Dr. Martin Shelton is the Principal Researcher at Freedom of the Press Foundation, conducting user research and overseeing security editorial. As a UX researcher he previously worked with Google Chrome, and the Coral Project at the New York Times, where he learned from journalists and at-risk groups about their security concerns. In a former life, he was a disaffected academic and earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Irvine.
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