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

Photo of Ian Brown by Juliane Liebers, at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stifting EU Data Summit in Berlin, 1 December 2022

Ian Brown is an independent consultant on Internet regulation, particularly relating to information security and privacy, digital elements of the election cycle, and pro-competition mechanisms such as interoperability. He is a visiting professor at the Centre for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist; a fellow of OpenForum Europe and the International University of Japan; and a member of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre advisory board and the Technology and Regulation editorial board.

Dr. Brown’s clients since 1999 include the Open Society Foundations, Omidyar Network, Global Network Initiative, Vodafone, Credit Suisse, 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), Privacy International v GCHQ (IPT) and Big Brother Watch v UK (ECtHR).

Dr. Brown 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 Rights, Open Rights Group, the Foundation for Information Policy Research and Privacy International; and has written for The Financial Times and The Guardian.

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