Localization Lab Team

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Dragana Kaurin

Executive Director

Dragana Kaurin is the founder of Localization Lab, and worked in Internet Freedom tech at the Open Technology Institute, and as a data analyst at Ushahidi before starting the organization in 2013. She advocates for equal access to information, diversity and representation online, and increased local content on the Internet. She believes that making civic tech truly available for everyone requires designing with end users and not for them. Before entering the Human Rights Program at Columbia University, where she did research on civic tech and refugee rights, she worked in Crisis Information Management and Communication For Development (C4D) at the UN and UNICEF. She is currently a 2018-2019 research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She speaks French, Spanish, Arabic, and Serbo-Croatian, and really wants to learn Portuguese.

Dragana leads organizational growth and strategy at Localization Lab. She works with partner organizations to identify unmet needs, coordinates user feedback, and localization sprints.

dragana.kaurin [at] localizationlab [dot] org
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Erin McConnell

Localization Program Manager

Erin McConnell has been working at the intersection of human rights, technology and localization since 2013 when she joined the Benetech Human Rights Program to manage localization of the Martus suite of secure information management tools. She has also coordinated localization projects for Bookshare, Benetech’s digital library for the print disabled, and Brave New Software’s circumvention tools Lantern and FireTweet prior to joining the Localization Lab team in 2016. Prior to working in human rights and the Internet freedom space, Erin was a Membership and Support Lead for Benetech’s Bookshare program, an accessible digital library for the print disabled, and spent several years working and volunteering in education in the U.S. and abroad.

Erin coordinates localization of Localization Lab supported projects; builds community localization resources; and bridges the divide between developers, end users, and regional organizational partners.

erinm [at] localizationlab [dot] org
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Andrea Bras

Community Manager

Andrea Bras has been involved in community-led initiatives since 2010 when she joined a community education and research team in New York City. She began working in the field of translation in 2012, and has contributed to projects across a variety of sectors. Before joining Localization Lab in 2018, she worked with an international community of citizen journalists, activists and translators as a member of the Global Voices editorial team. In addition, Andrea was editorial lead for NewsFrames which specialized in collaborative media analysis and data-driven storytelling.

Andrea focuses on engaging the volunteer community, strengthening existing networks, and expanding on Localization Lab’s potential as a catalyst for change.

andrea [at] localizationlab [dot] org
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Jalkanen Dina Solveig

Technology Contact

Dina Solveig is a tireless advocate for digital rights, CFAA reform and a contributor to a number of working groups in The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Their interest in localization started with Sailfish OS and a number of FOSS networking applications.

Dina Solveig is our IT contact, bringing years of experience with language and technology to the organization.

dina [at] localizationlab [dot] org