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Meet Marta 

 

She is an advocate for technology policy that protects human rights. 

Marta is passionate about bridging the gap between the tech industry and government by connecting technologists with policymakers for high-impact civic projects.

Her current research tackles the human rights implications of emerging technologies.

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Marta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and minor in French from the Ohio State University.

 

She is fluent in Ukrainian.

 

Marta got her start in the Midwest, working with policymakers at the Ohio House of Representatives. She rose through the ranks, from intern to legislative page and finally to Constituent Aide for the Speaker of the House.
 

She honed her policy skills in state government and worked directly with constituents, helping them navigate the legislative process and government agencies.

After moving to Washington DC, Marta worked as a research consultant for the Russia/Ukraine team at the Institute for the Study of War.

 

At the height of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Marta used her research and language skills to inform policy decisions on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Defense.

 

Her insights expanded public understanding of political affairs and security issues in the region.

As a Senior Associate at Human Rights Watch, Marta managed advocacy and research projects for both the Arms Division and Refugee Rights Program. She coordinated outreach to governments and NGO partners and supported operations for an international team. 


Her research focused on civilian protections in conflict zones: documenting global refugee policy and the harms caused by weapons of humanitarian concern. She uncovered the use of internationally banned cluster munitions in Syria and landmines in Ukraine. These findings were published in several Human Rights Watch publications and the annual Cluster Munition and Landmine Monitor reports.

Marta managed communications with external partners and worked within three global coalitions at the United Nations to advocate for policy change. She co-organized the 2017 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum in New York City, which drew 100+ attendees.


She completed researcher training at Human Rights Watch, mentored six interns a year, and was named an Emerging Expert by the Forum on the Arms Trade in 2017.

Last year, Marta moved to San Francisco to serve as Silicon Valley Lead for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Marta advised tech workers and companies on the ethics of using artificial intelligence in warfare and policing. She worked directly with engineers and roboticists to assess the potential human rights implications of developing tech for government, military and law enforcement use. 

In addition, Marta developed partnerships in the Bay Area and led outreach to civil society, local journalists, veterans, and academic and financial institutions on behalf of the Campaign’s global coalition of 150+ organizations. 


Marta provided expert testimony at the United Nations and represented the Campaign at several tech conferences around the United States. She also organized and hosted tech policy events in Washington D.C., New York City and the Bay Area. 

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Marta Kosmyna at the 2019 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in room XIX at United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
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