Emily Parker

Emily Parker is the author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The book tells the stories of Internet activists in China, Cuba and Russia. Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, praised it as "a rigorously researched and reported account that reads like a thriller." 

Previously, Emily was a member of the Policy Planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, where she advised on Internet freedom, digital diplomacy and open government. Before her time in government, Emily spent over five years working for The Wall Street Journal, first as a writer in Hong Kong and later as a writer and editor in New York. She wrote a Wall Street Journal column called "Virtual Possibilities: China and the Internet." She is also a former editor at The New York Times.

Emily is currently digital diplomacy advisor and Future Tense fellow at New America. Emily was the Chief Strategy Officer at Parlio, a Silicon Valley start-up that was co-founded by former Google executive Wael Ghonim. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote about Parlio here. In 2016, Parlio was acquired by Quora. For two years Emily was China advisor at the Markle Foundation, where she consulted on the potential for Chinese demand to create American jobs. 

Emily is the creator of three digital diplomacy projects: Make Energy: A US-Mexico Innovation Challenge, Green Electronics: A US-China Maker Challenge and Code4Country, the first open government coding marathon between the United States and Russia. Code4Country brought together Russian and American software developers to identify technological solutions to challenges of government transparency.

Emily is a former International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, an Arthur Ross Fellow at Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and a Global Policy Fellow at Carnegie Moscow Center, where she researched the role of blogging and social media in Russia. She worked at the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) in Tokyo, where she researched how historical tensions would affect Sino-Japanese business relations. 

She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, The New Yorker, Politico, Reuters, MIT Technology Review, Foreign Affairs, WIRED, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, The New Republic and World Affairs.  

Emily speaks Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish. She graduated with Honors from Brown University with a double major in International Relations and Comparative Literature (French and Spanish). She has a Masters from Harvard in East Asian Studies.

Twitter: @emilydparker

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