Juliana Friend, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute for Health Policy Studies

Dr. Juliana Friend is a medical anthropologist studying the intersection of tech policy and health equity. Drawing on expertise in digital health, sexual and reproductive health, intimate partner violence, and privacy ethics, Dr. Friend explores the role of digital technologies in combating or amplifying health inequities. Her work has investigated how sexually stigmatized communities in Senegal navigate and reconceptualize digital privacy risks. Her new research explores digital surveillance and abortion in the United States. She was recently a member of the Alternative Digital Futures project at the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), where she facilitated transnational, multi-lingual dialogue between tech justice activists about privacy and health disparities. Drawing on participatory research methods, Dr. Friend's work amplifies the perspectives of medically underserved communities on how ethics of consent and autonomy can be embedded into online platforms.