Zara is a researcher, writer and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, culture and technology. She has worked in over twenty-five countries in the field of information accessibility and data use among civil society. She was the first employee at OpenOil, looking into open data in the extractive industries, then worked for Open Knowledge, working with School of Data on data literacy for journalists and civil society. She now leads Research at The Engine Room, a non-profit organisation working to support those working in social
change to use data and technology more effectively. She is a Fellow at Data & Society, where she looks at the role of people who bridge gaps between activists and technologists and facilitate more responsible and
effective use of data and technology in activism. She is also a regular contributor to Global Voices, where she focuses on digital policy and digital rights in Bangladesh.