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Professor Lorna Woods

Lorna Woods is Professor of Internet Law. She started her career as a practising solicitor in a technology, media and telecommunications practice in the City of London. She has extensive experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, including data protection, social media and the Internet, and she has published widely in this area  as well as contributed to a range of commissioned studies, including the RAND Study on Options for and Effectiveness of Internet Self- and Co-Regulation’ (2007)) and the Hans Bredow Study on Co-regulation and the Media. She has been invited to give oral evidence to a number of parliamentary committees in respect of inquiries right across the TMT field, including House of Lords Communications Committee on Regulation of the Internet; the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on security cooperation and data protection post Brexit; and the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News. Her current research project with Carnegie UK Trust is on reducing harm arising on social media and she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work. She also has a long-standing interest in privacy and the law relating to surveillance.

She is serving a second term as a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, is a member of the Digital Freedom Fund’s Panel of Experts, is a senior associate research fellow at the Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. She is a member of a group of advisors who support the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in his role (a group established by virtue of paragraph 5.7 of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice) and has sat on the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) National User Group, advising the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and the police since 2015. She was also a member of the IMPRESS Code Committee (2015-2020).

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