Dr Marcelo Thompson

 Dr Marcelo Thompson

Marcelo Thompson was a DPhil candidate at the OII, working in the interplay between technology law and political theory. His thesis situated the legal problem of technological neutrality within the neutrality-perfectionism debate in politics.


Prior to joining the OII, Marcelo read for a Master of Laws (Law and Technology) at the University of Ottawa, after working for a number of years as a government official Brazil, focusing on the regulation of technological affairs. From the OII Marcelo decided to venture slightly more afar, taking up an academic position (and a populous family) in Hong Kong. Marcelo's core research interests lie in the intersection between law, political theory and the study of technological change. He is particularly interested in what the entrenchment of new forms of normativity in the design of the information environment means for the life of law and politics in the 21st century.

Research interests

Internet governance and regulation, jurisprudence and political theory, personal identity and authentication, privacy and data protection, copyright and access to knowledge, Brazilian law

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Alumnus, May 2013 -
  • DPhil student, October 2006 - May 2013


Working papers


Thompson, M. (2013) Evaluating Neutrality in the Information Age: On the Value of Persons and Access. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.