Ross Burley

executive director Centre for Information Resilience

Ross Burley is co-founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR), an independent, non-profit social enterprise dedicated to exposing human rights abuses and war crimes, countering disinformation, and combating online behaviour harmful to women and minorities. CIR implements major programmes in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ukraine, Sudan and elsewhere to collect, verify and investigate human rights incidents for justice and accountability purposes. CIR also works with civil society actors and journalists around the world to build resilience against malign actors who attack the information environment.

Ross has over 20 years of experience in international relations, human rights and the media. A former British civil servant, Ross served in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, Washington D.C. and Tel Aviv, and worked with the former deputy Prime Minister as an advisor on international human rights issues. He also worked for several years in the private sector for leading British communications and media organisations, partnering with journalists and civil society actors to design flagship media literacy programmes, including the Open Information Partnership. An experienced open-source investigator, Ross has led major investigations into how malign actors, including the Kremlin, have used influence operations to distort democracy.

Ross has been published in the Washington Post, The Telegraph, International Business Times, Euronews, Politico and Vice News. He holds a BA (Hons) and MSc in Anthropology from Oxford University, where he specialized in visual representations of violence in Northern Ireland.

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