About

This is a joint blog by Ian Brown and Douwe Korff. For more about Professor Korff, you can visit his personal website.

Ian Brown is a leading specialist on Internet regulation, particularly relating to information security and privacy, digital elements of the election cycle, and pro-competition mechanisms such as interoperability. His clients since 1999 include the Open Society Foundations, Global Network Initiative, Vodafone, UK and US governments, German Bundestag, European Commission and Parliament, Council of Europe, OECD, Commonwealth, and the United Nations. He has acted as an expert witness in UK and European criminal, intellectual property and surveillance/human rights cases, including Cartier v BSkyB (EWHC) and Big Brother Watch v UK (ECtHR).

Dr. Brown is visiting CyberBRICS professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He was previously Principal Scientific Officer at the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Professor of Information Security and Privacy at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute; and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the Commonwealth Secretariat and UK National Crime Agency. His books include Cybersecurity for Elections (2020, Commonwealth Secretariat, with Marsden/Lee/Veale), Regulating Code (2013, MIT Press, with Marsden), and Research Handbook on Governance of the Internet (ed., 2013, Edward Elgar). 

A civil society enthusiast, Brown co-founded and served on the boards of European Digital RightsOpen Rights Group, the Foundation for Information Policy Research and Privacy International; and has written for The Financial Times and The Guardian. He is a fellow of the British Computing Society, Open Forum Europe, and the International University of Japan.

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Ian in Ghana
Photo: Pat Walshe, at the 1st African Data Protection and Privacy Conference in Accra (Ghana), 26 June 2019