My name is Heather Burns and I am a tech policy and regulation specialist. I advocate for an open web built around international standards of human rights, privacy, accessibility, and freedom of expression.
If you’re looking for my book, it’s coming soon!
Have a look at my CV and let me know if I’m the right person for you. I’m looking for full-time work, remote from Scotland across the UK and/or Europe. No VLOPs/Category 1s, government, regulators, or recruiters please.
- 2020 – 2021: Policy Manager, Open Rights Group
- 2015 – 2020: Freelance tech policy and regulation specialist for clients across the startup, digital rights, privacy, digital agency, and games sectors
- 2011 – 2020: Open source software contributor and community member
- 2007 – 2015: Full-time web designer and developer
- 2000 – 2005: Worked in international relations and community development
Past side projects
- afterbrexit.tech – side blog on EU-derived internet regulation throughout the Brexit process
- UNICEF global working group on developing a manifesto on children’s data governance
- WP Core-Privacy team
- WP 4.9.6 GDPR and privacy tool suite
- Cross-project open source privacy coalition
- Mozilla Open Leaders programme
- Intermediary liability, particularly in an international context (e.g. the OSB vs the DSA)
- Privacy privilege in law and academia
- Ethics washing, as is apparent in the post-Brexit legislative context
- Legal endogeneity, e.g. when the interpretation of internet legislation drafted without practitioner involvement is, nevertheless, delegated to them
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, Europe
Email: contact at webdevlaw.uk
Listed on Brookings Tech Policy Sourcelist
I’m no longer taking on external consultancy work or writing on commission. I retired from supporting OSS communities in 2020, and I am no longer contributing to projects or doing conference speaking.
Portrait photography © Julie Broadfoot – www.juliebee.co.uk