Malkia Devich Cyril is the co-founder and executive director of MediaJustice — a national hub boldly advancing racial justice, rights and dignity in a digital age. Cyril is a leader in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and in the movement for Black lives—helping to bring important technical safeguards and countermeasures to people of color fighting to reform systemic racism and violence in high-tech law enforcement.
Cyril is also prolific on issues ranging from net neutrality and platform accountability to digital surveillance and the communication rights of prisoners. Their comments have been featured in publications like Politico, Motherboard, Essence Magazine, and three documentary films — most recently the Oscar nominated film by Ava DuVernay, 13TH. Cyril is a recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, a 2013 Prime Movers fellow, winner of the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, winner of the 2016 Electronic Frontier Pioneer award, a YBCA 100 honoree, and a 2017 Root 100 honoree. In spare time, Malkia enjoys a good sci-fi novel and celebrating the life of their recently deceased spouse, Alana Devich Cyril.