Xianhong Hu, UNESCO’s program specialist at Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development since 2006. Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression online and offline, Internet privacy, media development and Internet governance and she has followed the process of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
She managed UNESCO project of developing UNESCO Internet Universality framework and indicators, as well as the strategic study Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies: Access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics on a global Internet”. She is currently the UNESCO focal point of assessing “Internet universality Indicators” at national levels.
She managed UNESCO program on promoting online freedom of expression and Internet privacy and conducted Series Publication on Internet Freedom which has captured captured the complex dynamics of global Internet governance and increasing challenge to Internet freedom, by studying a variety of subject including online freedom of expression, privacy, Internet intermediaries, digital safety, Artificial Intelligence, etc. She has also conducted UNESCO Series Publication on investigative journalism including “Story-Based Enquiry: A Training Manual for Investigative Journalism” and “Global Casebook of Investigative Journalism”. She received a Ph.D from School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University in China in 2007.