Victoria Baranetsky is general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Before joining CIR, Baranetsky was the first attorney on the West Coast for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where she worked on matters involving the intersection of technology and media law, access to government data, privacy and government surveillance. She previously worked as legal counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation on trademark and First Amendment issues, including the foundation’s transfer to HTTPS. Baranetsky also served as the First Amendment fellow at The New York Times, where she worked on various media law matters, including FOIA, prepublication review and libel litigations. Prior to that, Baranetsky clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit after graduating from Harvard Law School. She also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. Currently, Baranetsky is an affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter. She is barred in California, New York and New Jersey. Baranetsky is based in CIR's Emeryville, California, office.
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