Lokman, a long-standing member of the Global Voices community, is a writer and scholar whose research and advocacy focus on freedom of expression, digital rights, and Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation, a study of Global Voices and other “adaptive newsrooms” titled “A Journalism of Hospitality,” was awarded the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Research Prize for Best Dissertation in Journalism Studies in 2011.
Lokman is currently a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He was an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2014-2021. Prior to that, he was Google’s Head of Free Expression for Asia and the Pacific (2011-2014), and assistant professor in Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong (2010-2011).
He received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a Faculty Associate (2015-17) and a Fellow (2008-9) at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
Lokman is co-editor, with Joseph Turow, of The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age (2008) and was guest editor of China Information for a theme issue on the socio-political impact of the Internet in China. He is currently working on a book that he describes as a personal history of authoritarianism.
In June, the board also said farewell to Nani Jansen Reventlow, who resigned from the role. Nani joined the Global Voices board in 2021.