Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Doctoral Student
Harvard University

United States of America
A New America Open Technology Institute Fellow and a P.E.O. International Peace scholar, Eirliani is a final-year doctoral student in public health at Harvard University. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of "Harvard Students in AI" program hosted by the Berkman Klein Center at the Harvard Law School. She was named the recipient of the 2021 American Public Health Association's International Health Section Student Annual Meeting Grant and has also received fellowships and awards from Harvard. She won the inaugural doctoral fellowship from the University of Konstanz’s Centre for Human | Data | Society and was named a visiting researcher by the University of Cambridge for February 2024. Since its inception in 2016, she was a founding member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council as an expert on child online safety. In December 2022, Eirliani made global headlines following her resignation from the council, speaking out against the meteoric rise in hate speech after Elon Musk’s purchase of the platform. In response, Musk dissolved the council four days later. In the week preceding Christmas, Musk removed the #ThereisHelp, a suicide prevention feature on Twitter. She lobbied against this, with the Reuters article reporting it going viral. Faced with public pressure, Twitter reinstated it. Her work has been profiled by inter alia the BBC, CBC, NPR, Slate, Harvard Public Health, the Sunday Times, and Business Insider. Winner of the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. She co-founded YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), a nonprofit to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). Eirliani edited Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s book Will for Children published in 2016. Her book on true accounts by survivors of CSA Survivors: Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse, published in 2017, is now in its third print run. She contributed a case study to the medical textbook Essentials of Global Health, which won first prize under the Public Health category in the 2019 British Medical Association book awards. She is a member of Chatham House in London. Her op eds have been published by inter alia Newsweek, Harvard Public Health, Chatham House and the German Council on Foreign Relations.


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