Pavlina Pavlova

Pavlina is a human rights, cybersecurity and security expert working on OSCE/ODIHR capacity building programmes, including digital security and risk assessment for human rights defenders and minority groups. For more than seven years, she has worked at the intersection of policy and political research, project coordination and implementation, and stakeholder engagement. In 2019, Pavlina was appointed as the Liaison of the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship to ODIHR with a task to foster relations between the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia and the OSCE institutions. Her previous professional experiences centre around advising and researching on a wide variety of political, policy and regulatory issues in the EU and national institutions.

Pavlina has been publishing and speaking on the human rights and security impact of cybersecurity with the main focus on the securitisation of cybersecurity and the related implications for individuals and communities at risk. Her articles have also covered the security risks of online hate speech, the importance of encrypted messaging platforms during internet shutdowns, and the use of the perception control method in influencing elections. Since last year, Pavlina has been participating in the civil society feedback to the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (cyber OEWG).