The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) has appointed Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for Security Union until the UK’s departure from the EU, as a Visiting Policy Fellow.

Sir Julian most recently served as the Commissioner for the Security Union in Brussels. He was responsible for the security portfolio, with a strong focus on counter-terrorism, cyber threats, political disinformation and counter-radicalisation.

He has over 30 years’ experience as a senior diplomat, serving in international political and national diplomatic roles on behalf of the UK government.  Previous roles include HM Ambassador to France, HM Ambassador to Ireland, Director General at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Director General of the Northern Ireland Office.  He holds a BA from the University of Oxford in Philosophy and Theology.

While at OII, Julian will work primarily with Professor Philip Howard to look at policy and regulation around cybersecurity and misinformation.

Professor Philip Howard, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Julian to Oxford. His knowledge and experience in shaping international policy, most recently in the field of cyber security, will bring fresh insights to how we study the impact of technology and shape regulatory guidance in the field of internet security.”

Sir Julian King, former European Commissioner, said:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to become a Visiting Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. I look forward to working with internationally-respected scholars to help deepen our collective understanding of EU and national internet security policy, and develop appropriate standards.”

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About the Visiting Policy Fellowship Programme

Visiting: Jim Bligh, Director of Corporate Affairs, UK & Ireland at Tata Consultancy Services, Lisa Felton, Head of Data, Services and Consumer Regulation, Vodafone Group and Conrad Young, Chief Digital Officer at Deloitte. Find out more about the Visiting Policy Fellowship Programme.

About the OII

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet. Drawing from many different disciplines, the OII works to understand how individual and collective behaviour online shapes our social, economic and political world. Since its founding in 2001, research from the OII has had a significant impact on policy debate, formulation and implementation around the globe, as well as a secondary impact on people’s wellbeing, safety and understanding. Drawing on many different disciplines, the OII takes a combined approach to tackling society’s big questions, with the aim of positively shaping the development of the digital world for the public good.