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Ayesha Durrani

Ayesha Durrani received her BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and her MA in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar. She will begin her studies at Yale Law School this fall.

Ayesha has worked at the ACLU, Reprieve, and the House Oversight Committee Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Liberties on issues including religious freedom, Guantanamo, police accountability, and immigration. Most recently, Ayesha served as the campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional candidate. A Muslim Kashmiri-American, Ayesha is interested in civil rights impact litigation at the nexus of immigration, national security, and religious freedom.

Using a case study, the team aims to evaluate the impact of privacy intrusions on the ways in which marginalized communities, in particular the Muslim-American community, interact with commercial mobile applications. They additionally plan to examine the ways in which these privacy intrusions pose a risk to the safety of marginalized communities and erode the trust that such communities have in apps and technology in general. Finally, they will assess the effect that discontinued app use among marginalized communities following privacy intrusions may have on future innovation derived from user data. With the support of the JURIST Digital Scholars Program, they hope to publish an article detailing our findings.