Aida Mahmutović

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Project Coordinator, BIRN BiH

Aida joined BIRN BiH team in April 2021. She is based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Aida began her career as an intern for the Center for e-Governance Development in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2011. In 2012 she was promoted to project coordinator. Her primary fields of experience are related to Internet governance and human rights. She was programme manager at One World Platform (OWP) and led Internet rights and women’s rights projects. This included international projects by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), such as “End violence: Women Rights and Safety Online”, “Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights”, and the global “Take Back The Tech” campaign.

She worked as an external consultant for DotSensei (Bulgaria), collaborated on the project by Article19 and TecticalTech, and was a digital copywriter for Greenpeace. In 2017, she started the Balkan School on Internet Governance. Since 2016, she has worked on Geneva Internet Platform’s Digital Watch Observatory as a content co-creator and curator covering global developments on privacy and data protection and cultural diversity, and later gender rights online and migration and technology. Since 2012, she has actively participated in the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum.

In 2014, she was selected by the UN Secretary General to serve a three-year term on the UN’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum. She served as executive committee member of the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) and as a member of the organising committee for the Regional Internet Forum.

Aida co-authored the GisWatch BiH country report (2014) on digital surveillance, “End Violence: Women’s Rights and Safety Online (2015.)” and “Cybersecurity Governance and Gender in the Western Balkans” for Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) (2021).

Aida is a DiploFoundation alumni. She speaks four foreign languages: English, Spanish, French, and Slovenian.