Dr. Sandra Wachter is a lawyer and researcher in Data Ethics at the Alan Turing Institute. Her focus is on legal and ethical aspects of Data Science. Her research areas include algorithms, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems and Big Data. Her legal expertise lies in technology-, data protection-, and European law.


Ben Wagner

Dr. Ben Wagner is the Director of the Centre of Internet & Human Rights (CIHR) and supervises all research projects. His research focuses on communicative ruptures, digital rights and the Internet in foreign policy. Ben holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence. He was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at Human Rights Watch, Humboldt University and the European Council on Foreign Relations. His research has been published in Politics, Telecommunications Policy, JITP and the International Journal of Communications.


Patrick Walshe

Pat is a data protection and privacy consultant and the director of Privacy Matters Ltd. Pat has over nineteen years experience in data protection, privacy, information security, interception and disclosure law, data for development, and mobile identity in addition to regulatory policy in the fixed, mobile and Internet sectors. Pat is passionate about the role of technology - especially mobile technology - and data and the value, opportunities and benefits they bring to individuals, communities and society.


Jean-Philippe Walter

Dr. of Law, University of Fribourg (Switzerland) Deputy Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (Switzerland) Chairman of the french speaking Association of Data Protection Commissioner (AFAPDP) 1st Vice-Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD) Former Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD) (2010 - 2016) Former Chairman of the Joint Supervisory Authority of Schengen (2012 – 2013).



Dr. Cecile WENDLING is head of foresight at AXA. She is working on the future of data privacy, ethics of algorithm, AI, blockchain, among other. She is also Associate Researcher at Centre de sociologie des organisations (CNRS- SCIENCES PO PARIS). Her fields of research include sociology of risks, crisis management, and foresight tools & methods.



Marcy Wheeler covers national security and civil liberties at emptywheel.net and other outlets in the United States.


Caroline Wilson Palow

Caroline Wilson Palow is Privacy International’s General Counsel. Caroline leads the legal team and counsels PI’s programmes on legal strategy and risk. Caroline is a US-qualified lawyer who previously specialised in privacy and intellectual property litigation at a prominent US law firm. Caroline received her law degree from Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, Caroline clerked for Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


David Murakami Wood

Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Ontario. Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Surveillance & Society.


Steve Wood

Steve Wood is interim Deputy Commissioner and a member of the ICO’s Senior Management team. He is responsible for overseeing the ICO’s policy functions, including representation at the Article 29 Working Party of EU data protection authorities. He also has sign-off responsibility for key FOI decision notices. Previously he was Head of Policy Delivery, and before that, Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for FOI Policy at the ICO. Steve worked for 6 years as a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University and has also worked at Her Majesty’s Treasury.

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