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Professor Ian Brown

Former Research Fellow

Ian Brown

Former Research Fellow


Professor Ian Brown was Professor of Information Security and Privacy at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research is focused on surveillance, privacy-enhancing technologies, and Internet regulation. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and BCS Chartered Fellow, and a member of the Information Commissioner’s Technology Reference Panel.

Since 1998 Professor Brown has variously been a trustee of Privacy International, the Open Rights Group, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Foundation for Information Policy Research and an adviser to Greenpeace, the Refugee Children’s Consortium, Amnesty International and Creative Commons UK. He has consulted for the United Nations, Council of Europe, OECD, US Department of Homeland Security, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Allianz, McAfee, BT, the BBC, the European Commission, the Cabinet Office, Ofcom, and the National Audit Office.

Professor Brown’s work has been covered by the BBC, CNN, CBC, Al Jazeera, and numerous newspapers and magazines. He has written for the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Guardian. In 2004 he was voted as one of the 100 most influential people in the development of the Internet in the UK over the previous decade. In 2015 he received the Kristian Beckman award from IFIP TC-11 for his “significant interdisciplinary contributions to the field of information security and privacy.”

He has acted as an expert witness for the English High Court, Court of Appeal, UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal, and European Court of Human Rights; and given evidence to the UK, German, and European parliaments. In 2014/15, he was a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative and UK National Crime Agency.

Students supervised at the OII

Current students

Past students

  • Dr Wolf Richter
  • Dr Fadhila Haeri Mazanderani
  • Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi
  • Dr Alissa Cooper

Positions at the OII

  • Professor of Information Security and Privacy, July 2014 - July 2016
  • Associate Professor, May 2014 - July 2014
  • Senior Research Fellow, May 2009 - May 2014
  • Research Fellow, July 2007 - December 2008




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