Statement on the Internship of Maria Butina by APTLD

20 July 2018


Maria Butina held a remote internship with APTLD from May to August 2017.

APTLD was approached with a request to arrange an internship for a Russian, Ms Maria Butina, studying at the American University in Washington DC.

Following an interview via WhatsApp Ms Butina was offered a remote internship with two activities to be completed: a short paper on global cybersecurity challenges; and, a presentation to APTLD 72 which Ms Butina contributed remotely to the conference in Tbilisi.

Ms Butina was mentored throughout her four month internship and as required at its conclusion sent a report to her University.

Subsequently APTLD has had no contact with Ms Butina.

APTLD has at no time authorized Ms Butina to act as its representative, or to use its name APTLD in any context.

APTLD operates based on principles of openness and inclusivity.