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 works at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin and is a Senior Researcher of the Centre of Internet & Human Rights (CIHR). 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).


Amy Weatherburn

Amy holds a LLB (Honours) from Cardiff University in Law and French and an LL.M (with distinction) from University of Nottingham in Human Rights Law. Amy has been enrolled at VUB since January 2015 as a PhD Candidate. She conducts research on modern slavery analysing the effectiveness of the implementation of the European legal framework for the eradication of slavery in all its forms. The research scrutinises the handling of labour exploitation in law and seeks to consider how to address any gaps in the current framework.


William Webster

William Webster is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Stirling. He is a Director of CRISP, a research centre dedicated to understanding the social impacts/consequences of technologically mediated surveillance. Professor Webster has research expertise in the policy processes, regulation and governance of CCTV, surveillance in everyday life, privacy and surveillance ethics, as well as public policy relating to data protection and e-government. He is chair of the Scottish Privacy Forum and the LiSS COST Action, and is involved in a number of research projects, including IRISS, ASSERT and SmartGov.



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.


Robin Weyell

Robin Weyell is a lawyer specialising in public and human rights law and is currently the legal adviser to the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO).



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


Stephen Wilkins

Stephen Wilkins is a lawyer and is currently the Secretary of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. He has been with the Tribunal during the biggest period of change in its history, hearing cases brought by NGO’s such as Liberty, Privacy International and Human Rights Watch among others. He has spent 10 years working on justice and security issues in the UK, including developing communications capabilities, counter terrorism and now independent oversight.



Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor since December 2014. Adjunct professor at the University of Gdansk. Previously the head of IT Law Department in the University of Gdansk 2003-2010, Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (Polish DPA) 2010-2014, Vice Chairman of the Working Party Art. 29 since February till November 2014. The author of numerous studies, publications and lectures in the field of personal data protection, IT law, e-government and legal informatics. His areas of scientific activity include first of all Polish and European IT law, processing and security of information, legal information retrieval systems, informatisation of public administration, electronic signature and application of semantic web and legal ontologies in legal information processing.


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.


Boris Wojtan

Boris is the Director of Privacy at GSMA, the global industry association that helps shape the future of the mobile industry. In his role, Boris seeks to lead public debate around privacy in mobile and to help global membership deliver long-term benefits for mobile users. He is a firm believer in the value of data privacy leadership: organisations can go digital, innovate and grow and at the same time enhance consumer privacy and trust.

Boris sits on the European Advisory Board for the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) and holds IAPP CIPP/E and CIPM certifications in addition being a 16+ PQE solicitor.


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.


Peter Wright

Peter Wright is a Solicitor and leading expert in Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Social Media Law. As Managing Director of DigitalLawUK, he advises clients from across the UK, US & EMEA DigitalLawUK is the only specialist law firm in the UK to provide advice solely on Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Social Media Law and E–Commerce. He is Chair of the Law Society's Technology & Law Reference Group and has spoken at Conferences including the British Legal Technology Forum & the European Legal Cyber Security Forum. He is author of the Law Society Cyber Security Toolkit (published 2016) & presents the DigitalLawUK Podcast.

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