Archewell & NAACP announce the winner of Archewell's 2023 Digital Civil Rights Award
In a press release posted to the NAACP website, it was officially confirmed that lawyer and media executive Nabiha Syed is the recipient of the NAACP & Archewell Foundation 2023 Digital Civil Rights Award. Meghan and Harry created this award in 2022 when they were themselves honoured by the NAACP.
Per the press release, the aim of the Digital Civil Rights award is to recognize contributors to the digital rights space. The winner is awarded $100,000 to be used to advance new work, expand leadership and expertise, and / or continue their impact in the field of digital equity.
Nabiha Syed is the current CEO of The Markup which amongst other things, investigates how powerful institutions use technology to reshape society. Past investigations they have conducted have included data analysis showing how there is hidden racial bias in mortgage approval algorithms.
In the press release Meghan and Harry state "When we founded this award with the NAACP we wanted to highlight and uplift people across the country (America) who are transforming the digital world for the better. Nabiha is doing just that, harnessing her own expertise to push to safer, more inclusive online communities." The couple added "Nabiha and her team are shedding light on some of the most critical issues of our time and in doing so, empowering all of us to reclaim some of our most basic freedoms; truth, safety and choice. She is an inspiration to us and so many others and we are proud to support her incredible and important work."
In her bio on the Markup website, Nabiha Syed's work for the organization includes overseeing the Markup’s strategy, growth plans and business operations. Nabiha also oversees legal, communications, personnel and other operational matters.
Her bio tells us that before joining The Markup, Nabiha was vice president and associate general counsel at BuzzFeed, where she counseled on newsgathering, libel, and privacy matters worldwide. Under her leadership, the company successfully defended against libel litigation arising out of the publication of the Steele dossier and initiated numerous notable access litigations. Prior to BuzzFeed, Syed co-founded the nation’s first media access law clinic, currently in its 10th year of operation at Yale Law School, and served as a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times.
Nabiha described being humbled and grateful to the NAACP and The Archewell Foundation for their support.