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Edward Snowden is a former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity. In 2013, he revealed that the NSA was seizing the private records of billions of individuals who had not been suspected of any wrongdoing, resulting in the most significant reforms to US surveillance policy since 1978. He has received awards for courage, integrity, and public service, and was named the top global thinker of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine. Today he works on methods of enforcing human rights through the application and development of new technologies. He joined the board of Freedom of the Press Foundation in February 2014.


Ravi Naik, the Law Society’s 2018 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, is a multi-award winning solicitor,with a ground breaking practice at the forefront of data rights and technology. Ravi represents clients insome of the most high profile data rights cases.

These include the case against Cambridge Analytica for political profiling, claims against Facebook for their privacy policies and data practices, challenges to financial profiling companies and the leading regulatory complaint against the Advertising Technology industry.

Ravi is a well-known advocate and speaker on developing rights in technology and has written extensively on the new data rights movement. Ravi is also often sought for his commentary in the media on a range of data rights issues.


Cori Crider’s current work deals with controversies around the uses of mass data—processes sometimes referred to as artificial intelligence. She previously led Reprieve’s abuses in counter terrorism team, where she focused on extralegal detention, torture, and surveillance-led targeting.

Some of Cori's clients lost loved ones in drone strikes because of poor intelligence in targeting algorithms. Others were illegally spied on because surveillance programs weren't narrowly tailored.

Today 'big data'—and the increasingly automated processes we use to winnow that data down—shape who is hired and fired; who is arrested or paroled; and who is suspected of terrorism, or even targeted in a lethal attack. Cori investigates these uses of our data and how we as citizens make these systems accountable to us.


David Kaye is the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.


Jack Poulson is a computational mathematician focused on public accountability mechanisms in the tech industry.

He was previously applied mathematics faculty at Stanford and a Senior Research Scientist in Google's Research and Machine Intelligence division -- now called Google AI -- a role he publicly resigned over Google's planned censorship and surveillance of dissent and human rights information via Project Dragonfly.

He is continuing to foster public accountability in tech through his role as Founder of Tech Inquiry.


Silkie is the Director of UK civil liberties and privacy NGO, Big Brother Watch. Previously, she was the Senior Advocacy Officer at Liberty where she led a programme on Technology and Human Rights and launched a legal challenge to the Investigatory Powers Act.

She previously worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund and whistleblowers at risk.

She is a passionate campaigner for the protection of liberties, particularly in the context of new and emerging technologies. She has worked to uphold rights in the fields of state surveillance, policing technologies, big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online. Silkie is also an information security trainer and organises Cryptoparty London. She is the co-author of Information Security for Journalists.


Areeq  is the Head of Think Tank at Future Advocacy focusing on the social, economic, and political impact of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. A graduate from the University of Birmingham, Areeq has worked at the Foreign Office; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; KPMG; London City Hall; and the UK Parliament. He is the founder of WebRoots Democracy, a think tank centred on the intersection of technology and democratic participation.


Steve took up the position of Deputy Commissioner in June 2017. A member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Policy Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.

Prior to this appointment, Steve was Head of International Strategy and Intelligence, responsible for overseeing the ICO’s international strategy, the ICO’s intelligence hub and management of high profile cases.  At the ICO he has also held the roles of Head of Policy Delivery and Assistant Commissioner for FOI Policy.

Before joining the ICO Steve was a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University.


Louise has been involved in the usability of statutory elections for two decades. She organised the first group of official election observers in the UK.

She has advised the UK Electoral Commission, and has spoken at international conferences addressing usability and accessibility of the electoral ecosystem. Louise holds a Master's degree in human-centred computer systems.


Amy is Open Rights Group’s Legal and Policy Officer. Amy’s work focuses on digital rights issues in the context of Brexit, online free expression and the AdTech industry.

Amy has previously worked on a range of UK, EU and International legal and policy issues, including prisoner rights, child sex trafficking and freedom of religion or belief (FORB).

She has written widely for online legal journals and blogs, with a particular interest in freedom of expression. She holds a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Public International Law (Human Rights) from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.


Reema is a programme manager at the Nuffield Foundation, and is working to establish the Ada Lovelace Institute, an organisation seeking to ensure that data & AI work for people and society.

She is an experienced policy professional who has led various citizen engagement and participation initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas in the UK, including the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Citizens’ Economic Council, which successfully worked with and influenced the Bank of England’s public engagement strategy.

Reema has consulted for a variety of international organisations, including the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and Nextdoor.com, San Francisco based technology social media start-up. She is a fellow of the RSA, founding trustee of a community run library, and a local councillor.


Rose is an Associate at Demos, with a particular research interest in the role of technology and how it can be used to solve social problems. She co-authored Demos' "The Future of Political Campaigning" report which examined current and emerging trends in how data is used in political campaigns.

Rose is a recent graduate of the social innovation programme Zinc VC, and previously held roles at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and the Financial Conduct Authority.


Rosa Curling is an international and UK human rights and public law solicitor.

She is an expert in both areas of law, having advised, and led litigation, on issues such as freedom of information, privacy, anti-bribery, EU law, torture, immigration and refugee law, modern day slavery, right to life, right to death, welfare benefits, access to education services, death penalty, access to health services, the rule of law, international aid, unlawful detention, climate change and environmental law.

She has represented clients before the UK’s High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as several Tribunals, including the Freedom of Information Tribunal and the Investigative Powers Tribunal. She has also represented clients before the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, some of the African Regional Courts of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.


Michela is Research and Policy Officer at the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), the UK’s leading voice for democratic reform.

The ERS make the case for lasting political reforms, seek to embed democracy into the heart of public debate, and foster the democratic spaces which encourage active citizenship. Prior to this, she was a researcher at UCL’s Constitution Unit, where she co-authored a report – Doing Democracy Better – on how the quality of information and debate during the election and referendum campaigns might be improved in the UK.


Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. He was one of the founders of the discipline of security economics, and leads the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, which collects and analyses data about online wickedness.

He is a winner of the Lovelace Medal – the UK's top award in computing. He has been involved in digital rights for 25 years, first with Crypto War 1, then by setting up the Foundation for Information Policy Research in 1997, then
lobbying on the RIP Act, then writing the "Database State" report that led to the demise of ContactPoint and eCAF, and the "Keys Under Doormats" paper for Crypto War 2. Most recently his work on the sustainability of security helped drive EU Directive 2019/771 which requires vendors of goods with digital elements to maintain them for a reasonable period of time.


Matthew leads on establishing Open Rights Group in debates in Scotland, working with local groups, expanding membership and funding in Scotland and raising the profile of the organisation in Scottish media.

He holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London and an LLB from the University of Aberdeen. Matthew was previously at Privacy International as an Advocacy Officer working with their International Network of partners and developing the Surveillance Industry Index.


Better known as Brusselsgeek, Jennifer has been a journalist in print, radio and television for 20years, the last 10+ specialising in EU policy.

She has worked across a wide range of media outlets. Jennifer is a member of the Expert Council of the​ Good Technology Collective, ​as well as a ​GLG expert Council Member providing advice on EU Policy, and was named by Onalytica as one of the world's​ Top 100 Influencers on Data Security 2016.​She was also listed by Politico as one of the​Top 20 Women Shaping Brussels in 2017.​

Jennifer regularly features as an EU expert on BBC radio, Euronews, SkyNews and others, and hosts Brussels’ must-watch weekly roundup show ​TOTW ​for Euractiv.

Dr. Suzanne

Suzanne Shale is the Chair of the London Policing Ethics Panel.

Suzanne is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London.

She was formerly a Fellow of New College Oxford, University Lecturer in Law, and Director of the Oxford Learning Institute.

Suzanne chairs the UK’s leading patient safety charity, Action against Medical Accidents, sits on the Department of Health’s Independent Reconfiguration Panel, and is a member of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch Advisory Panel. Her website is www.clearer-thinking.co.uk.


Ade is a data strategist at Cloudera's Fast Forward Lab where she helps organisations harness the power of big data and emerging algorithmic techniques to make better decisions.

Before that, she worked as a consultant, advising organisations on the development and delivery of their data strategies. Prior to that, she led the Government Digital Service’s Data Infrastructure programme.

She blogs about the ways in which data can be made useful for organisations and wider society as well as the leadership and organisational cultures that make this possible.


Jen is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Her practice focuses on international law, free speech and civil liberties.  She advises media organisations, journalists and whistle-blowers on all aspects of media law, including defamation, privacy, contempt, freedom of information, national security and reporting restrictions. 

Jen built the Bertha Justice Initiative, is a trustee for the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, ARTICLE 19 and sits on the advisory board of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Bonavero Human Rights Institute at the University of Oxford.


Ed Johnson-Williams

Ed is Policy and Research Officer at ORG. He works on ethics in Internet of Things development with VIRT-EU, co-ordinates the Blocked project, and follows issues around data protection, design, and user experience.. He works on ethics in Internet of Things development with VIRT-EU, co-ordinates the Blocked project, and follows issues around data protection, design, and user experience.


Paul Dourish is Professor of Informatics and Associate Dean for Research in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. His research lies at the intersection of computer science and social science, with a particular interest in ubiquitous and mobile computing and the cultural practices surrounding digital media.


Lilian Edwards is a Scottish UK-based academic and frequent speaker on issues of Internet law, intellectual property and artificial intelligence. She is on the Advisory Board of the Open Rights Group and the Foundation for Internet Privacy Research and is the Professor of Law, Innovation and Society at Newcastle Law School at Newcastle University.


Ann Light is Professor of Design and Creative Technology, University of Sussex and Professor of Interaction Design, Social Change and Sustainability, Malmö University in Sweden. She is a qualitative researcher specializing in design for social wellbeing, participatory design and social innovation, with a particular interest in creative practice for transformations to sustainability.


Professor Neff is a sociologist who studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She has studied digital change in the media, health care, and construction industries.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London.

Rob van Kranenburg

Rob van Kranenburg is the Founder of Council_IoT and #iotday. He wrote The Internet of Things, a critique of ambient technology.


Dawn Nafus is a senior research scientist at Intel Labs, where she conducts anthropological research to inform new product development and strategy.


Nate is a Privacy Policy Manager on Facebook's Privacy and Data Policy team. Nate primarily works on global privacy issues related to messaging technology and products, including Messenger and WhatsApp. His work focuses on both the product design and strategy for ensuring privacy considerations are incorporated into messaging services.

Before joining Facebook in 2019, Nate was the Senior Information Security Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he advised on and advocated for end-to-end encryption, privacy, and cybersecurity issues. Over his career, Nate has litigated cases involving electronic surveillance, online free expression, and privacy.


Christel is with Private Internet Access. Private Internet Access® VPN Service encrypts your connection and provides you with an anonymous IP to protect your privacy. Christel is is a privacy and digital rights advocate, a firm believer in software freedom and an all-round activist.


Martha joined Open Rights Group in February 2018. Alongside the Executive Director Martha leads the organisation and oversees strategy, finance, governance, development and outreach. Prior to joining Open Rights Group, Martha worked in Operations for a variety of human rights organisations in the UK and overseas including Reprieve, Progresio and the International Service for Human Rights.

Madhumita Murgia

Madhumita is the FT's senior technology correspondent, where she covers topics including data and privacy, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge innovation. She is an award-winning journalist and TedXspeaker with expertise in the fields of tech, health and science. Before she joined the FT, she was head of technology at the Daily Telegraph, and associate editor at Wired UK.


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Sian is the Green Party’s co-leader and was elected as a Member of the London Assembly in May 2016. She is standing for London Mayor in 2020 – last time she ran in the Mayoral race she came third with a record vote for a Green candidate.Sian is a Londoner by adoption and lives in Camden, where she’s also a councillor. She is also the author of numerous environmental books.


Mark is a Professor of Computer Security at the University of Birmingham. He specialises in computer security; protocols; cryptography; trusted computing; electronic voting; and cloud computing. He is a leading academic voice on e-voting.

Josianne Galea Baron

Josianne is a Children’s Rights and Business Specialist at Unicef UK, working across the advocacy and corporate teams to influence the policies and practices of businesses to more effectively respect and support children’s rights. She focuses on issues relating to children’s rights in a digital environment, including data privacy for children. She has a master’s in international development management from LSE and joined Unicef UK from the NCD Alliance, a global public health civil society coalition.


Vinous is Head of Policy at TechUK. She works to develop and deliver policies to make the UK the best place to start, scale and base tech businesses. She also works on wider issues around digital strategy, skills, data ethics and the future of work.Prior to joining TechUK Vinous worked as Adviser on Home Affairs and Justice in the UK Parliament and previously in European Union delegations in Morocco and Thailand where she worked on issues such as Human Rights and Democratisation.


Jim is Executive Director at Open Rights Group. Since joining in January 2009, Jim has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act, the company Phorm and its plans to snoop on UK users, and against pervasive government Internet surveillance. He is working on data protection and privacy issues, as well as helping ORG to grow in size and breadth. He was named as one of the 50 most influential people on IP issues by Managing IP in 2012. In the same year ORG won Liberty's Human Rights Campaigner of the Year award alongside 38 Degrees, for work on issues from copyright to the Snooper’s Charter.


Ilse is the public affairs and campaigns officer for the3million, the leading campaign organisation for EU citizens living in the UK.

She is an EU citizen and a Danish/ British dual national, and has been campaigning since 2016 to protect the rights of EU citizens after Brexit.


Luke is a solicitor specialising in UK immigration law at South West Law - a law firm in the South West of the UK. His practice largely covers representing individuals navigating the UK Home Office's laws and procedures to acquiring and preserving immigration status in the UK. Luke works closely with the campaign group the3million in relation to their advocacy and legal work.


Martin Bright is the former political editor of the New Statesman and the Jewish Chronicle and former home affairs editor of the Observer. In 2003, he broke the story of the plot to spy on United Nations delegates in the run-up to the Iraq War. His source,  GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun, is now the subject of a Hollywood film, Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley. He now runs the charity, Creative Society, which helps young people break into the creative industries.


Rachel Lavin is a data journalist and partnerships co-ordinator with Who Targets Me. She works to make WTM's database of targeted Facebook ads available to a wide range of researchers and journalists across the world, aiding in aggregating and analysing Facebook's political ad data.


James is the Chair of Open Rights Group as well as Executive Director and Chief Architect of an e-commerce software company called, Venda, which he co-founded. Here he provides market leading on-demand, global e-commerce capabilities on a fully managed basis to more than 200 of the world's most significant and successful retailers. James is recognized as an e-democracy pioneer having co-founded the UK's most successful e-democracy project, volunteer-run service: FaxYourMP. He is the co-founder of mySociety.org and TheyWorkForYou.com and serves as the Chairman and director of their parent registered charity: UK Citizens Online Democracy. James has been active in numerous multi award-winning online campaigning organisations, such as the anti internet snooping bill project: Stand.


Elena Sinel is an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Teens In AI and Acorn Aspirations, motivated to make a difference in the world by empowering young people aged 12-18 to solve real problems through technologies: AI, VR, AR, MR and blockchain.
Teens In AI is Elena's latest initiative, spurred by her passion for AI and its ability to create a positive and lasting impact on the world. It was officially launched at the ITU’s AI For Good Global Summit.

Teens in AI is Acorn Aspirations' special initiative launched at the UN AI for Good Global Summit to democratise AI and create pipelines for underrepresented talent, thereby improving diversity and inclusion in Artificial Intelligence. We offer young people aged 12-18 early exposure to AI for social good through a combination of expert mentoring, talks, workshops in AI/ML, human-centred design and ethics, hackathons, accelerators, company tours and networking opportunities.The vision is for AI to be developed by a diverse group of thinkers and doers advancing AI for humanity's benefit.


Delilah became interested in AI after watching Watson win Jeopardy online. She would like to become a mechatronics engineer, integrating robotics with artificial intelligence to solve global issues with a particular focus on saving endangered species and preserving threatened plant life. She runs Robotics Society and Coding Club at her school and she is a founding member of the Technology Committee discussing topics such as AI, data privacy and cyber security. She is keen to ensure more women go into the STEM fields especially machine learning specialisms as these will have a huge impact on our future society.


Sammy has been programming since he was 11. He is now 17 and has experience using a variety of technologies spanning from machine learning all the way to app development. Sammy was the first Teens In AI Ambassador and was the head organiser of GenZHack. An active member of the Acorn community, Sammy’s first experience with Teens In AI was at a Machine Learning workshop that he attended in 2018. In the Summer of 2018, Sammy found work through Teens In AI at a startup focused on speeding up the process of prostrate cancer diagnosis, Sammy designed a model that could detect and segment a cancerous region in the prostate. Sammy has now cofounded his first start-up which looks to use sentiment analysis in order to make the polling process simpler. Sammy is currently taking his A Levels in Further Maths, Maths and Computer Science. Once his A Levels have concluded, Sammy will spend three months in California working with a start-up looking to use AI to help patients using medical bags.


Victoria is an A-level student currently studying English, Geography and Philosophy. She has been participating in hackathons since age 13 and has been one of the organisers of GenZHack. She is passionate about politics and AI ethics and currently writing an EPQ on the ethics in AI, stemming from her love of ethics studies in philosophy. Her EPQ will focus on biases in algorithms, the impact of AI on the current world order and geopolitics; and how we can prevent AI from being used to the detriment of the world.


is currently an A-Level student studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, and Latin and she has also written an EPQ dissertation on the ethics of AI. Laila has always had an interest in Computer Science and is enthusiastic to see more girls in the field in the future.Laila took part in her first Acorn Accelerator in August 2018, where she worked on a collaborative project, developing an application which helps teens get the most productive experience while online. She enjoyed the Accelerator so much that she returned to take part in the Gen Z hackathon in January 2019, where her team won with “UVO”, an app which enables teenagers to become more involved in politics. Laila has become involved in the Acorn Aspirations family and has had the opportunity to attend lectures at Cambridge University and take part in workshops at Imperial College. Laila has been able to share her ideas at school by founding the first coding club, teaching younger girls how to code and, as Chair of her Computer Science Society, she has invited speakers, including Elena Sinel, to inspire students to embrace technology and explore the endless opportunities that come with it. Laila is excited for the future and is keen to see the collaboration of people from every race, gender, and demographic to create solutions which will have a positive impact on the world

Dr. Leonie Maria Tanczer

Leonie is Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies at University College London’s (UCL) Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). She is member of the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group (ORG), affiliated with UCL's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR), and former Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin.

July Galindo Quintero

July has 11 years of experience in intellectual property, data protection, technology and telecommunications law. Most recently, she was the Director of the Technology, Communications & Data Protection Practice of the law firm Gómez-Pinzón (Bogota, Colombia). July is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes, with a Graduate Degree in Commercial Law from the same University. She also has an LL.M. in Law & Technology from UC Berkeley, Boalt School of Law, with a Specialization in Regulation and Procurement of Telecommunications and New Technologies from Universidad Externado, Colombia. 

In addition, July is a founder member and active participant in CENTI (Study Centre in Entertainment Law, Technology and IT, Universidad Javeriana, Bogota), a think tank which analyses legal, economic, and technical matters related to the digital economy. 

Currently, July is pursuing a Digital Technologies and Public Policy Masters in Public Administration at UCL STEaPP (Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy).


Jessica has a degree in International Relations (double concentration: Security Policy & Conflict Resolution) at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Whilst there, she completed several internships including: working on a presidential campaign, researching foreign policy for the Embassy of Jordan, conducting policy research for an environmental law firm and producing analytic documents for a think tank. She also served as Vice President of GW Strategic Crisis Simulations, an award-winning student organization that ran day-long immersive policy simulations for undergraduates, graduates and professionals. 

She spent 6 months working at a trade association representing the commercial spaceflight industry. There, she worked on writing an export control white paper for the Department of Commerce, drafting regulation recommendations for the FAA, and doing research for NASA. She spent one year studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she researched the role of international organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. She spent this past summer working at a startup in London, gaining a commercial awareness and experience in business development. Now, she works at a technology consultancy, where she works on client-focused projects including market/value chain analyses, writes business intelligence reports and drafts proposals. She is passionate about all things technology policy and analysis. 

Currently, Jessica is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at UCL STEaPP (Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy).


Sarah has 11 years of experience in financial services, where she specialised in the implementation of regulations designed to increase transparency in trading and investment banking operational practices. Most recently, she was a Director in the Compliance department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

In addition, Sarah is a Director/Trustee, and Caldicott Guardian, of the Breastfeeding Network, a UK-wide charity that supports families with infant feeding issues. Alongside to the data governance requirements of the Caldicott Guardian role, she chairs the volunteer strategy group, and is a member of the finance and risk committees.

Sarah’s first degree was an MA in Literae Humaniores (Oxford, 2006). She has subsequently completed an LLB (BPP, 2012) and an MBA (Open, 2015).

Currently, Sarah is pursuing a Digital Technologies and Public Policy Masters in Public Administration at UCL STEaPP (Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy).


Simon graduated from Cardiff University in 2018 in International Relations and Politics choosing to focus particularly on areas of cybersecurity and the politics and governance of the Internet. Simon represented UCL at the UK Cyber 9/12 challenge in February 2019, making it to the semi-final round.
Currently, Simon is pursuing a Digital Technologies and Public Policy Masters in Public Administration at UCL STEaPP (Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy).


Paul is Director of Consumer Product Management at F-Secure. Paul works with telecoms operators to deliver our consumer products (i.e. internet security, VPN and IoT security) to their customers.

Dr. Michael Veale

Michael is a technology policy researcher at the Alan Turing Institute in London, and incoming Lecturer in Digital Rights and Regulation at UCL Laws. He researches at the intersection of law, society and emerging digital technologies, with particular focusses on machine learning in the public sector, privacy-enhancing technologies and adtech. His work on data protection has been cited by regulators, in Parliament and by international organisations, and he has authored or co-authored a range of reports for organisations including the Law Society of England and Wales, the Royal Society and the European Commission.

Dr. Ian

Technical Director, National Cyber Security Centre
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