Melody Patry (Email: [email protected]) is Advocacy Director at Access Now. She leads on global advocacy, communications, and campaigns, working closely with the Policy and Tech teams to develop the strategies and partnerships needed to protect the internet and those who use it. Previously, Melody was head of advocacy at free speech organization Index on Censorship in London, where she worked with human rights defenders, government officials, and in coalitions such as the Global Network Initiative, the Civic Solidarity Platform, and Don’t Spy on Us. Before that, she worked with Cairo-based grassroots organizations and artists on campaigns addressing women’s rights issues, assisted the Representative to the European Union for Doctors Without Borders, and acted as a political advisor for the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. She holds an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in Law and Political Science from Lille II University.