Union, Use Facts to Make Cybersecurity Decisions – Not Myths

Nearly 450 million EU citizens are counting on the Council of the European Union to make decisions that protect...

Latest U.S. ‘Anti-Encryption’ Bill Threatens Security of Millions Thumbnail
Encryption 7 July 2020

Latest U.S. ‘Anti-Encryption’ Bill Threatens Security of Millions

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act recently introduced to U.S. Congress may be the worse in a recent...

The Internet “Just Works”: The EARN IT Act Threatens That and More Thumbnail
Encryption 3 July 2020

The Internet “Just Works”: The EARN IT Act Threatens That and More

When the EARN IT Act was introduced in March 2020, technologists, civil society organizations, academics, and even a former...

There’s No Duty of Care without Strong Encryption Thumbnail
Encryption 27 May 2020

There’s No Duty of Care without Strong Encryption

On 15 May, the Telegraph reported that The Five Eyes intelligence alliance planned to meet to explore legal options...

Encryption Helps America Work Safely – And That Goes for Congress, Too Thumbnail
Encryption 31 March 2020

Encryption Helps America Work Safely – And That Goes for Congress, Too

This opinion piece was originally published in The Hill. Over the past month, Americans across the country have adapted to a new...

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