Video: Dr Ryan testifies at the United States Senate
Video: Dr Ryan testifies at International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News
Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is a Senior Fellow at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. He is focused on surveillance, data rights, competition/anti-trust, and privacy.
He is former Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave, the private web browser. Dr Ryan led Brave’s campaign for GDPR enforcement, and liaised with government and industry colleagues globally. His regulatory interventions and expert commentary has appeared in media such as The New York Times, The Economist, Wired, Le Monde, and the front page of The Financial Times. Protocol published a profile about some of his work.
Previously, Dr. Ryan worked in adtech, media, and policy. His previous roles included Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times and Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA).
Dr Ryan is a regular speaker at high level industry fora, and has testified at the United States Senate and the European Commission.
As an O’Reilly Foundation PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge he studied the spread of militant memes. Dr Ryan is the author of two books (link: “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future”). His first book, based on his work at the IIEA, was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the EU.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information.
He started his career in design, and returned to design thinking later as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.